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.  We would like to see our City to be:  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. You can help make it so!

There is an aspect of "behaviour modification" that takes place when people exhibit a positive attitude and response such as being "friendly" particularly in social situations whether in relating to service provides or in personal relationships.  Sudbury has always been know as a friendly community but in recent years perhaps not as much and this should and can be restored in a variety of ways including involving local government and business and organizations so we can become know to our residents and visitors as "friendly sudbury" - what better objective to achieve in the city we all love?  

Consider visiting these Friendly Sudbury websites:

 www.seesudbury.ca  www.yessudbury.ca www.minnowlake.ca www.liveablesudbury.org www.gswa.ca

FriendlySudbury also hosts: 

 

For information on Sudbury Citizens for Safety please click here

 

Special Note: As a public service this website has hosted resource material related to the Kingsway Entertainment District (KED) that now due to the City Council decision on July 12th of 2022 to abandon the construction of a new arena on the site is now in doubt. Regardless, for those interested this information will remain available as it details much material related to the issue that has caused much concern for a number of years.   

KED Resource Material - Application - Response

Media Releases - Other Information

Copy of the "factum" statement of facts and argument sent to the court on behalf of Minnow Lake can be accessed here

City of Greater Sudbury responding record document here. 

Why this court action?  Because not all relevant information with respect to the KED was made available to city Councillors in order for them to make an informed decision on the project – to quote Councillor McIntosh “ I think it’s only fair that we get our questions answered”  Councillor McCausland in a published letter said  "I feel now that we were lied to”.  Other Councillors also expressed concern especially as the Mayor and senior staff had assured council that all information would be provided.  Lacking in particular was an economic impact study and review of environmental concerns. For further details click on the access to the court documents above.

The case was held via Zoom on April 11th 2022 and many members of the public plus city staff attended but could not participate. No decision as of June 1st 2022

Decision in Sudbury Court Case could affect other communities

Trevor Farrow, a professor, and former Associate Dean at the Osgood Hall Law School said “this is not a small issue. It may seem like a neighborhood issue in Sudbury, but it is important across the province. The matter is about public trust and confidence in elected officials. You have got to be able to trust your decision-making officials, this is the kind of thing the court cares about. You have to be able to trust your officials and have faith in the regime we've set up, and that's ultimately what the court cares about"   

Links to local News News and related stories and Media Releases below:  

NEW: Latest media release with updated information of interest can be accessed here

Real Cost of KED exposed (letter) plus full report here

Learning from Mistakes of others

Media Release Jan. 13th 2022

 For Review: UrbanMetrics KED Economic and Financial Analysis here

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/legal-action-against-the-citys-handling-of-the-ked-pushes-forward-4356561

City proceeds at potential peril Oct 9th 2021.pdf

Anti-KED Group says City continues to Hide Information

 City court filing confirms MLRG claims - Nov. 18th 2021

 Petition presented to City Council

 Patrick Crowe concerned comments

How did we arrive at this point in time with respect to the biggest possible expenditure in the history of Sudbury and that has created so much dissention throughout the community?  To find out click here.

There has been a lot of expressed concern over the Big Projects proposed by city council which we have provided on this site which you can review. Thanks for your interest.

An on-line petition has been created  - sign up at: www.change.org/stoptheKED

More information?  Comparison of site locations for a new arena proposed for the Kingsway vs downtown Sudbury - the matrix can be accessed here:

A video with Tom Price of Our Towns - Our City Institute explains further:  https://youtu.be/BCjrSikDJjc

A tale of two cities – which one is the most responsible?

 

Sudbury:  build a new $114 arena (PwC latest estimate) outside the city core – no plans for existing building.

Hamilton: Renovate existing downtown arena including “a new exterior façade, videoboard, comprehensive transformation of the lower level, expanded concourse level and a new flexible curtaining system for the upper bowl balcony” – cost $50 million.

 

 Concern re spending on big blunders and who speaks for the city? here

 Two more newspaper items of importance here and here  More and more citizens are expressing their concern like Vicki McGauley in her "Breaking my heart" piece.  Those in favour of the KED like the most vocal Councillor Robert Kirwan have only unsubstantiated claims of job and tax creation and ignore all the evidence to the contrary. Why?   

 Tom Price on Buzz Words here and Unknowns here

Truth and Consequences - KED spending excess revealed with Tom Price in July 2021 https://youtu.be/0f7_0UNq17A

 3rdLine Studio, local architectural firm developed a plan to renovate the present arena click here

A video from July2021 with Tom Price updating the issue: https://youtu.be/RuNTgVx4H5k

City Councillor McCausland feels he was lied to by Mayor and we agree:

Column: 'I feel now that we were lied to' | Sudbury Star (thesudburystar.com)

Mayor promises full information on KED at 2.54 of the video click below: 

https://livestream.com/greatersudbury/events/9505314

Or for condensed version: https://youtu.be/FdqR0CvnfvU

Also hear CBC radio story with Mayor's statement click link below:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/arena-location-kingsway-entertainment-district-1.5871065

Feb. Ninth Council Meeting … Discussion re Review of Event Centre (KED) begins at 1.13 on video .. reference to what to be included in review at 2.43.30 and Mayor statement - click link below:  

https://livestream.com/greatersudbury/events/9505314

 City moves ahead on Project regardless of concerns here

 Related to above - Council Meeting "disaster" here

 Our town Our City has concerns about the pollution threat of the KED on Ramsey Lake Water Supply: For more info click here

Video explaining Killer KED report: https://youtu.be/rbvePP1PFQ0

Report on Salt Threat to Ramsey Lake: https://youtu.be/nbC7p4xRiuc

Citizen Input - samples that deserves to be read: 

Citizen Ian Berdusco 12 reasons to rethink KED etc. click here

Comments from Art Peach here.

Two other citizens express valid concerns of importance here

More citizens comments - published letters July 30th here

Published letter on KED realities here

Tom Price KED Chaos needs resolution here

 Listing of correspondence etc. here

History: Submission to the LPAT re the KED click here

Other options for the Kingsway Property by Tom Price here

Below are expense records requested from the city for the KED and also the Junction Projects East and West.  Staff had only reported totals to Council and we felt a more detailed accounting was required.  You will note that not all expenses were listed - We hope councilors will ask for more explanation.

Freedom of Information Expense Request Reply for KED here

Supplied redacted list of KED expenses here  

Other Concerns

As do others we oppose the Junction Projects both East and West and in particular the plans for a new library and Art Gallery: See reasons here

Junction Freedom on Information Expenses reply and report here here

We have serious doubts about the proposed twin pad arena for the Valley replacing valuable and accessible community arenas

Other Information of Interest concerning Community Issues here

 

We value your opinion:  Please e-mail to:  thomas.price143@gmail.com

If you have concerns call your councillor and express your opinion directly and write a letter to editor:  sud.letters@sunmedia.ca and mgentili@sudbury.com

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What is Friendly Sudbury?

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.  We would like to see our City to be:  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. You can help make it so!

Consider visiting these Friendly Sudbury websites:

 www.seesudbury.ca  www.yessudbury.ca www.minnowlake.ca www.liveablesudbury.org www.gswa.ca

FriendlySudbury also hosts: 

 

For information on Sudbury Citizens for Safety please click here.