INTRODUCTION
 

The following is a general outline of the classroom presentation that  one of our agents would be happy to make to any teacher who is interested providing their students with an overview of the mortgage application process.
 
It has been written in such a way that you should be able to gain a good understanding of the process simply by reading the notes. The advantage of having one of our agents make the presentation is that we can stimulate conversation among the participants and will be able to get into more detail about a few of the more complex areas.
 
If you do go through the following sections, you should at least be able to grasp the basic concepts and protocols that are required if you are thinking of purchasing a new or resale home or cottage, or if there is something you would like to look at in the case of a renewal. When all is said and done, applying and being accepted for a mortgage today is much more of a challenge for some people than it was in the past. Working with a mortgage agent you trust can be your best asset when youi are considering the options that are available.
 
Please contact us if you have any questions about the information below, or if you would like one of us to come in and make a presentation to your class. We also make this presentation to employee groups and other community organizations whose membership includes people who are interested in finding out more about mortgages.
  
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Deciding that you would like to buy or build a house is about the only decision that you want to make on your own. In order to find that house, or find a place to build your house, it is recommended that you seek out a reputable real estate agent that you feel you can trust. Ask around for references. See if any of your friends would recommend an agent. That
 way you will feel more comfortable and assured when you make the call and set up your first meeting.
 
Your real estate agent is going to ask you a lot of questions to determine the kind of house you are looking for and where you would like to locate. One of the most important questions is going to be about the amount you would like to pay for your house. That is going to be a difficult question to answer, and in order to get some kind of idea of the amount of loan you may qualify for, you really should seek out a good mortgage broker.
   
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When deciding on who you will see to get your mortgage, it is necessary to examine your particular financial situation. You may be able to do this on your own, but we would recommend that you call a mortgage broker like HQ Mortgages Inc. for some advice. Mortgage Agents are Licensed with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and are held to a very high code of conduct standard. We would never provide advice that is contrary to your best interests, so you can rest assured that the advice you receive will be honest and practical.

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A PRIME MORTGAGE?

If you have a pretty straight forward mortgage application to make, along with a good credit record, a good income, and a relatively high down payment, then you likely will qualify for what is called a Prime or “A” mortgage which would be accepted by just about any financial institution such as your local bank if you have dealt with one banking instution for most of your financial activities.

In the case of a Prime deal, most lenders are easily convinced that you can repay the mortgage (your GDS and TDS ratios are lower than the maximum), that the amount of the mortgage is conventional with a loan-to-value ratio of less than 80%, and that the land and the house used as security are of good quality and value. In other words, there is little to no risk and the details of the application will be very straight forward. If you qualify for a Prime loan, then it is relatively easy for you to deal directly with the Lender so you would more than likely go to your local bank if you have one that already has all of your personal information and bank accounts in place.

On the other hand, if you do not deal with any particular bank or you will be moving to a new community, you may still want to let your mortgage agent handle the application process in order to save you a lot of time, energy and perhaps money.

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE?

On the other hand you may need to apply for what is referred to as a “Subprime” or “B” mortgage.

In this case, your ability to repay the mortgage may be less certain with a GDS at or near 32% and a TDS at or near 40. You may be seeking a high-ratio mortgage with only a 5% down  payment, and the property being used as security for the mortgage may not have as high a value as a Lender would have hoped. You may also have some issues with your income being steady or you may be self-employed.

If you will be applying for a sub-prime mortgage, you can still go through your local bank, but mortgage agents deal with many clients who have been turned down by the banks because of their particular situation. This is where your mortgage agent will be the best person for finding you a Lender who may not be as strict as your local bank and which may be willing to take more of a risk. 

Your mortgage agent will advise you which direction you should take and what your options are if your first choice does not work out as you had hoped. Once again, when you discuss the options with your Mortgage Agent, he/she will not steer you wrong.

  
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If it is determined that you may only qualify for a Subprime mortgage, then we would strongly recommend that you seek out a good mortgage broker/agent to help you find a Lender who will be willing to offer you a mortgage based on your particular situation.

A mortgage broker/agent becomes a real advantage in a subprime mortgage situation because he/she acts as a middleman between you and the Lender.

