Despite Victoria ruling, Squamish to move forward on plastics reduction 

Mayor Karen Elliott said District examining legal implications of latest court ruling on plastic bag ban

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The District will be examining a recent high-profile case about plastic bag bans in Victoria, as it will likely have implications about Squamish's proposed single-use plastic reductions.

On July 11, the highest court in B.C. struck down a bylaw that would've banned single-use plastic bags in Victoria.

The B.C. Court of Appeal said that the city should've obtained the approval of the province's environment minister.

This case has been closely watched by municipalities such as Squamish, which expressed intentions to eliminate plastic bags in an effort to help save the environment.

"We're looking at the ruling in the Victoria case," said Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott in a written statement to The Chief.

"There are so many communities across the province who are working on this issue and so we'll also spend some time working with our colleagues across the province to get their perspectives as well. We feel strongly that there is support for single-use plastics reduction in our community so we will continue to move forward in some way to achieve this goal."

The District intends to have a single-use plastic reduction in effect by next year. Like Victoria, Squamish's proposed bylaw hopes to crack down on the use of check-out bags.

The town also hopes to heavily reduce the use of straws.Previously, the B.C. Supreme Court sided with Victoria's plastic bag ban, saying that cities have the power to regulate business transactions as part of their responsibility to manage waste.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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