Notes from Council (Nov. 26)
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 https://www.amo.on.ca 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.