The issue of whether Council will permit licensed cannabis retail stores was decided on January 8, 2019. After much consultation, including a letter placed in every Westport post office mail box encouraging residents & business owners to share their opinions with members of Council, Councillors were unanimous in approving licensed cannabis retail stores in the Village subject to complying with all AGCO requirements and proper zoning.
Councillors, during the debate on licensed cannabis retail stores on January 8th, shared that they were surprised at the lack of concerns reported by residents and business owners on the subject – particularly in response to the letter. Many people raised their lack of support for the federal government’s decision for legalization of cannabis. However in light of that decision, the majority of people felt there was no reason to deny someone from setting up a legal licensed cannabis retail store.
If you have read the news this week, you will know that due to a lack of supply of legal cannabis the Ontario government has stated that it will only authorize 25 licensed cannabis retail stores to open on April 1. Who knows if and when a licensed cannabis retail store will open in Westport, however I wanted you to know that all Councillors took great pains to be informed and to learn what the constituents of the village wanted to see in Westport.
If you have concerns or questions, call any time. @9195
Please join Council and staff, friends, family and neighbours on January 1 at Town Hall. This year we have some amazing entertainment for you. The Edge, a fabulous trio of singers with Ann Savage featuring as the soprano. Okay – sometimes alto!!!
We have added some hot appetizers to the bounty this year and extended it an hour so we have more time to visit.
Please bring your neighbours, particularly those who might not get out much in the winter.
Great news for Westport businesses!!!! Thanks to the Province of Ontario and the Ontario BIA Association, Digital Main Street is offering two types of grants to help small main street businesses across Ontario strengthen their digital and online capabilities. LIMITED NUMBER OF GRANTS AVAILABLE SO APPLY EARLY!.
Digital Transformation Grant Program
The Digital Transformation grant provides $2,500 to each qualifying small main street Ontario business to purchase and adopt digital tools and technologies. There are ONLY 2000 grants available until March 2020, so apply EARLY. To start the process to apply for a Digital Transformation Grant as a main street business.
Digital Service Squad Grant Program
The Digital Service Squad Grant provides $10,000 to qualifying municipal and business associations to set up Digital Service Squads to provide one-on-one assistance to small main street businesses in communities across Ontario. Squads will provide training, consulting and advisory services. There are 300 Digital Service Squad Grants available until March 2020.
Here is the link to learn more and to apply:
Bell ringing, xylophones, piano solos, choirs, performers, original scores and break dancing – the kids (and their amazing teachers and volunteers) packed a lot of talent and fun into 90 minutes tonight. The gym was packed with proud parents, grandparents and other family members who all preened with pride when their child was on stage. Thank you Mr Campbell – opportunities like this are great community builders.
Rideau Vista Choir