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Philip Preville: Shark fins, pet store puppies, plastic bags—why Toronto city ... Philip Preville: Shark fins, pet store puppies, plastic bags—why Toronto city councillors like to ban things

By Philip Preville | Illustration by Steve Murray Rob Ford’s victories rarely last. In fact they only become more stunted as his mayoralty lurches along. For his opening salvo in office he killed Transit City; less than two years later it was reborn. Now his wins can be measured in minutes. On June 6, council… Read more »

QUOTED: Toronto retailer slams businesses (like Metro and Shoppers) that still c... QUOTED: Toronto retailer slams businesses (like Metro and Shoppers) that still charge for plastic bags

It makes me sick that other stores are still charging [the plastic bag fee]. I think that it should be up to the consumer to choose if they want to come in and bring their own bags or not. —Christy McMullen, manager of Summerhill Market in Rosedale, on why her store stopped charging for plastic… Read more »

Forget Canada Day, this weekend is all about the end of the plastic bag fee Forget Canada Day, this weekend is all about the end of the plastic bag fee

While most Torontonians will be scurrying to the cottage, attending Pride or setting off fireworks in their backyard this Canada Day, plastic bag lovers can fete the demise of the five-cent plastic bag fee. Council’s decision to ditch the mandatory fee officially comes into effect this Sunday—though, of course, the bags will only be available… Read more »

QUOTED: Adam Vaughan explains what raccoons have to do with his proposed bullet ... QUOTED: Adam Vaughan explains what raccoons have to do with his proposed bullet ban

There’s no rational reason to own a gun in the city. Gophers aren’t chewing up our fields, we have no black bears going through our garbage bins, and the raccoons aren’t dangerous enough. —Councillor Adam Vaughan, on why a bylaw restricting the storage, sale and use of ammunition in Toronto makes perfect sense given the city’s lack… Read more »

Reaction Roundup: the plastic bag ban and why it’s bad for Rob Ford Reaction Roundup: the plastic bag ban and why it’s bad for Rob Ford

The abrupt decision to ban plastic bags in Toronto was a surprise to everyone (even David Shiner, who introduced the motion at council last week). Now that enough time has passed to progress beyond the “what the heck just happened” phase, the city’s columnists are weighing in on the unpredictable vote and whether it amounts to a… Read more »

Toronto will get a six-month plastic bags free-for-all, and then no bags at all Toronto will get a six-month plastic bags free-for-all, and then no bags at all

A strange series of events at city hall yesterday saw council vote with Rob Ford to nix the five-cent plastic bag fee—and then completely blindside the mayor by deciding to ban bags altogether (surprise!). That means, starting July 1, retailers will be allowed to give away bags for free to plastic-loving Torontonians…but only until January 1, when the bagopolooza… Read more »

Rob Ford and Karen Stintz finally find something to agree on: free plastic bags Rob Ford and Karen Stintz finally find something to agree on: free plastic bags

After a very public rift over transit, Rob Ford and Karen Stintz are back on the same side, and it’s all because of the plastic bag fee. The Toronto Sun reports that Stintz plans on voting with the mayor to kill the 5-cent plastic bag fee during Wednesday’s city council meeting (Ford vowed to scrap the… Read more »

Rob Ford thinks the plastic bag fee did what it came to do and should now retire Rob Ford thinks the plastic bag fee did what it came to do and should now retire

Toronto has faced a “war on cars,” a “war on bikes” and a “war on children,” and now the “war on plastic bags” is claiming Rob Ford’s attention—again. The mayor has renewed his calls to eliminate the five-cent bag fee, saying it has successfully changed consumer behaviour because it has brought plastic bag usage down by 53… Read more »

Michelle Berardinetti says the (sizable) bag tax proceeds should go to trees—n... Michelle Berardinetti says the (sizable) bag tax proceeds should go to trees—not retailers

Toronto’s five-cent plastic bag tax could boost Toronto’s environmental cred in a new way: Councillor Michelle Berardinetti wants to put some of the cash that retailers collect—and currently keep—towards helping the city’s trees. A staff report, released today, suggests that part of the $5.4 million collected annually go towards replacing aging trees and greenery destroyed… Read more »

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