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

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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 ends and the ban kicks in. What makes the vote especially discouraging for Ford is that it wasn’t some bicycle-riding, latte-sipping pinko councillor who introduced the motion, but David Shiner, an ally and member of his executive committee—who openly admitted to coming up with the idea mid-meeting. Ford was visibly upset after the vote, “blinking rapidly,” speculating the city would be sued over the ban and telling radio host John Oakley, “It’s the dumbest thing council has done, and council has done some dumb things.”  If it stands, Toronto will be the first major Canadian city to have a plastic bag ban (sorry, Fort McMurray, apparently you don’t count). [Toronto Star]