Sudbury Citizens for Safety

A group of concerned and involved citizens interested in making Greater Sudbury a safer place to live for everyone of all ages. Anyone is invited to be a member by e-mailing contact.scfs@gmail.com.  A front page story in the Sudbury Star (Aug. 14th 2017 highlighted our endeavour and received favourable comments - read here.  Present members and those that have shown interest listed here. The mandate of the organization is provided below:

Mandate: Sudbury Citizens for Safety Committee: 

Sudbury Citizens for Safety is a local non-government volunteer organization dedicated to all aspects of safety in an effort to reduce and prevent death and injury in whatever form it might take in all aspects of everyday life, physical and mental, regardless of age, in and outside the home, whether walking, cycling or driving or taking part in leisure activities. We act to serve as a credible third party in our commitment for safety for all residents of our community and to improve quality of life.  We endeavor to work with all other groups and organizations with similar objectives and all levels of government to achieve our mandate 

Safety is implied in a number of portions of everyday life including but not limited to:

 

·       Individual & collective health

Collective conditions that are proposed or implemented with the potential to place individual health at risk (i.e. salt contamination in area lakes used for drinking water).

·       Individual & collective physical impact

Collective conditions that are proposed or implemented with the potential to cause physical harm (i.e. road use policies).

·       Individual & collective welfare

Collective conditions that are proposed or implemented with the potential to cause life style harm either individually or collectively (i.e. playground, parks, etc.).

·       Property value and sustainability

Collective conditions that are proposed or implemented with the potential to cause changes to property values and/or sustainability of property values (i.e. industrial locations, commercialization, etc. resulting in deterioration of quality of life).

·       Individual & collective financial

Collective conditions that are proposed or implemented with the potential to cause negative financial impact either individually or collectively (i.e. relocation of services out of the area or withdrawal of services, etc.).

·       Economic sustainability and growth

Collective conditions that are proposed or implemented with the potential to cause result in deteriorating economic conditions, promote growth at the expense of economic sustainability on an individual or collective basis (i.e. facilities designed to drain disposable income from the community). 

All of these can have major impact on the risk/benefit situation for individuals or the community at large and can be considered the mandate of “Sudbury Citizens for Safety” 

Meetings quarterly or as required, and general correspondence by e-mail. 

All members can be identified as “spokespersons” for the organization.

A meeting was held with a representative of the Sudbury Roads Committee (Feb. 14th 2018) and several concerns were presented and are available for review:  photo radar and red-light cameras here electronic signs here Salt mitigation strategies here

A report on the meeting here

Our latest news bulletin below:

Spring 2020 Action Update

Sudbury Citizens for Safety is a local non-government volunteer organization dedicated to all aspects of safety in an effort to reduce and prevent death and injury in whatever form it might take in all aspects of everyday life, physical and mental, regardless of age, in and outside the home, whether walking, cycling or driving or taking part in leisure activities. We act to serve as a credible third party in our commitment for safety for all residents of our community and to improve quality of life.  We endeavor to work with all other groups and organizations with similar objectives and all levels of government - more info at www.friendlysudbury.ca

Coronavirus: We will review some of the items discussed in previous reports but first our most serious safety concern and that of course is the COVID – 19 worldwide pandemic.  There are lessons to be learned from the “spanish” flu epidemic in the early part of the last century.  The most important is what we now call “social distancing”.  Those communities that “shut down” the earliest experienced the least effects.  Interestingly New York City instituted mandatory quarantines early and experienced one of the lowest death rates – but that was then – now a different story.  Also history reveals that those cities that relaxed intervention measures too early could cause an otherwise stabilized city to relapse.  Based on history from that time this could mean months instead of weeks of the current measures.  We could “be in for the long haul” before we are “out of the woods”.  All the recommendations from health authorities and governments need to be followed to remain safe.

Updates:  

Road Safety: Most motorists would agree there are more potholes than in previous years. It is not just the damage to vehicles that is a concern but driver avoidance of the many potholes that exist that can effect driving and possibly cause collisions, but the abundance of the potholes does it seems reduce speeding!  Line lane markings and other painted indicators on road surfaces have on many roadways disappeared and even more so than previous.  Many wonder why oil based paints (used in the past) cannot be applied to oil based pavement.  Is the threat to the environment greater than the threat of accidents and besides there is no shortage of oil now.  Also, with more citizens out on bikes during this time the removal of sand from those streets with bike lanes should be a priority and the bike lanes painted the soonest.  The city had authorized red light cameras but not installed as yet and we are still waiting local approval for photo radar to help reduce speeding on many of our roadways which would assist police who endorse these devices. 

Water Safety: Water: is essential to human existence and health:  We have abundance in Greater Sudbury but cannot take this resource for granted and must protect and preserve for present and future generations.  We endorse the work of the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance in this endeavour. Their website is www.gswa.ca. Subwatershed studies have been completed and can be accessed on the city website.  Public comments on the Ramsey report must be submitted by April 17th.  Of particular interest in the report is reference to concerns of future development in the watershed including the proposed KED project on the Kingsway (see attached).

These are indeed challenging times as we evaluate many aspects of our lives.  A valuable local resource to check out is www.liveablesudbury.org

 

Spring 2019 Action Update 

Sudbury Citizens for Safety is a local non-government volunteer organization dedicated to all aspects of safety in an effort to reduce and prevent death and injury in whatever form it might take in all aspects of everyday life, physical and mental, regardless of age, in and outside the home, whether walking, cycling or driving or taking part in leisure activities. We act to serve as a credible third party in our commitment for safety for all residents of our community and to improve quality of life.  We endeavor to work with all other groups and organizations with similar objectives and all levels of government.  More information at www.freindlysudbury.ca

Road Safety:  

There are a number of concerns that relate to traffic safety in Greater Sudbury 

Potholes:  It is not just the damage to vehicles that is a concern but the driver avoidance of the many potholes that exist (more than in any previous year) that can effect driving and possibly cause collisions.   

Road line markings: Line lane markings and other painted indicators on road surfaces have on many roadways disappeared and even more so than in previous.  Many wonder why oil based paints (used in the past) cannot be applied to oil based pavement.  Is the threat to the environment greater than the threat of accidents?  

Red Light Cameras:  We are pleased the city is to install these devices in several locations. 

Photo Radar:  The province has passed legislation allowing “speeding” cameras in municipal areas where the speed limit is 50 kph or less.  We have just learned that Toronto has issued an RFP with a view to having these cameras installed by December of this year and the city of Brampton is considering doing the same.  Could we become the first city in Northern Ontario to make use of this technology which could help reduce speeding, identified as a concern by many citizens, assist police who are in favour, and generate enough money to pay for their installation and operation?

Safety Signs:  Kudos to Councillor Vagnini for having “slow down – we care about our famlies” signs created for those in his area (Ward 2).  A good example for other parts of the city concerned about speeding drivers.  

Other safety Issues:  Water and Quality of Life. 

Water: is essential to human existence and health:  We have abundance in Greater Sudbury but cannot take this resource for granted and must protect and preserve for present and future generations.  We endorse the work of the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance in this endeavour. Their website is www.gswa.ca

It has been said that “we do not live by bread alone” and quality of life is important in many ways. We endorse the work of “liveablesudbury” who through their efforts and involvement help to make our communities better place to live. Their website is www.liveablesudbury.org.