If you have something which might be of interest to Valley East Consumers, please email it to rkirwan@infocomcanada.com or you can post it on the Valley East Facebook Site at the following link:
 
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NOTES FROM EDITOR, ROBERT KIRWAN

The purpose of this section of Valley East Today is to provide you with a sampling of general stories and articles of interest that conain information that is important for residents of the Community of Valley East. The stories will be archived so that you can access them or link to them at any time. If you have an item that you feel might be of interest let me know at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com

  
  
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L'Ecole Jean-Paul II Students Put on Spectacular Variety Show Performance
 
Development Charge Options Being considered by Councillors
  
Canada's Anti Spam Legislation Is Effective on July 1, 2014 - May Have Profound Changes For Marketing Experts
  
Ten Business Tactics That Will Be Gone in the Next Five Years
Valley East Today Is Right A Pioneer In The Future of Community Engagement
  
Ontario Provincial Candidates Featured On The Learning Clinic with Robert Kirwan
   
Report on Leisure Master Plan Open House Held on May 13, 201
   
New Mall Across From Carol Richard Park Still Going Ahead
  
Court Challenges To New Marijuana Legislation Means Current Grow-Ops Continue As Usual
  
Sudbury 5 Way Carnival Takes Place from May 15 to 25 at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
   
New Mall Across From Carol Richard Park Still Going Ahead
   
Court Challenges To New Marijuana Legislation Means Current Grow-Ops Continue As Usual
  
Elevate Sudbury Being Organized for June 7 and 8
   
McDonalds Restaurant Will Be Moving Beside the Shoppers Drug Mart in Hanmer Some Time in 2014 or 2015
  
Val Est Medical Walk In Clinic Hours
  
New Traffic Lights Will Be Installed Across From the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
    
 
ARCHIVED STORIES

U Spice It Is Truly a “Family” Business

   U Spice It first opened its doors in Val Caron on April 9, 2012. So when Holly Baril and her husband Richard were driving by one day this winter, they were surprised to see that the business was up for sale.  Both Holly and Richard thought it might be an excellent idea to buy the business and turn it into a family operation, providing some valuable hands-on experience for their two children who have shown interest in becoming entrepreneurs themselves when they graduate from school.

   The idea made sense for Holly who has always embraced the bulk food concept and so in March, the Barils took ownership of U Spice It and have loved every minute since. Long time residents of Valley East will recognize the Baril family name, since Richard’s parents and his relatives have been active in this community for as long as anyone can remember. Holly, who grew up in Timmins,  absolutely loves the Valley. Her daughter, who has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian, will be starting the four-year Bio-Med program at Laurentian University in September. Holly feels that the education her daughter will get from working in the store will go a long way to preparing her with the appropriate skills to successfully own and operate her own business as a veterinarian.

   Visitors to U Spice It are amazed at the selection that is available. They can find most of the usual products you would expect to see in a bulk food store, such as nuts, spices, candy and also Walton Baking products plus a very popular coffee selection by “KiennaKUP”, which is proving to be a big hit among customers. Holly’s own mother travels from Timmins every month to spend a few days visiting her grandchildren and working in the store. Both she and Richard’s mother have their own personalized aprons and enjoy meeting the friendly residents of the Valley. Feel free to drop in at any time just to look around or call (705) 588-5060 if you have any questions.

   

Craig’s Parthenon Commits To Maintaining Fine Dining Tradition Established Over The Years By George & Irene

   Craig Charrier, is the new Owner/Chef of Craig’s Parthenon Restaurant as of July 1, 2013. He has already claimed the familiar table and chair where George and Irene sat for so many years greeting loyal customers and providing a high standard of dining in Valley East.

   Craig, who was born and raised in Sudbury, took his training at Cambrian College in the Hotel and Restaurant Management course. For the past seven years he owned and operated a restaurant at the shopping centre in Hornepayne until the mall closed in April and left him looking for other places to relocate. He immediately noticed that the Parthenon Restaurant was up for sale and began working for George and Irene for two months before taking over the reigns on July 1, 2013.
   Craig indicates that very little will change on the dinner menu. But he has made some significant changes to the lunch menu and will be introducing breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

   Craig’s Parthenon will still deliver the same quality of service and food as it always has since Craig operated basically the same kind of restaurant in Hornepayne. He is excited to bring breakfast to the community on the weekends and is looking forward to seeing that service grow over the next couple of months. He also provides catering services and has already done two large weddings since taking over. The private room is still available for small functions. Craig is already starting to look at houses in Valley East since he plans on being part of this community for a long, long time. The web site is www.theparth.com .

    If you need any information or reservations, call (705) 897-5752.

  

The Specialty Market Is Sure To Be A Big Hit Among Local Residents With Special Dietary Needs

    Jenn Depatie, Manager of The Specialty Market which just opened up in July in Val Caron, found out that she had gluten intolerance at the age of five. For the past 21 years she has been forced to search for gluten free foods in grocery stores, health food stores, and even at restaurants. She often had to visit up to five stores to find everything she was looking for.

    So when Jenn and her mother-in-law, Beth Depatie, began discussing the problem, they decided that the best solution was to open up a store that focussed entirely on foods and ingredients that people with special diets need in order to maintain a healthy and normal quality of life. One night Beth woke up and the name, “The Specialty Market” just came to her out of the blue. Hence, the birth of one of the most unique food outlets in the Greater Sudbury Area.

   The Specialty Market carries a wide variety of gluten free foods and ingredients. Jenn will be implementing a fresh bread program so that customers will be able to order gluten free bread and pick it up fresh when it is delivered every week instead of relying on the frozen breads that are found in most stores. The store also carries products for vegan diets, diabetics, people who must watch their salt intake, and there is even a sugar-free candy section. The products are available in bulk or in individual packages that are prepared by the staff of The Specialty Market. Everything from flour, chocolate, salt free spices, gel food colouring, loose leaf tea, flavoured olive oil to gourmet meat rub can be found in the store and Jenn is willing to bring in more products that are requested by her customers. Drop in and have a look for yourself when you have a chance. You will be impressed.

   

Valley East’s Only Motel To Expand to 21 Rooms by Spring 2014

The only active motel in Valley East opened during the summer of 2012 and after a full year of operation and on-going construction things are still on schedule for a full complement of 21 rooms by the Spring of 2014. Currently, nine rooms are available for single and double occupancy at rates of $99 and $109 per night respectively. The motel is being used for weddings, funerals, holiday visitors, and by a number of corporate clients who bring people in and out of the region. Snow mobilers also use the facility during the winter months.

The Sure Inn is located in the former Val Caron Public School building. While the basic structure of the building is strong and solid, it has been completely renovated inside and hosts nine good sized, comfortable rooms. Continental breakfast is included in the rates. The rooms can be rented by the day or by the week. The motel has been approved for a total of 45 rooms, so expansion plans are in the works as the demand warrants. Local residents may want to take a free tour of the rooms to check things out before their out of town guests arrive. You can’t beat the convenience of having a motel room close by when you have company staying over for a few days. Just call ahead to make sure that there is a room vacant for you to see.

The phone number is (705) 588-7666.

   

Hanmer Landmark Being Moved To Make Way For New St. Louis Wings & Ribs Sports Bar

The house located beside the Tim Horton’s in Hanmer is being moved to make way for a brand new St. Louis Wings & Ribs Sports Bar which is expected to begin construction some time around the beginning of September. The restaurant is scheduled to open by the end of October or early November if everything goes according to plan. This will be the second St. Louis Wings & Ribs Sports Bar in the Greater Sudbury Area since another one is under construction on Regent Street.

The house, which has become a familiar landmark for local residents, was constructed in 1956. It will be hauled off and moved to a new site in Val Caron. The move is expected to take place some time around August 9 or 10.

The entrance to the new sports bar will be through the Tim Horton’s entrance. Traffic lights will be installed next summer to help control the traffic flow at that spot.

      

A New Era In Golf Arrives In Valley East As Sam Yawney Introduces The Community to Monte Vista Golf Club

Sam Yawney has expanded his Golf Sudbury network with the addition of the golf course in Val Caron this summer. It is not only a new name, the Monte Vista Golf Club, it is also the dawning of a new era for local golfers and indeed the entire community since this will become Golf Sudbury’s only year long facility.

Golfers will easily recognize the Yawney trademark for excellence and quality. He owns Timberwolf, Cedar Green, Pine Grove, Stone Hill, and now his new additon to the family, Monte Vista Golf Club at the top of the hill in Val Caron. Monte Vista is spanish for mountain view.

The inside of the building has been completely renovated and refurbished. It includes a two-level banquet hall for private events and business meetings as well as The Summit Restaurant & Banquet Hall, which will offer a full menu all year long.

