10/19/2004

Toronto, Ont., October 19, 2004 – AMO welcomes legislation introduced today by Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services that would help combat indoor marijuana grow operations.
“AMO welcomes greater authority to fight marijuana grow-ops that threaten the safety of Ontario’s communities, municipal law enforcement and emergency service personnel,” said AMO President Roger Anderson.

“The authority to break-up a grow-op must be backed up by the resources needed to fund effective investigation, training and safety measures,” said Anderson.  “The proceeds of grow-op crime should be directed to recovering the high costs that municipalities incur as a result of them.”

The proposed legislation envisions greater authority for municipal building inspectors and local hydro officials.  Specifically, the legislation would allow local hydro distribution companies to disconnect hydro without notice, require municipal building inspections of all homes that police confirm contained a grow op, require building inspectors to issue repair orders where necessary, and doubling the maximum penalties contraventions of the Ontario Fire Code.

On behalf of Ontario municipalities, AMO will work to ensure that:

  1. have the resources needed to fight grow-ops effectively, as the proposed legislation intends;
  2. Municipal police, fire and building inspection services receive adequate proceeds of crime revenue, funding and support to fulfill their responsibilities safely; and,
The Minister’s Grow-Op Action Group includes representatives from appropriate municipal staff associations, such as the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and the Ontario Building Officials Association.  

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.
 
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