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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.



    Follow up info forthcoming

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    The Race to save St.Paul’s Church

    Knowing that the race is on to save St. Paul’s Church from demolition. I would like to give my followers a ,little info on St. Paul’s and the history behind this historical site.   As most now know. This church is the burial site for constable Richards killed in the line of duty in Oct of 1854. For which he is being remembered and honored for in Ottawa in October. With a new headstone placed at the burial site recently.  About St. Paul’s.

    George Keefer was the first church warden in 1838, although Thorold had no rector until 1840 when Rev. Thomas Brock Fuller was appointed.

    The first entry relating to public worship is Easter Sunday, April 11, 1841, when Mr. and Mrs. George Keefer, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lampman, Robert Holden, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Ball, Miss Ball, Mrs. Henry C. Ball. Adam Hutt, Mrs. John Keefer and Mrs. Garden were communicants.

    The first vestry meeting was held on April/12/1841, with the Rector, Adam Hutt, George Keefer, Henry C Ball, Peter Lampman, George Hutt, John Turney, William Ward, John Waldon and Alexander Winslow present.

    The history of St. Paul’s, Port Robinson, is recorded in a booklet written by the Rev. Thomas H. Ibbott, who served as rector in 1929.

    Rev. Robert Addison was sent as a missionary by the Venerable Society of the Propogation of the Gospel who conducted the first Church of England services in the parish. Prior to his arrival in  1792 the only public service of worship had been held in garrisons such as Niagara by the chaplains of the various regiments.

    Rev. William Leeming of Chippawa came to Port Robinson in 1840, and in 1841 Rev Thomas Brock Fuller held regular services at Port Robinson, usually at the homes of his congregation and later in  the school house. The present church was built in  1844.

    There was a considerable debt remaining when the church opened its doors and from a regiment of Negro Soldiers stationed in  the village, came assistance in paying it off. These men gave twenty cents per month each, for six months.

    Dr. Fuller became the first bishop on Niagara when that diocese formed in 1875 and retained a warm spot in his heart for the little church at Port Robinson.

    When the Rev. P. L. Spencer was rector in 1866he held summer services at Allanburg. Under the ministrations of Rev. Joseph F. Carson, from 1914-1917, the Guild Hall was added to the church property as a gift from Mrs. Elizabeth Maw, in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Jordan.

    Through the years gifts have been given to the church by many members and former members. These gifts bear the names so familiar in the growth of Port Robinson and St. Paul’s Church. Among them are Coleman, Jordan, Wilson, Abbey, Ross, Reaveley, Bennett, Chambers, Simpson, Bell and Heslop.

    St. Paul’s was a part of the Fonthill parish for many years, until community growth indicated the need for a separate parish, and Port Robinson became part of St. Monica’s parish, Niagara

    In closing. We must do what we can as a community to save this historical site. As a gesture towards the founders as well as the Negro Soldiers who helped pay down the debt. I always have said For many, many years. That Thorold believes in the 3 b’s . bulldoze it, burn it and bury it. If this site was in the United States. It would be a significant historical site. Not just some forgotten piece of land.



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    Saving The Taxpayers Dollars

    On Aug/13/2014 I released my first post informing the public on ideas I would be bringing forward. Stating at that time my intention on reducing hydro costs by changing the current lighting system for street poles. And interesting enough the City of Thorold placed an ad in Niagara this Week Sept/4/2014 seeking R.I.F.’s for the conversion of existing municipal street lighting to new Light Emitting Diode energy efficient lighting.

    An item that the next council will have to deal with and make recommendations. Being a strong supporter of energy efficiency this was an item I was wanting to address during my term  from 2006-2010. But was never fully addressed by the council at the time. Since that time I have reviewed many energy efficient options available in replacing our existing lighting. I in fact introduced the city to the option of hedging part of the city electricity costs. Buy buying a certain percent of our hydro from the open market. Basically on the stock exchange. For our consumption met the criteria needed to do such. And the city immediately began to save monies. 10’s of thousands per yr.

    Seeing that LED lighting basically has taken everyone by storm over the last few years. Many municipalities are fixated on just the LED style lighting. Unfortunately I’m not on council. For if I was, I would have recommended that the city look at other lighting options. Not just LED.

    My research and looking at what other municipalities have done over the last 4 years. Has led me to believe that LED lighting in  regards to saving the taxpayers dollars may not be the best option over the long term.

    I’ve learned that some municipalities in Ontario have opted for Magnetic Induction Lighting instead of LED. See: Wikipedia Electrodeless Lamp.

    I believe from the information I have been able to obtain and research. That magnetic induction lighting to be the most cost effective technology to replace the existing HPS ( High Pressure Sodium ).

    On completing my analysis I determined that the magnetic induction lighting was a more cost effective alternative to LED technology when consideration was given to capital costs and life expectancy

    Unaware of the amount of street lights in the city I can not give an adequate estimate on savings. But based on the assumption that the city has say 1200 lights to change. By converting the lights to 70 watt magnetic induction style lighting. It could be estimated that the city could save between $30,000 to $40,000. Depending on electricity prices. That would be based on a current budget of between $200,000 to $240,000. A savings of 15 to 20% per year.

    In general, induction lighting is approximately 1/2 the capital cost and has about double the expected life span. Magnetic induction lighting has an expected life span of approximately 100,000 hours which is equivalent to 22.8 yrs.

    When elected to Thorold City council. This will be just one of the many plans I will propose and bring forward. For I believe as stated, it will be the next term of council that will make the choice.

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    Over The Next Few Weeks

    Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting solutions and ideas that can, and will save the taxpayers of Thorold a substantial amount of monies. I will propose new initiatives in the way we deliver fire services to the taxpayers of Thorold. I will show that as a city we will not only save monies. But will also improve service at peak times.  Following recommendations made by consultants hired by the city. We can accomplish this with a cooperative and open minded council. Willing to make change for the betterment of all.

    I will present ideas in regards to saving electricity through gradually switching our hydro poles to more efficient lighting. Will present solutions as to a payback plan. With grant monies and low interest loans available.

    The city has an ever burdening yearly cost with maintaining our abandoned landfill sites. Opportunities do exit that can actually make the landfill sites self- sustainable in regards to costs. With the ability to even generate cash for the city on a long term basis.

    These are just some of the ideas I have and will implement with the help of council when elected once again to Thorold city council.

    Postings will appear at least once a week up to the election to be held on Oct/27/2014. I look forward to your responses/concerns and any questions that may arise because of my postings.


    Respectfully yours,


    David Jim Handley