The mortgage agent gets all of your information and then shops around for a Lender who might be interested in providing you with a mortgage where a traditional banker might not. In fact, the mortgage agent likely has established a good relationship with a number of Lenders who are willing to take on subprime clients based on the recommendations of the agent alone. A reputable mortgage agent has a great relationship with Lenders and hence their recommendation is considered when deciding on issuing a mortgage.

The mortgage agent also has access to a number of different Lenders who will loan money to borrowers that have been rejected by the banks, especially if the borrower is self-employed or works on commission.

Another advantage of using a mortgage agent is that you know you are going to get the best rate on the market at the time. The mortgage agent will always try to find you the best rate available in addition to one that has the terms and conditions that are relevant to your situation.

Mortgage Agents also meet with clients at times that are convenient to the client, so you are able to meet in the evenings and on weekends, and you will likely be able to see your agent at a moment’s notice without having to make an appointment several days in advance.

The big thing to remember is that it doesn’t cost you anything to use a mortgage agent. There is no obligation to use the mortgage agent you make first contact with. Mortgage agents get paid by the Lender when they complete a deal. There is no cost to you. So whether you use the bank directly or you secure the services of your own mortgage agent to find you a mortgage, there is no cost to you.

However, a mortgage agent will help make sure you have all of the paper work in hand, may save you money by finding you a better rate than your bank is charging, and will be more likely to work with you on alternatives and options that are more suitable to your situation. If you have something unusual to consider, then a mortgage agent will more than likely be more experienced in helping you build the right options and will do whatever it takes to find you a Lender.

The final thing to remember is that a mortgage broker / agent lives and dies by his reputation and referrals. So you can be sure that the effort that your mortgage agent puts in on your behalf will be over and above your expectations in order for you to tell your friends about your fantastic experience. Your agent will also want you to use him in future transactions and mortgages as you move forward so the mortgage agent you choose is someone who wants to be there for you whenever you need financing for your home or other purposes.

  
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Just as you asked around for recommendations from your family and friends for your real estate agent, you should do the same to find a good mortgage broker or mortgage agent.

The use of a mortgage agent has become more common in recent years. Gone are the days when everyone automatically went to their regular bank to speak to a mortgage representative working for the bank. Today, more and more people realize that it is such a complex process to get a mortgage today that they are relying on the expertise of a mortgage agent who they know is working for them and will be seeking terms and conditions that are in their best interests.

Mortgage brokers like HQ Mortgages Inc. not only depend on their professional reputation for long term success, they are required by legislative regulation to maintain the standards of the profession or risk losing their license to practice. Hence, a Principal Broker like Ryan Kirwan, who owns HQ Mortgages Inc., takes great pains to make sure that the Mortgage Agents working for the Brokerage have the skill and experience to provide for the needs of all clients. HQ Mortgages Inc., for example, has at least seven agents with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. 

You are able to contact any of the mortgage agents directly, especially if one particular agent has been recommended by your friends. Or, you can contact the Brokerage and Ryan will recommend one of his mortgage agents who he feels will be most suitable to your particular situation. Ryan is also available to be your agent if you wish.

  
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There is no point in building up your hopes for nothing, so at HQ Mortgages Inc. all of our agents will ask you to fill out an online application form and get some information about your current income level and debt load. This will allow us to do a preliminary credit check and give you an idea about the prospects of you being approved for a mortgage once you find your house.

CREDIT REPORT

This pre-approval process is something that all of the mortgage agents working with HQ Mortgages Inc. feel is very important to conduct right at the beginning, even before you start gathering all of the necessary documents. Your credit record is critical to being approved for a mortgage. If your credit record is good, then we will talk to you about your income level and your other financial obligations in order to determine if your debt ratios are at a level where you would stand a chance of being approved for a mortgage.

Your mortgage agent will explain as much as you would like to know about how credit scores are calculated, but basically, if you have been making your payments on time, you have a reasonable amount of credit, and you only have a couple of credit cards your credit score should be good. You only have to worry if you have large amounts of debt or a large number of accounts open that you need to worry. It may be recommended that you get rid of a couple of credit cards. You should also have at least two years of credit history.

The credit reporting company has a complex formula to work out and will come up with a credit score for you. If you have a credit score above 680, you will likely qualify for any mortgage offered through CMHC since you will qualify for the CMHC insurance coverage. You need at least a credit score of 610 to qualify for a CMHC insured mortgage. Your mortgage agent will give you a pretty straightforward answer as to whether or not you will qualify for a mortgage based on your credit report score.

