First and foremost THANK YOU Premier Horgan for wanting to do nothing with Metro’s mobility pricing! A bombastic “unaffordable” yellow brick toll road from our many “retiring” Metro mayors. Robert Shaw’s report speaks volumes as to why this is a nonstarter from a ‘no more tolls’ NDP government warring front. And the irony as in at odds in all this is our “NDP” MLA Ma is an advocate for Metro mobility pricing… hmm.
Meanwhile… Monday Night’s City Council Fight Card was over before the strike of seven, with our infamous mayor a no-show. And to every medicinal cannabis user’s angst the third reading regarding bylaws prohibiting non-medicinal Cannabis Production and Sales in the City was passed 5 to 1 with interim mayor Rod Clark inhaling…
Does this mean our city’s “medicinal cannabis dispensaries” which are emphatically “not selling non-medicinal cannabis” are by way of our prescribed amended bylaws not breaking any city bylaws and a city business license should therefore be entitled to our cannabis outlets?
“According to and In their own words”…
CANNABIS REGULATION: ZONING AND BUSINESS LICENSE BYLAW AMENDMENTS third reading of the following bylaws to prohibit non-medicinal Cannabis Production and Sales in the City be considered:
“Zoning Bylaw, 1995, No. 6700, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8609” (A Bylaw to Regulate Cannabis) and,
“Business License Bylaw, 2004, No. 7584, Amendment Bylaw, 2018, No. 8616” (A Bylaw to Regulate Cannabis).
There is nothing in either bylaw delineating “what is” medicinal cannabis.
The first public hearing meeting and from both sides of city chambers became an unexpected, gut wrenching emotionally moving representing cannabis users from across the lower mainland ALL dependent on our city’s “illegally run medicinal cannabis dispensaries.” The public hearing was to be only about “defining and prohibiting the sale and production of non-medical retail cannabis in all (city) zones.” But it turned into anything but, with so many expressing how cannabis is a necessity – part of their daily lives. And WHY does the camera coverage NEVER show the distress in their faces in the advent of these cannabis outlets being shut down – SHAME on you mayor for this obstinate and faceless omission! #420
Here is a sampling in the overwhelming support of these dispensaries remaining open, having chosen cannabis as “their medicine”… #cannabisOurMedicine
The second public hearing dealt with the ongoing farce at 2601 Lonsdale Ave, aka Mussatto City Planners/Pezzente Holdings vs. the neighbourhood residents that did not get underway until past 9:30 pm. With 35 signed up to speak it indeed lived up to its “12:30 am” disposition with the developer and his GBL Architects submitting minor tweaks i.e. basically the SAME DRAWINGS declaring them as REVISIONS while their fellow developer friends and a realtor supported this egregious overtake favouring 26 Ave. road closure, insufficient parking, eliminating the existing greenspace and FALSELY providing erroneous traffic flow numbers at that intersect contrary to ICBC records. And with Councillor Keating who resides in the neighbourhood, culpable and unwilling to excuse himself from “his neighbourhood project” i.e. A standard Mussatto Team Slate practice – anybody surprised so far! #shamefull
Another contention in all this is how slanted and flagrant the camera coverage was during this portion. It seemed deliberate as in quite clear under mayor Mussatto’s camera direction, Pezzente and City Planners did not have to worry about “the home audience and shut-ins” being able to SEE ALL the damning elevation/plan imagery from the public hearing resident speakers on the overhead camera! #collusion
I could go on and on in how the overall “public hearing” was apposed to the proposal in its existing convolute state. Though everyone was on side that the existing burned down apartment building needs to be in earnest replaced. But the developer, (mayor), CAO and city planners don’t want to just build within the constraints of the existing lot. Choosing to skewer legal property lines under the cover of keeping the public in the dark by not offering any “prior” media/newspaper notice! Thereby overlooking OCP height restrictions, hindering emergency vehicle accessibility, offering limited parking spaces, shutting down 26 Ave. and eliminating the neighbourhood green space! #underhanded
An astute NIMBY speaker addresses these disingenuous omissions and more regarding the farcical Pezzente Proposal. #appalling #bogus