Education & Events
 

2018 Municipal Licensing and Law Enforcement Forum



 
Four Points by Sheraton -Toronto Airport Hotel
Windsor Hall Ballroom
6257 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E4


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Cutting Through the Haze

About the Forum

Based on input from a working group of issues experts and practitioners, including members from AMCTO and partner associations, the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers' Association (MLEOA), Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers (OAPSO) and the Prosecutors Association of Ontario (PAO), AMCTO is developing a Municipal Licensing & Law Enforcement Forum focused on providing a venue for municipal by-law, licensing, zoning, and enforcement professionals, to brainstorm and discuss options based on the proposed legislation, including what considerations need to be incorporated into by-laws, licensing, and zoning provisions.

Agenda 

The Current Landscape: Where Are We Now?

The Ontario Government will table legislation to permit private sector retail sales of recreational marijuana by April 1st, 2019. As of October 17th, Ontario residents 19 and older will be able to buy marijuana only online through the Ontario Cannabis Store website. Legislation will be tabled to establish the AGCO as the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licences, and enforce compliance. This session is intended to bring some clarity to what we know now, where we might be headed, and how your municipality should be preparing.

This expert panel will discuss topics such as:

  • What do we know about the current state of the Provincial policy framework? What might we anticipate and when?
  • What will “formal consultation” look like?
  • The ability for a municipality to “opt out”, what does this mean, and what are the long-term implications?
  • What resources and funding will be available and what is the process to access it?
  • What are the potential municipal impacts on resources, zoning and licensing?

Moderator: Shayne Turner, Director of Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo
Panelists:
Craig Reid, Senior Advisor, Policy and Government Relations, Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
Renu Kulendran, Executive Director, Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat, Ministry of the Attorney General
Nicole Stewart, Executive Lead (Acting), Cannabis Retail Implementation Project, Office of Regulatory Policy and Agency Relations, Ministry of Finance
Martha Otton, Chief Strategy Officer, Strategy and Policy Division, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
Joy Hulton, Regional Solicitor, Legal and Court Services, Region of York

Lessons Learned from the City of Calgary

Presenter: Matt Zabloski, Project Lead for the Legalization of Cannabis, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards, City of Calgary

Matt Zabloski, the project lead responsible for coordinating the City of Calgary’s response to the legalization of cannabis will outline Calgary’s approach to retail, public consumption and production, touching on the following key areas:

  • Background – How and why Calgary developed its regulations
  • Regulations – Calgary’s rules for Cannabis retail stores, for Cannabis production facilities and for the public consumption of Cannabis
  • Early lessons – Successes and learning opportunities from the lead up to, and early days of, cannabis legalization

Best Practices and Municipal Case Studies

Ontario residents will be able to order cannabis legally from the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) starting October 17, 2018. On April 1st, 2019, recreational cannabis sales will be permitted through a private retail model. Ontario municipalities are scrambling to determine the potential impacts and what their involvement will be in this process. This session will help to provide insight to municipalities to guide their discussions and actions as they prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis.

Topics for discussion include:

  • What do we know about The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licenses
  • What should municipalities be contemplating in terms of Zoning compliance and site approval?
  • Best Practices related to Cannabis legislation and Municipalities
  • What collaboration are municipalities doing with other stakeholders (who does what)?
  • What consideration should be given to public education and awareness to reflect the needs of their own communities?

Moderator: Tracey Burrows, Retired, Municipal Law Enforcement Executive and Trainer, City of Burlington 
Panelists:
Mark Sraga, Director, Investigation Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
Shayne Turner, Director of Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo
Doug Godfrey, President MLEOA, General Manager, Operations Department, City of Guelph
Craig Calder, Manager, Compliance and Licensing, City of Mississauga

Enforcement and Court Implications

Our panel will attempt to bring clarity to enforcement and court implications for municipalities including the following key questions:

  • What enforcement steps will be put in place following October 17th and what are the legal implications for municipalities, prosecutors, and law enforcement, following this deadline?
  • How will courts handle expected legal challenges during this grey area of implementation?
  • What new enforcement tools are being provided to municipalities by police?
  • Who, between the Province and municipalities is responsible for prosecuting Part 3 infractions under the Cannabis Act?
  • Do the new seizure powers granted to municipal By-law Enforcement Oficers, require a need to test evidence to prove it is cannabis?
  • How to address anticipated consumption complaints by citizens?
  • What training, education and communication strategies are being rolled out for By-law Enforcement Officers?
  • How are By-law Enforcement Officers and police working in partnership on enforcement?


Moderator: Emma Luca, President, Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario (PAO), Solicitor, Legal Services, Prosecutions, City of Toronto
Panelists:
Mark Sraga, Director, Investigation Services, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto
Rachel Huggins, Deputy Director, Executive Lead, Cannabis Legalization, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police
Emma Luca, President, Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario (PAO), Solicitor, Legal Services, Prosecutions, City of Toronto

Q & A Session - Where Do We Go From Here?

Expert panelists representing AMCTO, MLEOA, PAO, and OAPSO will answer Questions provided in advance by participants during the day as well as from the floor.
Panelists:
Philip Cassata, B.A.A. (Hons), C.M.M. II, C.P.S.0, MLEO(c), President, OAPSO, Prosecutor, Court Services/Corporate Services, City of Guelph
Emma Luca, President, Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario (PAO), Solicitor, Legal Services, Prosecutions, City of Toronto
Doug Godfrey, President MLEOA, General Manager, Operations Department, City of Guelph
Shayne Turner, Director of Municipal Enforcement Services, City of Waterloo

       

Registration

Time: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)

Fee: $350.30 ($310 + $40.30 HST)
(Includes hot breakfast, lunch, refreshments and materials)

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