Jim Gordon (politician)
|Sudbury Mayor, Jim Gordon|
|Mayor of Sudbury, Ontario|
|Preceded by||Joe Fabbro|
|Succeeded by||Maurice Lamoureux|
|MPP for Sudbury|
March 19, 1981 – September 9, 1987
|Preceded by||Bud Germa|
|Succeeded by||Sterling Campbell|
|Mayor of Sudbury, Ontario|
1991 – December 31, 2000
|Preceded by||Peter Wong|
|Succeeded by||last mayor pre-amalgamation|
|Mayor of Greater Sudbury|
January 1, 2001 – 2003
|Preceded by||first mayor|
|Succeeded by||David Courtemanche|
|Born||March 6, 1937
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
James K. (Jim) Gordon (born March 6, 1937) is a Canadian politician, who served as mayor of Sudbury, Ontario 1976 to 1981, and 1991 to 2003. He is Sudbury’s longest serving mayor, having served a total of 17 years. He was a Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury Riding from 1981 to 1987. He became Minister of Government Services in 1985.
Gordon served on the town council of Espanola in the 1960s before moving to Sudbury. He was elected to city council there in 1971, and became mayor in 1976. He served until 1981, and ran in that year's provincial election as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Sudbury constituency. He won that election, and served as a backbench supporter of Bill Davis's government. Gordon supported Larry Grossman at the Progressive Conservative Party's leadership convention of February 1985.
Gordon was a cabinet minister in the short-lived government of Frank Miller, serving as Minister of Government Services from May 17 to June 26, 1985. The Miller government was defeated in the Liberal sweep of David Peterson in September 1987.
In 1991, Gordon ran again as mayor of Sudbury, and defeated incumbent mayor Peter Wong. He served as the city's mayor until 2000, when the city, the towns and the Regional Municipality of Sudbury were transitioned into the new city of Greater Sudbury through a transition board established by the Government of Ontario. He ran for mayor of the new amalgamated city in the 2000 municipal election, and won that election as well. Gordon's tenure as mayor of Sudbury was marked by efforts to diversify the city's mining-based economy. As the city's provincial representative in the early 1980s, he was also a key supporter of the Science North project, which has since become the city's and Northern Ontario's most successful tourist attraction.
Gordon announced his retirement from politics in 2003. Perhaps no one summed up the attitude towards Jim Gordon better than Michael Atkins, the president of Northern Ontario Business, in an opinion piece on Gordon’s departure from public life headlined "Few words sum up Gordon" in July 2003.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Teaching career
- 3 Mayor of City of Sudbury, 1976-1981
- 4 Member of provincial parliament for Sudbury, 1981-1987
- 5 Mayor of Sudbury and Greater Sudbury, 1991-2003
- 6 Post-retirement community leadership, 2003-present
- 7 Awards and memberships
- 8 References
- 9 ProQuest Articles
- 10 External links
- 11 Further relevant reading
Early life and education
James K. (Jim) Gordon was born in Rouyn-Noranda in 1937. He grew up in Sudbury, Ontario. He was part of the first graduating class of St. Charles College. During high school he was president of the student council and hosted his own radio program, “Time for Teens”, Saturdays between 1951 and 1955 on CKSO radio in Sudbury. He competed in distance running, one and two mile, in track and field.
He achieved his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Assumption University (University of Windsor)in 1960. In his final year of university, he married Donna Drew. In 1961, they returned to Greater Sudbury, Ontario. In addition to CKSO Radio and Television, Jim worked in sales for UPJOHN Pharmaceuticals and then became a secondary school teacher.
Jim and Donna Gordon raised six daughters and now have ten grandchildren.
