TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canada Plastic Bag Association (CPBA)
has commenced a legal proceeding today in the Ontario Superior Court of
Justice in Toronto against the City of Toronto. The CPBA legal filing
seeks to quash the city of Toronto resolution banning 'single use
plastic shopping bags' (Resolution No. 2 in Item No. EX20.2 and
confirmed by By-law No. 805-2012).
CPBA members have a substantial economic interest in the manufacture,
supply, distribution and sale of plastic bags in Toronto and would,
wholly and individually, be significantly impacted by the Plastic Bag
Ban. The CPBA has retained Christopher Williams and Patrick Harrington
of Aird & Berlis LLP Barristers and Solicitors to prosecute the case.
The CPBA argues that the plastic bag ban is unlawful and that it was
passed in bad faith because council has not received any advice,
evidence, or opinion from its staff or any other person indicating that
banning "single-use plastic carry-out (shopping) bags" would further
the economic, social, and/or environmental well-being of the City or
would protect the health, safety and well-being of any person.
"As Toronto City Council gave no notice, undertook no public
consultation, carried out no due diligence, and received no advice
prior to adopting the Plastic Bag Ban, the bag ban resolution ought to
be quashed for having been passed in bad faith," said Joe Hruska,
representing the CPBA.
Who is the CPBA?
The Canadian Plastic Bag Association CPBA is an incorporated advocacy
organization representing a wide range of manufacturers and
distributors of plastic shopping bags throughout Canada. Its members
service a variety of retail sectors in Toronto including supermarkets,
department stores, discount stores, drug stores, convenience stores and
CPBA members are committed to operating in conformity with sound
environmental practice and the principles of product stewardship. CPBA
members work co-operatively with retailers and government to pursue the
three R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in their own operations and with
respect to the products that they produce.
SOURCE: Canada Plastic Bag Association
For further information:
Sally Potter 416-928-0560
Niki Kerimova 416-777-0368