THIS IS VALLEY EAST

A Full-Size Online Living History Book About The Community of Valley East

   

Welcome to the full-size Online Living History Book about Valley East. 

This publication contains all of the stories and articles you will find on the Valley East Today Community Web Site.

We have created the Table of Contents and divided the stories up into chapters for your added convenience in finding your favourite stories.

You are invited to return to this place often to keep up to date with what is happening in this fine community.

I hope you enjoy your Living History of Valley East Today!

Robert Kirwan, Publisher

 
CHAPTER ONE...
WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY 
Creating a Community Identity: Valley East – A Place To Grow 
 
CHAPTER TWO...
VALLEY EAST - A PLACE TO GROW

The Valley East Today Community Web Site Provides A Much-Needed Communication Porthole

Celebrating Our Community and Our Heritage
Creating Our Living History - One Day At A Time
  
CHAPTER THREE...
KEEPING THE SPIRIT ALIVE!
You took away our name...But we want our spirit back! The City of Valley East is all about who we are and what we do!
Celebrating Our Community
Celebration 2004 - More Than Just A Birthday Party
Local residents and business owners conclude that effective communication is the key to the future of Valley East
Opening of Hart Department Store Is A Perfect Example of The Tipping Point Philosophy
Let's make sure the choices we make today will be the choices we can live with tomorrow.
There Are Two Primary Choices In Life: To Accept Conditions As They Exist, or Accept Responsibility For Changing Them
We're all in This Together: Let's Use The Community Circle of Support
You Must Open Your Blinds To See Out The Window
We Need Not Be Afraid of Adversity: It Will Make Us Stronger!
It is time for Valley East to take a lesson from geese and move to the front of the flock
Valley East's Online Pond & Garden Tour Brings Ideas To Life  
 
CHAPTER FOUR...
A FEW INSPIRATIONAL WORDS TO LIVE BY
The Small Things You Do For Others Can Leave a Lifetime Impression
Thank You For Showing Us How To Build Our ‘House” John Lancia  
Every Decision You Make Is About Who You Are
“I Just Wish They’d Go Home”
All It Takes Is One Person…Be That Person!
Keep The Memories Of Your Loved Ones Alive This Christmas Season…
What Is Going To Happen When We Run Out Of Little Red Hens?
We Can Learn A Lot About Living From The Simple Caterpillar
Nothing Is More Important Than Time Spent With Another Human Being
Hold Everything! I’ve Been Looking For A Place Like This All My Life!  
The Daffodil Principle
How A Pickle Changed An Entire Community...
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
If We Don't Act Soon We Won't Have To Worry About Worker Shortages

There Is No Such Thing As Failure As Long As You Have The Courage To Try… 

Changing Your Focus May Be All You Need To Achieve Success 
The Mighty Oak Was Once Just A Nut That Held Its Ground
Time - Our Most Valued Possession
The Next Time I Think I Have Anything to Complain About…   

An Excellent Life Is Nothing More Than The Sum Of Many Excellent Moments

The Golden Box of Birthday Kisses…

We'll Deal With It When We Have To...
Where There’s This Much Manure, There’s Gotta Be A Pony
You Have No Idea How Powerful Your Words May Be, So Choose Them Carefully…
Nothing Is More Important Than Time Spent With Another Human Being…  
Never Expect A Soft Landing When You Jump to Conclusions…  
I Would Rather Live My Life Believing…  
Beware of Missing Out On The Diamond While You Are Collecting Stones!
The Miracles of Life…Birth and Death
Week of The Child Is Good Time For Adults To Review Lesson Plans
This Year, Let’s Make Sure We See The Cake And Not The Mess
Don't Be Satisfied With The Status Quo 
Did God Create Evil? Here’s How To Reply To The Question The Next Time Someone Wants To Question Your Faith   
Count Your Blessings One Marble At A Time
Are You Still Searching For Your Dream To Come True? Wake up...It May Already Be Here!
Our Most Valuable Resources Are Worth Fighting For...Accept the Challenge
Coping With Change Is All A Matter Of Learning How To Go With The Flow  
There's A Lot More Left In The Tube
Once A Word Is Allowed To Escape It Can Never Be Called Back
Don’t Ever Under Estimate The Tremendous Impact Of A Sincere Smile    
CHAPTER FIVE...
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES FOR THE HEART
Special Thoughts About Christmas Memories
Selection of Heartwarming Christmas Stories