The General Manager of Monte Vista is Charles Parent, who many will recognize as the Pro Shop Manager for the past four years under the previous ownership. Charles provides the continuity that Sam Yawney was looking for during the initial transition year as he introduces the golf enthusiasts to some remarkable changes to the building and to the operation in general.

Most people in the Valley will also recognize the new Pro Shop Manager, Larry Berrio. Larry has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry as a country singer and will be responsible for not only operating the Pro Shop, but also for assisting with most of the functions of the club and taking care of marketing and promotion. Larry is looking forward to working all year long since it also provides him with an opportunity to maintain his singing career and even put on some performances at The Summit. Larry was born and raised in Valley East and is an avid sportsman. He indicated that Hunter Safety Courses will be held at Monte Vista in the fall and the club will also cater to the snow mobile crowd since the property is right on the main trail.

Larry, Charles and Sam extend a warm invitation to the entire community, whether you golf or not, to stop by and look the place over and to try out The Summit Restaurant. They plan on keeping everyone informed about the events and actitivities that are being held at Monte Vista in order to become an entertainment hub for the community. For more information you can call 705-588-3027.

   

Curves Moves to Norm’s Plaza July 1, 2013

Lesley Wright had been a member of Curves for 8 years when she decided that she loved what the fitness facility did for women so much it was time to buy her own franchise. On July 1, 2013, she moved her four-year old business to Norm’s Plaza where she will continue to provide women of all ages with a wonderful balance of diet and exercise that will help them improve their quality of life in all areas.

Curves has been in Valley East for over 12 years. The new location provides visitors with an atmosphere that is brighter and friendlier than ever. Lesley lived in Southern Ontario before moving to the Valley five years ago and she has loved it ever since. She finds the people in the north so friendly and passionate about life. This is why she gets so much satisfaction from providing them with a fitness facility like Curves.

For anyone who has not been to Curves in the past couple of years, Lesley says they are in for a big surprise. “The Curves franchise has become much more standardized recently. Every location must operate exactly the same with the same pictures on the wall, the same product displays and follow the same procedures as all of the others. I like this new standardization. If you belong to one Curves and you move to another city, now you know that the next one you go to will give you the exact same level of service as the one you left.”

Lesley is glad to see the increased training that the owners and their staff must go through in order to improve the quality of instruction. “All of the staff are much better trained than ever before. In order to work here you must be trained to a certain standard and you must follow the corporate policies and guidelines. It has meant for a much better quality program for our clients.  If you want to drop in or get some more information, just call Lesley at705-698-1965.

   

Doggy Do’s & Spa Treat Your Pets Like Royalty

Connie Petrucka has been a dog groomer for over 23 years, working for a variety of companies before opening up her own Pet Grooming and Spa Service, Doggy Do’s & Spa.

She had been operating in Hanmer until recently when she moved into a new spot at Norm’s Plaza in Val Caron on July 1 where she is more centrally located for her clients.

Connie provides all of the usual services for dogs of all breeds, but she is especially interested in introducing spa services such as nail polishing, feather extension and other procedures which are designed to give your pet a bit of glamour.

She also provides consulting services to dog owners on how to improve your pet’s health and ways to implement preventative measures while caring for your dog in between visits.

For example, Connie advises owners of large dogs to brushed their fur regularly, but do not shave them during the summer. She says that while one might think the dog is hot, it is actually the fur that keeps it cool and prevents sunburn or sunstroke. “Too many people see their dog panting and think that they are dying of heat, but actually that is how they cool themselves, so it is normal. Their fur is not keeping them hot. It is keeping them cool.

For more information about what you can do to help your pet, give Connie a call at (705) 588-3647.

   

Richard Bedard Relocates Family Owned Business To His Home Town: Central Printers Opens In Valley East In June

 

The Valley welcomes Richard Bedard back to his old home town where he lived for over 20 years while raising his children and supporting minor sports, especially hockey. Richard and his father, Hector Bedard, who unfortunately passed away in 2009, founded their popular family owned and operated business, Central Printers & Copy Centre in 1989. They started out on Kelly Lake Road before moving to Lorne Street in Sudbury and have now made their way to Valley East at the bottom of the hill where you enter McCrea Heights. Central Printers opened up in their new location in June and already Manager, Teresa Christie-Lapiere is finding this to be an excellent location. “We are close enough to Sudbury for our current clients and we are starting to meet a lot of people from Valley East who are asking about our services and our pricing.” Teresa has over 30 years in the printing industry, having started out with Northern Life when they were in their early years. Central Printers provides basically anything you can think of that is printed on paper and offers city-wide delivery as well. You can call Teresa at 705-688-1600 for more information.

   

Denis Portelance of ECOWATER SYSTEMS Has Some Good Advice About Drinking Water Around Lakes

Denis Portelance began working as an agent for Ecowater Systems in 1994, opening up his store in Val Caron in June 1997. He not only provides drinking water to local residents, he installs filtration and drinking water systems for all kinds of residential and commercial developments.

One of the things Denis wants to remind people about this summer is to be more careful about the water they are drinking from local lakes. He says that it is very important to move your footvalve out into deeper water away from shore to reduce the risk of ecoli poisoning. According to Denis, “Any lake where there are septic systems installed around the shores is more than likely to have some level of ecoli, especially around the shoreline.”

This summer Denis has spoken to many people about this concern. He says that it doesn’t matter how large the lake is, if there are septic field beds near the water there is naturally going to be seepage into the lake. So the closer your footvalve is to the shoreline, the more chance you have of pumping in drinking water that is contaminated.

Ecowater Systems do have an UV Dynamics Filtration system that can be installed which will effectively disinfect the water by removing sediment, chemicals and bacteria. He has installed a lot of them this summer, but he knows that many people are at risk so he advised to drink the lake water with care. Call Ecowater at 705-897-4443 for more information about how to protect your health this summer.

   

Vic Whissel Continues To Provide A Love For The Game Among Junior Golfers

Vic Whissell, Instructor/Owner of the Valley Family Gold Centre and Whistling Winds Golf Course in Blezard Valley has always loved introducing young boys and girls to the sport of golf. He has five groups of five juniors taking lessons at any given time. The group above are completing one of their weekly hour long clinics on the driving range. Vic is seen in the background donning his familiar hat. Each lesson a full one hour and with such a small group, Vic is able to provide individual attention to each of the golfers then allow them to practice their shots by hitting as many balls as they can in the hour. The personalized attention to the basics has resulted in a remarkable improvement on the skill levels of each student. The course consists of five sessions. Each child receives a pop/juice and a chip after the sessions so everyone enjoys the outing. You can call Vic at 705-897-7400 if you want any further information.

   
Two Valley Residents - Curtis Gudrie and Charles Ketter - Receive Special Awards From Rainbow District School Board

 
Rainbow District School Board paid tribute to dedicated employees and community partners at the Board meeting held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 with the presentation of Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Co-Curricular Program, Community Partnership Awards, Awards for Excellence, the Go Green Globe Award, the Barbara Konarek Memorial Award and the William N. Roman Teacher of the Year Award. Employees with 25 years of service were also recognized.

“With the presentation of these awards, we continue a rich tradition of honouring excellence in Rainbow Schools,” said Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “We are proud of our employees and community partners for their commitment. On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate all award recipients for their outstanding achievement.”

“The contributions of our individual award recipients vary, but they all have one thing in common,” said Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “They are dedicated employees and dynamic educational partners who go above and beyond the call of duty to reach minds and touch hearts in our schools and the communities that we serve.”

AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM

Curtis Gudrie - Volunteer - Confederation Secondary School

Curtis Gudrie began volunteering with Rainbow Schools soon after his family moved to Sudbury. Over the past eight years, he has coached teams and organized sports camps for students at Pinecrest Public School, Chelmsford Valley District Composite School and Confederation Secondary School. He has been the defensive coordinator for the junior and senior football teams at Confederation Secondary School for the past five years. Under his leadership, the Chargers defense has been ranked among the best in Northern Ontario.

Whether on the basketball court or the football field, Curtis Gudrie has gone the extra mile to get to know the students in his care and be a positive influence in their lives. They can count on Curtis Gudrie to help them with whatever life brings their way. He has been more than just a coach to all. He has been a true friend that is there in both the good times and the bad times. Rainbow District School Board is pleased to honour Curtis Gudrie with an Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Co-Curricular Program.

To view the video presentation for Curtis Gudrie, click on the following link or on the photo above.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQR2RGI4CuI

Charles Ketter – President - Greater Sudbury Board Basketball Officials

Charles Ketter developed a love for basketball in high school and has been a constant presence on basketball courts across Northern Ontario for the last 57 years. A long-time educator in Sudbury, he coached wherever he taught. He began his officiating career in his hometown as a founding member of the North Bay Officials Association at the age of 18. As the long-time president of the Greater Sudbury Board Basketball Officials, he remains as active as ever.

