Councillor Shelley Carroll’s vote to kill the bag ban isn’t in the bag
Don Peat - October 1st, 2012
Councillor Shelley Carroll (Toronto Sun files)
City council is poised to debate banishing the plastic bag ban this week (story here).
I’m told the vote to reopen the item could be a close one (the member’s motion requires 30 votes).
Mayor Rob Ford went on the radio Sunday and encouraged residents to call their councillors and urge them to toss the ban. Councillor Shelley Carroll sent an email to councillors Monday letting her council colleagues know she’s not on-board with reopening the ban.
One of Carroll’s colleagues passed that email along to the Sun so now you can read it for yourself.
Here’s Carroll’s email:
Hello Dear Colleagues,
I have been asked multiple times this morning my position on Councillor Milczyn’s member motion regarding the Plastic Bag Ban. To save time and to ensure ‘no surprises’, I’m communicating with the whole group.
Since the beginning, I have been sympathetic to a motion to re-open expressly for the purpose of changing the date of implementation. As I pointed out to Peter earlier last week, this has the dual purpose of upholding the will of Council but also acknowledging the necessary implementation work for professional staff.
The current motion, however, is far too broad and could subvert the original position taken by strong majority of Councillors. I informed Peter this morning that I will not be supporting the motion in its current form.
Sincerely, Shelley Carroll
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