FROM THE WORLD OF HOCKEY  

If there is one sport in particular that defines the community of Valley East, it is likely that hockey would stand out at the top. Whether you want to debate the future of NHL teams such as the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Montreal Canadians, you can always count on striking up a conversation of one sort or the other if you bring up hockey.

Valley East Today invites all of our readers to take time to visit another one of the web sites that we have created, www.afterthewhistle.com. It will provide you with insight into the game of hockey that will surely get your thoughts stimulated. Some of the most popular features are listed below. Once on the article you can visit the entire web site. We felt it was appropriate to lead off our special features section with After The Whistle.
 
Robert Kirwan, Publisher Valley East Today and After The Whistle

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 
 
Minor Hockey Teams Enjoy Fund-Raising Projects At The Mall

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is always a popular place for local minor sports teams in need of fund-raising for various tournaments and activities. Just prior to Christmas, the Property Stewards Novice Club was in the mall selling tickets on a beautiful Christmas gift basket.
 
Ted Dore Memorial Fund and NHLPA Teams Up To Create V.E. Hockey Equipment Bank

   The First Annual Teddyshack Golf Tournament was held in July at Grill Marks Clearview Golf Club. Besides being a day during which 144 golfers were able to enjoy a beautiful day on the course, prizes, food and refreshments, it was a time to share stories and memories about their good friend, Ted Dore, whose life was taken on May 9, 2008 after a brief battle with stomach cancer. Teddy, who was a member of the Toronto Regional Police Department at the time of his death, was only 36 years of age and his passing touched the hearts of many people in this community.

   Some of the persons who shared the intense pain of Teddy’s struggle right to the end are shown in the accompanying photo. In the middle are Teddy’s parents, Annette and Gil. The “boys” in the background, from the left, include, Al Chenier, Scott Jeanveau, Steve Christakos, Dan Despatie, and Andrew Brunette.
  
   The tournament was held to initiate the Ted Dore Memorial Fund which has now been established as a sub-committee of the Valley East Renegades Association. A total of $9,000 was raised for the fund and will be made available to provide financial support to needy kids from the Valley who are in danger of being forced out of hockey because of costs.  

   In addition the Ted Dore Memorial Fund announced the donation of 50 brand new sets of hockey equipment, courtesy of the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund. This donation is geared towards helping supplement the rising costs of hockey equipment for today’s minor hockey player.  Andrew Brunette, a star player with the Minnesota Wild who grew up and still lives in the community during the off-season, is thrilled about this opportunity to give back to the game he loved, “Over the last few years we toiled with the idea of opening a hockey equipment bank for the Valley East Community. The NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams Fund has allowed us to jumpstart this program with their generous donation.”  Andrew goes on to say, “With the downturn in the economy, this is the ideal time to establish a program of this nature.  The last thing a child should have to worry about is playing with proper equipment.”
  
   The Hockey Equipment Bank will loan out items of equipment to children in the Valley East Minor Hockey system, from ages 4 – 14, for the duration of the hockey season. At the end of the season, the equipment will be returned to the Bank for use the following year.  This program is designed for families that need assistance. For those families that wish to donate equipment, the Equipment Bank will gladly accept these “deposits”. A special hockey equipment donation drive will be organized in August and September to help increase the amount of equipment that is available through the bank.
  
   In 1999, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. The players’ program has donated full sets of hockey equipment to more than 9,000 economically challenged children in 17 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas world-wide. To date, Goals & Dreams has donated more than $17-million to grassroots hockey programs around the world making it the largest program of its kind.

   As for the golf tournament, Team Hurley Mining finished the day with the lowest score at 16 under par. The team consisted of Bart Hurley, Bob Simoneau, Jeff Tyers, and Greg Husk. The top prize of the day went to Team King Sportswear who finished in 14th place, symbolic of the number that Ted Dore wore while playing hockey in the Valley East Minor Hockey system. Dore’s number 14 has been officially retired by the Valley East Progressive Hockey Association in his memory. Most will agree that there will never be another person quite like Ted Dore.

   If anyone is interested in donating hockey equipment or money to the Ted Dore Memorial Fund, you can contact Ryan Kirwan at 897-1110 or by email at ryankirwan@rmabroker.ca Ryan wishes to thank all of the participants and supporters who helped in any way to make this inaugural event such a huge success.

