In response to the pandemic, council approved a temporary suspension of the Single-Use Shopping Bag Bylaw (SUSBB). When the pandemic reached Alberta, many grocery chains also shifted away from re-usable bags, but they are already welcoming them back into their stores.
Councillor Mike Allen isn’t so keen to end the move away from re-usable bags. Instead of focussing his attention on the health and economic crises being faced by Wood Buffalo, he is trying to figure out how to use the pandemic as an excuse to repeal the SUSBB.
This isn’t surprising, as Allen has tried to derail the bylaw at every turn.
For instance, Allen secured an amendment just before council gave final approval of the SUSBB that required it to be reviewed after its first year of implementation.
When the review showed a reduction of waste generated in the community and clear majority support for the policy, Allen and his crew of disproportionately vocal opponents to the SUSBB didn’t get the opportunity to repeal it they thought they would.