The plastic bag bylaw was deemed invalid by the BC Court of Appeal. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria businesses remain plastic-bag free, despite court ruling

Business association says no one has inquired into re-establishing the use of plastic bags

Local businesses don’t seem fazed by the court dismissal of the City’s plastic bag ban bylaw, according to the Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA).

On July 11 the BC Court of Appeals submitted its decision in favour of the Canadian Plastic Bag Association (CPBA), ruling the City’s bylaw invalid due to a technicality. While the City had drafted the bylaw as one to regulate businesses, the CPBA argued it was actually proposed for environmental purposes. In this case, the city would have needed provincial approval first, which it did not attain before implementing the bylaw on July 1, 2018.

READ MORE: City to look at options after BC Court of Appeal sides with plastic bag industry

Regardless of the ruling, things seem unchanged.

“We’ve received no calls from businesses asking if they can start using plastic bags again,” said Jeff Bray, executive director of the DVBA. “The implementation of the bylaw went really well… I don’t think we have a lot of pent up angst against the bylaw.”

Additionally, many businesses no longer have plastic bags to offer – after the bylaw was put in place, businesses had six months to finish using what they had in stock.

“It’s not as simple as just getting plastic bags, you have to order them and print them off first,” Bray said.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps was disappointed with the decision, but also believed residents would continue opting for reusable bags instead.

ALSO READ: Victoria first B.C. municipality to adopt plastic bag ban

“We don’t need rules to have good behaviour,” she said after the decision was announced. “My hope is that the community will continue the path that we’ve worked and walked together since the bylaw came into effect.”

Presently, the City is looking at its legal options to determine next steps.

In the meantime, the CPBA is pleased with the decision but is also moving forward with legal consultation.

“The Canadian Plastic Bag Association (CPBA) is pleased that earlier today the Court of Appeal for British Columbia found the City of Victoria’s ban on single use plastic bags to be invalid and quashed by the bylaw,” the CPBA said in an emailed statement after the decision came forward. “The CPBA is studying the judgment, along with their legal counsel, and will comment further in due course.”

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Just Posted

World’s largest hockey stick getting new lights

New lighting system can change colours and patterns

Efforts begin to convert Kingzett Lake into a park

Victoria radio announcer begins initiative with petition

Vancouver Islander the world’s best shoe pitcher

Duncan’s Lindsay Hodgins wins horseshoe world championship

Vancouver Island aircraft structure grads in high demand

1,400 job openings for aircraft mechanics and inspectors by 2028: BC Labour Market Outlook

PHOTOS: Inside the opening of Langford’s expanded Westhills Stadium

The grand opening of the expanded West Shore stadium complex is on schedule for Aug. 24

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

Most Read