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Chamber questions # 5 and 6

October 18, 2010

5. What do you consider the city’s challenges and opportunities for the next 4 years
and what are your top three priorities?

My top three priorities (in no particular order):
– Bringing jobs into the city
– making sure the city is using the taxpayer’s dollars efficiently
– building a stronger sense of community by getting citizens involved, which will allow us to serve them better

Challenges:
– roads
– deciding where to allocate funds throughout the city
– tight budget
– uniting Sudburians on a unified vision of Sudbury’s future

Opportunities:
– lots of land for development
– Laurentian’s continuing expansion (e.g. School of Architecture) needs to be supported as much as possible
– capital of the north – try to bring different industries and families back to the community
– try to increase the feeling of community within the city as a whole

6. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce supports the elimination of the store
hour bylaw and instead favours letting businesses decide; what is your position on
this issue?

I think it is critical to get the feedback of my constituents before I can speak to this issue. I believe this question needs to be put out as a survey to constituents of each ward, because we need to see how they feel about this issue. If the citizens in Ward 8 feel it is necessary, then I would support their decision and vote that way. It’s wrong to make a decision on this issue without knowing how the constituents feel about the topic.
That being said, I believe it is definitely time for Sudbury to address this issue, as it has been lingering for a long time now.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane Armstrong permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:30 pm

    You seem to have most things in check but as for the owners deciding wether or not to open on stat holidays please let me remind you that while you say that family counts working 7 days a week does not promote this. If you leave it up to the business comunity they will follow the large chain stores so that they may compete. The chain stores do not worry about familly values even though they say they do they will keep people working 24-7 if they can.

    I worry that most of the people looking for election want to please big business and are forgetting something very important family and friends you cant be together if no one has the same time off it’s bad enough that famillies rarely see their children because of the economy forcing them to work let alone not even having one day off together, once in a while.

    • October 23, 2010 7:06 pm

      Hi Diane,
      As a small business owner, a husband, and a father of two young girls, I share your concerns. I would not make a decision on such an important issue without first putting it out to a vote amongst other residents of our ward. Thanks for your comments, which highlight the difficult balance between making us as consumers happy, and making us as workers happy.If you have any more comments, I’d be happy to discuss them with you.
      Fabio

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