Charles Ketter has the distinction of having been awarded a lifetime membership by the International Association of Basketball Officials. He is one of only 10 Canadians in the 16,000-member organization. As a champion of basketball, he has officiated at many high school games, sharing his love of the sport with generations of students. For his contributions, Charles Ketter will be inducted into the House of Kin Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame on June 12th. He is a most deserving candidate of a Rainbow District School Board Community Partnership Award.

   
Northern Ontario 2013 Open Ladies Bowling Champions Coached by Valley East Citizen Services Lead
Lynn Imbeau, shown in the photo on the far left, is very proud of the accomplishments of her Ladies team from the City of Greater Sudbury. Lynn, as many of you know, is the person who runs the Valley East Citizen Services Centre / Public Library.

Lynn informs that the Ladies team, after a Provincial round in North Bay, won Gold and are heading to St-John's NFLD for the Canadian Open National Championships May 29th to June 1st, 2013.

Natalie Godin, second from the right, was first place on the All Star Team with an incredible average of 251.

Jeannette Gobeil won 1st place in the Singles stepladder. To her credit, despite the fact that Jeannette could have advanced to the Singles Division at the Nationals, she chose to remain with the team. She is confident that she, and her teammates, will come back with the gold, so this bodes well for the upcoming competition.

All these ladies live and bowl in the City of Greater Sudbury. In the photo we have, from left to right in the back rown; Coach: Lynn Imbeau, Paula McNamara, Jeannette Gobeil, Yvette MacLellan, Kim Goedhuis, Natalie Godin and Chris Godin in the front.
  
Special Bursary Fund Will Provide Lasting Legacy For Wendy Belanger & The Belanger/Hamilton Family
We all want to express our
condolences to the family and friends of Wendy Belanger who passed away on May 16, 2013.
 
The following tribute which was written by Wendy's daughter, Michelle. Wendy's legacy will live on through the Belanger-Hamilton Scholarship for Leadership at Confederation Secondary School.
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/wendibelanger
 
In loving memory of Wendy Charmayne (Hamilton) Belanger , who passed away May 16th, 2013, just as she lived, surrounded by the support and laughter of the love of her life, Claude Belanger, and her close family and friends. Claude loved Wendy at first sight and built a family together for 40 years. Born in Clinton, Ontario on July 11, 1953 to Connie (Bert St. Denis) and Gord Hamilton (pre-deceased). Raised in McCrea Heights, with brothers Chuck (Lisa Grespan) Hamilton of Vancouver and David Hamilton of Sudbury. An inspiration to her children, Robert (Yasmin) Belanger of Abu D...habi (U.A.E.), and Michelle (Jamie) Brunette of Val Caron. Special “Gramma Honey” to Luc and Mireille Belanger, and Malin and Nellie Brunette. Cherished daughter-in-law of Gaston and Lucienne Belanger, and sister-in-law of Fern Belanger (Joanne Chevrier), Yvon (Colette) Belanger, Pauline (Richard) Cayen, Monique (Guy) Boudreau, Andy (Jeannine) Belanger, Raymond (Lucie Cousineau) Belanger, and Nicole (Bernie) Robicheau. Surrounded, always, by the love and support of close friends who were like family, appreciating her unparalleled strength, resilience, easy smile and non-stop laughter. As a treasured aunt, confidante, coach, athlete, mentor, teacher, assertiveness trainer, children's rights advocate, Brain Tumour Support Group leader, and more recently Maison Vale Hospice resident, Wendy has positively impacted all she touched.
 
She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
 
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Belanger-Hamilton Scholarship for Leadership or the Maison Vale Hospice would be appreciated.
 
Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
233 Larch St., Sudbury
(Memorial service 2-5pm and 7-9pm Thursday May 23rd).
 
Funeral Service at: Christ the King: Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 10am.
 

As Wendy struggled through her battle with cancer she and her family wanted to give something back to the community. A special fund has been created to provide a bursary to students from Confederation Secondary School who display the leadership attributes that the entire Belanger / Hamilton families were known for. 

Wendi and Claude, along with their children Bobby and Michelle made a huge impact on the lives of so many people in this community. 

Check out the site and if you are interested feel free to make a donation and honour this wonderful lady.
http://www.caringbridge.org/ visit/wendibelanger

 
  
 
 
 Welcome to my Election 2022 web site.  
 
Why I Am Running For Re-Election as Councillor for Ward 5
 
The next Municipal Election for City Council and School Boards will take place on October 24, 2022. This is expected to be a rather bitter year for local politics since there is still a very vocal minority that is dedicated to stopping the KED. They have been fighting the decision to build the new arena/event centre on the Kingsway since June 27, 2017 and they are already looking for candidates to run against Councillors who support the KED. We know they are trying to "stack" City Council with a majority of anti-KED Councillors so that they can vote the project down.

Change is not always good !
Don't be fooled with that kind of rehetoric


As residents of the City of Greater Sudbury, you are going to have to decide who you want to represent your Ward and also who you want as your Mayor. Keep in mind that "change is not always good", so anyone who is asking for you to support them because it is time for a change should be examined carefully. You need to know why the candidate thinks that change is necessary and also ask what the candidate thinks that he/she can change.

Each Councillor has only one vote

City Council consists of a Mayor and 12 Ward Councillors. We each have one vote and we are basically all "mayors" of our own Wards. So, what goes on at City Council and committee meetings is important, but that is not where your Ward Councillor is the most valuable to you, an individual citizen. Your Councillor needs the support of six other members of Council in order to put forward an item on the agenda. So, an individual Councillor doesn't have much impact. Anyone who is running because he/she thinks we need to change members of Council so that different policy decisions will be made really doesn't know much about how City Council functions.

Committed to a minimum of 12 years serving the public

When I was first elected to City Council in 2014, I made a commitment to serve my Ward for a minimum of 12 years, so I will definitely be running again in October 2022.

The importance of experience cannot be understated

From the beginning I understood the importance experience played in order to provide effective and efficient guidance and advocacy for constituents when they contact me with individual concerns. It took me the better part of two years to become knowledgeable and comfortable with the complex municipal organizational structure and to know who to contact to get things accomplished.

Now, after eight years of experience, it would not be fair to the residents of Ward 5 to abandon them and leave them with someone new and inexperienced who would have to learn all over again.  When and if I decide it is time for me to turn my responsibilities to another person, I will make sure my successor is well-prepared to take over. But for now, I am planning on staying for at least four more years. A new representative with no experience will not be able to effectively serve my constituents, and so I look forward to continuing in this role for the next four years.

Demonstrated competency and knowledge outweights promises

As I said above, City Council and committee meetings are different. You simply need the wisdom and career/life experiences to make objective, informed, evidence-based decisions that are in the best interests of your Ward and the City as a whole. So, anyone who is running for a position as a Ward Councillor should have demonstrated competency and a knowledge of the history of the community.  It is not enough to promise you will do things for the community. You must have demonstrated that you have been doing a lot for the community.

Full time commitment Is necessary to be most effective as Councillor

You need to have the time to study reports, do your own research, and talk to people who are experts in their field in order to be well-informed at the time that decisions are made at Council. It takes an enormous amount of time to be prepared, and you can definitely see the Councillors who do not do their homework.

I will continue to devote full time to this position

I am fortunate because being on Council is my full-time job. I knew the time commitment when I ran the first time. I also knew that I could never have done this job while I was working as a full-time teacher and my children were younger. Therefore, when it comes to choosing a Ward Councillor who will serve you well on Council and be better prepared when decisions are being made, you need to determine if that person has the time to devote to that part of the job. As mentioned above, you can rest assured that since I am devoting full-time to my job as Councillor of Ward 5, I am available every day at any time of day or night. If you have a concern you just need to email me or phone me.

I am available when you need me

To provide effective advice and direction to individual constituents and organizations, and to advocate for them so that they are treated fairly and consistently takes the kind of experience you only get from spending time in office. This is the second, and most important part of being a City Councillor. It is being available when called upon by your constituents.

Helping individual constituents immediately is my greatest strength

My greatest strength at this time is my ability to use the experience I have gained to be of greatest help to my individual constituents and organizations when they reach out to me. Once again, since I am devoting full-time to my position as Councillor, I am able to be available when they need me. They don't need to wait for answers. And since I now have over seven years of experience under my belt, I know where to turn for answers and am able to provide the kind of guidance and advocacy that they need. When they call their City Councillor, they want to speak to someone with experience who will be able to fight for them.

I will commit myself to at least another four years as Councillor for Ward 5

I will continue for at least another term if my constituents give me another vote of confidence on October 24, 2022. There is a lot of work that I would like to see completed in the next five years, but one of the main reasons I am running again is because I do not feel it would be fair for me to ignore the experience I have gained and abandon the residents of Ward 5. I promised to be at your service for at least 12 years and that is what I intend to do.
       
