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    Thorold is Considering a Marijuana Grow-Op

    Thorold is considering putting a Marijuana grow-op in our community. Not that I am either for or against such.

    But rather the fact. That an application for such to occur is before city staff. And, as of today no one councillor has been made aware of it (from what I’ve been able to find out myself).

    And no one from the public has yet to be made aware of such also.

    I have learned that the property to be considered is located at 2204 Hurricane Rd. And recently bought by an individual named Swinson found through land transfer documents.

    Miss Swinson has stated publically that she has already been approved by the federal government for such.

    My research to date tells me that even though she states she has been approved.

    All aspects of the operation shall be up and ready to go. Inspected and approved by health Canada before any such permission would be granted or licensed.

    No facility exist as of today, therefore approval could not  have been granted according to my investigation of such.

    I do have concerns being that  over 20 children and growing live on this rural road. And the fact that Pathstone School. A children’s learning center is located within close proximity.  With an estimate daily attendance of some 50 plus children. Some with special needs.

    The city of Thorold needs to approach this just as the did the licensing of Adult Entertainment Establishments. Have them regulated to only highway commercial/ light industrial areas. And set out specific areas in which this type of operation could exist.

    Licensed and regulated just as Adult Entertainment. And not near residential neighbourhoods. Especially in an area where a  learning center for our challenged youth is located.

    Niagara on the Lake has recently turned down an application made before them on July 21/2014.

    Also, because such operations are a new type of business. No health concern documentation can be obtained or recorded data exists in relation to any health concerns. Or what effects it has on the community within the immediate area of such operation.

    The internet has many stories associated with grow ops I recommend reading some.


    Firstly : Council says no to grow-op application Thursday July 24th 2014 The Standard Suzanne Mason Special to The Standard

    An application by a Line 7 resident to turn his greenhouse into a medicinal marijuana operation was rejected by town council Monday. Peter Olsen has applied to Health Canada for a licence for the grow-op and sought approval from the town for a site plan for the 111,000 square foot greenhouse facility with security fencing and landscaping. He and his family live on the property at 213 Line 7 Rd.

    “We are extremely excited about this. We want to be responsible businesspeople to our neighbours and the town.”
    Peter Olsen

    Lynn Hunter-Hope, who lives across the road from Olsen, raised several concerns, including the possibility of odours and the impact on property values for nearby homes.
    “How do you prove odour infractions?” she asked councillors. , “Greenhouses are not airtight.’  Hunter-Hope said she and her husband bought their property in 1980 and want to continue to enjoy their yard and gardens. She also wondered how the complaint process would work, since the operations are regulated by the federal government, not the
    Olsen said he planned to use wall fans and charcoal filters to control odour in the exhausted air. He also said neighbours and councillors would be welcome to tour the facility when the filter systems are being tested. If there were complaints about a smell, Olsen said, he is obligated by Health Canada to resolve the problem within five days. He was also required to provide a $15,000 security deposit to the town for odour mitigation purposes under recent bylaw changes regarding grow-ops. Olsen said his site plan included black, chain-link fencing and planting of about 150 trees to hide as much of the (ence as possible.

    “We are extremely excited about this,” he said. “We want to be responsible business people to our neighbours and the town.”

    Town staff had recommended approval of the site plan, citing an Ontario Municipal Board decision that planning applications be judged by bylaw, that are in effect when an application is made.

    Olsen’s application was received by the town prior to zoning and site plan bylaw changes that were approved last month.

    Under the amended bylaws, marijuana greenhouses larger than 10,000 square feet are subject to site plan controls and have to be at least 70 metres away from sensitive land-use areas, including residential properties.’ Olsen’s application would not meet the new setback requirements, as there are four residences within 70 metres of the property line. Coun. Martin Mazza cast the only vote in favour of the application. He questioned why council approved an application in May for the construction of a 24,000 square foot greenhouse to grow marijuana on Concession 5 Rd., but were opposed to this one. Coun. Gary Z’alepa Jr. said there was a significant difference between the two applications, as there were no neighbours in close to the proposed operaaton on Concession 5 Rd.

    Lord Mayor Dax’e Eke recently wrote a letter to federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose asking how Ottawa would ensure there were no odours escaping from the grow-ops and how complaints would be handled.

    “Odour is the major concern,’ he said. “They (the federal government) appear to have no took to measure odour” Eke said this puts the town in an awkward position when considering applications. He called Olsen “a good corporate citizen who is trying to do the right thing”


    Secondly : NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE Council buzzing over smell from grow-op

    Thursday September 15th 2014 The Standard Suzanne Mason Special to The Standard

    The smell emanating from a medicinal marijuana grow op on Lakeshore Rd.has prompted Niagara-on-the-Lake town council to send another complaint to Healh Canada.
    Coun. Martin Mazza the crop in the greenhouse at 1651 Lakeshore Rd. near Garisson Village will be harvested soon and already has a bad odour. The operation had been licensed under previous Health Canada regulations before new federal legislation took effect April 1.
    Since then, the town has passed bylaws that require marijuana greenhouses larger than 10,000 square feet to be subject to site plan controls and located at least 70 metres from sensitive land-use areas, including residential properties.
    Health Canada also now requires complaints about odours be addressed within five days by the acility owners.
    Chief administrative officer Mike Galloway said he could forward council “the accumulated correspondence to Health Canada over the past year about this operation. There has to be something we can say to residents,” said Coun. Jim Collard. “We need a Coles Notes version.
    Coun. Dennis Dick said the Lakeshore Rd. facility can continue to operate under the former agreement with the federal government until the matter goes to the Supreme Court.
    There has to be something we can say to residents. We need a Coles Notes version.”
    Coun.JimCollard “Until then, we can’t do anything,” he said, “They don’t have to abide by the new rules.
    Councillors voted unanimously in favour of Mazza’s motion that Lord Mayor Dave Eke write to Health Canada on behalf of council with copies to Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson and Niagara Regional Police.

    Since the new regulations took effect, the town has approved the site plan for one application and turned down another. Eke had written a letter to Health Canada following rejection of an application on Line 7 in July, asking how Ottawa would ensure there , would be no odours escaping from grow-ops and how complaints would be handled. He noted at a council meeting in July that odour is major concern about grow-ops from neighbourhood residents, but Health Canada does not appear to have any tools to
    measure it.



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