 
Confederation Secondary School Hosts Track & Field Meets For Rainbow DSB This Spring

   Valley East is once again proving that this is one of the most exciting communities in the City of Greater Sudbury as a result of the selection of Confederation Secondary School and the Raymond Plourde Arena as the host site of the Rainbow District School Board’s track and field meets for its elementary and secondary schools. On May 12, Alexander Public School took to the track for their annual meet. In the photo we see one of the heats for the Junior Boys 200 metre race.

   The Laurentian Community Track, where annual meets are usually held, is currently being rebuilt to accommodate local track meets in the future, encourage community participation and enable the City to host events such as the 2010 Summer Games. When all other sites were considered, it was determined that the Confederation site was the best one for accommodating the needs of the Board at this time.
 

   The Rainbow District School Board and the City of Greater Sudbury have been working together to prepare the Val Caron location to welcome thousands of students in May and June.

  The Raymond Plourde Arena in Val Caron will serve as a gathering place for participants, officials and spectators. All parking will be at the Raymond Plourde Arena where participants will have access to concessions and washrooms. There will be no parking at Confederation Secondary School for track and field events.
 

   Equipment has been moved from the Laurentian Community Track to its temporary home in Val Caron. The field that runs between the Raymond Plourde Arena and Confederation Secondary School was upgraded to accommodate shot put, javelin, long jump, triple jump, pole vaulting and discus. The six-lane track was resurfaced in preparation for the many races that will take place between now and the end of the school year.
 

   The work being completed to accommodate this year’s track and field events is certainly enhancing our community,” stated Ward 5 Councillor Ron Dupuis. “We look forward to welcoming track and field participants and spectators to Valley East .”
 

   Director Jean Hanson commended Confederation Secondary School Principal, Mike Mirka, and Program Leader of Athletics, Gilbert Briscoe, for their leadership on this important project along with Chris Gore, the City of Greater Sudbury ’s Manager of Volunteerism and Community Development. She also thanked staff, students and parents for their support.
 

   We are delighted that Confederation Secondary School offered to host this year’s track and field for the entire city,” says Director Hanson. “Staff and students at the school have certainly been working diligently to ensure the site is ready” 
 

   On May 20 and 21, spectators are encouraged to visit the site to watch the SDSSAA City Finals, featuring some of the finest athletes in the city going head-to-head for glory.
 
   Other significant dates to remember are May 28 and June 2 when the Board Senior meets will take place. The Junior meets will be held on June 4 and 9.
 
   The Relay/Pentathlon Meet will be held on June 11; the Legion Meet on June 13; the Rainbow DSB Champions Meet on June 15 and finally the Board’s Challenge meet will be held on June 17.
 
   We welcome all participants to
Valley East and can promise them an experience they will never forget.

 
Sportsman Hockey League Gives Back To The Community 

   The 2nd Annual Sportsman League All Star game will go down in the books as a 10 to 4 win for Team King Sportswear over Team Cranky Joe’s, but the big winners had nothing to do with putting pucks in the net.
  
   Over 200 fans witnessed the game helping to raise over $500 for Valley East Minor Hockey and ten boxes of food for the Good Neighbours Food Bank.
  

   The event is sponsored by Cranky Joe's, Molson's, Food Basics, Skater's Edge and Tim Horton's.
  

   The Valley East Sportsman League provides a place to play for men ranging in age from 19 to 35, many of whom with OHL, NOJA Junior A and ‘AAA’ Midget experience. The action is always fast and entertaining, but the all star game provided the opportunity for participants to perform at a higher level than they have enjoyed in a long time.
 

   The final score in the game last year was Team Cranky Joe’s All Stars 2 and Team Desjardins’ Food Basics All Stars 1, so this year’s offensive power definitely provided a lot of excitement for the fans.
 

   There are ten teams with over 150 players in the league. If you want to catch any of the action you can drop in during any of the following game times: At the Ray Plourde Arena in Val Caron on Wednesdays at 10 pm and Sundays at 10 pm; At the Centennial Arena on Fridays at 10 and 11:30 pm and Saturdays at 10 pm.; and at Capreol on Fridays at 9:30 pm, Saturdays at 7 & 8:30 on Ice #1 and 9:30 on Ice #2; and Sundays at 6 pm.
 
   This year the teams are very evenly matched. Carpetland and Cranky Joe’s are battling it out for top spot, but the next five teams are usually separated by no more than 4 points.
 
   If you have any questions about the league or if you are interested in playing for one of the teams, call the League President, Paul Walker at 969-3658. Moe Martel, one of the organizers of the event, can be contacted at 969-3728.