My experience as an elected representative
 
  
Who Is Robert Kirwan
Warren, Robert, Marty, Valerie, Ryan
 

Robert Kirwan is a lifelong resident of Greater Sudbury. He is the oldest child of Thomas and Audrey Kirwan, both deceased. Thomas enjoyed a career with INCO, mainly in management at the Iron Ore Recovery Plant in Copper Cliff. Robert’s four brothers and sisters (Frank, Carol, Wayne and Janet) all live in the Sudbury area. He spent the first five years of his life in Coniston before moving to Lively at the age of 5.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math and Economics from Laurentian University in 1972. He obtained an Elementary Teaching Diploma from North Bay Teachers’ College in 1973 and completed his post-secondary education with a Master’s Degree in Education in 1985 from Central Michigan University. He still carries the designation of an Ontario Certified Teacher.

Robert met his wife, Valerie (Starcevic) in 1968. She grew up in Creighton Mine. They were married in 1972, moved to Valley East in 1974, and have lived in the same house ever since. Bob and Val raised three sons who all graduated from Laurentian University with degrees from the School of Commerce.  Ryan is an independent mortgage broker in Sudbury; Warren is a school teacher in Barrie with the Simcoe District School Board; and Marty is a police officer with the Peel Regional Police Department.  The Kirwans have seven grandchildren.

Robert had a successful 28-year career as a teacher with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, including nine years as President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, Sudbury Elementary Unit. He has been an independent business consultant since 1985. He provides education-based business development services to the private and public sectors.  He completed a four-year term as an elected Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board from 2010 to 2014.

Robert has also hosted his own live talk radio show, The Learning Clinic, on CKLU 96.5FM from Laurentian University.

Robert Kirwan is serving his second term as City Councillor for Ward 5. He was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

One of his most important roles is to ensure that his constituents are well informed when it comes to municipal policies and services. He uses all forms of media to meet this responsibility, including main stream media venues as well as facebook, through the site that he and Valerie run at https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday

He also acts as an advocate for individual residents and business owners in order to help them in their dealings with the city. It is important for everyone to feel that they have received due consideration for their concerns and issues and that they have been treated fairly by the city.

As a representative on City Council he is responsible for representing the collective interests of the people living in Ward 5. In order to fulfill this responsibility, Kirwan states that it is important for him to continue to work with as wide a range of groups and organizations in Ward 5 as possible so that he has a better understanding of the needs of all residents in order to be their voice on City Council. He is committed to representing every man, woman and child living in Ward 5 and to advocate on their behalf.

At the same time, Kirwan believes that what is in the best interests of Ward 5 must also be consistent with what is in the best interests of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. Kirwan describes himself as a pragmatist who takes a practical approach to problem-solving and is primarily concerned with the success or failure of his actions. He feels that many of the challenges facing the City of Greater Sudbury can be resolved with a willingness of Councillors to incorporate new and innovative ideas to develop business plans that are designed to help the City of Greater Sudbury become a growing, world-class community bringing talent, technology and a great northern lifestyle to all residents.

  

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

by Robert Kirwan - Councillor of Ward 5

Candidate for Re-Election

It has been my privilege to serve as City Councillor for Ward 5 since 2014.

At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community.

I am not here to make any promises. Rather, I want to highlight what I have done over the past eight years to earn your confidence and support. You have seen me establish that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have consistently demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I am now asking for your support in the Municipal Election on October 24, 2022, so I may continue in that role for the next four years in order to complete a number of initiatives that I have been involved with and to ensure that best interests of all residents of the City of Greater Sudbury are being met.

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

The City of Greater Sudbury is on the verge of some major changes as we prepare for the next four years. I am excited about our prospects, but change is not going to come easy. We are going to have to focus our energy and resources in some areas that will set the foundation for a future that will acknowledge the health and social needs of an aging population while addressing the employment and housing needs of our low income families. I am asking for your support to re-elect me as your Ward 5 Councillor so that I can continue to implement some of the initiatives that we have started during the past four years.

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

Ward 5 is one of the most diverse sections of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has been an honour to be able to represent constituents from the northwest portion of Sudbury as well as from the Valley because it gives me the opportunity to examine the major issues and concerns facing this city from all perspectives. I am now humbly asking you to give me your vote again so that I can be re-elected as Councillor of Ward 5. I feel that the past eight years have given me significant insight into the major concerns and needs of all of the residents living in the Valley portion of Ward 5 and I would like to continue to serve you during the next term of Council, which we all know is going to be an extremely challenging period for this city.

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

During the past eight years on Council I found that my previous career and political experiences have served me well in advocating for literally hundreds of constituents who have contacted me for personal assistance on a wide range of issues. Whether it is making an application for rezoning, problems with drainage, helping people with organizing a petition or taking part in a store opening, when anyone contacts me for help, I make every effort to be there for them on the same day. My primary role is to make sure that each constituent has someone to call or speak with if they have any municipal issues. The fact that I am available on a full time basis to serve my ward allows me to get back to constituents in a timely manner and to meet them at a time that is convenient to their schedules. This is an important part of the job of Councillor.

VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

The Valley East portion of the Ward includes everything south of Dominion Drive up to the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre which takes in Val Caron, Blezard Valley, Guilletville, and McCrea Heights. The Sudbury portion of the Ward extends from the Terry Fox fields to Ryan Heights, up along Notre Dame to the corner of Lasalle & Notre Dame and then east along Lasalle to Rideau and everything on both sides of Lasalle.

Your vote in the October 24, 2022 election will be much appreciated and I guarantee that you won’t regret giving me your support for another four years. I have had significant influence in launching a major transition period in our city and I would like to spend the next four years finishing what we started. My wife and I have lived in Valley East since 1974 and I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about the potential for growth and development in our community as I am now.

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

My record as your Councillor for Ward 5 for the past eight years is what I am hoping will convince you to give me a chance to continue in this role for another four years. I have tried my best to be an effective voice for the Valley portion of Ward 5 while debating the issues and policies at Council meetings.

I have discovered that each neighbourhood in this part of the ward is faced with different challenges and a wide variety of unique needs. With each successive year, my experience base becomes broader and I am able to navigate the complex world of municipal services more efficiently and effectively.

I trust I have met your expectations as a Councillor. If so, I would be honoured to continue in this role for the next four years. If you give me your vote on October 24, 2022 I feel confident that I can do an even better job on your behalf as a result of the experience I have gained during this past term.

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

The Kingsway Entertainment District and the Downtown Arts and Culture District: I am proud of the role that I played in putting in motion the transformational projects that will solidify the future of the City of Greater Sudbury. As you know, I was one of the strongest supporters of the Kingsway Entertainment District, but the real reason for putting my support behind the development of the new arena, the new Gateway Casino and the new Genesis Hospitality hotel on the Kingsway was so that we would be able to approve the downtown developments that will include a new library, a new art gallery, a new convention and performance centre, Place des Arts, a new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, and a new Tom Davies Square Courtyard. I would like to be re-elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 so that I can help move all of those projects forward. Even though Place des Arts is open and the Kingsway Entertainment District is close to receiving the final budget and approval, there are still many challenges and decisions yet to be made with the rest of the big projects and I know that I have the ability to be influential in the successful competition of our plans.

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

The Transit Action Plan: I spent a great deal of time working with the Transit Department in the development of a new Transit Action plan that has laid the groundwork for the future. The Transit Action Plan continues to improve our routes and times. The Affordable Transit Fare Structure will make it less expensive to use public transit. I would also like to continue to work with the Transit Safety Task Force to make sure that everyone who uses public transit or who works for public transit is safe and comfortable in all environments. I know that a lot of my Valley constituents would like to use public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward into the future.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

Keeping tax increases as low as possible: We have been doing everything we can to keep municipal tax increases to a minimum. With so many services being provided to the different sectors of the community, we have obligations to maintain the level of service, but the cost of doing so is rising much faster than inflation. I want to continue to be the Voice of Ward 5 residents because for the past eight years I have gained knowledge and insight into the budget process that will help me ensure that taxes are minimized in the coming term. It is going to be very challenging to deal with our aging infrastructure as well as the needs of our older adults and low income residents who are in need of affordable housing, but I believe I can be influential in helping guide Council in making wise investments that will stimulate growth of our economy. The best way to keep taxes low is to make sure that we are attracting new commercial and residential development. That is my goal for the next four years.

