Deb McIntosh - A Community Leader for Ward 9
As the current Ward 9 city councillor, Deb McIntosh has demonstrated over the past four years that she works effectively with residents, business and community groups, and all levels of government to get things done.
Deb extended the fiscal responsibility and high achievement level she demonstrated during her career in Sudbury as an accountant, community volunteer and Executive Director of Rainbow Routes Association into her work as a councillor.
Since 2014, Ward 9 residents have appreciated Deb’s ability to listen to their concerns, help them come up with new and alternative approaches to projects or concerns, and be the first to pitch in to make things happen.
Deb is committed to using her experience on city council to work for Ward 9. She will continue to be responsive to the ward’s needs and interests. At the same time, Deb will put her energy and critical thinking skills into collaborating on projects that will benefit the city as a whole.
Deb capably demonstrated her ability to identify and troubleshoot critical issues as chair of:
- Planning Committee
- Audit Committee
and as a member of:
- City Council
- Finance and Administration Committee
- Greater Sudbury Economic Development Board
- Downtown Business Improvement Association (2014-16)
- Sustainable Mobility Advisory panel
- Newcomer Immigration Refugee Advisory panel
- Nickel District Conservation Authority board (2014-16)
- Hiring committee for the City’s Chief Administrative Officer
One of the best things about being a city councillor is getting to know and work with the people in Ward 9. It is very gratifying to have worked together on community issues and projects, and I am motivated to continuing that work for another term.
A resident of Ward 9 for 25 years, Deb is married to retired music educator Ralph McIntosh. Deb trained to become an accountant but more importantly Deb is by nature a caring mom, grandmother, daughter and friend to many. She also hopes to include a Labrador retriever in her family circle at some point in her future.
Our community -- Our future
Deb's pledge to Ward 9: 2018-2022
When Deb ran for the Ward 9 council seat in 2014, she made three promises and laid out a four-part platform that would inform her decision making over the term of council.
She promised to work hard, not touch or influence the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) funds and to vote according to the direction of the Ward 9 voters regarding shopping hours. Following her election, Deb kept these promises, and has worked tirelessly and collaboratively with many constituents and local businesses to improve the quality of life in Ward 9 and the City of Greater Sudbury.
For the next term of council, armed with the knowledge gained over the past four years, Deb promises to continue to work hard and make decisions based on a similar platform: fostering economic growth, protecting water, championing smart transportation and demonstrating good governance.
Fostering Growth in Greater Sudbury’s Economy
Smart Transportation Connects our Community
Water Quality: Yes, We are Living with Our Lakes
Fiscal Responsibility + Accountability + Transparency = Good Governance
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you running for re-election?
Council launched several initiatives during our last term that I would like to see through to completion. I’d also like to initiate other projects related to my platform priorities. (See the “Priorities” tab on this web page for further details.)
Being a City Councillor is first and foremost an opportunity for public service. During my first term on council I have enjoyed working with residents throughout Ward 9 on a range of exciting community projects. I was also able to help many individual residents in their dealings with the municipality. Through all of this I have learned a great deal, and hope to have the opportunity to apply that knowledge in the next term to accomplish even more, working for and with the citizens of Greater Sudbury.
In your opinion, what are the most pressing issues that still need to be tackled?
Short answer: Old roads, pipes, buildings and vehicles.
We need to continue to address our infrastructure investment shortfall. We have to repair or replace aging infrastructure, and that will require serious investments of time, energy and dollars.
We have several options, including raising taxes, reducing the level of services we provide, continuing to work on reducing inefficiencies and increasing the number of people sharing the cost of running the city.
Long-term success will require efforts in all four areas: we need to regularly review our service levels and how we deliver them; we need to support the growth of existing Sudbury businesses while enticing new business and talent to invest here; and we need to apply moderate tax increases as necessary to keep the city moving forward.
The ongoing balancing of services and expenditures takes considered effort. To grow our economy, we must make investments and offer incentives in the right areas at the right time in an effort to create an environment that will attract and keep businesses and jobs here. A growing economy, along with moderate tax increases and adjusted service levels and/or more efficient delivery, enables us to chip away at fixing roads, replacing pipes and city-owned vehicles, and renovating or replacing buildings past their best-before date.
What is an acceptable tax increase?
Nobody likes tax increases - what is an acceptable increase to one person will not be acceptable to another. However, our property taxes pay for important emergency services (police, fire, paramedic), roads, waste collection, parks, pools, libraries etc.
To maintain our current service levels we need to increase taxes every year. It would be ideal to keep that increase to the rate of inflation, with the knowledge that some costs rise faster than the rate of inflation eg energy costs.
To properly tackle our infrastructure shortfall (see above) we may want to look at increasing taxes a bit above the inflation rate through a special capital levy to replace/renew roads, pipes and buildings. I’d like to hear your thoughts on that idea.
What is your position on the Kingsway Entertainment District?
Following a lengthy consultation process, including input from experts in the field, city staff and local residents, City Council made a decision to locate the arena/event centre in the Kingsway Entertainment District. I believe the task now is to work together to make it the best arena/event centre we can for the citizens of Greater Sudbury – this includes addressing the financial, environmental and transportation concerns expressed during the consultation process.
My arena/event centre voting record:
When determining how to vote on any issue, I believe that it is important to listen to one’s constituents, to review all the available information and ask lots of questions. Information was and is very important on this issue as not all residents of Ward 9 are on the same page about the Kingsway Entertainment District. If updated and more detailed facts mean that it is the responsible choice to change my opinion on a topic, then I will strive to vote accordingly.
June 27, 2017: I supported the option to locate the new event centre in the downtown as that was the recommended location. When that option was defeated, I voted to support the alternative location on the Kingsway because the consultant hired by the City indicated that it was a viable alternative.
March 2018: I did not support the re-zoning of the lands on the Kingsway for the new event centre. Based on the additional information available at that time, I was of the opinion that the Kingsway location was not in the best interest of the Ramsey Lake watershed, that transportation accessibility was insufficient for those without a motor vehicle, and that the location would not provide the best value for our investment.
I am very open to hearing from residents on this or any other topic.
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You helped me put a curb in front of my house when the builder I bought from said he would and then didn’t. The city wanted $1200 from me. I contacted you and within a month I got a curb put in at the home builder’s cost. I cannot thank you enough for your help with that! Got my vote!
Kayla Anderson, Ward 9 Resident