 
Youth Basketball Growing In Leaps & Bounds In Valley East

   Kim Carbone, on the left, a member of the Board of Directors with the Valley East Minor Basketball League, is extremely pleased with the interest that is being shown by young boys and girls in this popular sport. In the photo we see Maxine Blais and her twin brother, Alexandre, signing up for the Bantam Division during registrations which were held in September at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.

   Maxine and Alexandre are both 13 years of age and attend Grade 8 at Ecole Catholique Jean Paul II in Val Caron. They both stated that they like the recreational nature of the league and are looking forward to playing basketball when they get into high school next year. They also play at their school and have an outdoor net at home.

   The league runs from mid-October to mid-April, with one practice and one game per week. The cost of registration ranges from $75 for Tykes to $100 for Midgets. Players are as young as five years of age to sixteen years at the Midget level. All games are played in local school gymnasiums.

   This is one sport which sits well with parents who want their children to enjoy a healthy sport without “breaking the bank”. All you need to play is a good pair of running shoes and a pair of shorts. Jerseys are supplied with your registration. Teams are chosen after a mandatory “try-out” which allows coaches to rate the players and create teams that are equal in skills to promote competition during the season.

   If you would like more information about the league, contact Mike Bertrand at 897-0031 or Kim Carbone at 969-3469.

 
Geocaching Is One Of The Fastest Growing Recreational Sports In The World

   Line and Steve Price are what many would call Sudbury ’s most “avid geocachers”. They were the special guests recently on Robert Kirwan’s radio show, The Learning Clinic and they spent a full day at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre providing people with information about this increasingly popular sport.
 
   Geocaching is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a cache anywhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.
 
   Steve indicated that there are more than 200 geocache locations in the
Sudbury area. In fact, if you walk among the nature trails and parks in the area, you may have gone right by one without even knowing it. Many of the caches are hidden in hard to find places in order to make it more challenging for geocachers. “Sometimes you get to the location using your GPS and you know that the geocache box is within ten or twenty feet of where you are, but it may still take you another twenty or thirty minutes to find it.
 
   When you do find a geocache, it will contain a logbook with information from the owner of the cache, notes from visitors and it can also contain valuable, rewarding and entertaining information and objects. You never know what the owners or visitors of the cache may have left there for you to enjoy. That is what makes this sport so great!
 
   Steve and Line indicate that there are geocachers all over the world. Whenever they go away on a holiday, they check beforehand to see where the caches are hidden around the city to which they are heading. Then they try to set aside at least a couple of days to go “geocaching” to see if they can hunt down the treasure.
 
   If you are interested in finding out more about this new form of recreation go to the web site at www.geocaching.com.

 
Ken Kauffeldt & Paulette Carierre Capture 2008 Club Championships

Thirty-six (36) holes were not enough for Ken Kauffeldt, on the left, and Gates Piquette to decide the 2008 Men's Club Championship. Ken entered the final day of the two-day event a full five strokes behind Gates, having fired an 80 to Piquette's 75 during the Saturday round. Kauffeldt didn't quit and played steady golf on Sunday, picking away at Gates' lead, until the 17 hole which Kauffeldt parred and Piquette bogied. The two men tied the final hole, forcing a sudden death playoff on the 10th hole.

On the ladies' side, it was perennial winner Paulette Carrier dominating the field right from the start. Paulette finished up with 87 on Saturday and 79 on Sunday for a two day total of 166. 

Karen Croteau came in runner-up position with a two day total of 189.

The photo below shows Ken Kauffeldt putting in the winning stroke, a bogie 5 on the 10th hole after Gates Piquette holed out with a double-bogie six. The victory was Kauffeldt's second Club Championship. He also won the title in 2005. His son, Jason, won the championship in 2006 before Peter Woitowich wrestled it from the Kauffeldt family in 2007. Ken's win in 2008 brought the title home once again.

Both golfers finished up the two-day event with 30-hole scores of 154.

2008 CLUB CHAMPIONS

Ken Kauffeldt Paulette Carierre
 
Mike Lemieux Wins First Annual Valley East Men’s Open

   The First Annual Valley East Men's Open Golf Tournament, sponsored by Grill Marks Bistro and Nature's Haven Developments, was held at Grill Marks Clearview Golf Club on September 6 & 7.
  
