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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.

(Keep scrolling for more posts by Lynne Reynolds)

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

TERRY KETT USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR RE-ELECTION

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A serious breach of the Ontario Municipal Elections Act

I wish to bring attention to a serious breach of the Ontario Municipal Elections Act (Section 70, Part 4.3) which states that candidates cannot use the resources of a municipality for their election campaign. The Ontario Municipal Elections Act. (Sec.70 Part 4.3) clearly states that municipalities shall not make a contribution of resources to a candidate which would include the use of the city’s taxpayer-funded email system.

Currently, Terry Kett, the incumbent councillor and current candidate for election in Ward 11, is distributing a “newsletter” asking voters to “Re-Elect” him (clearly a campaign piece disguised as a “newsletter”), using a taxpayer-funded email address from the City of Greater Sudbury. It begs the question: is the newsletter and its distribution being paid for by taxpayers as well?

The Ontario Municipal Elections Act is designed to ensure that every candidate has a level playing field. Imagine if all 60+ candidates had taxpayer-funded email service and two city employees to funnel their calls!

Turning a blind eye to what some might perceive as a minor “technicality” is exactly the kind of arrogant attitude at City Hall that has led to severe breaches of responsibility and accountability in the past that have cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of their hard-earned dollars and has landed our city in the broken state that it is.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse here. Mr. Kett has been involved in municipal elections for decades, some would say much too long. He either does not know the rules that we all must abide by, or he chooses to ignore them, as he did in the last election when he did not report the value of his re-cycled signage. It should never be acceptable for any candidate to use taxpayer-funded city resources to campaign.

Not only is this breach punishable by a $25,000 fine under the law, but it is representative of a mindset that clearly does not respect moral integrity or the citizens he represents.

Mr. Kett will no doubt make the “sorry” sounds and ask us all to excuse him one more time. Our response should be to send him a strong message that integrity, honesty and accountability are what we want in this upcoming term of Council.

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