If you have a poor credit record, it doesn’t automatically mean you won’t be able to get a mortgage. But based on experience, a mortgage agent will be able to give you a pretty good indication. Your mortgage agent may also be able to give you some advice on how you might improve your credit record over the course of a year to improve your record enough to qualify for a mortgage at some point in the future. Your mortgage agent therefore becomes your financial coach.

  
  

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DOWN PAYMENT

We will also talk a bit about your down payment options and whether or not you will have difficulty finding the money for the down payment.

If the mortgage agent does not think you are ready to enter into the financial commitment of a mortgage, you will be told so right away.

PAYOUT PENALTIES

We will also discuss how the purchase and subsequent new mortgage will be coordinated with the pay out of your existing mortgage if you have one. This may require some strategic planning in order to avoid a payout penalty with your current lender. It is possible that your mortgage agent may be able to find you a new mortgage that is so much less than what you are paying now that the payout penalty won’t even be a factor. It may be financially better for you to pay the penalty. Or your penalty may be added to the principal of your new mortgage if the Lender wants your business badly enough. There are many options that can be considered in order to make the decision to get a new house financially viable. You may even be able to get short term bridge financing from a private lender to cover the period in between the end of your current term and the beginning of your new mortgage in order to avoid a penalty. A higher rate of interest on a short term loan may be less expensive than paying a penalty in order to take advantage of a deal that you don't want to miss.

PROSPECT OF GETTING A MORTGAGE

Once we’ve done this preliminary stage, you will have a pretty good idea of the value of the house you can build or purchase. This is information that your real estate agent will need in order to find you some houses to consider.

LIST OF DOCUMENTS TO GATHER WHILE HUNTING FOR YOUR HOUSE

We will also give you a list of the documents you will need once you find a house you like and you make an offer to purchase. Usually you must go through the mortgage application procedure rather quickly in order to finalize the purchase, so we like you to be getting your documents in order while you are looking for that house so that when you have the signed purchase and sales agreement you will simply come in to see your mortgage agent with most of the documents you need to put through the mortgage application.

Many of these documents you will have already, but some of them may require you to track them down or get duplicates. You don't want to miss out on your dream home because you were not able to get your documents together in time.

Then you are ready to start your house hunting.

  
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PREPARATION OF THE MORTGAGE APPLICATION

Once you find the house you want and you have signed a Purchase and Sales Agreement, you will set up an appointment with your Mortgage Agent to begin the process of finding a lender who will best meet your particular needs.

You will bring in your Purchase and Sales Agreement so that we can see the terms of the deal.

There are times when you might bring this in to your mortgage agent even before you settle on the final terms. This may be necessary if there is something unusual about the terms. For example, your mortgage agent will explain some of the options you can consider such as Vendor Take-Back mortgages in order for you to be able to make the purchase. Our goal is to help you purchase your property.

You will need to provide all of the information you can about the house. Usually an MLS feature sheet provided by the realtor will be suitable for this purpose.

You will most likely require an appraisal for your new house, but we recommend that you hold off on that until we find the lender. Some lenders have their own preference when it comes to appraisals, so we ask that you hold off until we have some idea of the most likely lenders for your situation. It doesn't take long to get an appraisal, so there is no need to spend money on an appraisal and then find out that the Lender does not recognize that appraiser. It is better to wait until we find you a Lender and then you can get the property appraised in a manner that will satisfy the Lender.

DOWN PAYMENT

We will also need to consider the amount of down payment you intend to put on the purchase. This may require a discussion about whether you have the cash in hand; need to convert some investments into cash; or if you will be receiving a gift to help you with the down payment.  

Your mortgage agent will explain that many lenders are becoming much more vigilant when it comes to disclosure and they look for warning signs of fraud. Your agent will be able to advocate on your behalf by adding notes to the mortgage application explaining any peculiarities, such as money that has only been deposited from an unknown source for less than a few months.

SOURCE OF DOWN PAYMENT

We are finding that more borrowers are either borrowing the down payment from elsewhere or they are receiving the down payment as a gift from family and/or friends. If you borrow from another lending institution, that amount will show up on your credit record. So if you have a good credit record, it should not be a problem.

