bulletYoung Family Wins $500 Gift Certificates In December Mystery Shopper Contest at Cousin Vinny's
 
bulletTake the time to remember a loved one this holiday season by Adding an Ornament to the Tree of Remembrance
 
bulletSt. Kevin’s C.W.L. Holds Christmas Money Draw To Help Food Banks
   
bulletThe 200 Wolf Squadron Thanks The Community of Valley East For Generosity
  
bulletOntario Students Against Impaired Driving Group From Confederation Secondary School Is Committed to Making A Difference In The Community
 
bulletKnights of Columbus #5005 Deliver 142 Christmas Food Hampers to Needy Families
 
bulletValley View Community Church Once Again Provides Shoppers With Free Gift Wrapping At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
 
bulletMinor Hockey Teams Enjoy Fund-Raising Projects At The Mall
 
bulletFood Bank Depot Will Remain Up For Donations Into The New Year As The Need Increases
 
bulletValley Pentecostal Church Helps Distribute Close To $1 Million Worth of Food To People In Need During The Past Three Years
 
bulletSuch A Tiny Little Creature To Be Causing So Much Commotion
 
bulletDanica Tremblay Dhinel Shares An Inspirational Story With Our Readers
 
bulletConfed’s Evolutionary Band Members Are Earning Their Education
 
bulletAmanda Kohls Helps Spread The Message In Honour of Steven, Jazmine and Caitlin
 
bulletTed Dore Memorial Fund and NHLPA Teams Up To Create V.E. Hockey Equipment Bank
Young Family Wins $500 Gift Certificates In December Mystery Shopper Contest at Cousin Vinny's
Paul Pharand and his wife Chantal Cayen were as pleased with their "dessert" as little 4 1/2 year old Bella was with her ice cream when Santa Claus presented the happy family with $500 in gift certificates which can be used anywhere in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Paul and Chantal were the December winners of the $500 Mystery Shopper Contest. They won for sitting at the right table at the right time. 

Standing in the photo behind the three winners are Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the owners of Cousin Vinny's Restaurant & Bar, Tylor McNair and Chris Vitiello. Paul and Chantal were born and raised in Valley East. Paul is currently on strike at Vale Inco, so the prize will certainly come in handy during the winter months. Bella attend Junior Kindergarten at Jean-Paul II School in Val Caron.

  
Take the time to remember a loved one this holiday season by Adding an Ornament to the Tree of Remembrance

    Loretta Tompkins, Revenue Development Chair of Palliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin, on the far right, and Jeannette Carriere, Coordinator of the Warmhearts fundraising project, are shown with five of the volunteers who have been spending time at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre helping people “remember their loved ones” who have passed away.
 
    The volunteers shown in the photo with Jeannette and Loretta, are: (standing from left to right) Marina Lamoureux, Dennis Mount and Esther Tardif. Seated are Jean Manuel and Noella Poitras.
“We know how difficult it can be for families during this time of year.  We encourage them to take the time to remember their loved ones this holiday season by hanging an ornament on our Tree of Remembrance, ” Maryann Lepage, Executive Director.
 

  
Memories are sometimes all we have left after the death of a loved one.  The thought of forgetting their face, their ways, their likes and dislikes make us hold on to our grief long after they are gone.  As memories begin to fade, we need to find ways to bring memories of our loved ones into the holiday traditions.  Warmhearts Pallliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin can help you celebrate the life of your loved ones. Purchase a snowflake, write the name of your loved one on it and hang it on our tree for all to see.  This will help keep memories alive through the holiday season!    

   The community is invited to purchase an ornament and write in the book of memories, from now until December 23rd.  For the convenience of people living in Valley East and Capreol, one of the three trees in the area is located at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. You can make the Tree of Remembrance a part of your holiday tradition. Ornaments are $5.00 each and all monies raised from this initiative go to Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin to support individuals and families facing end of life challenges.
 
   In the following photo, Val Mazzuca, owner of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is shown adding several ornaments to the tree in remembrance of family members who are no longer with us today.

  
St. Kevin’s C.W.L. Holds Christmas Money Draw To Help Food Banks
 When the members of the St. Kevin’s Parish Catholic Women’s League, including Noella Cheaney on the left and Rolande Michaud on the right, were choosing a local charity as beneficiary of the proceeds of their annual Christmas Money Draw, there was very little need for lengthy discussion. The Valley East Food Banks were the first to come to mind and indeed will receive all of the money raised from ticket sales this year.
 
