City wants feedback at Your Voice night

By Jessica Dempsey

March 28, 2018 12:01 PM

Mayor Gerald Aalbers. File Photo

City council members are asking for residents’ feedback regarding cannabis.
With the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, city council has been trying to update multiple bylaws that would be affected.
The city will be holding a Your Voice night on April 19, where residents can come and ask questions, and voice concerns.
“I think Your Voice night is intended for people to come out and have that opportunity to speak to council … it’s just that opportunity if you want to know where you’re going to find council (members), you’ll find us there at Your Voice night. This is an opportunity to come and address those issues,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
A number of topics including the Smoking Bylaw, Community Standards Bylaw, Business License Bylaw, and the Traffic Bylaw will be up for discussion.
“Cannabis has so many far-reaching effects. They affect driving, they affect consumption, they affect retailing, they affect bylaws. Every one of them was touched, that’s why cannabis was the anchor item that brought us to this point,” said Aalbers.
While the night won’t only be about how to address legal cannabis in the city, it is the main focus.
“Cannabis certainly has been on the top of everybody’s mind,” said Aalbers.
The bylaws mentioned above have all passed first reading, however, changes can still be made to the bylaws before second and third readings.
“The bottom line is we need to hear from people, and I want people to come out and express their opinions. If there are things we have missed, then I want to hear it,” said Coun. Michael Diachuk.
The Your Voice night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lloyd Mall in the former Sears space.

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