Jokes & Christmas Songs

This Christmas Make Sure You Take Time To REALLY BE WITH The People You Love
Now Is The Time For New Year's 'REALIZATIONS'
     
CHAPTER SIX...
OUR FABULOUS SECONDARY SCHOOLS
School Directory Allows You To Contact All Schools In The Community
bulletEcole Secondaire catholique l'Horizon
bulletEcole Secondaire Hanmer
bulletConfederation Secondary School
bulletBishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School
Teen Advisory Group Meetings Provide Excellent Opportunity for Students From Grades 7 to 12
Bishop Alexander Carter Catholic Secondary School Will Host A Spaghetti Dinner For The Public To Raise Funds For School Activities
Confederation Secondary School Students Help Local Food Banks
Marymount Academy Ensemble Preparing For Trip To Halifax In May 2006
High School Students Earn Community Service Hours Volunteering With Valley East Soccer Club
   
CHAPTER SEVEN...
WORLD'S BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
bulletSte-Therese
bulletSt-Joseph
bulletNotre Dame
bulletNotre Dame du Rosaire
bulletEcole Publique Foyer-Jeunesse
bulletÉcole publique de la Découverte
bulletPinecrest Public School
bulletRedwood Acres Public School
bulletVal Caron Public School
bulletValley View Public School
bulletSt. Anne School
bulletImmaculate Conception School
Grade 8 Class From St. Anne School Spends Friday Night Helping Out The Food Bank
Ten Year Old Girls Show What Christmas Is All About
Grade 7 Students From Pinecrest Sing At the Mall For Telethon
Proposed New Elementary School A Sign of Growth In Valley East
Valley View Students Discover "Cool" New Principal  

New Play Centre At Ecole Foyer Jeunesse Means A Lot To Students

Hanmer's Ecole Notre Dame Holds A Different Kind of Food Drive
Local Students Among Winners of Greater Sudbury Library Bookmark Contest
Board Committee Recommends New School to Open In September 2007
  
CHAPTER EIGHT...
OUR POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL
Glamorous You School of Nail & Make-Up Artistry Will be Moving To The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on April 1
   
CHAPTER NINE...
THE VALLEY EAST YOUTH CENTRE
Valley East Youth Centre Has A Lot of Potential
Valley East Youth Centre Looks To The Community For Help
Youth Centre Is Open Friday Evenings For Teens
Break-In Discourages Valley East Youth Centre Organizers and Participants
  

CHAPTER TEN...
RECREATION FACILITIES FOR THE FAMILY

Kalmo Beach Lifeguards Are As Good As They Come
Kalmo Beach Is A Great Place To Beat The Heat In The Summer
Walking Trails In Valley Acres Subdivision Are Spectacular In The Winter
Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre Is A Complete Family Fitness Facility
Citizen Service Centre Is Much More Than A Library
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN...
THEATRE & MUSIC
Valley Community Theatre Will Begin Casting For Next Production in January
Valley Community Theatre Holds Successful Penny Table At The Mall
Guitar Enthusiasts of the Area Will Soon Be Able To "Jam" Together Every Month
Auditions for Valley Community Theatre Are Approaching

Theatre Tickets Will Make An Excellent Valentine's Day Gift

 
CHAPTER TWELVE...
PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Lemonade Stand - Three Girls With A Great Attitude
Caroline Has Fun With Her Weekly VoiceBio Newsletter
Stan & Verna Martin Always Ended Up With A Rainbow
Now We Know Why Memere Rita Chaput Loves Christmas
Roy St. Jacques Collects Cans For A Good Cause  

