Stintz embraces Ford bag plan
Mayor Rob Ford has an ally in TTC chair Karen Stintz when it comes to his fight to scrap Toronto 5 cent bag fee bylaw.
Although Ford and Councillor Stintz had an epic battle over transit earlier this year, S timberla timberland uk nd uk tintz says she will support Ford efforts this week to trash the fee brought in by former mayor David Miller back in 2009.
understand it was a social experiment in behavioural change, from my perspective it has been successful now Loblaws is charging for bags across the country. politicians will consider tossing out the fee at Wednesday city council meeting. Ford managed to get his executive committee to vote to rescind the three year old bag fee last month but when it comes to this week council vote, it isn clear yet if he got a majority of votes in the bag.
Although Ford didn campaign on eliminating the fee, councillors around City Hall say the mayor office has been working to line up the votes to win the bag fee fight.
Asked about the looming vote, Ford was enough councillors would vote to kill the fee effective July 1.
going to be close but we might be able to pull it off, he said.
Other councillors weren keen on Ford push to banish the bag fee.
Councillor Mike Layton said rescinding the bag fee was the wrong course of action and wants to see council leave the fee as it is.
stuff from our waste stream actually saves the city money so this is stuff that doesn cost us anything but saves us money in the end, Layton said.
Councillor Sarah Doucette pointed out her efforts to rebuild the Jamie Bell Playground in High Park were helped by Canadian Tire donating $50,000 in bag fee proceeds.
are giving it back to the city, she said.
Bag fee foe Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby doubted if the bylaw was lifted that retailers would stop charging shoppers for plastic bags.
feel timberland uk Toronto has done its bit already and we don need to do further, she said.
Lindsay Luby said at the time councillors voted for the fee they were told it would only apply to big retailers.
we find every business has to follow this bylaw, it is mandatory. I think that is wrong, she said. Councillor Josh Colle who could be a crucial swing vote in the bag fee issue said it was unfortunate council was spending time on a debate that was low on the pecking order of what important for the city.
has been a success to date and you can keep a tax in place forever so I open to the removal based on that, Colle said. I still waiting to see how the debate plays out to decide how I timberland uk vote.