OCSA Appeals Bag Ban

“Some people feel it is a good environmental initiative, but we do have a bag manufacturer in the city that makes plastic bags that will be impacted,” says one council member.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is appealing to the city council to overturn a plastic bag ban—set to go into effect on Jan 1.—because it falls outside the city’s jurisdiction and allegedly violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Cnews Across Canada reported.

OCSA also claims that the council approved the ban in June without proper public consultations.

“Should council fail to rescind the resolution, OCSA will consider seeking a judicial declaration of the invalidity of the resolution and such other and further relief as may be appropriate,” the OCSA’s lawyer said in a letter to the city council.

Coun. David Shiner — the force behind the bag ban —he thinks councilors should stand by their original decision.

“We considered it, we wanted to not charge the five cents, we got rid of the five-cent fee, but the merchants have continued to charge the five cents,” Shiner told Cnews Across Canada. He alleged merchants are making “millions” on bag fees.

Coun. Karen Stintz said she’s received mixed feedback since council voted for the ban. “Some people feel it is a good environmental initiative, but we do have a bag manufacturer in the city that makes plastic bags that will be impacted if council decides to restrict the distribution of plastic bags within the municipality,” she said. “I do think we need to be thoughtful in terms of how we move forward.”

 

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