Mayor Ford Mad About Retailers Still Charging for Bags
Toronto scrapped its five cent plastic bag fee and it went into effect July 1, and there's a ban on them altogether by the new year, but many large retailers in Toronto are continuing to charge for plastic bags.
If that makes you angry you're not alone, you have a friend in Toronto mayor Rob Ford. He calls in unfortunate and believes they just shouldn't be charging for bags.
In their defence, the retailers that are still selling the bags say, the money collected is going to various charities. For instance, Shoppers Drug Mart donates some of the proceeds to women's health charities. A spokesperson says the rest of the money is used for in-house environmental management programs.
Rexall PharmaPlus, Loblaws, Metro and Highland Farms are among some of those that will keep charging you for bags. Loblaws has donated $4-million to World Wildlife Fund initiatives from plastic bag proceeds.