   The poor economic conditions that have affected the entire world were bad enough to increase the demands being placed upon the two local food banks, but now that the region is in the throngs of the Vale Inco work stoppage, with numerous layoffs and reductions in hours of employment elsewhere, the Good Neighbours and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Banks are finding it even more difficult to handle the excess calls for help.
 
   Organizations like the St. Kevin’s C.W.L., through their kindness and generosity are definitely making a difference with their donations. The ladies will be selling tickets for only $1 each between now and the draw date on December 13, 2009. You can get your tickets every weekend at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Besides helping with a good cause, you may win one of three prizes. First prize is a huge centre piece plus $250 in cash. Second prize is a wreath plus $150 in cash. And, third place is a vase plus $100 in cash.
 
   We congratulate the ladies of St. Kevin’s for their kindness and consideration. If anyone in the community would also like to drop off food for the Good Neighbours Food Bank, just stop by the Food Bank Depot that is located at the main entrance of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
 
The 200 Wolf Squadron Thanks The Community of Valley East For Generosity

  The 200 Wolf Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets were at that Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre for their first tag day of the year.

On behalf of the 200 Wolf Squadron we would like to thank Val Mazzuca and Bob Kirwan for allowing us the opportunity to hold our tag day in their establishment.  We’d also like to thank all the many patrons of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Dec 11, 12 & 13th for their very generous support.  We raised in excess of $400.00 in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre alone.

Thank you again for your very generous support.

The Cadets even took time out to say hello Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Sgt Robert Bolger, Corporal Joshua Bolger, Corporal Aaron Anderson, and Corporal Austin Anderson

 

 Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving Group From Confederation Secondary School Is Committed to Making A Difference In The Community

Austin Powell (Grade 11)
Amanda McCutcheon (Grade 11)

Hannah Merchant (Grade 11)
Ashleigh McBain (Teacher)

The Learning Clinic Radio Show, hosted by Robert Kirwan on Laurentian University's CKLU 96.7 FM included members of the Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving Group from Confederation Secondary School as special guests on the December 21, 2009 program. Ashleigh McBain, the Teacher Supervisor of the group, brought along three students to represent the close to 40 students who have signed up to participate during the inaugural year of this important extracurricular organization. All students were in Grade 11: Austin Powell, Amanda McCutcheon and Hannah Merchant. During the show they spoke about how it was the death of three young teenagers in a tragic accident in Valley East on June 21, 2009. Steven Philippe (16) and Jazmine Houle (15),  who both attended Confederation secondary school, were walking along the side of Hwy 69N in Hanmer with their friend, Caitlin Jelley (15), when all three were killed by an impaired driver. Students at the school have shown tremendous support for the activities being organized by the OSAID group as the students try to raise awareness among community members of the need for people to be more sensible when it comes to driving while being impaired in any way. They stated that while alcohol is often the root cause of accidents where impairment is a factor, cell phones, loud passengers, medication, and a long list of other things that can reduce one's ability to focus on driving.
 
If you are interested in downloading the radio program to your computer, just click here to get to the archives. 
Make sure that you have the date set at 2009-12-21; the start time set at 18:00; and the duration for 120 minutes. Then all you do is click on "download" and it will be saved to your computer in an mp3 format. Then you can enjoy the interview whenever you wish. NOTE: The archives will only be available until January 19, 2010.
Ashleigh McBain and several more of the students in the group were at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday, December 19, 2009, creating awareness among the community of the dangers of driving while impaired from any substance. 
The group was set up in the Centre Court area of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre all day long singing Christmas Carols for shoppers and drawing attention with "Charger" who was a huge hit with the youngsters.
"Charger" even had a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus to give them his wish list for this year. Rumour has it that he wished for a city football championship in 2010.
A second display was set up just outside Cousin Vinny's Restaurant & Bar. The owners of Cousin Vinny's have pledged support for the group all year long in an effort to promote safe driving practices among adults in the community.

The purpose of OSAID is to make students aware of the choices they make when drinking and to make responsible decisions. The students from Confederation will be raising money all year long to send representatives to a provincial conference in Toronto on the first weekend of May 2010. There they will take part in developing leadership skills and be trained in approaching peers and the community with the issues and seriousness of impaired driving.

For more information you can go the the Confederation Secondary School web site or contact Ashleigh McBain at the school during normal business hours.

