Put a bag over their heads
Given city council out of the blue decision to ban plastic bags on Jan. 1, we now know there are 27 particularly stupid councillors at City Hall.
Wherever one stands on the issue of retailers charging or giving away plastic bags to their customers, sensible politicians would not make a major decision like this without consulting their constituents, asking for staff reports and thinking things through. cities that banned plastic bags, given that Toronto will be the first major Canadian city to do so? Since banning plastic bags will prompt an increase in paper and re useable bags, what are the environmental trade offs?
The 27 councillors who voted in favour of the ban, to take effect Jan. 1, considered none of wedding dresses these issues.
Many appeared shocked when the amendment to add the bag ban passed 24 20.
After a lot of procedural wrangling they ended up splitting the final motion giving themselves a chance to scrap the bag fee and kill the bag ban before it went through.
Sure enough, they didn’t hesitate to plunge ahead with the ban with an even larger majority.
The bag ban was approved 27 17 after a 23 21 vote in favour of scrapping the city 5 cent plastic bag fee July 1.
The vote to ban plastic bags resulted from a bizarre political convergence on council.
Mayor Rob Ford political opponents like Adam Vaughan predictably supported it and then, bizarrely, blamed it on Ford inability to control council, as if they weren responsible for their own votes.
Meanwhile, some of Ford erstwhile allies, most notably David Shiner, also supported the ban and, in the process, even moved its implementation date up a year from the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline wedding dresses originally proposed by NDP councillor Anthony Peruzza.
We support council decision to eliminate the city compulsory five cent plastic bag fee although retailers like supermarkets can still charge it up to Jan. 1 if they want, and continue to pocket the profits as they always have.
We don support the ban but what of even greater con wedding dresses cern is the reckless way council made this decision.
That is, with no information before it, no public input, and with many councillors apparently motivated more by a desire to embarrass the mayor than deal with the issue on its merits.
Ford supported ending the plastic bag fee but called the decision banning p wedding dresses lastic bags dumbest thing council has done. Given the irresponsible way council did it, he right.