The Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons will host a mayoral debate for all candidates on October 1 at the Parkside Seniors Center (140 Durham Street) starting at 1:30 p.m.
Ahead of the “Meet the Municipal Candidates” debate they co-hosted on October 1, the Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons released their priority list.
President John Lindsey said in correspondence with local media that the list was compiled for this year’s slate of municipal candidates by their seniors’ membership, and includes things “likely of concern to voters of all ages.”
Their list of interests is as follows:
- Do more to keep taxes low through cost and budget controls, review of staffing levels, potential wage freezes and so on. Pause or forget about the costly “old and big projects”, and allocate available resources to repair existing facilities, fire halls, library, art gallery and other dilapidated infrastructure including roads and streets in particular.
- Protecting our lakes, drinking water and recreation – there are no new ways – reduce the salt in the water.
- Create more low-cost housing with help from provincial and federal governments.
- Encourage OLG and Gateway to keep the casino in Chelmsford – the return of horse racing.
- Require the members of the municipal councils and the mayor to hold meetings for citizens (city halls) every three months.
- Allocate funding to artists and events before considering the construction of large new art facilities, including the new Place des Arts.
- Increasing the arts funding budget to be more in line with other societies that recognize the economic and cultural value of the arts for all citizens.
- Support the Sudbury Council of the Arts to allow assistance with funding allocations (eg Kingston and other city models) and to provide support to artists and the community to save city employees time and money for this service.
The October 1 debate is hosted by the Sudbury chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons and the Sudbury Council for the Arts. It takes place at the Parkside Older Adult Center (140 Durham Street) starting at 1:30 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend.
For those unable to attend in person, Parkside Older Adult Center will broadcast the event on their Facebook page.
All nine mayoral candidates have been invited to participate.