Darlene Bourdeau Wins 1st Annual Pumpkin Contest

A Young Parent Gives Us His Perspective On Valley East
Ken Dryden Signs Autographs For Hockey Fans At The Mall
Stopping Pucks Was Easy Compared To What Gail Has Been Through
Ronald Ross Celebrates 50 Years As A Barber in Hanmer
A Stay-At-Home Mom By Choice Who Is Living Her Dream
Joey Niceforo To Perform At Steelworker's Hall on March 2
Jennifer Higgs Gives Her Younger Brother The Gift Of Life With Donation of Kidney
Gail Leroux Organizes Valentine's Dance To Raise Money For March of Dimes
Carissa Henry Gets First Hand Experience In Journalism Working At The Vision Paper
Christine Brosseau Hopes To Set Personal Goal By Covering 200 Laps Of The Pool In Less Than Three Hours
Christine Brosseau Raises Money and Public Awareness About Arthritis 
Local Family Expresses Appreciation to Staff of Val Caron Animal Hospital For Going That Extra Mile
Roger Chevrier's Finger Style Guitar Music Draws A Crowd
Three Very Beautiful Young Girls Teach Us All A Lesson About Life in "Grandpa's Girl"
Michelle Williams is winner of Television set in CLGS draw
Lisa Drolet Puts In Long Hours In Labour of Love with CLGS
Valmont Logs Many Volunteer Hours with Local Organization
Jennifer Higgs Joins Valley East Today As A Regular Columnist
Volunteer Sudbury Fundraising Dinner Auction Being Held At Centennial Arena
 Monique Grenon Takes Part In Pioneer Manor's Shave For Hope Event
  

CHAPTER THIRTEEN...
WINDOWS IN TIME - REMEMBERING OUR PAST

Introducing A Special Project To Remember Our Past

Celebrating Couples Who Have Achieved Their Golden Wedding Anniversaries 

Henri-Paul and Jeannette Boudreau

Eucariste Landry and Domethilde Campeau Landry

Louis and Lea Landry at their 50th wedding anniversary
Bernard & Leonne Raymond on their wedding day
Leonne Proulx-Raymond Was First Bank Teller At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
  
CHAPTER FOURTEEN...
MEMORIES FROM FORMER RESIDENTS
Special Section Invites Former Residents To Share Fond Memories of Valley East

Chantal Pellerin Comes Home For A Visit

Wendy Bisson, Former Resident of Valley East, Shares Her Childhood Memories
Pierre Paradis Writes From The Heart About Being A Northern Casualty
Marc Tardif Talks About Growing Up In A Northern Town
Monique Raymond Has Her Roots Firmly Established
Linda Streitenberger Shares A Grade 10 Poem
CHAPTER FIFTEEN...
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
bulletKnights of Columbus
bulletHabitat For Humanity
bulletEarth Day Festival
bulletValley Trail Masters
bulletValley Trailsmen
bulletGreater Sudbury Modelers 
bulletValley Community Theatre
bulletKin Club of Valley East
bulletCommunity Living Greater Sudbury
Little Shop of Horrors Tickets On Display by CLGS
$2000 Donation Made to Community Living Greater Sudbury
Persona Makes $2500 Donation To Community Living Greater Sudbury
Community Living Greater Sudbury Moving Head Office From Val Therese to Sudbury
Winners of Police Museum Contest Draw Announced
“We Help People To Live Life!” - Mission Statement of Extendicare York
Are You Looking For A Worthy Cause For Your Volunteer Time? Ever Consider Habitat For Humanity?
Sudbury Earth Day Festival Organizers Provide Opportunities For Local Businesses
Knights of Columbus Council #7368 Take Part In 30 Year Old Fundraiser
Valley East Golden Age Club / Club Ag D'Or de la Vallee Provides Excellent Activities For Seniors of The Community
Sudbury Therapeutic Riding Program Operates Out of Valley East
Annual Tulip Sales Hope To Raise $600,000
Knights of Columbus Sells Tickets on Quad To Raise Funds For Local Churches
Kin Club of Valley East Holds Annual Fireworks Sale To Raise Funds For Community
Valley Trail Masters Sell Tickets on Huge BBQ
Capreol TOPS Raise Funds and Awareness At The Mall
Habitat for Humanity Needs Volunteers
Capreol Legion Starts Petition For Land Deal
Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club Offer Something For The Entire Family
Handicapped Fishing Experience Is Something To Remember
Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club Have Something Special Planned For February 10 & 11
Trailsmen Rod & Gun Club Begin A Membership Drive Aimed At Young Families
Valley Trail Masters Announce Winners of Annual Draw
Capreol TOPS Hold Successful Bake & Penny Table Sale At the Mall
Greater Sudbury Modelers Hold 3rd Annual Spring Airplane Show 
Golden Age Club Spring Tea Coming Soon
  