Gordon taught English in the secondary school system in Greater Sudbury over the course of four decades. He also held a Specialist in Library Science and was responsible for the Resource Centre at Nickel District Secondary School for some of his tenure at the school. Gordon taught at the following secondary schools, returning to education at various junctures of his political career:
- St. Charles College – 1961 to 1965
- Espanola High School – 1965 to 1966
- Confederation High School – 1965 to 1968
- St. Charles College – 1968 to 1969
- Nickel District Secondary School – 1969 to 1976
- Sudbury Secondary School – 1988 to 1991
Mayor of City of Sudbury, 1976-1981
Gordon introduced zero based budgeting for the City of Greater Sudbury, a back to basics form of analyzing municipal budgets that was effective in producing the lowest tax increases possible so that senior citizens and other low-income citizens of Greater Sudbury could afford to hold on to their homes. The city was fiscally constrained in the 1970s. He would later use this policy as Mayor in the 1990s to achieve zero increases in taxes and develop a more effective and efficient workforce in the City’s many departments.
Development and housing
Jim Gordon worked with City Council to encourage the private sector and the provincial government including John Rhodes (Minister of Housing at the time) to expand the supply of housing in Sudbury which resulted in many new homes, apartment developments and housing for the socially disadvantaged.
Re-greening of Sudbury
Gordon supported and worked with municipal leaders such as Tom Davies, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Sudbury, and other regional politicians in the creation of policies that established a successful re-greening effort that was eventually recognized by the United Nations for successful environmental land reclamation.
Member of provincial parliament for Sudbury, 1981-1987
- Critic, Labour
- March 27, 1987 — July 31, 1987
- Critic, Housing
- April 07, 1986 — March 27, 1987
- Critic, Labour
- September 19, 1985 — April 07, 1986
- Minister of Government Services
- May 17, 1985 — June 26, 1985
- Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Colleges and Universities
- February 25, 1985 — May 01, 1985
- Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services
- September 12, 1983 — February 25, 1985
- Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health
- May 19, 1981 — September 12, 1983
Northeast Cancer Centre (formerly Northeastern Regional Cancer Treatment Centre)
In 1983 as Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Health Larry Grossman, Jim Gordon was able to secure a decision by the government to establish a long sought after Cancer Treatment Centre in Sudbury that now serves Northeastern Ontario. The development of a cancer centre allowed patients and families to remain closer to their homes in the north during treatment as well as making Sudbury a major medical centre within the northeast. The sophistication of the cancer treatment centre as both a treatment centre and an important research facility was one of the cornerstones Gordon was able to leverage in his pursuit of a medical school for Northern Ontario.
Picture of the official announcement and sod turning for the Northern Ontario Cancer Treatment Centre is featured in a Local 6500 USWA (United Steelworkers of America) newsletter, November 1984. Pictured left to right are: Dr. Bill Meahen (Executive Director, Ontario Cancer and Research Foundation), Dr. J.N. Desmarais (Chief of Staff at Laurentian Hospital and member of the Cancer Planning Committee), John Gagnon (USWA Local 6500), Jim Gordon (MPP Sudbury), Honourable William Davis (Premier of Ontario), Maureen Lacroix (President of Laurentian Hospital Board of Directors and of the Cancer Planning Committee).
Agency status for Science North
Jim Gordon was instrumental in getting the province of Ontario to agree to make Science North an agency of the Province, thereby providing a solid base of operating funding for what is now Canada’s second largest Science Centre.
Development of mining machinery manufacturing
Sudbury has always been a centre of resource extraction. INCO and Falconbridge Nickel Mines were the largest producers, but Jim Gordon was convinced that, in addition to mining, the development of a mining machinery manufacturing industry would contribute greatly to the stability of the economy in Sudbury. To that end, he met with the provincial Minister of Industry, Gordon Walker. Walker agreed that the government would set up a Centre for Resource Machinery Technology, and he appointed as its members Jim Gordon (MPP for Sudbury), Mike Harris (MPP for Nipissing), Darryl Lake (Cambrian College), and Walter Curlook (Vice-President of INCO for Ontario Operations, later President).
INCO became very interested in participating in this project because it would benefit both the company and the community, and through negotiations, eventually received a grant from the Ontario government. The mining machinery manufacturing company that was set up by INCO, now known as Continuous Mining, has since been purchased by Bob Lipic and is one of Sudbury’s real success stories. The mining service sector has grown substantially and is an important component of Sudbury’s economy.