  
Knights of Columbus #5005 Deliver 142 Christmas Food Hampers to Needy Families
The Co-Chairs of the Christmas Food Hamper Committee, shown in the photo below, have nothing but praise for the hard working volunteers who helped fill 142 wonderful Christmas Hampers for needy families in Valley East. The hampers were delivered on Saturday, December 19, 2009. "It takes a lot of work to sort out the food, vouchers and gifts so that each family receives about $200 worth of donations," Fern Gascon, shown on the right in the photo below along with Dorice Menard explained. "We receive the food from the generosity of the entire community with schools and organizations collecting supplies during the fall and then giving it to us to distribute."

Any surplus food is sent over to the Good Neighbours Food Bank in Hanmer so that they can better serve their regular clients. The Knights of Columbus have been responsible for the Christmas Food Hamper delivery since about 2004 and each year the need has been increasing. "We started out delivering about 85 hampers and now we are up to 142," Gascon declared.

  
Valley View Community Church Once Again Provides Shoppers With Free Gift Wrapping At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
Each year the members of the Valley View Community Church set up a table near the entrance to the Hart Department Store and provide free gift wrapping to shoppers. This year, as is the usual custom, the volunteers were taking donations for the Valley East Food Banks. You can find out more about the church by visiting their web site:

http://www.valleyviewcommunitychurch.ca/ 

 
Minor Hockey Teams Enjoy Fund-Raising Projects At The Mall

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is always a popular place for local minor sports teams in need of fund-raising for various tournaments and activities. Just prior to Christmas, the Property Stewards Novice Club was in the mall selling tickets on a beautiful Christmas gift basket.
  
Food Bank Depot Will Remain Up For Donations Into The New Year As The Need Increases
The Good Neighbours Food Bank in Hanmer, run by Anne Unwin and her hard-working group of volunteers, have had a challenging time during the latter part of 2009 keeping up with the demand for food from needy families. Where they usually fed approximately 50 families per month, they are now seeing up to 90. In order to provide a convenient place for local residents to donate food and supplies, the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre will be leaving the Food Bank Depot in place after the New Year. Normally the depot is removed after Christmas, but this coming year promises to be very difficult for some local families, so the owners of the mall, Val and Violet Mazzuca have decided to leave it up until the demand eases up. Anyone who would like to donate money can leave it in an envelope at the Valley Plaza Pharmasave.
 
Valley Pentecostal Church Helps Distribute Close To $1 Million Worth of Food To People In Need During The Past Three Years
   Jack Lanctot, on the left, and Rodney Deforges, take a breather while up to two dozen other volunteers continue to unload close to $80,000 worth of food that was delivered to Valley Pentecostal Church in Hanmer on November 30. This was the seventh such shipment received by the church in the past year, with all of the food and supplies being distributed to various food banks and other service organizations throughout the City of Greater Sudbury . In fact over 20 charity organizations benefit from the donations.
   Rodney Deforges founded Faith Charities of Ontario (Deforges Family Ministries) three years ago. He is based in Manitowaning. Rev. Steve Gudrie and his wife, Esther, along with their children, Curtis and Jenn, got Valley Pentecostal Church involved with the food distribution program right from the beginning and have received approximately 15 shipments totaling close to $1 million in food and supplies. The Church has even donated the transport that was used to bring the food to Hanmer in November. Eva Lanctot, a local realtor, donates the $1,000 it costs to cover the expenses of getting some of the shipments to the Church.
   Deforges collects the food from manufacturers in southern
Ontario . There is nothing wrong with the food and supplies, but government regulations are very restrictive when it comes to the distribution of food items to grocery stores and retail outlets. For example you may purchase a canned food item from a grocery store that has a “best before date” in December and keep it on your pantry shelf until April. There is still nothing wrong with the food since it can normally remain in the can for at least six months beyond the “best before” date. However, the manufacturer and the retailer cannot sell it to you after a certain date. That food becomes surplus and is available for distribution through food banks and other charitable organizations.
   The Faith Charities of Ontario came up with a way of providing a service to the manufacturers who had to get rid of the surplus products in order to make room for new products.  Until the Faith Charities of Ontario came along, the manufacturers had to contact people to try to get rid of the surplus supplies. Now they simply call Deforges and he sends a transport to pick the supplies up for distribution to needy people through organizations such as the
Valley Pentecostal Church . Everyone wins! Each week millions of dollars of food are distributed by the Faith Charities of Ontario which now has eight transports on the road.
   Eva Lanctot Realty heard about the work that was being done through
Valley Pentecostal Church and was eager to do whatever she could to help out. As it turned out, the Church could only come up with enough funds to pay for a limited number of shipments, so Eva stepped up to the plate. Now, whenever Pastor Steve gets a call from Rodney about another shipment that is ready to be delivered, he just says bring it on. The 53 foot transport trailer is “always welcome” and the food is distributed within 24 hours.
   Deforges explained that he never knows what is going to be available when he is called to a warehouse. There are times when he has picked up a load of 40 skids of popcorn. He brings it all back to his warehouse at Manitowaning and spreads it out all across
Ontario , but mainly in the northern communities. All of the items get distributed and are very much appreciated by the recipients.
   This is indeed a good news story and our hats go off to the Gudries of Valley Pentecostal Church, to Rodney Deforges of Deforges Family Ministries, and to Eva Lanctot of Lanctot Realty.
  