If you borrow from family and/or friends, you will require them to sign a gift letter stating that the money is a gift and there is no expectation of repayment. It is important that this money is designated as a gift so that it does not show up anywhere as a debt that you are carrying.

There are also some lenders who are giving borrowers cash back mortgages. In this case, the borrower borrows the money for the down payment and then the lender loans the borrower the money as part of the mortgage so that the borrower can pay the money back. This sounds nice, but it does increase your mortgage and your monthly payments, so a mortgage agent will make sure you understand the consequences of a cash back mortgage.

One of the things we find is that lenders are extremely flexible when it comes to the down payment. They want to loan you the money, and they are very concerned about your ability to pay the monthly payments, but they will consider many different options when it comes to the downpayment.

In addition to the down payment, many lenders require that you have at least 1.5% of the purchase price available for closing costs. We too want to make sure that you are able to handle the costs of getting into new mortgage. We do not want to set you up for failure. Our reputation depends on it so we would rather be truthful with you than get you a mortgage that will result in extreme hardship for you and your family.

CMHC DEFAULT INSURANCE

You will be required to have at least 5% of the property’s value for a down payment. This means that if the cost of your house is $300,000, you need $15,000 for a down payment. That would mean you could qualify for a high ratio mortgage and you would be required to pay default insurance to CMHC.

Mortgages are defined as being either conventional or high ratio. In order to determine whether your mortgage is conventional or high ratio, you take the value of your mortgage and the value of your house/property and if the loan-to-value ratio is less than 80% it is a conventional mortgage. If it is higher, it is a high ratio mortgage.

Mortgage lenders such as banks, trust companies, credit unions and insurance companies are regulated by either the Federal or Provincial governments and are not normally allowed to provide a loan that is more than 80% of the market value of any property unless the mortgage is insured by mortgage default insurance for up to 95% of the property value. Mortgage default insurance provides protection for the lender in case you default on the mortgage.

If you have 20% for the down payment, you may be able to avoid the default insurance.

There are some lenders who want you to take out default insurance even if you have more than 20% down payment on the house. Your mortgage agent will try to find you a lender who will provide you the best rate without charging the insurance, but that is where your agent’s experience and knowledge of the lenders comes in. There are some lenders who will rely upon a recommendation of the agent and may refrain from this requirement.

This default insurance can cost thousands of dollars, but most borrowers simply have the amount added to the principal of the loan so you don’t need to come up with the cash to pay the premium. The actual fees range from zero if you put down more than 20% of the value of the house to as high as 2.75% if your down payment is only 5%.

INCOME VERIFICATION

Once we have all of the above in place, we then need to verify the income of the borrowers. This can be fairly simple if you are an employee with a wage or salary and are issued a T4 slip every year. If you are on salary you will typically need a letter from your employer verifying that you are employed and confirming the salary you have reported. The mortgage agent may even contact your employer to confirm the information on the letter and indicate that he has done so to the lender, saving the lender from having to do the same. You may also be required to provide a couple of pay stubs, so you should bring those in with you.

If you are a commissioned salesperson or a self-employed business owner, lenders will usually ask for the last two or three years Notices of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency. You will be required to bring those documents to the meeting with you since it can hold up the application process if you don’t have them.  If you do not have the required Notices of Assessment, then it is going to be very difficult to qualify for a mortgage on your own because you will not have any income to factor into the debt ratios which will be explained later. However, this will not be a surprise if you are dealing with an experienced mortgage agent. For example, all mortgage agents with HQ Mortgages Inc. ask about your income source when you first make contact with us. If you disclose the fact that you are just starting out in business and you do not have any proof of steady income, we will let you know right from the start what you are up against.

INCOME QUALIFICATION

There are two ratios that lenders will be most concerned with in deciding on whether to give you a mortgage or not. Your agent will explain them more carefully when you meet and he will also ask a lot of questions to determine if all of the information is being provided. Your credit record will provide most of this information.

The first ratio is your gross debt service ratio (GDS). This includes all of the costs associated with your house. For example, you take your monthly mortgage payment (principal plus interest), your property taxes and your cost of heating your house. If you are buying a condominium, you include half of your condo fees.