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Infrastructure: We are governed by provincial legislation when it comes to providing quality Water / Wastewater services to our residents. We cannot use money from the general tax levy to cover any of our expenses, and so the only revenue we can generate is through water bills. Because of our aging infrastructure, we are going to be forced to implement higher water rate increases than we would like to, but it is going to be necessary to cover the costs of the service. I have worked as Chair of the Operations Committee for the first four years and continued to serve on this committee during the past four years. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years in order to make sure that we are making the right choices when it comes to water / wastewater services and rates. The infrastructure in many parts of Ward 5 is very old and we are starting to experience more and more water main breaks. I want to make sure we can deal with these emergencies.

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

Playground Revitalization: I am proud of my involvement in helping create the playground revitalization strategy. We were able to revitalize Pinecrest and Macmillan Playgrounds under this program and we are continuing to add smaller improvements to some of the others. Playgrounds and their parks are becoming so important as we ensure that there is suitable opportunity for children and their families to enjoy wholesome recreation within walking distance of their homes. Older adults are also using the parks with their grandchildren and even just to enjoy a bit of fresh air and socialization. I am also working with the Valley East Community Action Network and several other playground associations to help them upgrade and improve their parks and playgrounds in addition to the revitalization program. This is going to be a high priority for me in the next term.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

I have been involved in the following committees and boards during my eight years as a member of City Council:

Planning Committee; Chair (2 years); Vice-Chair (2 years)

Population Health Safety & Well-Being Panel; Co-Chair (4 years)

Seniors’ Advisory Panel; Co-Chair (8 years)

Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair (4 years)

Committee of Management for Pioneer Manor; Chair (4 years)

Public Health Sudbury & Districts; Board member (8 years)

Operations Committee; Chair (4 years); Member (8 years)

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

I have been Chair of the Planning Committee for the final two years of this term, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for the next four years. This is a committee that can have a significant impact on new development across the city and it has been so satisfying working with the private sector to help them achieve their goals, whether for new subdivision development or new commercial interests. We are working on some exciting changes that will help us expand some of our industrial park land in order to allow new development in more appropriate locations in the city. In addition, we are making some changes to the Zoning By-Law and the Official Plan that will make it easier for developers to get the necessary approvals for new development that is much needed for the future.

CO-CHAIR OF THE POPULATION HEALTH SAFETY & WELL-BEING PANEL

The PHSWB Panel is a group of very influential leaders from many sectors of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our goal is to develop a collaborative approach to removing the barriers to ensuring the safety and well being of all residents of our city. This is a group that began meeting in 2022 and will address some of the major issues that our residents are dealing with in areas such as mental health and addictions and housing. We have just begun examining a comprehensive COVID recovery plan that addresses mental health and resilience as one of our top, underlying priorities. We meet monthly in order to maintain the momentum that is needed to move forward with our priorities and collaborate with other organizations, including the GSPS, PHSD, and HSN.

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

As Chair of the Operations Committee during my first four years, and as a committee member for the past four years, we established a number of new policies and protocols to deal with our aging infrastructure. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years to help implement a number of changes we are putting in place to improve winter maintenance of our roads and sidewalks, a strategic approach to road maintenance and repair of our main arterial road network, some safety enhancements we are making to our intersections and high risk roads, and programs that will make our streets more pedestrian and biker friendly. We are embarking on safety initiatives such as photo radar and red light camera installations at intersections that demonstrate the greatest risk of accidents.

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

As Chair of the Committee of Management of Pioneer Manor for the first four years we did a great deal to move a number of projects and initiatives forward. For the past four years we have included Pioneer Manor under the Community Services Committee. I am also a member of that committee so I am able to continue to be involved with Pioneer Manor. I would like the opportunity to work on the completion of our $63 million bed redevelopment project so that we can repurpose the six wings which include 94 rooms that will be available to meet the needs of the community. We are considering a number of possibilities including using some of the rooms for alternative level of care patients from the hospital; using the rooms as temporary residential settings for clients who are homeless or in need of transitional shelter; using one or two wings as a student residence for students who are training to become a health care worker of some sort and who would be able to earn their practicum credits at Pioneer Manor. We have come so far in the past several years and I would like the chance to help bring some of the projects forward. We are also at the point where the Province is placing a lot of emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of our long term care residents, and it is going to be an exciting time during the next several years. I am prepared to use the experience I have gained during the past eight years to continue to advance the improvements in our long term care homes.

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

As Co-Chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the past eight years we have done so much to bring awareness to the community of the needs of our older adults. I would like to be able to continue to help implement the many Age Friendly Strategy initiatives that we have put in place. Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council. I was extremely proud to be the facilitator and organizer of the Seniors’ Summit 2019 which produced the framework for a Seniors’ Strategy that I hope to work on during the next four years. We are going to be using our influence to recommend the development of more housing options for seniors, including shared housing initiatives. We are also going to be promoting the expansion of home care to address the health and wellness, as well as the general day to day maintenance requirements that older adults need in order to age in place.

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

As Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation for my first four years I helped improve the quality of life for many of our rent-geared-to-income residents. For the past four years the responsibility for the GSHC has been taken over by City Council, which means that the entire Council is the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overseeing future development and operation of the 1848 units owned by the GSHC. I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness. We have made a lot of progress on a revitalization plan for our housing portfolio. I want to help implement the changes. In addition, we need to address the safety concerns that have surfaced in recent years. Too many of our residents are being inconvenienced by tenants who are not abiding by the general rules and are causing distress among other tenants. We need to deal with this in the coming years and I know that my previous experience will be helpful in focusing on the policies that must be implemented.

WORKERS MEMORIAL YOUTH PARK

The Pandemic has put a hold on the development of the Workers Memorial Youth Park, but hopefully we will be able to initiate a community wide campaign to raise individual and corporate donations for the million dollar Valley East Workers Memorial Youth Park that will eventually be constructed on the southeast section of Confederation Secondary School property. This project was started by Ecole Jean Paul II School and it is my dream to see it open before the end of the next term with a skate park, a spash pad, a tot lot playground, a shaded sitting area, washrooms and change rooms, a new tennis court, and an outdoor rink that will turn into pickle ball courts in the summer. I have already been in discussions with the Valley East Community Action Network to see if they will take the lead in this development.

DEVELOPMENT OF HARC TOWN CENTRE

Development of our Town Centre: I am going to continue to work with Leisure Services on plans to complete the 28 acre undeveloped portion of the Howard Armstrong Regional Park that was always intended to be the Town Centre for the community of Valley East. Now that City Council has approved the Valley East Multi-Purpose Twin Pad Sports Complex I will continue to work towards finding funding sources so that this facility plus the improvements to the remaining 20 acre park can be officially opened before the end of the next term. We have come so far with this project and I would like to come back to help continue with the development during the next four years.

EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL PARK

The expansion and development of the Valley East Industrial Park; This will be one of my top priorities in the coming term. I have been working with the Planning Department to put in place a plan to expand the park with additional land to the east and will be making sure that we market and promote this as an attractive location for commercial and industrial growth. We are currently in the process of developing an Employment Land Review and Strategy which will examine our existing industrial park lands and look as how to make them more attractive to future investment.

COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT

Community Hub Development: I have been a strong proponent of the use of surplus schools as community hubs and we now have a community hub strategy in place for the city. My goal is to eventually see surplus schools turned into a community hub, serving the neighbourhoods in their catchment areas. I will champion the development of all future surplus schools into community hubs along with the building of affordable senior residences on the school property. There is even the potential of using single detached houses in certain neighbourhoods to create neighbourhood hubs for older adults living nearby. These are initiatives that we must explore over the next four years. I have become somewhat of a community hub champion and expert on City Council for the past eight years and would like to continue to work towards making this happen.

REVITALIZATION OF KALMO BEACH

The revitalization of the Kalmo Beach is high on the priority list for the next term of council. This is going to be a collaborative approach with contributions from the City, community organizations and individual donations. This park could be one of the most attractive sites in the Valley with a little bit of help. We are ready to present a 10 year plan to City Council that will eventually turn this into a four season recreation centre. Now that the Paquette-Whitson drainage project is complete, there is the possibility of having a walking / cycling trail going all the way from the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre to Kalmo Beach. That is my vision and it is what I would like to continue working on.

SUPER ASSOCIATION OF PLAYGROUNDS

One of my priorities during the next term will be to continue to revitalize local playgrounds through neighbourhood associations. There are some parks that are in close proximity and could benefit from combining their resources to form a “super association”. For example, Pinecrest, Carol Richard Park, and Macmillan playgrounds are located in a distinct part of Ward 5. A super association of neighbourhoods would allow residents to leverage the strengths of each playground and get more community involvement in activities and initiatives.

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

We have seen in recent years that whenever a developer establishes a new residential complex, the new units are rented even before they are built. There are many older adults in Ward 5 who find that they are having more and more difficulty being able to maintain the house that they have lived in for decades. They want to downsize, but they just don’t want to leave the community. I am going to work with developers who want to use the vast amount of land that we have in the Valley to build the kind of living accommodations that older adults are looking for. We want our older adults to be able to enjoy a quality of life that they deserve in the community that they have called home for so many years.