Mayor of Sudbury and Greater Sudbury, 1991-2003
During the 1990s the City of Sudbury experienced a substantial loss of population along with stagnant municipal assessment. Recognizing the importance of diversification and development to the City’s survival, Gordon spearheaded specific major initiatives. Gordon worked with others at all levels of government and fostered a strong relationship with city council to achieve fiscal strength for the city and projects that would benefit the community and the Northeast.
Northern Ontario School of Medical (NOSM)
Mayor Gordon was a driving force in obtaining a medical school in the North in response to the ongoing challenges of health-care delivery in the North, in particular the shortage of doctors and the difficulties in providing effective health care for rural and aboriginal communities.
In 1999, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care appointed Dr. Robert McKendry to report on physician supply and demand in the province. The report gave weight to the view that "the established medical schools had paid insufficient attention to preparing students for rural and northern practice". McKendry came to the conclusion that meeting underserviced areas' needs might best be met by building a new medical school. This idea was met with resistance from the existing Canadian medical schools.
In addition to the efforts being made by the university community and medical professionals in the North., Jim Gordon realized that political initiative was required to put pressure on the government of Premier Mike Harris.  To that end he arranged, on behalf of the Northern Ontario Mayors Coalition (a coalition of the mayors of the five major cities in the North: Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay), to meet with Health Minister Elizabeth Witmer to plead their case. Minister Witmer agreed that she was willing to have the Government's Expert Panel receive a proposal from the North, a proposal that laid out a model for an entirely new school.
However, the Expert Panel had other ideas, and on February 16, 2001, the Toronto Star published a leaked report that the intention was that Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Windsor would become clinical education campuses, extensions of programmes at existing medical schools. Jim Gordon had been quoted, saying, "It's time for us, the Councils in the North, to move politically on this," and when the April 2001 Speech from the Throne brought no announcement, Sudbury's Mayor contacted the Mayors of the North and arranged that the Northern Ontario Mayors' Coalition would meet with the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Dan Newman.
Minister Newman agreed to fund an International Symposium in Sudbury. Experts from around the world, including Australia, New Mexico, and Finland attended, and on May 17, 2001, Tony Clement, the new Minister of Health, announced in Sudbury a new stand-alone medical school that would specialize in preparing students for northern, rural, and remote practice. It would be the first medical school to be opened in Canada in over thirty years.  
Jim Gordon employed many strategies at the level of the City, the North, and the Province in order to move forward the medical school agenda. In particular, he sought and obtained unified endorsement from the Northern Ontario Mayors’ Coalition, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (NE Ontario) and the Northern Ontario Municipal Association (NW Ontario) so that the whole North would feel that the medical school belonged to them and would serve their communities.
In October 2001, Premier Mike Harris came to Sudbury to name the Implementation Management Committee with Jim Gordon as Chair  Its purpose was to develop a business and implementation plan for the school and to communicate with Northern Communities to establish a vision statement.
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is truly innovative in its make-up, with 91% of its students coming from Northern Ontario with the remaining 9% coming from rural and remote parts of the rest of Canada. Of the students, 7% are Aboriginal and 22% are Francophone. Clinical education takes place in over 70 communities so that the students experience the diversity of cultures in Northern Ontario. Of the 166 Medical Doctor graduates since 2009, 104 (63%) have chosen family medicine (predominately rural) training. (Dr. Roger Strasser, Northern Ontario School of Medicine Achievement Summary, March 2012).
The establishment of a medical school where the students would be trained throughout all of Northern Ontario, studying with physicians spread over a land mass of 800,000 square kilometres in many small communities, could never have been achieved without the broadband infrastructure that was already in place in the North. Jim Gordon realized sooner than many politicians in similar positions that this new technology was essential if the North were to thrive, and he had taken concrete steps to make it happen.
Gordon viewed the establishment of the medical school as his and the North’s major political achievement. It was the first time the entire North was united and achieved a project of this magnitude.
