Residents of Middleton Mountain in Vernon have raised concerns about the odor emanating from a facility on Kosmina Road, prompting the city council to seek answers from Health Canada. During a council meeting, Coun. Kari Gares emphasized the need to send a letter to Health Canada urgently addressing the issue.

According to a report presented to the council, Health Canada’s Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch is aware of the outdoor odor problem and has assured that they will take appropriate compliance and enforcement measures. However, Gares stressed the importance of taking a firm stance.

City staff also informed the council that the facility is aware of the odor issue and is making efforts to update its control measures accordingly. Coun. Brian Guy added that the situation seems to be at a standstill, suggesting that the council write to MP Mel Arnold, as it is ultimately a federal issue overseen by a federal agency.

Council members expressed frustration, stating that while the facility is required to address odor concerns, Health Canada has not provided any clarity on whether they will fulfill their responsibilities. To address the problem, the council decided to write to Health Canada, providing them with the number of complaints received by the city, which currently stands at 44. A copy of the letter will also be sent to MP Arnold.