Article by Kristin Rushowy, The Toronto Star
The province has announced the locations of its first four marijuana shops — including one in Toronto that will be located in a strip mall alongside a student tutoring service, a kids’ martial arts centre and a McDonald’s.
Toronto’s outlet of the Ontario Cannabis Store, on Gerrard St. E. at Victoria Park Ave., is also within a kilometre of several public schools, including Blantyre elementary about 450 metres south.
The government released the locations online Wednesday afternoon, saying initial stores will also be located in Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay.
“My question would be, what was their process to decide that location” in Toronto, said Laurie French, president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.
“Did they consult with the school board?
French said there is “significantly less” distance between the shop and schools than the Toronto District School Board had hoped for, “though I realize how difficult that can be in the city.”
She said school boards have been clear that they wanted to be involved in consultations on locations.
The Guelph store will be on Stone Rd. W. in Kingston, at a mall on Gardiners Rd., and on Harbour Expressway in Thunder Bay.