Highlights of Aurora Town Council Meeting of Tuesday, October 10

Federal Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

Aurora Town Council approved a motion brought forward by Mayor Geoffrey Dawe asking staff to investigate an “opt-out” provision with the Province, which could potentially be used to prevent a recreational cannabis store from locating in the Town of Aurora. The province of Ontario has indicated that cannabis and cannabis-related products will be sold by new standalone stores and an online order service operated by a new Crown Corporation subsidiary to the LCBO. The provincial government expects to open approximately 40 stores by July 2018, 80 stores by July 2019, and 150 stores by 2020. The province continues to work towards a regulatory approach that aligns with the federal government’s legislative framework.

Review of Joint Operations Centre Project and Costs

Aurora Town Council approved a recommendation to have the Internal Audit Services of the Region of York engaged to review and report on the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) project and costs. The Region will utilize the firm of Brook Laker & Associates for a total fee of $29,000 to be funded from the expected 2017 operating budget surplus. The Region of York Internal Audit Services will coordinate the project and the report is expected to be completed in early 2018. Council also directed staff to provide a cost for a qualitative audit report on the effectiveness of project management processes related to the project.

Next meeting of Aurora Town Council

The next meeting of Aurora Town Council is scheduled to take place on October 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers, located at 100 John West Way. Please check the Town’s website for any cancellations or date changes.

Additional Council Information

Comprehensive Minutes of Aurora Town Council Meetings, which detail the full list of Council decisions, are available under Agendas and Minutes on the Town of Aurora website. Minutes are available on the Friday afternoon following Council.