The Ford Government quickly introduced a slew of legislative changes in it’s first year in government. Apparently it is too big a challenge for Canada’s Environment Minister to quickly introduce a single-use plastics ban even though it is widely supported by Canadians. (Notice the ban doesn’t start until after the federal election.)
Plastic has invaded every corner of the planet, and it’s harming every form of life. Whales and turtles die from eating plastic bags and tiny microplastics are now present in the water we drink and the food we eat. By 2050, it’s estimated there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.
This why we’re pleased to start the week by sharing some good news. Today, the federal government announced its intention to ban unnecessary single-use plastics as early as 2021, as part of a larger plan to tackle Canada’s staggering plastic waste problem.
Ecojustice has worked for several years to convince the federal government to recognize the damage plastic does to our oceans, rivers and land.
A year ago, on behalf of 10 environmental groups, Ecojustice asked Minister Catherine McKenna to add single-use plastics, microplastics and microfibers to the Priority Substances List under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Having received no reply, Ecojustice sent a new letter – signed by more than 20 environmental lawyers – to the Minister just last week, urging the federal government to use the full extent of the law to regulate plastics. MORE