CHAPTER SIXTEEN...
COMMUNITY FOOD BANKS SERVING THE NEEDY
bulletSt. Vincent de Paul
bulletGood Neighbours Food Bank
bulletCercle Missionnaire de la Vallee
Kin Club of Valley East Makes Donation of $2500 To Good Neighbours Food Bank
Hanmer Chiropractic Centre Conducts 10th Annual Food Bank Drive
  
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN...
CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS GROUPS
St. Kevin's Wednesday Morning Ladies' Club Is Special  
Christmas Basket Winners Announced At Our Lady of Peace  
Annual St. Jacques Picnic Is A Day of Fun For The Giroux "Girls"
St. James In The Valley Ladies Make A Big Difference In The Community
Valley View Church Offers Annual Gift Wrapping At The Mall
Jehovah Witness Display Table Is In The Mall Every Month
The "Pasta Girls" Shine At Our Lady of Peace Italian Table
The Water Gate Christian Resource Centre Depends On Fund Raising For Survival
  
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN...
THE GROTTO OF LOURDES - SUDBURY SHRINE
Grotto Penny Table Is A Big Hit At The Mall
Ernie Savard's Life-long Dedication Is Paying Off
The Grotto of Lourdes Shrine Redevelopment Project Offers A Very Unique Gift Option
Grotto Redevelopment Project To Award Early Bird Draw Winners On May 14
Grotto Fund-Raising Project Going Strong
  
CHAPTER NINETEEN...
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
Hanmer Chiropractic Centre Conducts 10th Annual Food Bank Drive
Beswick Denture Clinic Provides Local Residents With Free Chance To Win Gingerbread Displays
Still Time To Buy A Christmas Gift For Food Bank Children
April Is Daffodil Month - Help In The Fight To Find A Cure For Cancer  
Member of Team Diabetes Needs Support From The Community
CHAPTER TWENTY...
COMMUNITY NEWS
New Rogers Communication Tower Will be A Welcome Addition to Valley East
Miss Capreol Pageant Will Be Held At Our Lady of Peace Church
The Demolition of the Riviera Hotel Means Different Things To Different People
Capreol Legion Starts Petition To Urge City To Deal Riviera Hotel Property
New Speed Limit Fines For Construction Zones Go Into Effect On March 31, 2006
Shooting Star Day Care Program Turns To Much Music Video Dance For Funds
 
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE...
SPORTS NEWS 
Sudbury Canadians Soccer Club Sells Tickets On Needle Point Framed Picture At The Mall
Valley East Sports Hall of Fame Adds Four New Members
Valley East Waves Win Honours at Timmins Meet
Swimmers Attend Provincial Championships In London

Valley East Figure Skating Club To Host Regional Interclub Competition

Valley East Minor Baseball Awards 2005 Scholarships
Chico's Bantam Boys Bring Home The Provincial Bowling Championships On The Weekend
Grand Opening of New Weight Room At Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre Will Take Place on March 28
Valley East Soccer Club Registrations Begin On March 31
Valley East Minor Baseball Registrations Begin on April 8
10th Annual Basketball Tournament Will Be One of The Biggest Sporting Events Of The Year In Valley East
2006 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Ringette Association Is Looking For Volunteers For Next Season
Valley East Soccer Club Is Looking For Referees
  
