Volume 1 Issue 6
A Message from the Mayor
And just like that … summer is coming to a close. And though it seemed to take forever to arrive, I was so happy to see so many people enjoying all the festivals, events and the more than 300 lakes our City is home to. We are so fortunate to have the best of both worlds in Greater Sudbury and each season seems to show us in a different way how we can enjoy so much nature and the outdoors while still living in a modern urban environment.

I am also excited that our Transit Action Plan is already seeing results. Our fresh brand ‘GOVA’ symbolizes what’s to come for those who take advantage of City transit. That includes better routes, better schedules and better service along with more affordable fares ensuring those who need and rely on our transit system are included.

And lastly, the end of summer means the start of school. Let’s all keep an eye out for crosswalks, bus stops and all those who will be going to and from the many excellent schools we have across our vast City.

I hope you all enjoy what remains of this amazing weather as we head into fall.

Mayor Brian Bigger
Introducing GOVA
Local public transit is changing to better serve your community.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Routes and schedules are changing beginning Monday, August 26. Monday to Friday schedules start earlier and run more frequently. Weekend schedules start a little later than previously, but Sunday service has improved. See what’s new at GOVAtransit.ca.

  • Some bus stops are moving. As routes change, approximately 300 bus stops will be removed.  Signs are posted on stops that are scheduled to close. Your nearest stop will be only a short walk away. Stops being removed will include the number of the nearest stop. Stops will also be available online.

  • Fares have changed. The cost of 31-Day Passes for adults and students have been reduced. Discounts remain for seniors age 65 plus and persons in receipt of a disability pension.

  • Up to four children age 12 and under can ride free of charge when accompanied by an adult or senior with a 31-Day Pass.

  • Transfers are good for 90 minutes, meaning you can run an errand then reboard any bus to continue on your way.

  • Transit buses will have a new look. Watch for the GOVA symbol.

The total refresh of local public transit will continue over the coming weeks. You are welcome to submit your questions about new routes and schedules online at overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca.
One-Bag Limit Begins October 1, 2019
We’re getting closer! The one-bag limit begins October 1, 2019. N ow would be a good time to start practicing. We know a lot of people are wondering if they’ll be able to get down to one bag, especially those with large families, but here’s the thing… Most garbage that gets thrown out every week, isn’t actually garbage. Most products can be redirected to the Blue Box and Green Cart! It just takes a bit of change in your routine.

For those of you with little ones, we have programs that will exempt diapers from the allotted one bag. We know change is difficult, but if we all do a little, we can make a big difference. Find out more about diaper exemptions and other programs for cloth diapers, medical and pet waste on our website.

Not sure where everything goes? Download the Waste Wise Greater Sudbury app and let us help you figure it out. Just type in the name of the item and we’ll tell you if it goes in the Blue Box, the Green Cart or the garbage. Get the Waste Wise app on Google Play or the App Store by searching Greater Sudbury Waste Wise.

In preparation for the upcoming reduction in garbage bag limit, the City will be delivering information, and a little help to homes next week via Canada Post. Keep an eye on your mailbox for an envelope with the City logo on it in order to receive a flyer with information about the new bag limit, as well as FREE BAG TAGS that will help make the transition a little easier. We know change is difficult, but you got this, Greater Sudbury!
What's Going on in Your Community
Shawn-Eric Poulin, Commander of Paramedic Services, gives blood in support of Sirens for Life Challenge. 
Sirens for Life Launch
City Fire and Paramedic Services staff along with Greater Sudbury Police and Nipissing OPP, helped launch the 2019 Sirens for Life Challenge, encouraging residents to donate blood this summer. The initiative is a partnership with Canadian Blood Services and runs to the end of August.  
Downtown Parking
In the coming weeks, visitors to downtown Sudbury can expect to see more changes to municipal parking. Meters will soon be replaced by pay stations in central locations. The pay stations will accept, credit, debit, cash and tap for payment. Users can also continue to use the HotSpot app.