WHITSON LAKE WATER LEVEL

The water level in Whitson Lake has been difficult to maintain during the past several years. I will continue to work with residents of the lake to find solutions that will keep the water levels high enough so that people can use their boats in the summer and enjoy the use of Kalmo Beach. The dam that is owned by Vale needs to be adjusted to keep the water at a higher level while still adhering to the requirements of the Ministry. I have been working with some of the waterfront residents on this matter for several years. We are inching forward and are close to arriving at a solution.

FIRE SERVICES IN VALLEY EAST

We now have a full-time fire service at Station 16 in Val Therese. This means that we always have four full time firefighters on duty at all times. But we also have the additional services of some of the finest volunteer firefighters in the entire City. I am going to do everything I can to improve the recruitment and retention strategies that are in place in order to make sure that we have full complements of volunteers at Stations 15, 16 and 17 to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our residents. This combination of volunteer and career firefighters will give residents of Valley East the greatest level of protection in the entire City.

HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYGROUND

Now that the playground at Hidden Valley has finally been installed, I intend to work with the residents of that part of Val Caron to do whatever is needed to add to the facilities and develop a strong and viable neighbourhood association to get the most benefit from the playground. It has been a long, hard fought journey to this point, and now that it is up, it is time to make this become a focal point moving forward.

ARTERIAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

So much has been done over the past eight years to improve the conditions of our arterial road network in the Valley. We have used large area patching along MR 80 and have all but replaced the worse stretches of road surface. I am so pleased to have been able to get the road done in Blezard Valley and the resurfacing of the stretch from McCrea Heights to Sudbury. However, there are still some other connecting roads in the Valley that I want to bring up to higher standards over the next four years. Valleyview Road, Dominion Drive West and Martin Road, Main Street East and Kalmo / Bodson Drive, are some of the areas that I would like to see improved over the next few years.

PAQUETTE – WHITSON DRAINAGE PROJECT

The $13 million Paquette – Whitson drainage project is pretty well completed and we should be seeing some impact of this project over the next couple of years. One of the most exciting things about this project is that it will allow for a wonderful walking/cycling trail from Dominion Drive right over to Main Street East. This will be a spectacular recreational area that will be worked on over the next couple of years. The project has also removed a great deal of land from the flood plain. This will not enable developers to move forward with their plans of subdivision. I will work with developers in the next several years to see what we need to do to get them to begin their construction projects.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

I am excited to work with the Valley East Community Action Network, Carefour Senator Rheal Belisle, Valleyview Community Church, and the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre  to ensure that our community celebrations get back to normal after the end of the pandemic. We have some annual celebrations including Family Day in February at Centennial Arena, Canada Day on July 1 in Blezard Valley, Valley East Days in September, Family Fun Day in Blezard Valley in July, and the Friday Night Drive In Movies at the Valleyview Community Church. I intend to continue to provide whatever support we can through the city to make sure that these events can pick up where they left off before the pandemic.

WASTE COLLECTION AND VALLEY EAST LANDFILL SITE

I am extremely happy with how residents of Valley East have worked hard to improve the use of green bins and blue boxes in response to our every second week garbage pick-up. As I drive around the Valley I notice that there are more and more properties with a single bag/container of garbage every second week. But the number of blue boxes and green bins has continuously expanded. City staff and contractors have been very courteous and I am receiving fewer complaints from residents. I am also pleased with how the Waste Management Managers have done everything they can to satisfy our residents. Whenever there is a problem or issue, they are quick to send someone out to resolve the missed pickup or other problem.

RV DUMP IN VAL CARON

I was disappointed when City Council approved the closure of the RV Dump at the Valley East Wastewater Station, but I will continue to do what I can to open this site up again. This may take time but hopefully I will be able to convince Council that this RV Dump station is needed.

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

I have spent a lot of time during the past eight years putting the groundwork in place that can see a number of other enhancements in our community. There is so much more that I would like to share with you about what I plan to accomplish over the next four years. I hope that I have shown you and all of my constituents that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I come to you today to ask for your vote on October 24, 2022 so that I may have the honour of serving you for the next four years as Councillor of Ward 5. Thank you for your support!

   

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

by Robert Kirwan - Councillor of Ward 5

It has been my privilege to serve as City Councillor for Ward 5 since 2014.

At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community and has set the stage for the next four years if I am successful in getting re-elected on October 24, 2022.

I am not here to make any promises. After you have served as a City Councillor for a few years you learn that it is important to avoid raising false and misleading expectations among your constituents. There are some things that are impossible to achieve, and so it does no good to promise the moon and then fail to deliver. Our expectations as a City Council are more realistic and we make sure to include the right strategies which will make it possible for us to achieve our objectives. A good Councillor does not make outrageous promises.

So, instead of making promises, I want to highlight what I have done over the past eight years to earn your confidence and support. You have seen me establish that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests of residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury as a whole. I think I have consistently demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate no matter what your issue. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

The City of Greater Sudbury is on the verge of some major changes as we prepare for the next four years. I am excited about our prospects, but change is not going to come easy. We are going to have to focus our energy and resources in some areas that will set the foundation for a future that will acknowledge the health and social needs of an aging population while addressing the employment and housing needs of our low income families. I am asking for your support so that I can continue to implement some of the initiatives that we have started during the past four years.

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

Ward 5 is one of the most diverse sections of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has been an honour to be able to represent constituents from the northwest portion of Sudbury as well as from the Valley because it gives me the opportunity to examine the major issues and concerns facing this city from all perspectives. I feel that the past eight years have given me significant insight into the major concerns and needs of all of the residents living in the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 and I would like to continue to serve you during the next term of Council, which we all know is going to be an extremely challenging period for this city.

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

During the past eight years on Council I found that my previous career and political experiences have served me well in advocating for literally hundreds of constituents who have contacted me for personal assistance on a wide range of issues. Whether it is making an application for rezoning, problems with drainage, helping people with organizing a petition or taking part in a store opening, when anyone contacts me for help, I make every effort to be there for them on the same day. My primary role is to make sure that each constituent has someone to call or speak with if they have any municipal issues. The fact that I am available on a full time basis to serve my ward allows me to get back to constituents in a timely manner and to meet them when it is convenient to their schedules. This is an important part of the job of Councillor.

SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

The Sudbury portion of the Ward 5 extends from the Terry Fox fields to Ryan Heights, up along Notre Dame to the corner of Lasalle & Notre Dame and then east along Lasalle to Rideau and everything on both sides of Lasalle. The Valley East portion of the Ward includes everything south of Dominion Drive up to the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre which takes in Val Caron, Blezard Valley, Guilletville, and McCrea Heights.

I have had significant influence in navigating a major transition period in our city and I would like to spend the next four years finishing what we started. My wife and I have lived our entire lives in the City of Greater Sudbury and have lived in Valley East since 1974. I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about the potential for growth and development in our community as I am now.

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

I have tried my best to be an effective voice for the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 while debating the issues and policies at Council meetings. My record speaks for itself. I have discovered that each neighbourhood in this part of the ward is faced with different challenges and a wide variety of unique needs. With each successive year, my experience base becomes broader and I am able to navigate the complex world of municipal services more efficiently and effectively.

I trust I have met your expectations as a Councillor and would be honoured to continue in this role for the next four years. I feel confident that I can do an even better job on your behalf as a result of the experience I have gained during these past eight years.

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

The Kingsway Entertainment District and the Downtown Arts and Culture District: I am proud of the role that I played in putting in motion the transformational projects that will solidify the future of the City of Greater Sudbury. As you know, I was one of the strongest supporters of the Kingsway Entertainment District, but the real reason for putting my support behind the development of the new arena, the new Gateway Casino and the Genesis Hospitality hotel on the Kingsway was so that we would be able to approve the downtown developments that will include a new library, a new art gallery, a new convention and performance centre, Place des Arts, a new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, and a new Tom Davies Square Courtyard. I would like to be re-elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 so that I can help move all of those projects forward. Even though Place des Arts is open and the Kingsway Entertainment District is close to receiving the final budget and approval, there are still many challenges and decisions yet to be made with the rest of the big projects and I know that I have the ability to be influential in the successful completion of our plans.