CHAPTER TWENTY TWO...
FROM THE WORLD OF HOCKEY  
After The Whistle Web Site Offers Plenty of Food For Thought
bulletHow About Using Ice Time More Efficiently?
bulletForget About Sitting Kids In The Box - Give Penalty Shots for Every 3rd Team Penalty
bulletAre Hockey Tournaments Doing More Harm Than Good?
bulletIs It Time To Draw The Line When It Comes To Rink Rage?
bulletWorking Together Towards A Common Goal
bullet“Fair” Does not Always Mean “Equal” and “Equal Does not Always Mean “Fair”
bullet Let's See More Penalty Shots In Minor Hockey
bulletWhy I Quit Hockey - Could Your Child Have Written This Letter?
bulletWhen Being Hockey Crazy Meant No Time For Dinner  
bulletMaybe The Problems With Hockey Today Are A Result of Coaches Being Too Well Trained  
bullet Penalize the Player - Not The Rest of The Team
bullet Every Good Referee Has A "Defining Moment" In His Career
bullet "For The Sake Of The Game" - An Online Hockey Book Worth Reading
bullet Coach of The Year - A Story That Every Parent Should Read
bullet Where There Is A Will There Is A Way
bullet Help Us Identify The Major Problems With Minor Hockey Today
bullet Should A Coach Be Able To Pull A Team From A Game For Safety Reasons?
bulletHow Many Times Will You Witness An Assault Against A Minor Hockey Player This Season?
bulletFor Fun or To Win - That Is The Question
bulletCoaching of Referees Must Become A Top Priority In Minor Hockey
bulletTaking Time To Reflect On Better Days
bullet Physical Size or Skill? When It Comes Time To Choose, Who Will The Coach Select?
bullet High Turn-Over Among Officials Is Bad News For Minor Hockey
bullet Hockey Should Be Part of A Long-Term Personal Development Program For Children
bullet Main Issues Facing Minor Hockey Don't Change Much From Year To Year 
Novice Hockey Club Sponsors Penny Table At The Mall
Capreol's Gary Coupal Explains What It Was Like To Be A Role Player
First Year Midget Feels Hitting Is Part Of The Game
Pat Smola Wears the Stripes On and Off The Ice
Girls' Hockey Team Plays In Historic Season At Bishop Alexander Carter
Atom Tier I Hockey Club Raises Funds By Selling Candy Canes
Kwik Way/Vision Paper Novice Hockey Club Holds Penny Table At The Mall
Girls Hockey Program Has A Good Start At Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School
Kalmo Automotive Novice Club Raises Funds Through Ticket Sales At The Mall
Gerry Trottier Puts Fun Back Into His Hockey Teams
Northern Sliders Will Take On St. Charles College Boys Team In Exhibition Sledge Hockey Game During Renegades Tournament This Weekend
Sudbury Wolves Scholastic Award Winners Were At The Mall on March 14 to Sign Autographs And Talk To Fans
Bran Kor Midgets Enjoy A Dream Season
If you work hard and have a great attitude you will be rewarded!
Will You Stand Up to a Fellow Parent?
   
CHAPTER TWENTY THREE...
BUSINESS NEWS
Corporate Business Profiles Can Be Found Online
Online Business Directory Provides Residents With Quick Access To Phone Numbers and Addresses
Growing Use of The Internet By Consumers Makes Corporate Web Site A Necessity
Small Business Seminar Being Held in Valley East And Capreol

Hiring A Marketing Agent Is Sure Way For Businesses To Save Money

Opening of Rexall’s New Concept Store Is Another Positive Sign For Valley East
Hanson Family Dentistry Believes In Developing A Long-Lasting Relationship With Clients
Dr. Doug Hanson Offers Important Tip On How To Prevent The Spread of Colds In Your Home  
Freeman Formal Wear Is The Choice That Makes Sense For Any Occasion
Store Owners In The Area Are Asked to Remember Shoppers Who Are Physically Challenged
 
CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR...
THE HANMER VALLEY SHOPPING CENTRE
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre Well Portrayed On Web Site
Online Mall Flyer Is Gaining Popularity Among Local Shoppers
Mall Marketing Office Now Located At Valley East Today
Local Consumers Will Benefit From Online Catalogue Of Values
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre Online Business Information Is Well-Appreciated
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre Is Much More Than A Place To Shop  
John Lancia Retires After 27 Years In Charge of Maintenance Department
  
