Thursday, April 12, 2007

What about gas bags?

It hasn't taken long for "casual discussions" at city hall about banning plastic grocery bags to become a whole lot less casual in London. Somehow it took only one day after the casual pose was formally struck in The Londoner for the London Free Press to churn out an article on the merits of the idea. A casual coincidence? Or the opening feints of a campaign of adjustment to a ban.

According to the Free Press, reasons for "action" include really really big estimated numbers ("It's estimated that Ontario uses 2.5 billion plastic bags annually and between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are used each year worldwide"), other places are doing it (regulation as a fashionable political accessory), and a poll released yesterday — coincidentally again — showing that "three out of five Canadians would support a law banning the use of plastic bags" (really? Canadians, it would seem, are not only complacent about government regulations but they're also quite happy to wield them against their neighbours).

Oh, and there's the "we don't need them" argument thrown in there too, by someone who doesn't need them and feels quite secure in the assumption that "I" and "we" are interchangeable in the context of advocacy-driven laws. And she is quite right to feel that way too — after all, the idea is that we won't have any choice but to not need them.

See also: Proud To Be Canadian


command economy said...

I go well out of my way to put bits of garbage in their proper receptacles -- but ideas like this start me on a different path, the path of letting that inconvenient habit be replaced by blithe, gratuitous littering in public places... for nothing more than the pleasure of reciprocating this "Fuck you" to "three out of five" Canadians.

Anonymous said...

does this mean Im never going to get to find out how the plastic can be made so thin with those really really cheap green garbage bags that are impossible to pry open?