Notes from Coun­cil (Nov. 26)

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional -

Some of the reg­u­la­tions set out in­clude: mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments must in­form the Al­co­hol and Gam­ing Com­mis­sion of On­tario (AGCO) of a de­ci­sion to opt out of host­ing re­tail cannabis stores within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, by Jan. 22, 2019; dis­tances of re­tail lo­ca­tions from schools (150 m mea­sured from the prop­erty); able to sell only cannabis prod­ucts. Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter ad­dressed to the Town of Goderich, the AGCO will be con­sult­ing fur­ther on the pro­posed reg­u­la­tions, li­cens­ing pro­cesses and pro­posed op­er­a­tional stan­dards for stores. AGCO will be­gin ac­cept­ing op­er­a­tor li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions in De­cem­ber 2018. As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties On­tario (AMO) un­der­stands that pro­posed store lo­ca­tion ap­provals for re­tail sites would come af­ter coun­cils have made de­ci­sions by Jan. 22, 2019.

Re­tail cannabis stores are al­lowed in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties if a coun­cil does not opt out by Jan. 22.

The let­ter to coun­cil urges mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments to re­view the reg­u­la­tions to be in­formed on the lo­cal im­pact and make a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing cannabis re­tail. AMO ex­pects to re­ceive fur­ther de­tails on cannabis fund­ing to mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments.

Coun­cil and staff should be re­minded that opt­ing out of bring­ing a cannabis re­tail store into the com­mu­nity would af­fect fund­ing.

Fund­ing for the tran­si­tion to recre­ational cannabis from the On­tario gov­ern­ment and shar­ing in any sur­plus cannabis rev­enues over $100M will be af­fect­ing if coun­cil opts out of a re­tail store.

The let­ter states that AMO will re­view the pro­posed reg­u­la­tions in de­tail and con­tinue to ad­vo­cate on mem­bers’ con­cerns and in­put.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Ammonia re­moved from Me­mo­rial

Dis­cussed briefly at coun­cil, con­cern over the chem­i­cal ammonia in Me­mo­rial Arena is over. The chem­i­cal has been re­moved.

A re­cent email from YMCA Gen­eral Man­ager An­neMarie Thomp­son re­ported to coun­cil the chem­i­cal was re­moved last week. Ac­cord­ing to CAO Larry McCabe, Town Coun­cil, Recre­ation Board of Man­age­ment and Staff are re­lieved that ammonia has been re­moved.

A to­tal of 2,700 pounds was pro­fes­sion­ally re­moved and the fa­cil­ity will con­tinue to be rented out by the Recre­ation Board of Man­age­ment. “Coun­cil in con­sul­ta­tion with the Recre­ation Board of Man­age­ment, I’m sure, will be dis­cussing the fu­ture of the fa­cil­ity in the new year. Other than that, there is lit­tle more that staff of ei­ther the Town of YMCA can pro­vide,” ad­mit­ted McCabe.

YMCA Gen­eral Man­ager Thomp­son told the Sig­nal Star that she is not in a po­si­tion to speak on the fu­ture of the fa­cil­ity as that will be de­ter­mined by coun­cil in the fu­ture.

“I can say that we are con­tin­u­ing to use the fa­cil­ity for recre­ation and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and events,” con­cluded Thomp­son.

The nearly 70-old arena was closed ear­lier this year due to safety con­cerns and the loss of ice leaves the town with one ice pad at the Rec Cen­tre.

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