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Have Your Say: Public Engagement

The legalization of recreational cannabis will have many impacts. Cannabis will become part of our local economy, it will be regulated through federal and provincial laws and in some of our bylaws. You could see it being produced and sold in our communities.

The proposed Bylaw changes to accommodate the legalization of cannabis was driven by feedback and input from residents and stakeholders in keeping with proposed federal and provincial regulations and respect for the role and rights of the Indigenous communities in the region.

We expect first reading of proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw, Smoking Bylaw and Business License Bylaw will take place on June 12, 2018. Check back here to see a summary of the public and stakeholder engagement held from February-May, 2018. It will be posted here in advance of the June 12, 2018 Council meeting.

Overall, 13 public engagement sessions were held across the region. There were over 3,000 participants in a public survey from Feb. 20 to May 23, 2018, we interacted directly with over 1,000 residents interested in learning more and providing input on the process. This included various meetings, presentations and focused conversations with a cross-section of community stakeholders.

Engagement public engagement sessions were held on following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m. (Mawami Hall)
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m. (Conklin Community Centre)
  • Saturday, Apr. 14, 4-6 p.m. (Anzac Recreation Centre)
  • Monday, Apr. 16, 4-8 p.m. (Suncor Community Leisure Centre main concourse, MacDonald Island Park)
  • Thursday, Apr. 19, 4-8 p.m. (Suncor Community Leisure Centre main concourse, MacDonald Island Park)
  • Friday, Apr. 27, 1-9 p.m. (Fort McMurray Tourism Spring Trade Show & Market, MacDonald Island Park)
  • Saturday, Apr. 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Fort McMurray Tourism Spring Trade Show & Market, MacDonald Island Park)
  • Sunday, Apr. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Fort McMurray Tourism Spring Trade Show & Market, MacDonald Island Park)
  • Monday, May 7, 6-8 p.m. (Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre, AMEC Room)
  • Wednesday, May 9, 6-8 p.m. (Janvier Municipal Office)
  • Thursday, May 10, 7-9 p.m. (Vista Ridge All Seasons Park)
  • Tuesday, May 15, 5-8 p.m. (Fort McKay Fire Hall)
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2-4 p.m (Father Perin School)

The conversation doesn’t end here. Following Council’s consideration of the proposed Bylaw changes on June 12, we plan on connecting with you once again with public information opportunities so you learn more about the proposed bylaw changes and how you can get involved in the public hearing process at Council.

Please contact pulse@rmwb.ca if your organization would like to request a one-on-one meeting with municipal representatives. We are open to meeting at your convenience to hear your ideas and thoughts and how we can best manage cannabis legalization together as a community.