07 Jun '12, 12pm

Get Me Rewrite! Toronto's Mayor Ford Goes Into Meeting To Kill Plastic Bag Tax, Ends Up Banning Bags

Get Me Rewrite! Toronto's Mayor Ford Goes Into Meeting To Kill Plastic Bag Tax, Ends Up Banning Bags

A few years back, the City of Toronto introduced a 5 cent tax on disposable plastic bags. They didn't collect the money, but store keepers had to charge it. It was a huge success, reducing plastic bag use by half, but Mayor Ford didn't like it, saying people were irritated by it. So without study, public consultation or a report from City staff, he went to City Council to remove the tax, just because he didn't like it. He got his way; there is no longer a 5 cent tax on bags. But then a conservative supporter of Mayor Ford made a modest proposal: Why not ban the bags altogether? Seattle did it. Italy did it. Why not Toronto? “Just get rid of the damn bags!” said Councillor David Shiner. And that is exactly what they did, as of January 1, 2013. The mayor is outraged. He is quoted in the Star : I think we’re gonna get sued. I don’t see how we’re gonna win that. It’s gonna be ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/get-me-rew...

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