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Big plastic companies are acting on plastics, but strong laws are needed to stop plastic pollution

By Vito A. Buonsante      

We can’t rely on businesses to 'fix' plastic pollution on their own. It’s time for the Canadian government to lead from the front.

Plastics pollution, pictured on a beach in Ghana, Africa, on Oct. 3, 2018. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

They say change comes in waves. And lately we’ve seen the start of a tidal wave of businesses announcing how they will reduce their plastic footprint. Nestlé, the biggest food company in the world, recently announced a global phase-out of hard-to-recycle materials and committed to 50 per cent recycled content for its plastic water bottles by 2025. A&W eliminated plastic straws from all its restaurants, saving an estimated 85 million straws from being used, and KFC made a similar announcement. In Canada, Walmart recently announced its plastics charter committing to reduce single use plastics in its operation and own-brand products. Air Canada also said it wanted to reduce single use items, starting with eliminating an estimated 35 million plastic stirrers per year beginning July 2019. The list goes on.

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Pandemic makes delayed MMIWG action plan more urgent, say Senators, advocates

Consultations are ‘dragging on,’ say some who argue COVID-19 shouldn’t be used as an excuse for slow work and bad communication from the Liberals.

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Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.

Parliamentary association chair defends Canada-China group as critics call for its suspension

News|By Neil Moss
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News|By Palak Mangat
'I do agree that things need to be implemented as quickly as possible. We could've done this a lot sooner. The good news is that we’re doing it now and announcing it today,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

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