Help me fight the plastic bag ban: Mayor Rob Ford

- October 21st, 2012

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Mayor Rob Ford isn’t throwing out his fight against Toronto’s looming plastic bag ban.

Ford urged his Newstalk 1010 show listeners Sunday to help him reverse the city’s ban on plastic bags. The ban is set to take effect January 1, 2013. Councillors on the public works committee is set to hold consultation on the ban at their November meeting.

“OK, folks, you want plastic bags, I want to keep plastic bags – they are very, very handy,” Ford said. “You have to show up November 14 to the works committee at 9:30 a.m. and you have five minutes to say why you think plastic bags are important or on the other hand, why you don’t think plastic bags are important.”

Ford read out the names of the 18 councillors who voted against reopening the bag ban at city council earlier this month.

“You have to call these councillors folks,” Ford said.

“We have to get Ana Bailao, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Ron Moeser, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Adam Vaughan and Kristyn Wong-Tam.

“Folks, you must call these people and maybe they can explain why they want to ban plastic bags or why they don’t want to open the debate.”

Ford seemed to joke he may have to do a robo-call in those councillors’ wards to drive the point home.

“You have to put your waste in something,” Ford said.

“It is essential that we have plastic bags,” he added.

Councillor Doug Ford guaranteed the majority of the people in those councillors’ wards would say “I need a plastic bag.”

“It’s not our job, again here is the nanny state again government interfering, we know better,” Ford said. “It is just a socialist mentality that we’re dictating to people what they can and can’t do.”

Councillor Vince Crisanti, a guest on the Sunday radio show, complained the bag ban “rear-ended” councillors earlier this year as they debated ending the five-cent bag fee.

“Who saw that coming?” he said.

Crisanti joked next council could end up banning cars.

Councillor Ford blamed council for being “dysfunctional.”

“What’s next? A ban on what?” Ford asked.

Mayor Ford also hinted he may try to reverse City Hall’s ban on bottled water on city property. That ban was approved by former Mayor David Miller’s city council.

“You can allow bottled Coke and bottle root beer and bottle ginger ale and every other bottled (drink) at City Hall but you can’t have bottled water,” Ford said. “That’s something that we have to get back on the floor.”

 

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4 comments

  1. Ephena says:

    He would do better to work with councilors on coming to some agreement, which is sort of his job, than to start demonizing his co-workers.

    If he spent half as much time leading and creating consensus at city council as he does coaching football and preparing for his radio show, he would have a chance at getting some of his agenda through.

    He and Doug are just creating more animosity in a city structure that is based on coming together, persuading your opponents and coming to agreements.

    Plus, bringing a reusable water bottle never killed anyone, and if you buy plastic garbage bags at the store, they cost less than 5 cents. He is a drama queen, who is never going to be happy until he has whipped up Ford Nation into a frenzy over things that are minor.

    When is he going to realistically address the issue of funding to reduce gridlock in the city? The private sector has not come to his rescue with buckets of money, if we want to upgrade the gardnier and have enough transit to take pressure off the roads, we are going to have to pay for it. The subway fairy is not going to come, Mr. Ford.

  2. Harry J. Smith says:

    There is a known method to turn plastic bags back into their petroleum origin. Why don’t we get involved and take advantage of the benefits of plastic, even powering your car? Want to pick up after your dog putting the effluent in your pocket? All kinds of uses for plastic bags. A return to paper and we will have tree huggers crying about the destruction of our forests. Time we learned to take advantage of modern science!

  3. Wilma says:

    To: Ephena. a.)Difficult to work with “leftovers” from the Miller era mindset;demonizing Councillor’s, appears the other way around;b.)coaching football…..let’s view the list what other Councillor’s are
    contributing to the “poverty” in building “self esteem” and discipline in young people; c.)the radio show is to listen to the problems and listening to the people;d.)difficult to work with leftover Miller’s Councillor’s of spend….spend….spend…and tax…tax…..tax.;e.)Ford Nation is not in a “frenzy”, they all ready know where they stand….;f.)if Miller would have accomplished better leadership skills, rather than “photo ops” perhaps there would not have to be reversal’s on so many miniscule items to waste time on…..;g.)as for “plastic bags”…….wish all the “Miller miniscule items” could just be put in a “plastic bag” and get reversed…eg.vehicle registration tax…land transfer tax…the food cart fiasco…to name a few….too much time wasted for “nonsensecial issues” too many “committee’s” going nowhere…spending time on “studies” with no progress. Should the real question be first…..a.)How much money do we have to work with……no money……very easy answer. Studies…..1….studies….2…..studies….3…..going nowhere?

  4. Nicole Twigg says:

    I like plastic bags, I use them all the time. I am not the one who has thrown them out of the streets. I hope that the ban on plastic bags get reversed. I do not understand why some councillors want to keep them, their will be a lot more mess in the city without them especially with dog owners, they will not be picking up the dog pooh.

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