The Making of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine: A Case Study in the History of Medical Education Edited by Geoffry Tesson, Geofrey Hudson, Roger Strasser, and Dan Hunt 
Northern Ontario Mayors’ Coalition
In 1992, Gordon tried to unite municipalities in the Northern Ontario, with the cooperation of Thunder Bay Mayor David Hamilton. Initially, he held a meeting in Thunder Bay in an effort to form an organization to lobby government. The outcome was that he and Mayor Hamilton spearheaded the organization of a coalition of Mayors of the five largest cities in Northern Ontario (Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, and Thunder Bay).
This Northern Ontario Mayors Coalition gave the largest Northern municipalities a unified voice in their dealings with the provincial and federal governments. This group, representing approximately 70% of North Ontario’s population, worked for projects benefitting the whole of Northern Ontario. Northern Ontario was suffering economically over this time period. One cohesive voice for the North was deemed by the Mayors to represent the best hope for having their concerns recognized by upper levels of government.
Over time, this strategy proved effective in pursuing the establishment of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, which would train doctors to serve rural, northern and aboriginal communities, as well as other initiatives such as broadband infrastructure in Northern Ontario.
Jim Gordon was the architect of the city’s telecommunications strategy that included the building of broadband infrastructure  to link health services, academic institutions, and municipal services, and nascent film industry, as well as attracting telecom industries such as call centres. Approximately 3000 jobs were created in the technology sector between 1995 and 2000.
In 1998, he secured $1 million in funding from the provincial government to launch sureNet (Sudbury Regional Network), Sudbury's fibre-optic communications network. Mayor Gordon was the founding Chair of the sureNet consortium, which included partners such as health, education, municipal and private groups.
In 1999, Jim Gordon became the founding Chairman of NetCentral, a not-for-profit corporation supported by the Mayors of Sudbury, Chapleau, Parry Sound, Elliot Lake and Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands. The purpose of NetCentral was to develop a high speed, high capacity telecommunications network infrastructure to foster economic development and create jobs, and to create better access to educational and health services in and among Northern Ontario communities.
NetCentral was incorporated in 1999 to develop a high-speed telecommunications network infrastructure for the following purposes: to connect communities, public agencies and organizations; to enhance access to educational and health services in northern communities; and to promote technology oriented economic development and job creation in Northern Ontario.
NetCentral actively seeks private/public partnerships with telecommunications service providers, communities and municipal, provincial and federal Governments to expand broadband, information and communication technology (ICT) and cellular telephone services in Northern Ontario.
Since 2000, NetCentral has secured more than $33 million in capital funding and services.
Sources of funding include the Province of Ontario, the private sector and FedNor (Industry Canada) for the purposes of bringing advanced telecommunications services and communications infrastructure to Northern Ontario.
As a result of Sudbury’s high-speed telecommunications network Sudbury attracted companies such as Teletech and Canadian Blood Services, creating thousands of jobs for the region.
Music and film industry support
Gordon worked closely with the proponents of two major developments in the arts community over the past two decades: Music and Film in Motion, and Cinéfest. Cinéfest has become one of the most successful international film festivals and the fourth largest in Canada after Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
The broadband infrastructure developments spearheaded by Gordon with Sudbury Hydro laid the groundwork for attracting and supporting film production in Northeastern Ontario but what really made the Music and Film in Motion (MFM) and Cinefest front and centre was the work of Tammy Frick as Cinefest’s executive director and Mark Palumbo who headed up MFM.
Gordon provided encouragement and support through Greater Sudbury Development Corporation for the City’s first nationwide CBC television program, Chilly Beach. March Entertainment, the show’s creators, relied on the broadband network  to do the back-office work for the program in Sudbury and the front-office work in Toronto.
Other production companies have made films and television programs in the Sudbury region from Men with Brooms with Paul Gross in 2002, to more recently Météo+ (2008-2011), a Franco-Ontarian situation comedy set and filmed in Sudbury and Les Bleus de Ramville (2012–present), a francophone hockey drama set in Northeastern Ontario and filmed in Sudbury (both broadcast on TFO).