NEWS FROM OTHER MALL MERCHANTS
Customer Appreciation Contest Will See One Person Win Over $1500 in Prizes And Certificates From Mall Merchants
The Cutting Boutique Goes Exclusive With L'Oreal  
Pet Palace Announces The Arrival of Hand-Raised Birds  
School of Nail & Make-Up Artistry Making Glamorous You A Famous Valley East Business
Magnetic Therapy Is Catching On In Valley East
Popularity of Drive Thru Service Is In Large Part Due to the Needs of Modern Family Lifestyle
Foiling Is The Fad That Has Changed Hair Styling Across the North
There Is More To Skate Sharpening Than Meets The Eye
2006 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle On Display At Hanmer Home Hardware
Growing Popularity of Scrap Booking Is Indicative Of A Move Towards A More Sentimental Society
It's Time To Register Your Cat or Dog
Pet Palace Provides Coop Student With A Great Practical Experience
Find Out Why Consumers Like Smaller Hardware Stores?
New Office Of Valley East Today Now Open At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
Hart Department Store Celebrates 1st Anniversary With Huge "Grand Opening" Sale
  
ACTIVITIES AT THE MALL
Marc Staal & Benoit Pouliot Thrill Fans At the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

With Less Than Two Weeks To Go Before Christmas Children Get Last Chance To See Santa Claus

Trip To The Mall Creates Special Memories For Young Family Members

Santa Claus Is Making A Big Hit At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

Santa Claus Arrives At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on December 2, 2005  

Annette Ferron of Val Caron Wins $500 Prize From Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

Valentine's Day Is A Perfect Time To Check Out Your Breath Appeal
This Week At The Mall - Special Weekly Column In The Vision Will Keep You Informed
Mall Walking Program Will Help Keep You Fit All Year Long
What Does It Take To Keep A Parking Lot Cleared For Shoppers?
Community Groups, Organizations, Schools and Churches Given Access To Mall Facilities
2nd Annual Royal Valentine Photo Contest Will Be Held On February 11
2nd Annual Royal Valentine Photo Contest Winners Announced
Nursing Students Gain Practical Experience At The Shopping Centre
Simone Chiasson Wins Over $1500
 
CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE...
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMES TO VALLEY EAST
Internet Technology Information Sessions Available To Local Residents
Just What Is Voice Over Internet Protocol Technology
Voice Over Internet Is Going To Change The Way We Use The Phone
Free Internet Technology Sessions Provided by VCCNet Internet Solutions
Local Community Has High Internet Penetration  
Are You Paying Too Much For Your Long Distance Phone Calls?
Voice Over Internet Is Going To Change The Way We Use The Phone

Edgar Lajambe, owner of VCCNet Internet Solutions Keeps You Up To Date With Technology News

Online Business Directory Provides Residents With Quick Access To Phone Numbers and Addresses
Hiring A Marketing Agent Is Sure Way For Businesses To Save Money
Growing Use of The Internet By Consumers Means Businesses Will Need A Web Site As Part of Their Marketing Program
  