Such A Tiny Little Creature To Be Causing So Much Commotion
by Robert Kirwan

   The Town of Valley East is well-known for a lot of things. However, until recently, our community wasn’t really recognized by “bird-watching enthusiasts” of the world. All that changed on or about November 11, 2009 , when a tiny little bird called a Western Tanager showed up in my backyard and was spotted by my wife, Valerie.

Our yard has been registered since March 2004 as a “Backyard Wildlife Habitat” by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Over the years, no less than 54 different kinds of birds have been spotted in our yard. A complete list can be found on a special web site that can be found at  www.valleyeasttoday.ca/evergreengardens

When my wife spotted “Number 55” early one morning, she took some pictures and contacted one of her  “bird experts” in an attempt to identify the little creature. As it turned out, this tiny visitor was a male Western Tanager that was thousands of kilometers from where it should have been. In fact, the Western Tanager should have been somewhere around Mexico or Southern California at this time of year, not in Northeastern Ontario . During the summer months, the Western Tanager can be found along the western regions of North America, from the Mexico-US border to as far north as Alaska. But it seldom is seen east of Alberta .
Once the bird was identified and word got out about the location of this rare sighting, our backyard immediately became one of the most popular attractions among bird watchers from across Ontario . It has captured the attention of professors from Laurentian University as well as several other local enthusiasts who have been able to get some excellent photos of the Western Tanager, which seemed to be quite willing to hang around and have its picture taken.

Two men even drove up all the way from Hamilton one Sunday morning and waited for over five hours before they finally spotted the little bird perched up in one of our trees. We’ve had people from North Bay to Massey stopping in for a “look at the rare bird” and have answered phone calls from as far away as Ottawa and Toronto to talk to people who have heard about our discovery.

The next day a couple arrived from Ottawa after leaving at 6 a.m. Unfortunately, they were unable to spot the bird while they were here. However, the couple was completely understanding, explaining that this is something they were accustomed to over their years of chasing rare birds.

 Apparently, one of the storms that occurred early in November may have originated from the Colorado region and could be responsible for carrying this stranger way off course in its migration south. Some experts have stated that there have been several sightings of other species foreign to Ontario since the storm, leading them to believe this was the case.

All we know is that serious bird watchers consider the Western Tanager to be one of the rarest sites you can witness in Ontario . Very few people can say they have actually seen the bird. Valerie and I have grown accustomed to seeing our little visitor picking away at the seed every day. We also know that this beautiful little bird that has brought us so much joy and pleasure for a couple of weeks is not likely to enjoy a long and productive life. It is all alone, in a hostile environment, thousands of kilometers from home. Mother Nature can indeed be cruel. We can only hope that it somehow finds its way to a warmer climate before winter arrives.
  
Danica Tremblay Dhinel Shares An Inspirational Story With Our Readers

Dear Mr.Kirwan,

 

 

The Old Man

   My friend recently told me a story about an elderly man who frequently comes into her store and gives every woman he sees working a single rose. The man told her the story of why it is he does this. He told her that a few years ago his wife passed away. However while she was still alive he had never bought her roses. His wife asked him many times to buy her some but he had never thought of doing it. Once she had passed on he regretted not buying her any and felt guilty. Now, every once in a while when he thinks of buying his wife roses he enters my friends store, buys a bouquet and passes them out to the women.

