Toronto banned the plastic checkout bag. It’s funny how that happened – Mayor Rob Ford wanted to get rid of the fee, council agreed and went one step further and got rid of the bags. Now he’s mad! Quite entertaining if you’ve never seen him get mad.
I too have an opinion on this – I don’t entirely agree. I think getting rid of plastic bags *IS* the way to go. I have so many around the house and contrary to popular belief, they are not recyclable. However, when the announcement came out I was listening to a call in show on CBC and a couple of small business owners called in. They were quite upset that there was little warning (fee is gone on July 1st, bags gone on January 1, 2013) and absolutely no consultation. They have tried the reusable bags in the past and customers have not been happy and they’ve taken their business elsewhere – not a good thing to keep our small businesses go (shop local!) It was not on the agenda and there was no public input. That is not the way that I think a government should work but it seems to be the trend. Stephen Harper has brought in EI and environmental changes with no consultation, nor it being on his election platform. Majority government and he thinks he can do what he wants. That’s what Rob Ford is pushing for as he is vocally speaking out about starting his election campaign (vote is in 2014) and “removing” members of council that disagree with him. You know, sometimes they both scare me…..
It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Mister Rogers remixed! Awesome!
A disturbing fact: Canada ranks 53rd in the world for the number of peace-keepers deployed, just 42. We invented peacekeeping! Shouldn’t this be part of Canada’s military focus?
And a note about yesterday’s entry. I can see what links my dear readers click and it’s amazing how many more clicked on the breasts link than any of the others….