You then take this total and divide it by your Gross Qualifying Income, which is all of your income from all sources before taxes. Generally, lenders require that your GDS be less than 32% in order for you to qualify for the mortgage.

If you are applying for a high ratio mortgage, where you are making a down payment of less than 20%, then the mortgage default insurance premium is also included in the GDS calculation.

The second ratio that needs to be examined is called the total debt service ratio (TDS). Basically, this includes all of the payments that a borrower will be paying to service all of their debt. In order to calculate the TDS, you take all of the amounts used in calculating the GDS, plus all other debt payments such as bank and other loans, credit card payments, car payments, personal loans from family and friends or some other individual/lender, and any other regular commitments such as spousal and child support.

It is important to know that items such as home insurance, life insurance, car insurance and other monthly obligations that do not repay a borrowed amount are not included in the TDS calculation. The key question that your mortgage agent will ask you is, “If you stopped making the regular payment, would you still owe an outstanding amount?” If the answer is “no”, then it would not be included in the TDS.

In order to qualify for a mortgage, the lender will want the TDS to be no higher than 40% of your Gross Qualifying Income. If this is a high ratio mortgage you are applying for, then the default insurance premium will be added to the total expenditures. If it is a condominium, then half of the condo fees will be added as well.

If your credit score is good, then a lender may allow the GDS and/or TDS to be a bit higher than the 32% and 40% threshold. Your mortgage agent will likely advise against going higher than the recommended limits in order to help you avoid any future problems with the mortgage in the event of unforeseen problems or expenses.

This is an important benefit of having a mortgage agent who you can trust and who you feel comfortable with. Mortgage Agents are held to a very high ethical standard and will not intentionally give you bad advice. They want you to be a long-term client. They also do not want to submit mortgage applications that have a good chance of being turned down because lenders also keep track of the success ratio of mortgage agents and tend to deal only with agents who provide them with complete packages and with applications that meet their requirements.

So your mortgage agent is acting in your best interests. If he tells you that in his opinion your GDS or TDS is at a dangerously high level, even if he can get you a mortgage, you should listen to him and either look for a house that is less expensive or wait another year or two before purchasing. You don’t want to get into a five year mortgage and find out that at the end of the term your mortgage payments are going to go up because of an increase in interest rates and then find yourself unable to carry the mortgage.

FIXED OR VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGES

Your mortgage agent will have a very serious discussion with you about whether you would like to apply for a fixed rate mortgage or a variable rate mortgage. This is a personal decision, so your agent will make sure that you fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Traditionally, variable rate mortgages have had the better track record, coming out ahead of the fixed rate mortgages over 80% of the time. Variable rate mortgages are also about 1.5% lower on average than fixed rate mortgages.

Your mortgage agent will be able to let you know what the mortgage rate trends have been over the past several years and what the projections are for the coming few years. If you think the economy is going to remain rather slow, then interest rates are not likely to go up much. In that case, a variable rate might be best for you. If, on the other hand you think the interest rates are going to jump by 2 or 3% in the coming years, then a fixed rate might be the best decision.

Your mortgage agent will get a feel for what you are looking for and when the application is made, he will take that into consideration. All the while, your agent is searching for the Lender who is willing to provide you with the best rates and the best terms.

PAYMENT SCHEDULES

Your mortgage agent will talk to you about some options you have regarding the frequency of payment. For example you may want to pay monthly, or you may want to pay bi-weekly. The payment schedule impacts the length of amortization but it may require you to pay more each month, so you must be careful when deciding on the strategy that will work best for you.

  
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SUBMITTING THE FINAL PACKAGE

This is where a mortgage agent becomes your most valuable asset in the application process.

Putting the complete package together in a carefully prepared manner is critical.

If any of the documents are missing, the lender will delay making a decision until you get the material in.

Lenders do not take kindly to mortgage agents who send in mortgage applications that are incomplete, so the agent is very careful to get everything lined up properly.

For example, if you do not have any income verification, then that might require you to find a co-signer. If so, you will need all of the income verification from the co-signer that you were required to produce yourself. Plus we will need a credit record check for the guarantor. Also, it might be necessary for your guarantor to become a part owner of the house. This happens when you are required to use the income of the guarantor to qualify for the mortgage.

