Toronto’s new bylaw to curb the use of plastic shopping bags has a hole that leaks like a soggy paper sack, says Councillor Michael Walker.
The bylaw requires stores to charge customers 5 cents or more for single-use plastic bags.
The question is whether they are also required to offer alternatives, such as paper bags or boxes.
Walker noted that retailers have embraced the 5-cent charge, but most don’t provide a free alternative although it was Council’s intent that they would.
City manager Joe Pennachetti says stores that sell single-use plastic bags don’t need to offer alternatives. But the bylaw says retailers, “who do not offer or provide plastic retail shopping bags to customers shall offer to provide alternatives such as cardboard boxes or paper bags, at no charge to the customer".
That puzzles Walker who points out that the original motion passed by Council was not so clear-out.
It said that as of June 1 this year, Toronto shall “require all retailers that offer or provide to customers plastic retail shopping bags… to charge a min. of 5 cents for each plastic retail shopping bags requested, or taken, by the customer, or provide other alternatives at no charge to the customers".
Walker told the Star that chain stores are reaping a windfall by pocketing 5 cents for bags that cost a penny or less.
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MEDIA GIANT TO SEEK BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION
The co. that owes Global TV and the National Post newspaper is filing for credit protection in a deal with a key group of lenders, as it seeks court approval to restructure a mountain of debt.
Canwest Global Communications Corp. has been struggling for months to deal with the debt load, which the Winnipeg-based broadcaster took on when it bought the former Southam Newspaper and the National Post earlier this decade.
After the restructing, Canwest creditors would receive shares of the restructured media co. Canwest’s current shareholders would own just 2.3 per cent of the shares of the new Canwest.
Ontario health minister resigns ahead of report
The Canadian Press has learned Ontario’s health minister has resigned on the eve of a report into spending scandals at an agency tasked with creating electronic health records. http://www.hkreporter.com/talks/thread-824550-1-1.html
有人認為，高錕教授今年七十六歲（一九三三年生於上海），一九六六年已在光纖研究上取得成績，為何四十三年後才頒給他諾貝爾獎？是否有故意貶低華裔科學家之嫌？事實上，今年另外二位物理學獎得主，一位生於一九二四年（Willard S. Boyle），另一位則生於一九三○年（George E. Smith），都是七、八十歲的長者，三人之中，高錕教授已是年紀最輕的一位，可見故意「貶低」之說不能成立。事實上，除了理論物理學可以早成名、有機會早獲獎，應用科學的諾獎得主通常都有一把年紀，因為未經時間考驗，很難證明其成果是否有重大貢獻；中文大學副校長楊綱凱教授引述高錕教授獲獎的感受時也表示，諾貝爾獎很少表揚應用科學的成就，所以高錕教授從來沒想過會獲獎。
Ontario’s Auditor-General has directly linked Premier Dalton McGuinty to the hiring of former eHealth Ontario chief executive officer Sarah Kramer, whom he says wielded considerable power and ignored the agency’s own policies in doling out lucrative contracts to consultants.
Exactly one week after President Barack Obama suffered an embarrassing defeat before an international body to secure his hometown of Chicago with the 2016 Games, he stuns the world and wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
Former Poland President and Nobel Prize laureate Leac Walesa summed it up this way: “Who? What? So Fast?”