   When my friend told me this story I began to think deeply on my own life and all the things I should or could do for the ones I love while they are still around. Little things to show them that I care and that I’m thinking of them. Many of us go through life not thinking that these simple gestures could mean the world to someone. Not much thought has to go into them, just simple things like leaving a note to remind someone you’re thinking of them; telling those around you that you love them: paying for a stranger’s coffee when you’re ahead of them in line at the drive-thru; calling someone up to see how their day is going or maybe buying someone flowers on any given day just to show you care.
   Like this man, many of us don’t realize the things we should have done differently while our loved ones were still around. We shouldn’t wait till they are gone to realize we should have told them we loved them more often, or spent more time with them, or we should of gotten them those flowers they wanted so badly. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Tell your wife or husband or mother or father, brother or sister that you love them. Give them a hug; send them e-mails or a card, call old friends up just to see how they’ve been. Don’t let the people you care about most slip out of your life, because one day they will be gone and you will spend your life regretting.

   I have not had the pleasure of meeting this kind man but his story will remain in my heart forever. I am deeply saddened by his story but somehow it brings a new light to my heart. He realized his mistake too late and now he is trying to repay the debt he feels he owes. I believe everyone can relate and learn from such a story, and I hope some if not all will find it in themselves to slow down and start making the little things count, cause in the end, it’s what matters the most.

Danica Tremblay Dhinel

Dear Danica:

   What a beautiful story. It truly gives you hope for mankind when you know that there are people in the world like that elderly man. I am also glad to see that you are back to writing, and I do indeed remember you. You have a tremendous talent for communicating your feelings. I wish you the best of luck in your current endeavours and I definitely encourage you to write often.

Robert Kirwan

  
Confed’s Evolutionary Band Members Are Earning Their Education

Members of the Confederation Secondary School ’s Evolutionary Band, all consider their experience with the group to be memorable and very rewarding. They get to practice and rehearse for most of the school year to prepare for a Spring Tour of concerts and trips all over the region under the direction of Band Leader and Music Instructor, Norm McIntosh. Each year there is usually a major overnight tour that is the highlight of the season.

All of these activities cost money, and it is up to each member of the band to do their individual part to help raise the necessary funds. One of the major fund-raisers of the year is a raffle which will produce eight winners of beautiful prints by Gordon Drysdale. Students, such as Hailey Chinn, above, are responsible for using their creativity and initiative to find ways of selling tickets to the general public. Hailey is one of the students who have been seen selling tickets on the prints at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre recently. Hailey, who is in her second year with Evolutionary, is a member of the crew and is responsible for the sound board. “I’m not very good at performing or being in front of an audience, but I love music and wanted to be part of the band. When I got an opportunity to be part of the crew I took it and I love every minute of my experience,” Hailey explained. Besides the lead singers and instrument players, there are a lot of people needed behind the scenes to make sure that the set is properly constructed and the sound comes out just right. The nice thing about Evolutionary is that it provides so many young people with a first hand experience in the music industry so that they have a better idea of whether or not this is the kind of career they would like to pursue after high school.

If you have a chance to purchase tickets on the Gordon Drysdale prints, or if you wish to help the band out with a donation of any size, just contact Confederation Secondary School   and ask to speak to Norm McIntosh.

Amanda Kohls Helps Spread The Message In Honour of Steven, Jazmine and Caitlin

   Amanda Kohls appears to be a typical 19 year old college student. She grew up in Valley East , attending elementary school at Redwood Acres and Pinecrest Public Schools before graduating from Bishop Alexander Carter. Now she is pursuing a career in health care and will be entering the first year of Nursing at Cambrian College in the fall. She is currently working for Shoppers Drug Mart in Hanmer.
  
   The recent deaths of
Steven Philippe 16, Jazmine Houle, 15, and Caitlin Jelley, 15, troubled Amanda in much the same way virtually every other member of this community was upset. Amanda shared the overwhelming feeling that enough is enough. It is time to stop the madness of drinking and driving and get the message out in the public once and for all. 

   So when Amanda approached the rest of the Shoppers Drug Mart Hanmer staff with an idea to hold a barbecue fundraiser in honour of the three teens she received their full support. She then called around and gathered donations from over 65 businesses for the penny table. Under Amanda’s leadership, the store teamed up with Action Sudbury, Citizens Against Impaired Driving and put on a tremendously successful event on Sunday, July 5, 2009 , raising over $3600 to help Action Sudbury in their efforts to promote safe driving.
  
   Amanda is shown in the photo with her boyfriend on the left, Johny Goulard. Stephane Leblanc, a friend of Jazmine Houle, is shown in the background cooking some of the 600 hamburgers and 300 hot dogs that were sold during the day.