CHAPTER TWENTY SIX...
POLITICAL ISSUES IN VALLEY EAST
Robert Kirwan Announces That He Will Enter The Race To Become Councillor for Ward 6
Web Site Provides Insight Into Issues Of Concern For Valley East Residents
Residents Invited To Ask The Hard Questions To Municipal Politicians
Valley East Residents Will Be Prepared For Municipal Election 2006
bulletDividing Up Existing Ward Boundaries Will Be A Good Thing For Local Representatives
bullet Some Valley East Residents Concerned About Paying For Development of South End
bullet Decision to Use Electronic Voting Has Some Local Residents Feeling Uneasy
bulletSome Residents Of Outlying Communities Are Asking Why All The Focus On Downtown Sudbury?
bullet Neighbourhood Playgrounds Add A Lot To The Image of A Community
bulletResidents May Already Have The Power To Return To The "Spirit of Regional Government"
bulletSnow Removal Policy Will Create Plenty of Debate Among Candidates For Election 2006
bulletMany Seniors Feel As If They Are Being Forced To Move Out Of The Valley
bullet Ward Boundary Changes Set The Stage For Valley East & Capreol
bulletLocal Public Transit Route Within Valley East Is Long Overdue
bulletLocal Economic Development Has Been Inadequate - Report
bulletNew Tombstone Policy Has Some People Perplexed
bullet Many People Want To Know Why There Are So Many High Salaried Employees At City Hall
bulletSouth End Funding Problem Raising Questions About Double Taxation
bulletMany Are Questioning Whether The Investment In the Rock Sewage Tunnel Project Is Worth The Potential Return
bulletJob Creation In Valley East & Capreol Remains A Top Priority
bulletElection 2006 Is All About Divisiveness - This Was A Predictable Result Of Amalgamation From The Very Beginning
bulletIt is time that the Corporation of the City of Greater Sudbury was run like a business
bulletNeighbourhood playgrounds should be funded, maintained, and fully-staffed by the City in order for them to play a more important role in the image and character of our community
Public Input on City's Official Plan Gained During Meeting on February 13
Lynne Reynolds Runs For Mayor - Does She Offer Voters The Difference They Are Looking For?
Federal Election Does It The Old-Fashioned Way - Hand Counting One Ballot At A Time
Ray Bonin Makes It Five In A Row With Victory In Nickel Belt
Shelley Martel Urges Government To Take Action To Protect Children From Deadly Diseases
Claude Gravelle & Eli Martel Hit The Campaign Trail In Valley East
Hundreds Sign Twenty Foot Banner To Send To Canadian Troops Abroad
  
CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN...
EMPLOYMENT & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Looking For Summer Jobs? Register With New Valley East Today Employment Services
Over 150 Have Graduated From Valley East School of Nail and Make-up Artistry
Home Based Business Owners Have A Way of Promoting Their Services At No Cost
Dozens of Residents Now Registered On Employment Wanted List
People Will Now Have A Better Chance Of Finding A Job In Valley East 
Valley East & Capreol Residents Looking For Work Have A Virtual Place Of Their Own
New Employment Services Project Will Be Huge Benefit For Home-Based Businesses
Employees Welcome Hike In Minimum Wage on February 1
The Future Employment Picture For Greater Sudbury Looks Grim
Shortage of Skilled Workers Hitting Sales Rep Positions More Than Trades
Selecting A Career Goal Is The Biggest Step In Career Planning
Job Creation In Valley East & Capreol Remains A Top Priority
Stepping Stone Program Geared To Helping People Get Started In Own Business
Trouble Being Experienced By Private Pension Plans Is A Trend We Must Watch Carefully
  
 
Welcome to my Election 2022 Web Site
 

Why Am I Seeking Re-Election As Councillor of Ward 5?

One of the most common questions I am asked is why I want to continue to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 when there are so many residents who are quick to criticize and condemn City Council.

It is a hard question to answer, but I guess it goes back to when I decided to run for the first time back in 2014. When I found out that Ron Dupuis was leaving the position vacant, I looked at my life experiences, the knowledge I have gained, the skills I have acquired along the way, the network of acquaintances I have in the city, and I realized that I was totally qualified for the type of responsibilities that come with being a City Councillor.  I have learned a lot over the past eight years, and I believe that this additional experience has made me even more qualified and capable of representing the collective and individual needs of the residents of Ward 5 as well as the residents of the entire City of Greater Sudbury.

It is important for us to have a very strong, committed, experienced and knowledgeable City Council with members who are strong enough to make evidence-based decisions that are in the best interests of the City of Greater Sudbury and then maintain our position regardless of opposition unless there are substantial material changes that require a change in direction. I have demonstrated that I respect and support majority Council decisions and I am strong enough to withstand public lobbyists who disagree with our decisions. We need representatives on Council who are not going to compromise just to avoid conflict. When we make a decision that we deem to be the best under the circumstances, our citizens should not have to accept anything less.

My direct involvement on numerous committees and boards has helped move the City positively on so many levels. We have come a long way to improving the quality of life of our seniors, the people living in poverty, the homeless and the disadvantaged persons with mental health and addiction issues. We are also moving forward with initiatives that will generate wide-spread economic growth and development in the coming years.