A medical television drama called “Hard Rock Medical” was loosely inspired by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. It appears on both TVO and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and presents some insight into the challenges of delivering health care in Northern Ontario. As well, a new film studio is currently being established in Sudbury.
Northeastern Ontario Smart Growth Panel
Jim Gordon was a member of the Northeastern Ontario Smart Growth Panel appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This panel was composed of leaders from industry, educational institutions, First Nations, community organizations and the municipal sector "to develop recommendations for bringing increased prosperity and growth to northeastern Ontario". The provision of a tax incentive zone was one of many recommendations made by this panel. The tax incentive zone proposal had been promoted by Gordon, designed by Ed Reilly of Freelandt Caldwell Reilly chartered accountants, was viewed by Mayor Gordon as the incentive in the North to attract manufacturing that would support the mining and forestry industry across the North.
It was announced by the Conservative government of Ontario in a Throne Speech but it never saw the light of day with the election of the McGuinty Liberal government and the Conservative government’s defeat as the governing party in 2003.
Gordon held the line on property taxes from 1991-2003 despite challenging conditions. Sudbury is a high cost city to run due to adverse building conditions and a harsh winter climate. In the 1990s the City also had to contend with declining provincial government revenues as a result of provincial downloading of costs to municipalities and the withdrawal of infrastructure grants for roads. At the same time the City’s assessment base was dwindling due to outmigration. The City was faced with the prospect of having to raise taxes to contend with budgetary shortfalls, an option Gordon found unacceptable as this would put an undue tax burden on homeowners.
As Mayor, Gordon worked with City council to establish a climate in which collaboration and cooperation was encouraged to find a way to hold the line on property taxes. The Mayor worked in partnership with the City’s management and the unionized employees to use the zero-based budgeting process and to find millions of dollars in efficiencies in the City’s budget without layoffs. As a result the City was able to hold the line on taxes while continuing to provide the level of service that citizens expected. In 1994, Sudbury topped the list of Local Municipal Efforts to Control Property Taxes in Ontario, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (Members’ Opinions Survey #34, July 1994), a survey based on 8,058 face-to-face interviews with members from 18 communities.
Local community initiatives
Jim Gordon strongly supported multicultural initiatives and associations in Sudbury throughout his career including the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association, an umbrella organization of 50 delegate groups with a client population of over 30,000 citizens of Sudbury. He attended numerous functions and provided guidance and assistance.
On the occasion of the official visit of the Lieutenant Governor, Hilary Weston, on July 1, 2001, he received recognition from the multicultural community at the Canada Day celebrations. He has been made an honorary lifetime member of the Societa Caruso and been awarded the Gold Combatants Cross in recognition of his assistance to the Polish Combatants Association, an organization originally established by 5,000 Polish veterans who had fought with the Allies in World War II and who were allowed by the Canadian government to immigrate to Canada.
He lobbied, along with the original proponents Hélène Fontaine (now deceased) and Jacques Michaud, for the establishment of a French college in Sudbury, which is now the leading edge Collège Boreal.
Jim Gordon envisioned a collaborative approach to community development. When Greater Sudbury was amalgamated, he set out a framework which included:
- Mayor and Council's Roundtable on Community Health Issues
- Mayor's Roundtable on Physician Recruitment & Retention
- Mayor’s Task Force on Community Involvement and Volunteerism
- Mayor's Committee on Seniors' Issues
- In response to the research released by Dr. Fraser Mustard, Gordon put an emphasis on the welfare of children in a community which is somewhat disadvantaged in the education and overall health of its citizens in comparison to similar sized communities in Canada. Several initiatives have been established in Sudbury over the last decade focussed on the needs of children:
- Mayor and Council's Children First Roundtable
- Emergency Shelters and Homeless Initiatives
- Earthcare Sudbury Local Action Plan
- Jim Gordon supported several community initiatives including the YMCA Centre for Life and Older Adult (Parkside) Centre, and Science North/Dynamic Earth. A healthy downtown was a priority for Gordon.