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

The Transit Action Plan: I spent a great deal of time working with the Transit Department in the development of a new Transit Action plan that has laid the groundwork for the future. The Transit Action Plan continues to improve our routes and times. The Affordable Transit Fare Structure will make it less expensive to use public transit. I would also like to continue to work with the Transit Safety Task Force to make sure that everyone who uses public transit or who works for public transit is safe and comfortable in all environments. I know that a lot of my Sudbury constituents rely upon public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward into the future.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

Keeping tax increases as low as possible: We have been doing everything we can to keep municipal tax increases to a minimum. With so many services being provided to the different sectors of the community, we have obligations to maintain the level of service, but the cost of doing so is rising much faster than inflation. I want to continue to be the Voice of Ward 5 residents because for the past eight years I have gained knowledge and insight into the budget process that will help me ensure that taxes are minimized in the coming term. It is going to be very challenging to deal with our aging infrastructure as well as the needs of our older adults and low income residents who are in need of affordable housing, but I believe I can be influential in helping guide Council in making wise investments that will stimulate growth of our economy. The best way to keep taxes low is to make sure that we are attracting new commercial and residential development. That is my goal for the next four years.

COMPLETION OF MALEY DRIVE PROJECT

I played a significant role in the final decision to go ahead with the Maley Drive Project. This new road has greatly reduced the amount of traffic on Lasalle Blvd. and has virtually taken all of the large industrial trucks off that road. This has benefited residents of Ward 5 living along Lasalle, but it has also provided a more direct route to the east end of the City and to Barrydowne Road for residents of the Valley. The Maley Drive extension also moves the Barrydowne Extension a bit closer to a possibility. That may be the next major roadway worked on next.

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Infrastructure: We are governed by provincial legislation when it comes to providing quality Water / Wastewater services to our residents. We cannot use money from the general tax levy to cover any of our expenses, and so the only revenue we can generate is through water bills. Because of our aging infrastructure, we are going to be forced to implement higher water rate increases than we would like to, but it is going to be necessary to cover the costs of the service. I have worked as Chair of the Operations Committee for the first four years and continued to serve on this committee during the past four years. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years in order to make sure that we are making the right choices when it comes to water / wastewater services and rates. The infrastructure in many parts of Ward 5 is very old and we are starting to experience more and more water main breaks. I want to make sure we can deal with these emergencies.

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CAPITAL PRIORITY POLICY

I have enjoyed working with City Council and staff in developing and implementing a new strategy for determining capital priorities which will be a shift from the pay-as-you-go philosophy which has been used in the past to a debt-financing approach to capital projects where borrowing makes sense. This will allow us to be able to take full advantage of leveraging outside funding opportunities when they come up and will encourage us to put our decisions into action effectively and efficiently. This policy is working well and needs to be refined over the next four years as we focus on some of our major infrastructure deficit needs. But at least we are in a place now where we can take advantage of opportunities to secure debt financing when it is beneficial and cost-effective.

ENCOURAGING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS

We have adopted a new plan for encouraging and approving unsolicited proposals from the private and not-for-profit sectors. This will provide parties to approach the city, in confidence, with proposals for collaborative partnerships on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. If City Council feels that the proposal is beneficial to the citizens of the city, then we can enter into agreements and proceed as partners. This will demonstrate that we are open for business in the coming years.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY

We have a new Affordable Housing Strategy which has included the city taking over the management and operations of the 1848 units that belong to the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation. We will be looking at how we can incorporate the Affordable Housing Strategy along with the GSHC units to raise the standards for all 4500 social housing units throughout the city. A lot of work has been done during the past 8 years, and we will be making housing a much higher priority in the coming four years. We need to increase our inventory of affordable housing units and renovate some of our aging stock.

POPULATION HEALTH STRATEGY

A Population Health Strategy will change the way we look at our neighbourhoods. We will be looking to proactively address the social determinants of health from an upstream approach designed to give residents more opportunity to experience a positive quality of life that was once elusive to many of our deprived neighbourhoods. Much has been done in this regard during the past several year, and as we move into the post-pandemic period, we will be addressing the social determinants of health that have been barriers for so many people as they strive for a better quality of life. We have some very effective plans in place and will be prioritizing this in the coming years.

COMMUNITY HUB STRATEGY

We now have a Community Hub Strategy which recognizes the need to provide services in a cluster, or hub, environment in order to better utilize surplus schools and other public buildings. These community hubs may lead to the growth of affordable housing complexes in some of our most spacious property in the outlying areas. I have been recognized on Council as being a champion for community hubs and I am sure that our experiences during the pandemic have made everyone realize that we need well positioned community hubs throughout our entire city. I am hoping to make great strides in this area during the next four years.

AGE FRIENDLY STRATEGY

We have approved a new Age Friendly Strategy which will inform all decisions that are made by City Council moving forward. We will examine how all of our decisions are recognizing the needs of older adults by looking at everything through an Age Friendly lens. The Age Friendly Strategy Committee works under the Seniors’ Advisory Panel. I have been a member of the Age Friendly Strategy Committee and can assure everyone that we will continue to review and evaluate ways that we can make the city much more age friendly in the coming years.

GETTING RID OF RED TAPE IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

We have been continuously looking for ways to streamline our development approvals process. Developers can now take part in a new SPART (Sudbury Planning Application Review Team) meeting procedure whereby they meet with all of the city departments in advance of submitting an application in order to make the planning and approval process more of a collaborative exercise. This is a remarkable change in approach that has been well received by developers and staff alike.

SHIFTING FROM RISK AVOIDANCE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

Perhaps the most important change that I have been proud to be part of is that we are seeing the management and staff at Tom Davies Square as well as City Council, shifting from a culture that was best described as “risk avoidance” to one that is moving towards a “risk management style”. Instead of examining proposals and projects to see “why they won’t work”, we are now looking at proposals and projects to find out “what we can do to make it work”. This is the one change that underlies all other changes during the past four years. We are looking for ways of making good ideas work and we are operating at the “speed of business”. This will allow us to take advantage of some tremendous opportunities in the coming years.

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

Playground Revitalization: I am proud of my involvement in helping create the playground revitalization strategy. We were able to revitalize the Ryan Heights, Pinecrest, MacMillan and Hidden Valley playgrounds and we are continuing to add smaller improvements to some of the others. Playgrounds and their parks are becoming so important as we ensure that there is suitable opportunity for children and their families to enjoy wholesome recreation within walking distance of their homes. Older adults are also using the parks with their grandchildren and even just to enjoy a bit of fresh air and socialization. I am going to work even more closely with the neighbourhood associations to help them upgrade and improve their parks and playgrounds in addition to the revitalization program. This is going to be a high priority for me in the next term.

LED LIGHTING PROJECT

Our LED lighting project has allowed us to replace all of our street lights, greatly benefiting residents of Ward 5. The enhanced lighting makes the area much safer for everyone.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

I have been involved in a number of committees and boards during my eight years.

Planning Committee; Chair (2 years); Vice-Chair (2 years)

Population Health Safety & Well-Being Panel; Co-Chair (4 years)

Seniors’ Advisory Panel; Co-Chair (8 years)

Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair (4 years)

Committee of Management for Pioneer Manor; Chair (4 years)

Public Health Sudbury & Districts; Board member (8 years)

Operations Committee; Chair (4 years); Member (8 years)

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

I have been Chair of the Planning Committee for the final two years of this term, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for the next four years. This is a committee that can have a significant impact on new development across the city and it has been so satisfying working with the private sector to help them achieve their goals, whether for new subdivision development or new commercial interests. We are working on some exciting changes that will help us expand some of our industrial park land in order to allow new development in more appropriate locations in the city. In addition, we are making some changes to the Zoning By-Law and the Official Plan that will make it easier for developers to get the necessary approvals for new development that is much needed for the future.

CO-CHAIR OF THE POPULATION HEALTH COMMUNITY SAFETY & WELL-BEING PANEL

The PHCSWB Panel is a group of very influential leaders from many sectors of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our goal is to develop a collaborative approach to removing the barriers to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents of our city. This group began meeting in 2022 and will address some of the major issues that our residents are dealing with in areas such as mental health and addictions and housing. We have just begun examining a comprehensive COVID recovery plan that addresses mental health and resilience as one of our top, underlying priorities. We meet monthly in order to maintain the momentum that is needed to move forward with our priorities and collaborate with other organizations, including the GSPS, PHSD, and HSN.

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

As Chair of the Operations Committee during my first four years, and as a committee member for the past four years, we established a number of new policies and protocols to deal with our aging infrastructure. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years to help implement a number of changes we are putting in place to improve winter maintenance of our roads and sidewalks, a strategic approach to road maintenance and repair of our main arterial road network, some safety enhancements we are making to our intersections and high risk roads, and programs that will make our streets more pedestrian and biker friendly. We are embarking on safety initiatives such as photo radar and red light camera installations at intersections that demonstrate the greatest risk of accidents.