From the launch of the HotSpot Parking app on June 20, more than 1,730 Greater Sudbury users signed up to use it. The number of signups made Greater Sudbury the city with the largest number of users in such a short amount of time. There have been a total of 5,942 parking sessions.
Graffiti Wall
The City’s legal graffiti wall recently received a fresh coat of paint and was stenciled at both ends with 'legal GRAFFITI légal'. Located on the south wall of the property at 71 Cedar St., fronting Old City Hall Lane, the wall is available for graffiti artists to make their mark. Legal Graffiti Walls are part of the City's Public Art Program and are encouraged as a means to grow art in the community. They are also an effective way to decrease illegal graffiti.
The wall will receive a fresh new coat of paint approximately three times a year, in the spring, summer and fall.
Smoke Free Sudbury Arena
The Sudbury Community Arena is now smoke free! The change is in line with the updated provincial Smoke Free Ontario Act, which designates public spaces as smoke and vape free. Signs are posted around the property. This means the previous outdoor smoking section for concerts, special events and sporting events hosted by the Sudbury Wolves and Sudbury Five has been removed. The current no re-entry policy remains in place. This change supports City Council’s continued commitment to promoting and supporting a healthy community for residents to work, play and live. The  Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy is the provincial government’s comprehensive plan to improve the health of Ontarians by reducing smoking prevalence to 10 per cent by 2023. 
All seven NHL arenas in Canada are smoke free and have a no re-entry policy. Including us, there are seven publicly owned OHL arenas in Ontario that are smoke free and also have a no re-entry policy. 
Summer Student Faith spends a day at the Shelter
The life of a by-law officer always seemed interesting to me. On August 7, I had the pleasure of going on a ride-along with Patrick Goulet and Jerome Waroux, enforcement officers with the City’s By-law Services section. From what I could tell, they have a soft spot for every animal they pick up (even the small ones). Besides responding to calls, or bringing furry friends to their appointments, Pat and Jerome love what they do. My day started with going out to meet all of the shelter animals and I fell in love with every one. We then headed out to pick up and drop off cats at various veterinarian appointments. During my ride, the officers made very strong points on how important it is to #adoptdontshop. The adoption fee is $320 for dogs and $210 for cats. This comes with spay or neuter, de flea, dewormer, vaccinations, rabies shots, microchip and a licence to own the animal. This is a fraction of what you would pay at a breeder, and you get the whole package deal! Give an animal with a “ruff” start an awesome finish!

“You can’t change an animal’s past, but you can change their future." -Unknown

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter 
705-694-PETS (7387)

 Hours of operation: 
Monday to Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to do and Where to go?
The Market
Bell Park Parking Lot Project
If you haven’t yet, check out the accessible pathway from the parking lot at the old General Hospital parking lot down to Bell Park.

The Accessibility Advisory Panel and Leisure services were part of the project that resulted in a wider path with a more gentle slope and switch back. The path comes down from the new parking lot, which features a number of large accessible parking spaces.

Some of the project’s accessible features include yellow tactile warning strips at the entrance to the path and at each stair landing, railings along the steeper areas of the pathway, and an increase from four to eight accessible parking spaces in the lot.
Active Living Guide for Older Adults
Get active and involved in your community during fall and winter months. Take a look through our Active Living for Older Adults guide for a listing of programs, organizations and activities for older adults to enjoy in all corners of our community. You can pick up a copy at your local public library, doctors offices, public pools, arenas and any Citizen Service Centre. Those wishing to request copies for their place of business or facility, please contact 705-674-4455 ext. 2446.
Discover Sudbury Event Calendar
Looking for something fun to do in Greater Sudbury? The Discover Sudbury Events Calendar is your place to find everything happening in Greater Sudbury. From craft shows, to festivals, to live theatre, there is something for everyone!
CGS in the Community
Colombian Mining Delegation

City Economic Development Staff, in partnership with NORCAT, hosted a Colombian Mining delegation in Greater Sudbury this summer. The delegation was a continuation of previous connections staff made through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) missions in South America. The delegation included representatives from Continental Gold, Anglo Gold Ashanti and SENA - a government sponsored educational institute engaged in all aspects of training for the mining industry.  The delegation spent four days working with companies, post-secondary institutions and NORCAT. This will drive international business and information exchange between Greater Sudbury and Colombia. 
Kalmo Beach

On August 15, a public input session was held at Kalmo Beach to get feedback on its future. City staff, Councillors and the Valley East Community Action Network (CAN) attended the event that asked residents what improvements they would most like to see made at the beach. Beach-goers, along with those who came out specifically for the input session, were treated to tasty treats from the CAN, and children had the chance to make their artistic mark on a bus. Input received at the session, and online at  overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca,  will be used to shape the 10-year master plan for Kalmo Beach.
Great Lakes Waterfront Trail/Great Trail Adventure

On August 1, 2019, 145 cycle tourists from all over Canada and the U.S. rode in to Greater Sudbury as part of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA). Tourism staff worked with the organizers of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure to facilitate a memorable itinerary to showcase Greater Sudbury and its businesses. The trail is northern Ontario’s first signed cycling route connecting Sault Ste. Marie to Greater Sudbury.

The City of Greater Sudbury is proud to host the 2019 Northeastern Ontario Recreation Association (NeORA) Educational Forum and Trade Show, from September 23 to 26 at the Radisson Hotel in Sudbury.

The primary purpose of the NeORA Educational Forum is to provide an opportunity for recreation and sports volunteers, professional staff, elected municipal officials, municipal recreation committee members, public health, recreation retailers and professional government personnel to meet annually in an educational and social setting.

