A million-dollar home might not be as desirable when it sits next to a grow-op. Organizers of a contest with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation have had to call an audible responding to concerns about the house at 39 Jeffrey Nihda Cres., which sits next to a legal grow op that some residents say overwhelms the neighbourhood with the smell of marijuana.
The lottery will instead give a cash equivalent of $1.3 million, in lieu of the home, according to the foundation’s vice president, Christine Lasky.
“We believe our decision is the most appropriate and responsible action,” she said of the decision, which was made in consultation with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Previously, community concerns with the grow op house were raised in the House of Commons by former Oak Ridges—Markham MP Paul Calandra.