Oct 02, 2012
By Jane Brown
A contentious ban on plastic shopping bags may not come to pass here in Toronto afterall. A motion filed by City councillor Peter Milczyn is asking council to reconsider the ban which would prevent retailers from offering plastic bags to customers for their groceries or other products. As city councillors begin a two day meeting, city solicitor Anna Kinastowski is scheduled to deliver her report advising council about possible legal action against Toronto which could result from the ban.
A spokesman with the Ontario Convenience Stores Association contends the ban violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has already announced plans to pursue legal action if the ban is implemented on Jan. 1, 2013.
Mayor Rob Ford has been one of the ban’s most vocal opponents, and is trying to get out the no vote by urging Toronto residents to contact their local councillor.