The owners of an east-finish Montessori college are expressing issues just after a storefront just measures away from their college was 1 of the current cannabis lottery winners.
Owners of the Beaches Montessori College, Leigh-Ann Jacques and Julie Mitchell, say they’ve been fielding calls from worried parents just after news spread that 1 of the random lottery winners is situated just 3 couple of doors down from the college.
They also claim they haven’t been in a position to get a clear answer about the predicament regardless of reaching out to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and other officials at all 3 levels of government.
Guidelines explicitly state that cannabis dispensaries are not permitted to operate inside 150 metres of a college, but Jaques thinks a loophole could preclude numerous Montessori schools and daycares from that protection.
Jaques believes the challenge may possibly stem from the definition of a private college beneath the Education Act as an institution for 5 or extra pupils who “are of or more than compulsory college age” of six.
The Beaches Montessori College accommodates 62 young children among the ages of 18 months and 5 years.
“We are not pretty positive how our age group wasn’t integrated in the 150 metre buffer zone,” she mentioned. “But it seems that we are not integrated, and only schools with young children six years or older are integrated in that … perhaps it was a error, we can not truly think that the intention was to exclude this vulnerable sector.”
“Nobody can truly give us a straight answer,” she added. “Everybody appears as shocked that we are not integrated as we are. We are just not acquiring the answers we are searching for.”
The Ministry of Education tells CityNews the Beaches Montessori College is classified as a licensed kid care centre and not a college, which means it may possibly not fall beneath the very same rule prohibiting cannabis dispensaries from operating inside 150 metres of a college.
But that does not necessarily imply a dispensary will be opening at the place.
“It is critical to note that ahead of the shop is granted its license to operate, it will be essential to post a public notice at the place,” The Ministry of Education told CityNews in an e-mail. “The AGCO will accept comments for 15 days ahead of figuring out no matter if the place is acceptable.”
The Ministry mentioned the AGCO Registrar will think about comments that connected to public well being and security, guarding youth and restricting their access to cannabis and stopping illicit activities in relation to cannabis.
Final week, AGCO spokesperson Raymond Kahnert told CityNews that winning the lottery is just a preliminary step towards getting a licence.
“Once your name is chosen it does not imply you have a licence,” he stressed. “It suggests you merely can start an application, and everyone who is announcing that they have won the suitable to sell and is going to open a shop is premature, simply because now starts the incredibly comprehensive eligibility and due diligence critique of every single applicant … to assure that they can operate legally and inside all laws and regulations.”