Your mortgage agent is an expert in getting disclosure, so there may  be certain factors in your particular situation that require additional documentation and explanation.  Your mortgage agent will also work with your real estate lawyer to get the legal documentation and verification required for the application process to be completed. Some of this documentation is requested by the lender, but whatever can be provided by the mortgage agent will be helpful.

Once all of the documents are gathered, the mortgage agent will forward the information to prospective lenders and will find the one with the best rate and terms and conditions that will meet your needs. This is where the mortgage agent demonstrates his value to the process. He is not bound by any one particular lender and even has access to many of the national financial banks and credit unions. He also has access to some private lenders if there is something that is particularly unusual about your situation.

You will have your answer in a very short period of time since the lenders realize just how important it is for things to be done in a timely fashion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Each Councillor has only one vote

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

Committed to a minimum of 12 years serving the public

When I was first elected to City Council in 2014, I made a commitment to serve my Ward for a minimum of 12 years, so I will definitely be running again in October 2022 and most likely again in October of 2026.

The importance of experience cannot be understated


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

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

Demonstrated competency and knowledge outweighs promises

 


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

Full time commitment Is necessary to be most effective as Councillor

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

I will continue to devote full time to this position

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

I am available when you need me

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

Helping individual constituents immediately is my greatest strength

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

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

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

    
Let me provide you with a list of my experience on committees as Councillor of Ward 5 during the past eight years.
    
  
Who is Robert Kirwan?
Warren, Robert, Marty, Valerie, Ryan
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE
VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5
  
 
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Valley East portion of Ward 5. I will create another page with a focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
  

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

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

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

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

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

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

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

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

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

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

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

VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

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

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

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

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

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

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

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

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

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

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

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

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

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

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

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

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

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

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

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

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

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

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

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

WORKERS MEMORIAL YOUTH PARK

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

DEVELOPMENT OF HARC TOWN CENTRE

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

EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL PARK

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

COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT

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

REVITALIZATION OF KALMO BEACH

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

SUPER ASSOCIATION OF PLAYGROUNDS

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

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

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

WHITSON LAKE WATER LEVEL

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

FIRE SERVICES IN VALLEY EAST

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

HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYGROUND

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

ARTERIAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

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

PAQUETTE – WHITSON DRAINAGE PROJECT

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

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

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

WASTE COLLECTION AND VALLEY EAST LANDFILL SITE

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

RV DUMP IN VAL CARON

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

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

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

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

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

   
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE
SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5
  
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
 
  
  At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community and has set the stage for the next four years if I am successful in getting re-elected on October 24, 2022.

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

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

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

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

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

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

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

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

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

SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

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

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

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

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

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

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

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

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

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

COMPLETION OF MALEY DRIVE PROJECT

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

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

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

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CAPITAL PRIORITY POLICY

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

ENCOURAGING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY

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

POPULATION HEALTH STRATEGY

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

COMMUNITY HUB STRATEGY

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

AGE FRIENDLY STRATEGY

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

GETTING RID OF RED TAPE IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

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

SHIFTING FROM RISK AVOIDANCE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

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

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

LED LIGHTING PROJECT

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

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

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

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

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

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

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

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

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

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

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

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

OTHER MAJOR INITIATIVES IMPACTING RESIDENTS OF WARD 5

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

SITE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES IN SUDBURY PORTION OF WAR 5

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

LASALLE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR PLAN AND STRATEGY

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

NOTRE DAME AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

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

JUNCTION CREEK FLOOD MITIGATION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

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

TERRY FOX FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF

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

RYAN HEIGHTS PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

FLOUR MILL COMMUNITY FARM

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

PRISM CO-OP

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

CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS ENHANCEMENTS

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

NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

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

MCLEAN PARK PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

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

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ALONG NOTRE DAME

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

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – LAVOIE STREET

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

RETAINING WALL ISSUES

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

LASALLE CEMETERY REVITALIZATION

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

PIONEER MANOR BED REDEVELOPMENT

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

SPECIAL WARD 5 NEWSLETTERS MAILED TO RESIDENTS

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

OGRADY STREET DRAINAGE ISSUES

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

PARKING ISSUES IN NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON LORRAINE STREET

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

RYAN HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

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

INCREASED SECURITY AT 720 BRUCE AND RYAN HEIGHTS

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

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

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

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

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

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

 

 

 
 
 

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