Sudbury News: Roads, red tape and a new arena come to mind in discussion with mayoral candidates
Red tape, roads, growth and whether to build a new arena were the hot topics Thursday night as the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce hosted a fireside chat with some mayoral candidates.
The chamber said it recently polled members to find out which mayoral candidates they wanted to hear from at the event, with the top five candidates invited to participate.
Participating were Evelyn Dutrisac, Don Gravelle, Paul Lefebvre, Miranda Rocca-Circelli and Mila Wong. Incumbent Brian Bigger pulled out of the race earlier this week and was not in attendance.
The chamber and members of the public had the opportunity to ask questions through moderator Jessica Pope.
Over the summer, the chamber outlined its municipal election platform, naming leadership, municipal bureaucracy and growth as some of the top priorities.
“We need to grow our talent base and our workforce — and to do that, Sudbury needs to be attractive,” said the chamber’s Anthony Davis.
“We need affordable housing. We have the work…we have the jobs. Our businesses need to grow. Our businesses want to grow, but we need people here to help fill that void. So, to develop a city, we have to attract good, competent and talented people. »
Participating were Evelyn Dutrisac, Don Gravelle, Paul Lefebvre, Miranda Rocca-Circelli and Mila Wong. Incumbent Brian Bigger pulled out of the race earlier this week and was not in attendance. (Alana Everson/CTV News)
All five candidates who participated in the fireside chat agreed that bureaucracy is a major roadblock at City Hall.
“It prevents our businesses from growing and what happens is that we lose a lot of businesses,” Dutrisac said. “They think we don’t work with them.”
“Maybe we can have a specific department that’s for those people,” Gravelle said.
“We can encourage and guide them through the process.”
“What’s happening in North Bay is that it’s easy to do business there,” Lefebvre said.
“It’s easy to bring your business there and expand the land there. So I think what we need to do in the City of Greater Sudbury is (have) more industrial land available and serviced.
The chat moderator called the arena and Kingsway Entertainment District’s issues divisive. CTV News asked some contestants what they thought of the arena.
None said they currently support the construction of a new rink.
“I will definitely refurbish (the Sudbury arena) based on the North Bay experience,” Wong said. “There’s good bones in there and it won’t be as costly.”
“Everyone would love a brand new amazing facility,” Rocca-Circelli said.
“I think right now we really need to focus on what we need to survive as a community and look at what we have and what we can do with what we have.”
“The arena should be downtown,” Lefebvre said.
“Now, when it comes to a new arena or a renovated arena, we have to see what we can afford.”