Name: Deb McIntosh


If you are elected, what will be your top priorities?

1. Fostering Growth in Greater Sudbury’s Economy
We will be a city that attracts businesses and families looking for a good place to get established and grow
We will focus on what we are good at to grow our economy and create new jobs
Municipal government will focus on getting behind great ideas that spur economic activity
We will leverage connections between the city’s many institutions, private business, community leaders, and other levels of government to broaden Greater Sudbury’s capacity
Ward 9 will be part of cultivating a greater Sudbury.

2. Smart Transportation Connects our Community
Roadways: The community is asking the municipality to “fix the roads.” We will re-think our road investments, and do a better job of maintaining the existing infrastructure
Public Transit: We will build an effective transit system which will improve access to employment opportunities, community resources, recreational activities and medical care
Walking and Cycling: More children will be able to walk or cycle to school or a playground; more older adults will be able to walk to shopping or a bus stop
Ward 9 citizens will be well connected with a mix of transportation options.

3. Water Quality: Yes, We are Living with Our Lakes
Water is one of our greatest resources; we will be proactive in protecting our lakes and rivers, and work with Laurentian’s Living with Lakes Centre, the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and its associated groups as well as the people who live near our waterways
Ward 9, home to 85% of the 330 lakes in the city, will set the example for protecting lakes and waterways.

4. Fiscal Responsibility + Accountability + Transparency = Good Governance
We will employ fiscal responsibility and business skills at the council table to make the best use of resources and balance the city’s budget
We will use creative ideas to maintain appropriate levels of service
We will find sustainable solutions that address the maintenance and replacement of key infrastructure
We will have an Auditor General office that keeps the municipality accountable and fiscally transparent.
We will have a policy of Open Public Data to support citizens and community groups and to enhance economic opportunities
We will have short and long term goals supported by a four year strategic plan toward reaching those goals. Progress toward our goals will be measured annually
Ward 9 Healthy Community Initiative funds (aka “Slush Funds”) will be spent using objective criteria that remove ward councillor influence.


Do you ride a bike?

Candidates were asked to choose any of the following options: No, I don’t ride; I mountain bike; I ride on roads; I would like to ride on roads, but I don’t because I am afraid to do so; I ride for recreation; I ride for commuting purposes; I ride every chance I get; I ride weekly; I ride monthly; I ride only in the spring, summer and fall; I ride year round.

* I ride on roads. * I ride for recreation. * I ride for commuting purposes. * I ride weekly. * I ride only in the spring, summer and fall.


In the next questions, candidates were asked to agree or disagree with the question:

I support projects that promote healthy active living in our community: Agree
I consider cycling an increasingly important mode of transportation Agree
Investing in a bike-friendly community benefits everyone Agree
Alternative modes of transportation are going to be more necessary in the future Agree
Our community’s cycling infrastructure needs to be improved Agree

Were you aware that the city’s 2010 Sustainable Mobility Plan states that 1/3 of our residents don’t drive a car? Cycling can be done by all Greater Sudbury residents, and is good for personal health and the health of the environment. What ideas or recommendations do you have to improve and encourage alternate modes of transportation, including cycling, in Greater Sudbury?

As the Executive Director of Rainbow Routes Association I co-authored the Sustainable Mobility Plan (SMP) for Greater Sudbury in 2010.

My recommendation is to update and follow through on the recommendations made in the SMP.

The next major step to move us forward will be in the Transportation Study (yet to be released) which will inform our updated Official Plan.
How we plan the use of our land/roads influences us greatly as to how we choose to get to our destinations. The Transportation Study and Official Plan will be coming to the next council for approval and it is a key opportunity to change and improve our future transportation needs.

We live in a very large city and we need a multi-modal system (walking, cycling, transit and automobiles) that enables us to use more than one means to get to our destination.

This is important to our economy, our environment as well as our physical well being.


Would you support budget dollars dedicated to building new cycling infrastructure as identified in the Transportation Master Plan? For example, the current Transportation Study proposes building bike lanes on a number of existing roads.

Yes

Explain why/why not?

The province will be allocating financial resources toward cycling infrastructure.
We need to plan and be ready to apply for those funds.


Would you support the mandatory inclusion of cycling infrastructure in all the arterial and major roads projects already identified on the 2014-2018 roads capital budget priority list?

Yes

Explain why/why not?

It is difficult to avoid the major road ways when trying to reach a destination, so these major roadways need to become complete streets for all road users (pedestrians cyclists, transit and automobiles.

There will be planning challenges for mandatory inclusion including funding and capacity of the road allowance, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be bold and try.


Our children want to ride their bikes to school.
Given the state of our children's health, they need to pedal or walk to school, but we need safe infrastructure to enable this to happen.


Would you support the implementation of a Complete Streets Policy, entrenched in the Official Plan, with the following components:

  • strong policy language like “must implement”;
  • addressing all users including pedestrians, cyclists and transit users of all ages and abilities;
  • applicable to all projects (new, retrofit and repair);
  • with a mandated procedure to allow exceptions;
  • with the aim to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected network to benefit all users and modes;
  • that will cover all jurisdictions;
  • that uses the latest and best design criteria and guidelines;
  • that allows for road and community context;
  • that establishes performance standards with measurable outcomes;
  • that includes specific next steps for implementation.

For more information on Complete Streets, see here: Complete Streets for Canada website

Yes

Explain why/why not?

A Complete Street Policy will be challenging to implement, but we have to start somewhere with a shift in thinking and investment.
The policy will require challenging planning components that should have an intensive public input/educational processes.

We need to start now to move toward Complete Streets and we need to bring the community along with us.


Would you support implementing a Transportation Demand Management strategy and program at the City directed by a senior manager who will coordinate the implementation across all impacted City departments?

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a wide range of policies, programs, services and
products that influence how, when, where and why people and goods are moved. TDM programs and strategies are meant to encourage greater use of sustainable modes of transportation and trip decision making that reduces, combines or shortens vehicle trips. For a sample TDM strategy implementation, see: Kitchener Transportation Demand Management Program

Yes

Explain why/why not?

Under the current system we have a Transportation Plan/Study that does not take transit, our economy or our health or well being into consideration.

How we move impacts all aspects our community and we need a TDM to work across all the departments of our municipality as well as other agencies/organizations (e.g. hospital, post secondary institutions, school boards) and business/industry.


Cyclists want to be part of the road design process when cycling infrastructure is involved. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly from the start to finish of all roads projects?

I would like to see a new way of engaging the community with regard to road design.

We need to bring the stakeholders/users to the table before we have drawings done and tenders prepared.

I will ensure that community consultation is done effectively by:

1. Raising issues at Council Meetings
2. Participate in transportation planning meetings
3. Raise issues with community groups
4. Be an interface for community interests and Council
5. Share information between Council, City Staff and Community Groups
6. Represent community interests at Council