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

As Chair of the Committee of Management of Pioneer Manor for the first four years we did a great deal to move a number of projects and initiatives forward. For the past four years we have included Pioneer Manor under the Community Development Committee, and I am also a member of that committee so I am able to continue to be involved with Pioneer Manor. I would like the opportunity to work on the completion of our bed redevelopment program so that we can repurpose the six wings that include 94 rooms that will be available to meet the needs of the community. We are considering a number of possibilities including using some of the rooms for alternative level of care patients from the hospital; using the rooms as temporary residential settings for clients who are homeless or in need of transitional shelter; using one or two wings as a student residence for students who are training to become a health care worker of some sort and who would be able to earn their practicum credits at Pioneer Manor. We have come so far in the past several years and I would like the chance to help bring some of the projects forward. We are also at the point where the Province is placing a lot of emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of our long term care residents, and it is going to be an exciting time during the next several years. I am prepared to use the experience I have gained during the past eight years to continue to advance the improvements in our long term care homes.

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

As Co-Chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the past eight years we have done so much to bring awareness to the community of the needs of our older adults. I would like to be able to continue to help implement the many Age Friendly Strategy initiatives that we have put in place. Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council. I was extremely proud to be the facilitator and organizer of the Seniors’ Summit 2019 which produced the framework for a Seniors’ Strategy that I hope to work on during the next four years. We are going to be using our influence to recommend the development of more housing options for seniors, including shared housing initiatives. We are also going to be promoting the expansion of home care to address the health and wellness, as well as the general day to day maintenance requirements that older adults need in order to age in place.

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

As Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation for my first four years I helped improve the quality of life for many of our rent-geared-to-income residents. For the past four years the responsibility for the GSHC has been taken over by City Council, which means that the entire Council is the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overseeing future development and operation of the 1848 units owned by the GSHC. I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness. We have made a lot of progress on a revitalization plan for our housing portfolio. I want to help implement the changes. In addition, we need to address the safety concerns that have surfaced in recent years. Too many of our residents are being inconvenienced by tenants who are not abiding by the general rules and are causing distress among other tenants. We need to deal with this in the coming years and I know that my previous experience will be helpful in focusing on the policies that must be implemented.

OTHER MAJOR INITIATIVES IMPACTING RESIDENTS OF WARD 5

There are a number of major initiatives that I have been directly involved in over the past eight years that have helped to improve the general quality of life for residents in this part of the city.

SITE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES IN SUDBURY PORTION OF WAR 5

There have also been a number of site specific initiatives that I have been actively involved in during the past eight years. Some of these activities have been one time endeavours, while others have resulted in long term, ongoing benefits to the residents:

LASALLE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR PLAN AND STRATEGY

I have been actively supporting staff in developing the Lasalle Boulevard Corridor Plan and Strategy which will end up creating a new land use framework for Lasalle Blvd. This will result in integrating high-quality intensification that will support public transit and encourage improvements in the area of active transportation. The improvements will benefit the residents of Ward 5 as Lasalle becomes more conducive to active transportation and generally looks and feels much better.

NOTRE DAME AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

Notre Dame Avenue has seen some tremendous improvements to the road conditions and now with the new bike lanes and sidewalk replacements, residents will more easily be able to walk or bike downtown or along Lasalle. This is part of the Lasalle – Regent Street route. We have also worked hard to put the road in better condition in the last several years.

JUNCTION CREEK FLOOD MITIGATION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

I have been a strong supporter of the $9 million Junction Creek flood mitigation control and improvements project which will extend the life of the Maley dam and support important repairs to the Junction Creek culvert, the reconstruction and improvement of a segment of Junction Creek and a new storm water management facility. This project will protect the residents of Nickeldale subdivision as well as the businesses along Notre Dame Avenue from future flooding disasters.

TERRY FOX FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF

I was directly involved with another member of the community in securing the artificial turf from Rogers Field in Toronto that was used in the establishment of the artificial turfed infield at Field #1 at Terry Fox Field. This has allowed minor baseball associations to extend their playing seasons and has been home to the Laurentian Voyageurs Baseball Club.

RYAN HEIGHTS PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

I was instrumental in revitalizing the Ryan Heights Playground and in clearing out the underbrush that has greatly enhanced the Ryan Heights Park. During the pandemic this underbrush has grown back, but I am going to continue to advocate for this to be cleared again and be maintained every summer.

FLOUR MILL COMMUNITY FARM

The Flour Mill Community Farm, which has operated at the Ryan Heights Park for the past six years, was something that I worked with the Social Planning Council of Sudbury to establish over six years ago. We are working on some ambitious plans for the next several years.

PRISM CO-OP

I have been working for several years with the Prism Co-op residents to help them with special events designed to build the community spirit of the Cambrian Heights Area. They have always had my support.

CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS ENHANCEMENTS

I have met with several other representatives from various social housing organizations to discuss their needs and concerns. We need to continue to work together and collaboratively in order to promote the quality of life improvements to the Cambrian Heights Area over the next several years. This includes road and sidewalk improvements since Cambrian Drive and Bruce Avenue are two of the worse local streets in the entire City.

NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

I have worked with residents of the Nickeldale Subdivision on numerous individual concerns with respect to their residential drainage and road maintenance issues. We have also been working to ensure that city staff takes a proactive approach to maintenance of ditches, especially along the southern houses which border on the Ponderosa flood plain.

MCLEAN PARK PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

I have been an advocate for funding improvements to the McLean Park Playground and park. We will work with the neighbourhood association to install a number of new equipment pieces specifically for older adults in order to make this a true community hub for the residents. The pandemic has put a lot of these improvements on hold, but the next four years will be a time to move many of the initiatives forward.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ALONG NOTRE DAME

I have worked with several businesses along Notre Dame Ave., helping them with expansion and development plans in order to ensure that they have been able to comply with all policies and conditions established by the city.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – LAVOIE STREET

I have worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Association on Lavoie Street on a couple of their initiatives and community events. They have my full support for what they are doing for the less fortunate in our community and we have had to deal with a couple of issues over the years.

RETAINING WALL ISSUES

I have assisted residents on Drummond Ave. and Rideau Street with retaining wall issues over the years. Staff are aware of the problems that are now presenting themselves with retaining walls that were built without permits decades ago and we will have to deal with these challenges in the coming years. I expect that more of these issues will arise during the next several years as some of the aging retaining walls continue to deteriorate.

LASALLE CEMETERY REVITALIZATION

I am working with staff to do what we can to revitalize the Lasalle Cemetery and ensure that the conditions reflect the dignity that our ancestors deserve. The budget is low, but I am going to continue to work with the staff to try to improve conditions. This is a high priority over the next term of Council. We need to upgrade the image for the home of approximately 30,000 former residents of our city.

PIONEER MANOR BED REDEVELOPMENT

The completion of the redevelopment of 149 beds at Pioneer Manor remains a very high priority. We expect this to be completed by the end of 2024 or early in 2025 and once the rooms are vacated, I am going to do what I can to have those vacant spaces filled with services that will be available to the entire community.

SPECIAL WARD 5 NEWSLETTERS MAILED TO RESIDENTS

I try to maintain communication with the residents of Ward 5 with newsletters that are sent out by mail. Because of the pandemic, I was able to direct funds to produce 4 newsletters in 2021 and two in 2022. For many residents of the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 who may not be on the internet much, this is one of the only ways they get to find out about what is going on in the municipality.

OGRADY STREET DRAINAGE ISSUES

I have worked with several residents on O’Grady Street with respect to the water and snow run off during the spring melt. Staff have tried to address the drainage issues to the satisfaction of the concerned residents and we will be monitoring the situation every spring. We may need to so some major restorative work in the near future.

PARKING ISSUES IN NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

There have been some issues with parking on the street along Gordon Avenue and Somers/Main Streets in the Nickeldale subdivision. We have been working with by-law to resolve those matters.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON LORRAINE STREET

I will continue to oppose the proposed transitional housing project on Lorraine Street. It is definitely not the right location for something like this. Once the 40 unit apartment is completed, I will be asking the new City Council to designate the building for older adults.

RYAN HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

I am going to continue to work with the Ryan Heights Neighbourhood Association to initiate activities that will enhance the quality of life of local residents. There are funding sources that we can tap into and there is also the possibility of new grants and fundraising in the community. We want this to be a true community hub for the area.

INCREASED SECURITY AT 720 BRUCE AND RYAN HEIGHTS

During the next several years I am going to be more aggressive in demanding increases security and police protection in the area around Ryan Heights and 720 Bruce Avenue. There have been far too many people who have been causing problems for residents in this area. We need to make this a safer place to live for everyone.

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

I have spent a lot of time during the past eight years putting the groundwork in place that can see a number of other enhancements in our community.

There is so much more that I would like to share with you about what I plan to accomplish over the next four years. I hope that I have shown you and all of my constituents that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I am truly looking forward to serving you for the next four years as Councillor of Ward 5. Thank you for all the support you have given me during the past eight years.

 

 
 
 
 

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