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:

Summer 2021 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

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.  In Ontario at this writing (July) restrictions continue to be lifted and return to normal conditions is anticipated.  What the future holds is still uncertain.  All the recommendations from health authorities and governments continue to be followed to remain safe.

Updates:  

Road Safety:

With less traffic during the pandemic there has been more incidents of high speed "stunt driving".  Photo radar could help prevent this. The city has said they are considering these devices which pay for themselves and free police for other more important duties. What is the delay? 

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 has been submitted and we are awaiting further action on this important issue.  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