There are some challenges facing our city at this time, and I am confident that the past eight years has prepared me to make a difference in managing our infrastructure, adjusting our service delivery models to keep property tax increases as low as possible, and setting in motion changes that will stimulate business development and residential growth with the kind of housing that will be affordable no matter what one’s socio-economic status.

On top of everything else, after spending the past eight years experiencing what it takes to manage change within neighbourhoods, I am totally convinced that this is the most fundamental and satisfying role for a Ward Councillor. Working with playground associations, social service agencies, food banks, etc. are all so important in order to address the population health and quality of life issues that we are facing today.

I have often said that the most time consuming role for a City Councillor is handling the day to day local issues that involve constituents and organizations that operate within the ward. When you look at the list of issues that come up all the time they include everything from fixing bumps or pot holes on local streets; drainage problems; culvert repairs; building new playgrounds or adding new equipment; clearing ditches; illegal dumping of garbage; noise by-law complaints; tree removal; retaining wall disputes; snow removal complaints; speed limit enforcement; and the list goes on endlessly. Those may seem minor when you look at the big picture, but to the person who is having the problem, it is the most important issue of all. Whenever one of my constituents contacts me and begins with "Sorry to bother you with this problem when you are so busy" I make it clear that they are never bothering me, no matter what time of day. Their concern is my top priority and I will not rest until we do everything in my power to resolve their issue. There is no such thing as a “minor” constituency problem.

I have also found that I am getting more and more involved with applications for new developments and/or for rezoning applications from private property owners and from contractors. These often involve meetings with city planners, community groups, and follow up sessions to deal with unforeseen challenges. In order to be a proper advocate, a Councillor must be constantly learning about policies and procedures so as to have more than just a basic understanding of what is going on. I love what I have been able to learn in the first eight years and will be able to use that acquired knowledge moving forward.

Even if many of these matters are the responsibility of the city staff, I have quite often had to consult with residents and advocate for or against developments and even get involved in negotiations to reach a compromise that will be agreeable to all parties. I represent my constituents in a way that leaves them feeling that they have been given fair and just consideration, even if the outcome is not always positive for them.

I have come to accept that the workload is indeed enormous and can be very demanding on your time. Many people think that this is a part-time job, but in order to be most effective, one must be prepared to be available any time of the day and any day of the week, even if you are on holidays. A constituent deserves to be able to reach you at any time. This is my full-time commitment and I am so grateful that my wife understands and supports what I do.

I will continue to take the time to communicate effectively with all of my constituents. I will make sure that I provide people with a clear understanding of why I make certain decisions at City Council. To me an informed electorate means everything. That is why I spend a great deal of time on the Valley East Facebook group, providing information and answering questions. I also submit many columns to the mainstream media like the Sudbury Star and Northern Life as well as the CBC and MCTV. I am always available to the media for interviews. And I sent out regular newsletters by mail to my constituents with a four page overview of some of the major priorities and issues of the day. You can count on this level of communication moving forward.

So when people want to know why I want to be re-elected to sit as Councillor of Ward 5, I think about how important it is to the future of my constituents and my grandchildren that I continue to use my experience and knowledge to serve their best interests for as long as I feel I am making a difference. This is why I am asking for support from the constituents of Ward 5 on October 24, 2022. I will be extremely honoured if you have the confidence to choose me to represent you as your Councillor for the next four years.

The following section is a complete overview of why I feel confident that I have the experience and ability to continue to represent my constituents of Ward 5 as well as the residents in all parts of the entire City of Greater Sudbury.


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 if elected. It is easy to say you are going to change things, but it is not easy to put those changes into action.

I am sure that once you read all of the initiatives that I have been involved in during the past 8 years, and all of the activities that I am currently taking part in, you will see that change is definitely not in the best interests of the residents of Ward 5.

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 and most likely again in October of 2026.

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 outweighs 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 with helpful guidance 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.

    
Let me provide you with a list of my experience on committees as Councillor of Ward 5 during the past eight years.
    
  
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 and an entrepreneur in Sudbury; Warren is an elementary school vice principal 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
  
 
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Valley East portion of Ward 5. I will create another page with a focus on the Sudbury portion 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.

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.

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
  
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
 
  
  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.

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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