   A total of 106 golfers took part in the two day event with Sudbury 's Mike Lemieux edging out Mike Doniec by a single stroke to take the title. Lemieux shot a three over par 75 on a very tough course layout to Doniec's 76. Third place went to local favourites from Hanmer, Rich Larochelle and Tim Phillips who came in with a 77. Roddy McLeod, formerly of Hanmer, now living in the Toronto area was next with a 78, just one shot ahead of Sudbury 's Tim Gordon.
  
   Lemieux is shown accepting his trophy from the owners of Grill Marks Clearview, from the left: Tyler Merrin, Christine Allsop, Lemieux, Lynda Allsop, and Jim Allsop. Tournament Director, Robert Kirwan, was very pleased with the entire weekend and is planning on speaking to the other golf course owners over the winter to see if there is interest in developing a Sudbury Tour during 2009.

  The event featured one of the richest prize packages ever offered in the Sudbury Area. Lemieux won the first place prize of $1000 plus a membership to the club for 2009 in addition to another $205 participation prize that was handed out to all players who took part in the tournament.

   Other flight winners who also won a membership to the golf club for 2009 included: Rob Henri and Joshua Mayne tied in the First Flight with a score of 80; Tim Phillips won the Second Flight with a round of 77; Rich Larochelle won the Third Flight with a 77; Brian Fox won the fourth flight with a round of 87.

Mixed Slo-Pitch League Having Another Excellent Summer!

   

League Treasurer, Jeanine Bolger reported that The Valley East Mixed Slo-pitch Association is going stronger than ever this summer. They held their 24th annual soft ball tournament in July and 20 teams entered the competition. The Division A Champions, the Damn Ducks, are shown in the accompanying photo.

The winners of the weekend tournament were as follows; 

Division A Champs – Damn Ducks, runner’s up Ball Busters.

Division B Champs – Broch-a-foins, runner’s up Star Mart

Division C Champs – Paralyzed Turtles, runner’s up Talbot Automotive

Division D Champs – JAFT, runner’s up Mobile Parts

Division E Champs – Cranky Joe’s, and runner’s up FunKINutz

Bolger stated, “Next year will be the Leagues 25th anniversary and it promises to be something special.  25 years of softball in the Valley and although times are changing and people are getting busier the urge to play ball is growing strong.  This year the Valley East Mixed Slo-pitch Association has 29 teams on their roster...this has been a banner year!”

Local residents are reminded that you can contact the league by email at v.e.m.s.p.a@hotmail.com. 

You can also watch the teams in action every Sunday except for long weekends at Centennial Arena and the Hanmer field just off 69N at the top of the hill. The year-end playoff tournament will be held the weekend of September 6 & 7.

 
The Future of Golf Display Their Talents At Annual Mini Masters Tournament

      The 16th Annual Valley Family Golf Centre Mini Masters Golf Tournament was held on August 16 at the region’s most popular driving range complex in Blezard Valley . Forty-nine boys and girls ranging from as young as four years old to fourteen years of age took part in the nine-hole tournament which was played on the par 30 Whistling Winds Golf Course which is part of the complex.
  
   Vic Whissell, owner of the Valley Family Golf Centre, first started the event to give young children a taste of what is like to play in a real golf tournament. They play by the rules ( for the most part ) and have their scores recorded, earning prizes for their efforts. He added a long drive, putting, and closest to the pin contests to add variety and excitement to the day. Ryan Abresch, the winner of the boy’s category in 1992, the very first year the event was played, has gone on to become one of the top young golfers in the area. The first girl’s winner was Meghan Pitura.
  
   The accompanying photo shows the group of the youngest golfers in the tournament as they finished the ninth hole and were about to make their way to the BBQ for a well deserved hot dog and refreshments.
  
   At the end of the day, the boy’s champion was Jordan Piette who shot a three over par, 33. Sarefina Giommi was the winner of the girl’s division with a 61.

   Winners of the different age categories were:

Ages 4/5/6 : Alexander Fawke with a round of 48;

Ages 7 & 8: Jordan Ferron with a round of 64;

Ages 9 & 10: Jodi Walker with a round of 39;

Ages 11 & 12: Trevor Labonte with a round of 49;

Ages 13 & 14: Jacob Smith with a round of 40.

   The long drive winner for the boys was Jodi Walker and for the girls it was Marzia Giommi.
  
   The putting contest was won by Austin Pawlik.

   The winner of the closest to the hole contest was Mathew Perry.

   Special thanks are extended to Nicole Stone and Vic Whissell, the two main organizers of the tournament. Others who were instrumental in helping make the event such a huge success included Myrna Young, Sam Stone, Diane Houle and Ed Lemieux. Of course, a special thank you was extended to all of the area merchants who donated prizes in support of the event.

