March 13, 2019 - NDP introduces plastic bag ban

The NDP Caucus will introduce legislation today to phase-in a ban on single-use plastic bags.

"Businesses, community groups, municipalities, and environmentalists have all called for a provincial ban on single-use plastic bags, but the McNeil government is refusing to listen," said Lenore Zann, NDP Environment and Climate Change spokesperson. "We are saying government needs to take responsibility to protect our environment so there are clear standards across the province. The time for talking is over. It is time for action."

HRM Mayor Mike Savage wrote to the province in February 2018 requesting a province-wide ban. So far, the Liberals have failed to act on this request.

Community organizations have been mobilizing across the province to push for major reductions in single-use plastic. One such group, Plastic Free Lunenburg, is working with community organizations, businesses and local municipalities to take action.

"Businesses are telling us that they want to see provincial-wide action to create a level-playing field on single-use plastics. The lack of action by the provincial government is resulting in a patchwork approach at the municipal level which is less favourable for businesses," said Jennifer Constable, one of the founders of Plastic Free Lunenburg. "A province-wide ban on single-use plastic bags is the first step towards a broader reduction of single-use plastics."

Prince Edward Island was the first province to ban single-use plastic bags. The PEI ban came into effect in January 2019. Other jurisdictions around the world have banned single-use plastic bags, including Canadian cities like Montreal and Tofino.

Click on the links below to see recent newspaper articles on this issue.

Our NDP bill on the Green Jobs Act which I introduced on Tues March 12th:

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/liberal-ndp-bills-focus-on-climate-change-291612/

From today's Chronicle Herald:
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/ns-environment-minister-puts-bag-ban-on-shelf-for-now-291919/

I was pleased to intoduce three important Environment bills this week - An Act Respecting Green Jobs, the Plastic Bag Reduction Act, and a Bill to update 2007's Environmental Goals & Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA). I also attended the Supreme Court to support Mi'kMaq Water Protectors Dale Paulette & Rachael Greenland-Smith who had an injunction placed against them by Alton Gas for staying on Traditional Mi'kmaq land to protect the Shubenacadie River from Alton Gas' plan to pump it full of billions of litres of saltbrine, which has never been done anywhere in the world before - risking the health of the river and acquatic species including the Striped Sea Bass, an endangered species, whose last remaining spawning ground in the Bay of Fundy is located at the mouth of the river.

In short, rest assured I will remain vigilant about any and all Environmental issues in the province and will always stand up for Mother Earth and the health and wellbeing of her wild creatures as well as Nova Scotians and the generations to come.

In Enviro-Solidarity
Lenore

Lenore Zann, MLA
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