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Morning Brew: Rob Ford wants to scrap bag fee, OLG should look to Singapore, learning about the Eglinton LRT, a Prince on the TTC, and Jays split Twins series

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 14, 2012

toronto 10k run sporting lifeToronto's 5-cent bag fee could be chopped if Rob Ford gets his way. Currently, retailers pull in over $5.4 million from the nickel charge - none of which they are obliged to donate to the city. Councillor Michelle Berardinetti - a member of the Executive Committee who will discuss the charge later today - wants to find a way to divert those funds to protect the city trees vulnerable to invasive species and disease. Since 2009, the charge has halved the number of bags handed out by retailers. Should we tweak the bag fee to benefit the city (thereby making it a tax) or cut it completely?

The OLG should look to Singapore's Marina Bay Sands complex when planning to build a casino resort in Toronto, according to an editorial in today's Globe and Mail. The piece argues that a large, multi-use facility is the best way to maximize the success of the project. The Marina Bay Sands looks like this by the way. In other casino news, Doug Holyday wants to ban the lobbyists from city hall and billionaires love the idea! The National Post also outlines the five hurdles the casino must clear to get the green light.

We're going to get our first real idea of how the Eglinton LRT will affect the local neighborhoods when a two-year city planning process begins on Thursday. When complete, the study will recommend new buildings, zoning laws and public spaces for the entire 26-kilometre line. Speaking to The Star, Mike Colle, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, says the installation of the light-rail line will bring development and investment to a street that "for decades nobody ever paid attention to." Overstate things much, Mike?

It seems royalty prefers surface transit. Prince Charles will ride a TTC bus during his visit to Toronto later this month, according to an itinerary announcement made Friday. The Yonge Street Mission and Distillery are also on the list for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The TTC says it won't charge a fare for the ride.

The famous Ned Hanlan tugboat currently stored at the CNE grounds will make its way to a location more suited to its name at Hanlan's Point this month, according to Mike Filey in the Toronto Sun. The boat was once famous for its speed and ice-breaking capabilities in Toronto harbor.

We're heading back in time to enjoy a Safety Association of Ontario PSA courtesy of Retrontario this week. This series of videos terrified many budding builders out of ever picking up a hammer in the name of home improvement, or for any other reason for that matter. This is actually one of the tamer videos - shards of metal in the eye is too much for a Monday morning.



Photo: "2012 Sporting Life 10k" by PLTam in the BlogTO Flickr pool.



RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE / May 14, 2012 at 08:35 am
MrPotato / May 14, 2012 at 08:57 am
That extra 5 cents is really hurting RoFo every time he goes to KFC!
riley / May 14, 2012 at 09:00 am
Beautiful shot of the 10K you chose for this, guys!
the lemur / May 14, 2012 at 09:10 am
I think he should ride a regular bus, and after seeing him do the weather on BBC Scotland I'm sure he'd be game.

C'mon, it'll be funny! HRH standing at the corner of Parliament and Gerrard with everyone else, boarding the 65, paying his fare with three coins with his mom's picture on them ... they should get him to do the stop announcements.
sacky / May 14, 2012 at 09:46 am
The bag tax has been amazing - people have changed their wasteful behaviour.
So make the bag tax 10 cents and force the retailers to submit the money to the city.
campy / May 14, 2012 at 09:52 am
Retailers are actually profiting off these bags fees, why would they remove them? The city dropped the ball by not collecting it as a tax.
Fat Advocate / May 14, 2012 at 10:12 am
BREAKING NEWS: Rob Ford skipped his weigh in again today. Claims that he's going to weigh in every other week from now on.

ttc rider / May 14, 2012 at 10:14 am
I'm okay with Prince Charles riding TTC for free, so long as we get the publicity shot of him jumping the turn-stiles.
Mike / May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am
The bag fee has been excellent. I run a shop and it used to be *every* customer took a bag. Now maybe 3 a day do.

The nickel doesn't even cover the cost of the bag, campy. Bags cost us a dime, not including labor.

Why submit it to the city? So that not only can I lose the revenue of the bag, I can lose the labour involved in dealing with them (ordering bags, warehousing, processing, serving--that effort isn't free)?
Yawn Mills / May 14, 2012 at 10:49 am
I love the bags, even if they cost 5cents. What else am I supposed to use for garbage? Paying for Glad bags is more expensive.
Mark / May 14, 2012 at 10:54 am
The price of bags was woven into the cost of business. If stores want to charge for bags that's their perogative. Though the city has no business forcing stores to charge.
campy replying to a comment from Mike / May 14, 2012 at 10:55 am
I stand corrected, thanks. So as a shop owner, if Rob Ford scraps the city-wide mandatory bag fee, will your shop follow suit?
jennifer / May 14, 2012 at 11:18 am
Aaaa, my dad worked for CSAO back in the day and was partly responsible for those ads. I well remember being freaked out by them when I was a kid. The WORST was the metal in the eye one.
Aydin / May 14, 2012 at 11:20 am
As someone who worked as a cashier at the time of the bag fee's introduction, I hope the fee stays in place. It was AMAZING how wasteful people would be. I worked at a bookstore, and people would ask for tiny plastic bags for their little paperbacks or gift items, then place that small bagged item into a larger shopping bag or thier purse.
Immediately, this fee made people rethink whether they actually needed a bag. This is a city that needs to lead Canada - Montreal barely recycles (notice the garbage bins full of soda cans, because nobody wants to line up to get their 5 cents back), and has no curbside Green Bin composting program.
Old Cummer replying to a comment from Yawn Mills / May 14, 2012 at 11:28 am
So you expect the city to bankroll your garbage bags then?
Jacob replying to a comment from Yawn Mills / May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Shoes are expensive. Stores should give me free shoes.
vampchick21 replying to a comment from Yawn Mills / May 14, 2012 at 01:02 pm
Garbage bags can be bought at the dollar store if you're that hard up. They have scented ones too!
steve replying to a comment from vampchick21 / May 14, 2012 at 01:26 pm
didn't he say he didn't mind the 5c? I too do not object to the nickle i use them for my garbage also. It cost more to buy bags at the dollar store. roughly 8c
tommy / May 14, 2012 at 03:00 pm
If you're running low on plastic bags, simply leave your reusable bag at home and pay the 5 cents. Not hard to figure out.
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