  
The “Boys” Continue The Tradition During Annual Slo Pitch Tournament

For as long as they can remember, the “boys” in the photo have gathered to take part in the Annual Valley East Men’s League Slo Pitch Tournament (known to many as the Barn Dance Tournament), taking time to enjoy a few holes of golf the day before the competition begins. This is something that they look forward to all year long and they have no plans on breaking the tradition any time soon.
 
From the left we have, Andrew Brunette, Al Chenier, Bob Simoneau, Brian Savard, Steve Fournier, Scott Jeanveau, Rob Fournier, and Dave Ballantyne. All of the guys grew up in
Valley East , playing all sorts of minor sports and are following their own paths through life as adults.
  
   Just a few days before this photo was taken, Andrew Brunette, shown on the right lining up a chip off the first green, signed a new three-year $7 million contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.
 
The 35-year old
Valley East native will be returning to the club where he played three seasons from 2001 to 2004 and ranks third on the franchise career list in assists, fifth in points and seventh in goals.

He spent the past three seasons in Colorado where he scored 70 goals and 135 assists for 205 points. He now has career totals of 191 goals and 358 assists for 549 points in 788 NHL games.
 
After signing Brunette, Minnesota Wild general manager, Doug Risebrough, who stated that he never should have let Andrew go in 2004, commented,
"Andrew is a consistent offensive performer and an excellent teammate who helped create the culture of our team. We are better, on the ice and in the dressing room, with him back. Not often do you get the chance to correct a mistake."
  
Andrew Brunette is the current leader in the NHL Ironman competition, having played close to 600 consecutive games without an injury. No other current player has played as many games in a row, a true testament to his durability.
 
Andrew Brunette is already a member of the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame, having been one of the first inductees in the Professional Category in 1998.

  

 

APPROACHING THE BALL

CAREFULLY LINING UP THE SHOT

IN THE HOLE!!!!
FORM ON THE TEE

In the photo above, Andrew displays the form that demonstrates why he has chosen hockey as a profession.

All joking aside, this is one young man who has earned the respect, not only of his fellow NHL colleagues, but also more importantly of his long-time friends who welcome the opportunity to spend some quality time hitting the links or running the bases on the diamond with a man who is putting Valley East on the map around the world. During the 2008 Valley East Sports Hall of Fame Ceremonies, Andrew received a standing ovation from the crowd when introduced in recognition of the contributions he has made to his home town since becoming a professional athlete. Everyone in Valley East wishes Andrew Brunette all the best as he continues his career in the National Hockey League.

  
Daryl Sittler Adds Colour And Excitement To 2008 Valley East Sports Hall of Fame Ceremonies 

   Five more people became members of the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame during the 10th Anniversary celebrations which were held at the Centennial Arena on June 21. N.H.L. Hockey Hall of Fame Legend Daryl Sittler was the guest speaker during the sold-out event and didn’t disappoint any of the crowd as he made himself available all evening to sign autographs and provided a very entertaining speech.

   Many of the 49 previously inducted hall of fame members were also in attendance, including hockey greats Frank St. Marseilles and Andrew Brunette.

   Sittler paid tribute to the past Valley East Sports Hall of Fame Members and presented the 2008 inductees with their commemorative plaques.  “Our community recognizes the exceptional achievements of the Valley East athletic community; athletes, coaches and community sponsors,” said Ron Dupuis, the councilor responsible for initiating the Hall of Fame.  “We are so fortunate to have so many committed sports people in Valley East ,” said Dupuis.
 
   The 2008 inductees, shown in the photo from left to right include:

   In the volunteer category, we have Dick Decosse, who has been involved in numerous sports and organizations since 1969. Dick is known as one of the best umpires who ever took to the playing field in the Valley. He has also been involved in minor hockey as a coach, convenor, ways and means director, tournament chairman, sponsorship committee, vice president and president. He coached in minor ball and is a half marathon runner, having competed in six events to raise money for charities. His message to the audience was, “Remember that to volunteer is not always easy because sometimes you have to deal with characters. But volunteering is therapy and it soothes the soul.” Decosse received a standing ovation from the close to 400 guests at the ceremony, clearly indicative of his involvement in the community for almost 40 years.