This year’s theme, Play is a Priority, recognizes the importance of play in the development of healthy active living, social inclusion, resilience and interpersonal skills.
Project Updates
Here's an overview of some of the current projects we have on the go throughout our community.
Maley Drive Extension

Construction of the Maley Drive Extension continues to progress on time and on budget. Traffic on the Lasalle Extension is now routed onto the new section of the road near Collège Boréal in order to allow crews to complete construction on the partially finished roundabout. Traffic flows are clearly marked with barriers, line painting and temporary traffic signals. Once complete, this will be the city’s first major roundabout. A public education campaign will be taking place in order to educate residents and pedestrians on how to properly use a roundabout. 
Construction has begun for Place des Arts

Phase two of the construction of Place des Arts began on Tuesday, August 6 at the corner of Elgin and Larch Streets, and Medina Lane in downtown Sudbury. Place des Arts is expected to open in 2020, offer 850 annual cultural activities and is likely to attract 50,000 visitors to the downtown core each year. Services will be provided in French and English.
By-law of the Month
Open Air Burning
The City’s Open Air Burning By-law regulates the type of materials that can be burned, containers and locations for burning, times for setting and extinguishing fires and other requirements to keep people and properties safe. 

The by-law also outlines what permits are needed for different types of fires including brush, agriculture, training, ceremonial or a bonfire organized by a group or organization. 
With campfire season in full force, here some things to think about before you burn:
  • Unless you’re in a provincial park, campfires can only be lit between 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise. 
  • Campfires must be in a contained area, completely surrounded by a non-combustible material like metal, bricks or stone, OR in a pit dug into the ground.
  • Campfires can’t be more than 66 cms in diameter, which is about the size of a medium suitcase. 
  • Campfires must be at least 6 metres (or approx. 20 feet) from a structure or building. Structures include fences, sheds, etc.
  • Campfires must be at least 5 metres (or approx. 16 feet) from any forest or woodland.
  • Make sure you have tools, water or sand nearby in case you need to contain or extinguish the fire.
Greater Sudbury Fire Services has a group of Public Safety Officers who educates the public on fire safety. The team makes fire safety presentations to schools, community interest groups, senior groups and hosts tours of fire stations.
To book a tour or presentation, call 311. 
311: You Asked, We Answered
Each day, we receive more than 800 calls to 311 about a variety of topics. These are the most common questions asked by you in the last month, and the answers.
I heard there are going to be new transit schedules soon. When will they be online?
Yes! GOVA is online and at your fingertips! The new schedules are already on our website!
I know the one-bag limit is coming up on October 1, 2019, and that we have unlimited recycling, but I’m going to need another Blue Box to prepare for that. Where do I get one?
Many people call 311 to order a new or replacement Blue Box, but you can actually order one online. It takes a couple of weeks to arrive at your house, in time for the October 1 one-bag limit. 

Also, you can purchase a Big Blue for $10 at any of our Customer Service Centres (call ahead to make sure they have them in stock), or pick one up at the Recycling Centre at 1825 Frobisher Street, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

When does the construction season end?
What’s that saying? We have two seasons in Greater Sudbury: winter and construction. While always in good fun, it’s kind of true since many of our projects that span multiple summers will end when the snow flies. Because asphalt reacts differently to heat and cold, our construction season is limited to the spring, summer and fall. If you want to see which projects are currently on the go, or you want to avoid construction zones on your daily commute, check out our road and traffic restrictions map. 
City Works
Mike Loken, P.Eng
Manager of Wastewater Treatment

Born, raised and educated in the Ottawa area, Michael came to Greater Sudbury in 2004 to work for Falconbridge. He made the move to the City of Greater Sudbury in March 2018. Mike, his wife Kerry, a Mechanical Engineer working as a Project Manager at SNOLAB, and their two children, spend their off time enjoying the outdoors, taking in the ski and bike trails around Ramsey Lake.
What do you do at the City? 
I am responsible for the operations and maintenance of 10 wastewater treatment plants, two wastewater lagoons, 69 lift stations and a hauled liquid waste receiving station.  I have a staff of 30 full-time employees, with a number of casual employees filling in for vacations and other absences.

What's the best part of what you do? 
 Knowing that I can make a positive impact on our community, and the health and welfare of the residents in Greater Sudbury is the best part of my job. There is something unique to working in public service and something I’m very proud of achieving.  

What do you do when you’re not at work? I like to stay busy in all aspects of my life, both professionally and personally. I’m a third degree black belt in karate and have traveled to Japan a few times for training opportunities. My involvement in karate also lead to being a part of the organizing committee for the 2015 Pan-Am games in Toronto. What an amazing experience! I’m also the Chair of Larch Street Kids, a non-profit local daycare. This has given me a chance to be directly involved in how my, and your, kids are cared for while we’re at work. I am also a United Way ambassador and have been involved in many campaigns and events over the last 10 years. It’s interesting to see a different side of our City and understand the need for funding the programs United Way administers.

