You may have read earlier this week in the discussion forums about an initiative of Brandon’s Jenna Bardarson to ban the use of single-use plastic checkout bags within the city.
As part of an effort to encourage the change by the City of Brandon, a petition was started as a means of demonstrating so “our councilors and mayor may see that there is a lot of concern by the citizens of our city to reduce the amount of single-use plastic checkout bags being given out from businesses in our city.”
As of the time of this posting the petition had received 837 names in the week since it was first started, in striking distance from the stated goal of 1000.
The ongoing discussion on the topic has seen support expressed from many, including one member pointing out a ban in place in the City of Thompson since 2010 that includes “any bag made with less than 2.25 mils thick polyethylene, including biodegradable bags. “ Others in the same discussion have provided counter-point and suggested a need for what they see as a viable alternative before any kind of ban.
As if on cue, not long after the petition was started the Liberal government announced intent to ban single-use plastics in the country by 2021. With a federal election on the horizon for October the announcement would seem to suggest that the topic has the potential to be an election issue at the national level in the months to come.
Online petitions have at times in the past played a role in inspiring change within the community, notably a petition in 2012 that demonstrated to Westjet the need for airline service that saw nearly 10,000 people sign on over the course of several weeks. Prior to that a petition and counter-petition in the same year played a role in public discourse over that year’s controversial city budget.
You can have your say and review the thoughts of others in the attached discussion thread. The petition itself can be seen at this link