Cannabis stores near schools a concern for DSBONE

Timmins Daily Press

DSBONE recommends a minimum distance of 1.5 kilometres instead of the 150 metres mandated by the provincial government.

District School Board Ontario North East administration office in Schumacher. Ron Grech/The Daily Press file photo

The English public school board is calling on the City of Timmins to pass a bylaw to make the distance between schools and retail cannabis stores further apart.

The District School Board Ontario North East (DSBONE) recommends a minimum distance of 1.5 kilometres instead of the 150 metres mandated by the provincial government.

Timmins was one of five municipalities in Northern Ontario that received the approval for a licensed cannabis store in July.

Bob Brush, chair of the board, stated in a letter addressed to Cindy Welsh, the city’s manager of planning, that the minimum distance administered by the province “does not adequately protect the well-being of students in our community.”

DSBONE believes the increased distance would help to limit children’s exposure to cannabis products.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) held a lottery Tuesday for the license of the store, and the results will be published online within 24 hours, according to the Commission’s website.

The Daily Press reached out to both Brush and the AGCO for comment, but did not receive a response.

If Timmins is drawn to be an allocated location, the cannabis store could open in October.

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