Single-use plastics ban to be considered


Coun. Douglas Judson is proposing a draft bylaw that places a ban on single use plastics by Jan. 2021 at tonight’s regular council meeting.

The draft bylaw prohibits businesses from distributing plastic checkout bags, food containers made of foam, plastic straws, and stir sticks.

Large retailers would be required to provide reusable bags at their stores for customers, under the bylaw.

Garbage bags and similar products would continue to be available, the bylaw is only concerned with certain plastic products distributed at the point of sale to transport goods or hold prepared food.

Also at tonight’s meeting, council will receive a report regarding a letter that requests a sidewalk be built along Keating Avenue which will be referred to the 2020 capital budget process.

The budget process has begun and it is anticipated that the budget will be passed on March 23, 2020.

During a meeting in December there will be an opportunity for public input.

Tonight’s regular council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

The public portion of the meeting will follow a few in-camera items.

These items include a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board at Central Avenue, 5th Street West, and McIrvine Road.

Other business on the agenda tonight includes:

  • a recommendation to approve the Administration and Finance 2020 User Fees which represents an increase of 1.7 percent;
  • a recommendation o approve the proposed 2020 user fees and charges as amended for the emergency services which reflects a 1.7 percent increase
  • a recommendation to approve the town’s Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) membership;
  • a recommendation to approve the BIA’s tree lighting request for Nov. 30 at the Canada Post Office;
  • a request to proclaim January 2020 as Alzheimer Awareness Month in the Town of Fort Frances;
  • a request from the Fort Frances Curling Club re: Hosting Bids for the 2021 Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) Men’s and Scotties Combined Provincials on Jan. 25-31, 2021; and
  • an open letter regarding the Fort Frances Senior Centre board.