Post-retirement community leadership, 2003-present
Since his retirement from politics, Gordon continues to serve as Chair of NetCentral, a not-for-profit Community Based Network (CBN) operating in Northern Ontario. He also served as Chair of Parkside Older Adult Centre from 2010 to 2011, and as a member of the board from 2007 to 2011. In 2005, he served as Honorary Co-Chair of the Sudbury Samaritan Centre, a facility designed to help residents in need, including the homeless, with services that include a soup kitchen, drop-in mission, health centre and a support program to help people re-establish themselves in the community. He was a member of the Board of Northern Artists Gallery/Artists on Elgin, a gallery which exhibits and sells work from Northern artists and helps to market the local art industry to the surrounding community. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the NOSM Board  from 2003 to 2011.
Expert panel on health cluster development
Gordon has chaired various committees in his tenure with the corporation. He chaired the Health Cluster Development Expert Panel and led the committee through the exploration of several initiatives including: the Health Impact of Poverty, and a Centre of Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety.
Alternative Level of Care (ALC) crisis
Gordon was appointed as Chair and led the investigation of the ALC bed crisis at Sudbury Regional Hospital. He consulted with many groups including the Sudbury Physician's Task Force, The North East Community Care Access Centre, the Sudbury Regional Hospital and the North East LHIN.
From these consultations, Gordon recommended 47 short-term and long-term measures to address the bed crisis.  Based on his report, city council called on the Ontario government to adopt several measures to address the ALC crisis. City council also ratified Jim Gordon's recommendation to house ALC patients at another site.
Regional Data Storage Project
Gordon currently chairs the Regional Data Storage Project and has been in this role since April 2011. The primary objective of this project is to develop a regional data centre that will position Greater Sudbury to benefit from the economic potential of the growing needs for secure data storage services.
Awards and memberships
- Assumption University of Windsor – Named as one of the Alumni of the Century - 2012 
- Community Builders Award of Excellence - Economic Development - 2004 
- The award goes to an individual or group that has had an important impact on the economic well-being of the community. They have chaired and led a committee, they have helped bring new business to town, or they are responsible for putting in place infrastructure.
- First recipient of the Order of Sudbury Award – 2003
- Jim Gordon Walkway - 2003 
- Bell Park walkway on Ramsey Lake was renamed in honour of Jim Gordon. (The Bell Park Walkway was an initiative Jim Gordon championed strongly during his time as Mayor.)
- Executive Award and Lifetime Member Award, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) - 2003 
- The Executive Award is presented annually by FONOM to an elected leader who has “contributed in a special meaningful way towards the enrichment and betterment of the residents of Northern Ontario”.
- Honorary Lifetime Membership, Older Adult Centre Sudbury - October 17, 2003
- Presented in recognition of Jim Gordon’s “dedicated leadership in support of seniors in the Sudbury community”.
- Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal – 2002 
- Presented in recognition of outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities.
- The Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association Award - July 1, 2001
- On the occasion of Year 2001 International Year of Volunteerism "in recognition of his community vision, spirit, leadership and dedication to the citizens of our city"
- Community Service Award, Ontario Medical Association - May 2000
- Presented to Jim Gordon in recognition “of his outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of the people of Sudbury".
- Dr. Fred Sheridan Award, Cambrian College - 1999 
- The Dr. Fred Sheridan Award recognizes contributions to the advancement and betterment of society through extraordinary service to education.
- Paul Harris Award - Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers - 1998
- The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary bestows. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing service above self.
- Municipal Electric Association Award - October 1994
- Presented to Jim Gordon” in recognition of the contribution made to the municipal hydro systems in the province by the valuable service shown as a Hydro Commissioner for the Municipality of Sudbury for a period of nine years and for loyalty to the ideals of province-wide publicly owned hydro electric system”.
- Gold Combatants' Cross, The Polish Combatants' Association in Canada - August 15, 1994
- Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation - November 27, 1992
- Issued in 1992 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Medal honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, to their community or to Canada.