   The Community Sponsor inductee was Neil Lindenbach, owner of Neil’s Independent Grocers. Neil grew up in the grocery business only to purchase the franchise he worked at in the Valley.  Lindenbach has been a strong supporter of sports in his community.  Lindenbach commented at the ceremony, “as a child I proudly wore Daryl Sittler’s name and number on
my jersey and today I’m so proud that young people in the Valley now wear my name on their jerseys.”  

   Mike Rusin was the inductee in the Professional Sports Category. Rusin had a 10 year career in the International Hockey League.  He was drafted in 1976 by the Flint Generals.

   The second inductee in the volunteer category was Conrad Laroque, For 25 years Laroque has coordinated the Jug Curling event that is sold out in advance every year with a long waiting list.  He has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for community groups and capital campaigns through his Jug Curling fundraising.

   The Amateur Sports inductee was John Hawes.  Hawes dominated the Canadian bowling scene by winning Gold medals six separate times in his bowling career.  Hawes has coached many other bowlers who have gone on to illustrious careers in bowling as well. Hawes credits Chico ’s Bowl for their longstanding commitment to bowling in the Valley and for supporting so many bowlers, both young and old over the years.

   In the photo below, Daryl Sittler is shown taking time to sign an autograph for a fan. Beside Sittler is Mayor John Rodriguez who was also one of the guests of honour for the event. Across from Sittler is Ryan Benoit, Provincial Ambassador for the Easter Seal Society in 2006, during which time he first met Daryl.

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

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


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

Each Councillor has only one vote

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

Committed to a minimum of 12 years serving the public

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

The importance of experience cannot be understated

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

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

Demonstrated competency and knowledge outweights promises

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

Full time commitment Is necessary to be most effective as Councillor

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

I will continue to devote full time to this position

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

I am available when you need me

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

Helping individual constituents immediately is my greatest strength

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

by Robert Kirwan - Councillor of Ward 5

Candidate for Re-Election

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

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

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

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

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

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

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

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

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

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

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

VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

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

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

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

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

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

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

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

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

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

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

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

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

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

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

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

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

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

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

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

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

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

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

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

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

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

WORKERS MEMORIAL YOUTH PARK

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

DEVELOPMENT OF HARC TOWN CENTRE

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

EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL PARK

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

COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT

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

REVITALIZATION OF KALMO BEACH

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

SUPER ASSOCIATION OF PLAYGROUNDS

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

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

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

WHITSON LAKE WATER LEVEL

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

FIRE SERVICES IN VALLEY EAST

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

HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYGROUND

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

ARTERIAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

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

PAQUETTE – WHITSON DRAINAGE PROJECT

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

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

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

WASTE COLLECTION AND VALLEY EAST LANDFILL SITE

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

RV DUMP IN VAL CARON

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

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

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

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

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

   

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

by Robert Kirwan - Councillor of Ward 5

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

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

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

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

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

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

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

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

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

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

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

SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

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

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

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

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

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

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

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

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

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

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

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

COMPLETION OF MALEY DRIVE PROJECT

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

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

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

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CAPITAL PRIORITY POLICY

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

ENCOURAGING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY

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

POPULATION HEALTH STRATEGY

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

COMMUNITY HUB STRATEGY

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

AGE FRIENDLY STRATEGY

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

GETTING RID OF RED TAPE IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

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

SHIFTING FROM RISK AVOIDANCE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

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

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

LED LIGHTING PROJECT

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

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

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

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

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

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

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

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

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

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

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

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

OTHER MAJOR INITIATIVES IMPACTING RESIDENTS OF WARD 5

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

SITE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES IN SUDBURY PORTION OF WAR 5

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

LASALLE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR PLAN AND STRATEGY

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

NOTRE DAME AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

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

JUNCTION CREEK FLOOD MITIGATION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

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

TERRY FOX FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF

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

RYAN HEIGHTS PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

FLOUR MILL COMMUNITY FARM

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

PRISM CO-OP

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

CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS ENHANCEMENTS

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

NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

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

MCLEAN PARK PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

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

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ALONG NOTRE DAME

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

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – LAVOIE STREET

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

RETAINING WALL ISSUES

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

LASALLE CEMETERY REVITALIZATION

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

PIONEER MANOR BED REDEVELOPMENT

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

SPECIAL WARD 5 NEWSLETTERS MAILED TO RESIDENTS

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

OGRADY STREET DRAINAGE ISSUES

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

PARKING ISSUES IN NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON LORRAINE STREET

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

RYAN HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

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

INCREASED SECURITY AT 720 BRUCE AND RYAN HEIGHTS

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

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

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