Federal Government Being Sued over Single-Use Plastic Ban

The federal government is being sued by a group called the “Responsible Plastic Use Coalition,” made up of Canada’s biggest plastic manufacturers and distributors, over their decision to list plastic manufactured items as “toxic” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Animal Justice, Environmental Defence, and Oceana were all granted intervenor status in the case and will appear to defend the ban and put forward important information about the harm that pollution causes to wildlife. The hearing in Responsible Plastic Use Coalition et al. v. the Minister of the Environment took place in Federal Court in Toronto March 7th to 9th. A rally to draw public attention to the case was organized by the intervenors outside the courthouse on March 7th.