- Honorary Life Member, Caruso Club (Società Caruso), Sudbury
- Honorary Life Member, Knights of Columbus, Sudbury
- Honorary Lifetime Subscriber Award, Cinefest
- Jim & Donna Gordon Bursary, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- Contributed an endowment to provide financial assistance annually to a student enrolled at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- Member, Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians
- Our Neighbours: People who have made a difference, Sudbury Star, pp. 13
- "Few Words sum up Gordon" by Micheal Atkins - http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Few+words+sum+up+Gordon.-a0105543322
- "Legislative Assembly of Ontario | Members (MPPs) | Past & Present MPPs | James K. Gordon, MPP"
- “The Northern Cancer Foundation Story”. Sept. 1, 2012 – Sudbury Living article
- "Regional Cancer Program celebrates 20th birthday”. Nov. 5, 2010 – northernlife.ca article
- Medical school takes step forward, Gordon says, May 05, 2005. Sudbury Star, pp.1A.1.FRO-A1/FRONT. (see ProQuest below for article link)
- Polehoykie, C. (2000, Oct 26). Gordon says North must keep pressure on for medical school: Decision expected next month. Sudbury Star, pp A.5-A5 (see ProQuest below for article link)
- Medical campus not enough: (2001, Feb 22). Sudbury Star, pp.A.1.FRO-A1/FRONT. (see ProQuest below for article link)
- Polehoykie, C. (2000, Oct 26). Gordon says North must keep pressure on for medical school: Decision expected next month. Sudbury Star, pp.A.5-A5 (see ProQuest below for article link)
- “Symposium to Bring Together Northern and Rural Medical School Deans From Around the World”. Feb. 15, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- "International Medical Experts Gather in Sudbury Development of New Northern Medical School Begins”. April 27, 2001 – City of Greater Sudbury news release
- "Made in Northern Ontario “Medical School Begins to Take Shape. Best Models Emerge at International Symposium on Northern and Rural Medical Education.” April 27, 2001 – City of Greater Sudbury news release
- Whitehouse, M. (2001). "We got it! Sudbury medical school could start accepting students by 2001." Northern Life.
- Gordon, J. (2001, December 22). Committee names lead consultants for the medical school. The Sudbury Star.
- Good ideas will succeed [Editorial]. (2001, April 26). The Sudbury Star..
- “An Historic Day for the North! Province Pledges Support for Northern Medical School”. April 24, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “in the North, For the North, By the North”-Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario Affirm Commitment To Working Together To Develop a Northern Medical School”. May 23, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- Link to NOSM book webpage
- “Northern Mayors Unite in Bid for Northern Ontario Rural Medical School”. Jan. 15, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- Northern Ontario Business article “City wired, set to lure high-tech firms North” (May 22, 2003)
- “Expansion of Sudbury Technology Centre Next Step in Growing the Communications and Information Technology Sector”. Feb. 27, 2003 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- NetCentral media release
- “Community Based Network Gets High Speed Internet, Mobile Broadband”. Sept. 9, 2011 – Mediacaster Magazine
- Archived backgrounder from Province of Ontario website “Supporting Training And Infrastructure Projects In Northern Ontario”
- “City of Greater Sudbury Provides Funding to Music and Film in Motion”. Sept. 20, 2002 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “March Entertainment Establishes Animation Facilities in Sudbury to Produce Chilly Beach Series for CBC Television”. March 12, 2003 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Mayor Gordon Appointed to Northeastern Smart Growth Panel”. April 26, 2002 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- Bio of Jim Gordon on NOSM website
- Jim Gordon nomination for NOSM Board – 2006 – Managers Report-City of Greater Sudbury
-  “Expert panels given $50,000 each”. March 1, 2007. Northernlife.ca: http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2007/03-01-07-expert_panel.aspx
- The City of Greater Sudbury Expert Panel on Health Cluster Development recommendations
- “Former Mayor Jim Gordon Makes Report to Council on ALC Crisis”. Jan. 14, 2009 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- Assumption University award article
- Community Builders Award
- Jim Gordon Boardwalk article
- FONOM Executive Award
- Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal – 2002 for Jim Gordon
- Dr. Fred Sheridan Award for Jim Gordon
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- Pender, T. (2000, Apr 12). Doctors honour Gordon. The Sudbury Star, pp. A.3-A3
- Medical school takes step forward, Gordon says. (2000, May 05). Sudbury Star, pp. A.1.FRO- A1 / FRONT.
