What you should know before you vote (Oct. 15th - 22nd) about John Lindsay, his history, community involvement, concerns and election platform for Ward Eleven and Greater Sudbury in this very important election
See response to Voter Questions and LPAT documents here
Meet the Family: Almost all are seen below at son David's camp on Fairbank lake Dave lives in the New Sudbury section of the Ward with his partner Suanne as does daughter Melanie with her partner John
Who is John Lindsay
Born in Toronto and raised in Oakville Ontario and Batavia New York (Between Buffalo and Rochester) . He attended Toronto Teachers College but chose broadcasting as a career working in over a dozen radio and TV stations in Ontario and Newfoundland as a news reporter, announcer and program producer. He came to Sudbury to work for Employment and Immigration Canada as an employment councillor, human resource specialist and labour market analyst, however, he continued to work part-time in broadcasting for many years and was know as Jack Richmond for those that may remember for his time "on air" at CHNO, CJMX and Cable TV where he was the longest serving volunteer..
After retiring from government John joined his wife Linda Cartier in the financial services industry as a business owner and employer in the firm Financial Decisions Inc in the former Barry family historical residence on Bellevue Avenue on the shores of Minnow Lake.
John has been very much involved in the community serving as a elected Rainbow Board school board Trustee and Chair in his second term. He was a founding member of the city bicycle advisory committee, and was a member of the city parking, lakes and seniors' committees. He was a board member for the Chamber of Commerce and United Way, President of the Memorial Society and Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and Sudbury Arts Council. Interested in Older Adults, he is Chair of Friendly to Seniors - Sudbury and Vice President of the the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, and a member of Sudbury Citizens for Safety and the Canadian Legion.
Concerned about environmental issues John is President of the Minnow Lake Restoration Group and past chair of the Minnow Lake CAN. He is a board member of the Ramsey Lake Stewardship Committee and the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance and contributes to Liveable Sudbury. Last, but not least he is long time chair of the Sudbury Blueberry Festival now celebrating 33 years and shown here below at opening of this year's event at Bell Park with the Sud-Berry Bear mascot.
John has received a number of volunteer recognition awards from the city and province including a Sudbury Community Builders Excellence Award and from the Federal Government the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal awarded to Canadians who were deemed to have made a significant contribution to their community.
Idea: John has suggested that we promote our city as being "friendly" which we know we are but should let others be aware as well. Image is important to encourage civic pride, development and tourism.
The bilingual "Friendly Sudbury" logo in city colours with a border of blue representing our many lakes projects our city image of being clean and green. Our citizens and elected representatives strive to make our city: Age Friendly, Arts Friendly, Business Friendly, City Hall Friendly, Cycle Friendly, Disability Friendly, Environmentally Friendly, Ethnic Friendly, Gender Friendly, Health Friendly, Lake Friendly, Park Friendly, Pedestrian Friendly, Shopping Friendly, Sports Friendly and Visitor Friendly.
Note: John is a very strong supporter of our City of Greater Sudbury and has personally created a number of websites to promote our community besides FriendlySudbury.ca and you are invited to visit:
Happy to be of service to our ward and community - thanks for your consideration. John
New: LPAT Appeal Documents:
Tom Fortin, Sudbury Business Improvement Area and Christopher Dunanson-Hales case synopsis here.
Minnow Lake Restoration Group synopsis here.
Note that these and other documents have been submitted to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal with a scheduled hearing in Nov.
Money Matters: Every taxpayer should view the following video by Tom Price.
As President of the Minnow Lake Restoration Group and Chair of the Minnow Lake CAN John was responsible for leading the initiative to have a former school (St Jean's) on the north shore of Minnow Lake converted for community use as Minnow Lake Place. He also fostered the creation of Blueberry Hill and the Oak Forest as the first Rainbow Routes trails and waterfront parks and walkways. Tennis, basketball courts and the skateboard park were other accomplishments together with area community gardens and dog park, These and other initiatives such as the Minnow Lake Fountain are described on the website www.minnowlake.ca. He was involved in helping promote safer streets in both Minnow Lake and New Sudbury for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists and endorsed the development of the Adanac sports area and Rotary Trail. His wife Linda, purchases season passes for the ski hill. He was involved with keeping Adamsdale school open to serve students in the Minnow Lake area.
Activist or Advocate:
John would prefer to be recognized as an Advocate rather than an Activist as he presents "solutions" to perceived problems. He is a frequent contributor to the local media and could be considered to be "outspoken" on matters of local interest.
Based on his experience as an investigative media journalist and as a labor market analyst in government and as a financial consultant he is concerned about the direction of our current council and the consequences of what are described as "legacy" projects including the Kingsway Entertainment district which would impact negatively Ward 11 and Minnow Lake in particular and the downtown as well.
Areas of Concern - Proposals
Kingsway Entertainment District: While initially intrigued about the prospect of a new arena on the Kingsway, it became apparent upon consideration and examination that besides cost there are major concerns with respect to the creation of a large parking area for the site that would contribute additional salt to Ramsey Lake and also the resultant congestion on area roadways with traffic to and from the site. This has been described in a appeal document which can be accessed here. and also in the last issue of the Minnow Lake News which can be accessed here The response from the city can be accessed here (Appeal Response) and here (Case Synopsis Response)There is also concern with respect to increased gambling with a large casino located on the site in the area which might be better located in Chelmsford at the present slots.
Fiscal Responsibility: Watch the short 7 minute video below to learn about candidate John Lindsay's views on what should be our priorities and how we can make better more economical use of our present resources:
Other Matters: Besides being more fiscally responsible especially for those citizens who are on low and fixed income. there is a need for the city to be more transparent and council should be more involved with citizens in dealing with important issues. We need to make our community more livable which includes besides better road maintenance, availability and support of leisure and cultural activities and support of local businesses plus other initiatives which John is prepared to discuss with anyone interested and can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 705-507-6037 (cell).
Why are you running? See answers to questions asked of John by the Sudbury Star here
John is not accepting any third party contributions to his campaign and while not prepared to perform duties as a councillor for free, John will donate his entire remuneration to the Sudbury Community Foundation with the proceeds to be distributed to local charities to be identified publically each year.
John invites all your comments and suggestions by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 705-507-6037. Also you can meet John in person every Thursday afternoon at 1.00 p.m at the Canadian Legion (Branch 76 in Minnow Lake) beginning in September to discuss issues. Also you can visit the John Lindsay facebook page.
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