   Recognizing that she is now at an age where she will be faced with enormous peer pressure to hit the bars and taverns with the college crowd, Amanda has noticed that many people in her age group are being “smart” when it comes to drinking and driving. “When people go out for an evening in groups there is always one person who volunteers to be the designated driver. This person is responsible for making sure that everyone gets home safely and that no one drives after drinking. Many of us are also taking taxis to the bars when we go out for a night on the town. I think most of us are starting to take our responsibility seriously.”

   While there are still far too many people getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when they are impaired, the message seems to be getting out, especially to the young crowd. Amanda’s mission, however, is to do whatever she can to continue to get that message across to people of all ages. The barbecue on the first weekend in July will become a regular annual event in honour of Stephen, Jasmine and Caitlin. Each year the money raised for Action Sudbury will be donated in their names. Amanda hopes that there will be a time in the not so distant future when our roads and highways will be safe again.

   Amanda and her good friend, Danielle Beaulieu, appeared on the weekly radio program, The Learning Clinic, hosted by Robert Kirwan, on July 20. Amanda and Danielle spoke at length about their feelings regarding drinking and driving. They also shared some insightful information about their own career aspirations and some of the issues they have faced in school and in life in general.  
 
   Amanda wished to extend her sincere appreciation to the hundreds of people who stopped by to support the barbecue and she also wanted to thank everyone who volunteered in any way to help out.

 
Ted Dore Memorial Fund and NHLPA Teams Up To Create V.E. Hockey Equipment Bank

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

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

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

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

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

    

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

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


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

Each Councillor has only one vote

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

Committed to a minimum of 12 years serving the public

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

The importance of experience cannot be understated

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

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

Demonstrated competency and knowledge outweights promises

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

Full time commitment Is necessary to be most effective as Councillor

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

I will continue to devote full time to this position

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

I am available when you need me

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

Helping individual constituents immediately is my greatest strength

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

by Robert Kirwan - Councillor of Ward 5

Candidate for Re-Election

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

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

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

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

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

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

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

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

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

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

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

VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

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

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

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

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

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

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

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

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

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

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

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

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

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

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

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

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

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

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

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

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

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

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

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

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

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

WORKERS MEMORIAL YOUTH PARK

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

DEVELOPMENT OF HARC TOWN CENTRE

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

EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL PARK

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

COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT

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

REVITALIZATION OF KALMO BEACH

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

SUPER ASSOCIATION OF PLAYGROUNDS

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

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

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

WHITSON LAKE WATER LEVEL

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

FIRE SERVICES IN VALLEY EAST

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

HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYGROUND

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

ARTERIAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

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

PAQUETTE – WHITSON DRAINAGE PROJECT

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

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

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

WASTE COLLECTION AND VALLEY EAST LANDFILL SITE

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

RV DUMP IN VAL CARON

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

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

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

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

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

   

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

by Robert Kirwan - Councillor of Ward 5

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

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

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

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

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

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

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

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

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

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

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

SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

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

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

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

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

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

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

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

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

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

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

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

COMPLETION OF MALEY DRIVE PROJECT

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

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

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

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CAPITAL PRIORITY POLICY

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

ENCOURAGING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY

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

POPULATION HEALTH STRATEGY

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

COMMUNITY HUB STRATEGY

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

AGE FRIENDLY STRATEGY

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

GETTING RID OF RED TAPE IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

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

SHIFTING FROM RISK AVOIDANCE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

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

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

LED LIGHTING PROJECT

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

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

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

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

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

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

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

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

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

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

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

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

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

OTHER MAJOR INITIATIVES IMPACTING RESIDENTS OF WARD 5

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

SITE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES IN SUDBURY PORTION OF WAR 5

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

LASALLE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR PLAN AND STRATEGY

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

NOTRE DAME AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

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

JUNCTION CREEK FLOOD MITIGATION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

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

TERRY FOX FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF

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

RYAN HEIGHTS PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

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

FLOUR MILL COMMUNITY FARM

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

PRISM CO-OP

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

CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS ENHANCEMENTS

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

NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

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

MCLEAN PARK PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

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

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ALONG NOTRE DAME

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

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – LAVOIE STREET

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

RETAINING WALL ISSUES

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

LASALLE CEMETERY REVITALIZATION

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

PIONEER MANOR BED REDEVELOPMENT

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

SPECIAL WARD 5 NEWSLETTERS MAILED TO RESIDENTS

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

OGRADY STREET DRAINAGE ISSUES

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

PARKING ISSUES IN NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

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

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON LORRAINE STREET

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

RYAN HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

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

INCREASED SECURITY AT 720 BRUCE AND RYAN HEIGHTS

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

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 

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