A&W Canada becomes first North American fast-food chain to ditch plastic straws

Georgia Straight

A&W Canada has become the first restaurant chain in North America to commit to eliminating plastic straws from its inventory.

The North Vancouver–based fast-food company announced at the Vancouver Aquarium today (June 8) that it will replace plastic straws with biodegradable paper ones at all 928 of its locations across Canada by the end of 2018. The rollout of the paper straws, which the business says are compostable, sustainably sourced, and last up to three hours in a drink without breaking down, will begin as early as August. …

Malcolm Brodie, mayor of the City of Richmond and chair of that council as well as Metro Vancouver’s zero waste committee, hopes that the introduction of paper straws at A&W Canada outposts will challenge other fast-food chains and restaurants to implement similar policies.

“I think it will really start a lot of conversations as to what other companies can do,” he said. “Just think if this led to industry-wide change, having plastics replaced by paper. I really think we’d be getting somewhere.” …

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Pipeline protesters picket Peschisolido’s pad

Richmond News

A small group of protesters delivered a message to Steveston-Richmond East MP Joe Peschisolido: Don’t build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, let alone buy it. …

Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he has stayed at arms-length of city staff working with Vancouver Airport Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), a consortium of airlines building the pipeline, to get the permits approved. Brodie said the permits would not be met with legal challenges from the city considering Burnaby lost its case against the federally-approved Trans Mountain twinning.

Brodie said he has “grave reservations” about the twinned pipeline given the material, diluted bitumen, is being transported. He said he also doesn’t understand why product isn’t refined in Canada. …

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Have your say in Richmond’s Community Wellness Strategy

Richmond News

Richmond residents who have ideas on how the community can improve its wellness and thrive are invited to participate in another round of consultation for the city’s Community Wellness Strategy.

While the draft version of the wellness strategy for 2018-2023 was adopted by city council in May, the City of Richmond is now seeking further input through an online survey or open house.

“Over 1,000 individuals participated in the first round of public consultation with this second round being undertaken to ensure that the right steps are being considered to improve wellness opportunities for Richmond residents,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“We encourage residents to continue to let us know what they need to feel healthy, happy and connected to their community.” …

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