Mayor ready to scrap Toronto's bag ban
Toronto's January-1st ban on plastic bags is likely to be the hot item on City Council's agenda on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Mayor Rob Ford took time on NEWSTALK 1010's The City to urge ratepayers to speak out against the controversial by-law.
"If there is ever a time I need you to step up and call your (city) councilor, it is now," he said.
Ford wants Toronto's upcoming ban on plastic bags to be scrapped.
Before that can happen, 2 thirds of Council (or 30 councilors) must vote in favour of putting the by-law back up for discussion in a motion set to be put forth by councilor Peter Milczyn.
Ontario's Convenience Store Association is threatening to take legal action over the ban and Ford says City Hall doesn't have a leg to stand on.
He contends the by-law won't withstand a legal challenge, adding that it was rushed through council without enough public feedback.
A report due from the city solicitor is expected to confirm that.
Ford says no matter where voters stand on the issue, putting the by-law back up for debate is critical.
If council chooses to uphold the ban, City Hall can rebuild the by-law with the proper input from public consultations.
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