AN EVEN “BIGGER” THANK YOU!

A most heartfelt thank you to the residents of Ward 11 for their support in this election campaign.

I am confident that this will be a different Council, as all winning candidates ran on a platform of transparency, honesty and citizen-focused service to taxpayers.

I am looking forward to working with our new Mayor and to supporting his agenda of savings, efficiencies and good value.

It will take the engagement of all of us to make our city the community we want it to be, it will take putting the past behind us and moving forward with positive momentum.

Again, thanks to all.

THANK YOU!

Special thanks today to the voters, donors, family, friends and contributors who have supported me throughout this campaign. It’s been heart-warming to receive your backing. I’ve loved every moment of meeting the residents of Ward 11 at their doors.

Also, congratulations to all those candidates who put themselves forward to better our city, who ran good, solid and informative campaigns. I believe our city will be in good hands!

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ON ELECTION DAY, WILL WE CHEER OR WILL WE GRIMACE?

No taxpayer in any city in Canada deserves to have gone through what the citizens of Sudbury have had to endure in the last several years. We are all familiar with the lack of transparency, the dysfunction at the Council table, the very bad decisions, the abuse of tax dollars, the constant attacks and disrespectful behaviour towards our mayor, the transit scandal, and frankly, the lack of action and the inability to make sound decisions.

The tools of the past will not fix our fractured city and will not solve tomorrow’s problems.

We will need a wholesale shift of resources from low-value to high-value activities. We will need a jumbo-drill to dig into the waste, cost overruns and mismanagement we all know exists.

Either we choose to take on some changes or we face the inevitable and serious decline of our city. Status quo is simply no longer an option.

Our mandate must be modernized. Smart decisions will need to be made about what needs to be improved and what needs to be abandoned.

We will need courage and truth-telling, integrity and transparency. Everyone who works for the city, Council included, will need to be held accountable for their actions.

The new Council will need good political judgement and a passionate determination to meet the challenge. We will need to move with vigour, because the little mincing steps of the past have dissipated the energy of the existing Council, as well as the citizens of Greater Sudbury.

We seem to have a mindless love affair with planning in our city but little will to actually perform. This is not planning. This is suffering. It’s painful and it’s expensive. We must ponder less and do more because as we ponder, costs double.

To do what everybody else has done for 30 years is not a challenge. It’s just re-heating the soup. After 15 years since amalgamation, we are still floundering to define ourselves. We need a clear and compelling picture of our preferred future.

Council’s goals and objectives must lead to sound strategic action, clearly articulated then set in concrete.

This election, it is important that every voting citizen becomes informed about the candidates running in their ward, that they make the best choice for our city and that we finally move forward with confidence and pride. There are excellent candidates out there. Forget the showmen and forget those who can’t follow simple election rules. Forget those who can’t treat their fellow candidates with some modicum of respect, providing they deserve it. Forget those who quibble with each other over minor issues before being elected. They will continue to quibble over minor issues at the Council table.

Come election day, we will cheer or we will grimace. We will enter an era of high endeavour or we will continue on our safe, do-nothing and expensive little path to nowhere.

There is no place in today’s city for old-style politics, the good old bully boys and the status quo. We need to do municipal governance differently, with action, integrity, professionalism and a clear sense of purpose.

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YES, IT’S EASY BEING GREEN

The environment is an important issue for many Ward 11 residents. Last night, I attended the “Good and Green” event at St. Andrew’s, a well-organized event that has raised the importance of good stewardship of our environment.

Here is my record of accomplishments as your former Councillor when it comes to being ‘good and green’:

 

CYCLING

Initiated and tabled a motion to implement the Ramsey Lake Bike Path. Passed.

As Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee, I encouraged developers to link their new developments to schools, commercial areas and adjacent neighbourhoods with bike paths and to include nature features

 

GREEN AND CLEAN

Tabled a motion to enact a policy to make our city “Green and Clean”. Passed.

 

NICKEL DISTRICT CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

Served as Council representative on NDCA.

 

WALKABILITY

Had several traffic lights lengthened to enable seniors to cross streets comfortably.

Promoted better sidewalk snow-clearing .

 

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT

In favour of trial ‘park and ride’ to encourage bus ridership from outlying communities

In favour of promoting increased bus ridership

In favour of Complete Streets and Street Diets policies

 

NATURAL FEATURES

Protection of Oak Forest and Blueberry Hill features in Ward 11

 

WATER PROTECTION

In favour of watershed scrubbing feasibility study for our city’s lakes

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Ensured that proper storm water management was included in any new developments

 

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Held many citizen consultation meetings for new developments, infrastructure projects.

Held meetings on “How to Protect Yourself and your Property” for seniors with Police Services

 

LIVEABILITY

Had Minnow Lake Skateboard Park built in cooperation with private sector

Had Flour Mill Splash Park built for neighbourhood children

Key role in re-opening Adanac Ski Hill

Key role in installation of Minnow Lake Fountain to oxygenate lake

Active in Minnow Lake Community Action Network

Board of Directors – Friendly to Seniors Sudbury

Board of Directors – Friendly Senior Ontario

Board of Directors – Sudbury Arts Council

Board of Directors – Downtown Village Development Corporation

 

If we all do a little, it will mean a lot.

 

 

VOTE FOR LYNNE REYNOLDS

IN WARD 11

www.lynnereynolds.ca                                                                   705-524-8160

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