Did you know? Last year, Michael won the 2018 United Way Ambassador Award for his ongoing work with and commitment to the United Way Centraide. Way to go!
Community Action Networks (CAN)
Community Action Networks, CANs for short, aim to bring people together to build a strong and vibrant community. 
The Copper Cliff CAN ensures the containers outside the library are blooming with beautiful flowers every year. The CAN and Vale contributed to the message board on this side of the library several years ago. The board advertises local and library events.
The Copper Cliff CAN also hosts a community-wide yard sale each year in June. This year was one of the largest. 
Photo: Clockwise from bottom left: Catherine Minielly (Communities in Bloom), Virginia Langis (Capreol Peace Park), Eileen Thompson (Director NORMHC), France Gelinas (MPP Nickel Belt), Jennifer Sinclair (Communities in Bloom), Cody Cacciotti (Capreol Communities in Bloom Chair), Derek Young (Operations Manager NORMHC) and Lynn Mazzuca (Capreol BIA and Capreol Days Chair). - at M&R Grill, Capreol, Ontario
The town of Capreol hosted two provincial judges from Communities in Bloom on August 7 and 8, 2019. The community was evaluated on a number of criteria including floral displays, heritage preservation, community involvement, tidiness, environmental stewardship and urban forestry. The visit began on Wednesday with a workshop encouraging other areas of the City of Greater Sudbury to get involved in the annual showcase. Several CANs were represented at the workshop and may compete in the coming years.

This is the sixth straight year that the town of Capreol has participated in the showcase. It has received a 5/5 Bloom rating for the last two years.
Do you have a vision for your community?
Parks and Leisure Programs
Affordable family fun for everyone!
Swim! Skate! Ski! Dance!

Get your heart pumping. Strengthen your muscles. Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Fall and Winter Leisure programs are now open for registration. 
Making Playgrounds Great Again!

Thank you to all who attended one of the 15 neighbourhood huddles to share ideas online for the renewal of municipal playgrounds in 2019. Work is underway to install play structures, lay new ground cover and refresh landscaping. An additional 12 municipal playgrounds officially opened this year as part of phase one of this project. The goal is to renew a total of 58 municipal playgrounds across the city within this current term of council.
We Gotta Say Goodbye

Lifeguard supervision at municipal beaches is now officially over for the summer. Use of beaches after August 18 is at your own risk. Reaching poles and ring buoys will remain attached to lifeguard chairs. Thanks to everyone for another safe summer at our local beaches!
How Are We Doing with Parks and Leisure?

 The City of Greater Sudbury is reviewing its Parks, Open Space and Leisure Master Plan.

The focus of the Master Plan Review is on recreation facilities, parks, trails, leisure services, and programming to meet the changing needs of the community.

Watch for opportunities to share what you think is missing in the plan, how often you participate, and your overall level of satisfaction with the delivery of these important municipal services.
Performance Dashboard: Working for You
Each month, we offer a collection of statistics to help assess and measure performance over time and across service areas.
This month:
Garbage and Recycling  
This month we feature our garbage and recycling programs. We learned that most households in Greater Sudbury already put out one bag of garbage or less every week. It’s also interesting to note what all those tonnes of diverted trash adds up to. Way to go Greater Sudbury! October 1 should be a piece of cake for you! (Cake leftovers go in the Green Bin)! 
Over To You Greater Sudbury
We want to connect you with information about your city and engagement opportunities on the things that matter most to you! Share your ideas for making Greater Sudbury a better place to live, work and play.
MR 35 Road Widening and Infrastructure Improvements
Open now

Phase 2 Official Plan Review
Open now

Get Ready to GOVA: Better transit routes, schedules and service. 
Submit questions about changes to your bus schedule.

Parks Master Plan
The week of August 26 to September 13.
Calendar of Events
September 16
Operations Committee Meeting
2 p.m., Council Chamber

Community Service Committee Meeting
4:30 p.m., Council Chamber
September 17
Audit Committee Meeting
4 p.m., Council Chamber

Finance and Administration Committee Meeting
6 p.m., Council Chamber
September 21
Animal Shelter staff will attend Woof Fest 2019
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Grace Hartman Amphitheatre
September 23
Planning Committee Meeting
1 p.m., Council Chamber
September 23 to 28

Residential Tipping Fee Holiday
September 24
City Council Meeting
6 p.m., Council Chamber

Sudbury Wolves at the Sudbury Community Arena
Please note: all City Council and Committee meetings take place at Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady St., Sudbury.

Until next time, stay connected Greater Sudbury!