- Gordon says North must keep pressure on for medical school:Decision expected next month. Polehoykie, C. (2000, Oct 26). Sudbury Star, pp. A.5-A5.
- Gordon says medical school in north up to Harris. O’Flanagan, R. (2000, Dec 27). Sudbury Star, pp. A.1.FRO-A1 / FRONT.
- Provincial panel says no to med school. Rob O'Flanagan and, J. K. (2001, Jan 27). Sudbury Star, pp. A.1.FROA1/ FRONT.
- Hudak lends support for medical school. OFlanagan, R. (2001, Feb 02). Sudbury Star, pp. A.1.FRO-A1 / FRONT.
- Medical campuses not enough. (2001, Feb 22). Sudbury Star, pp. A.1.FRO-A1 / FRONT.
- Health research has major economic potential. Mulligan, C. (2005, Nov 16). Sudbury Star, pp. A.1.Fro-A1 Front.
- A mega year for Sudbury. (2005, Dec 31). Sudbury Star, pp A.10-A10.
- Mayor Jim Gordon receives executive award from Federation of Northern Municipalities. (2003, May 16). City of Greater Sudbury News Release.
- SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC PLACES AND WORKPLACES BY-LAW IN EFFECT STARTING TOMORROW
- Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Further relevant reading
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- “Mayor-Elect Presses for Northern Ontario Medical School”. Dec. 22, 2000 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Community Leaders in Sudbury and Thunder Bay Strongly Behind Northern Ontario Rural Medical School”. Jan. 26, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Minister Hudak Meets With Northern Mayors Bid for a Northern Ontario Rural Medical School Gains Momentum”. Feb. 1, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Mayor Jim Gordon Not Satisfied with Expert Panel Recommendations on How to Address Doctor Shortage in North”. Feb. 16, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Northern Medical School Giant Step Closer to Reality”. March 17, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “The Making of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine: A Case Study in the History of Medical Education”, Edited by Geoffrey Tesson, Geoffrey Hudson, Roger Strasser – see “Chronology of the Development of NOSM (pages xvii-xxi)
- “City Invests $26.7 Million in Local Health Care”. June 14, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Endorses Health Research”. July 9, 2002 - City of Greater Sudbury news release: (Dad: where should this reference be put?)
- “Unique Telehealth Network Extends Geriatric Services Across the Northeast”. Nov. 7, 2003 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
Housing and Development
- “Local Construction at Highest Level in Decade”. Nov. 8, 2002 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Housing Starts Up By 53% Value of Local Construction Highest in Decade”. Jan. 9, 2003 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- "Soaring to new heights!" Renovation and Expansion of Air Terminal Building Further Positions Greater Sudbury Airport as a Catalyst for Economic Development”. Oct. 16, 2003 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
Greater Sudbury Hydro/Utilities, An Economic Engine
- “Mayor Addresses Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Calls Sudbury Hydro City’s Economic Engine”. May 15, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Zoned Hydro Rates Could Dampen Economic Development Says Greater Sudbury Mayor Jim Gordon”. July 8, 2002 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Mayor Urges Falconbridge and Mine Mill Local 598/CAW to Conclude Strike Through Meaningful Negotiations”. Jan. 30, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
- “Mayor Meets With Falconbridge and CAW Presidents Call Dialogue ‘Exceedingly Productive’”. Feb. 5, 2001 - City of Greater Sudbury news release
Mission to Israel
- “Mayor Jim Gordon Joining Ontario Mayors and Politicians on Mission to Israel”. May 9, 2003 - City of Greater Sudbury news release