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Do you really need that straw?

May 1, 2018

—CHEERS TO THAT!_stuff that deserves a drink

Efforts to ban drinking straws in Toronto got a boost in April when 100-plus restaurants agreed to ban the suction devices for a single day, while some have banned them outright. The effort was organized by Last Straw Toronto, with the hashtag #stopsuckingtoronto. Statistics at the LST website note that an estimated 57-million straws are used daily in Canada — which sounds astronomical — and the damaging effects on the environment are needless and preventable. Good thing Prime Minister Justyn Trudeau is looking into things. A CBC News article points out that straws account for a tiny fraction of the excess plastics thoughtlessly wasted in the country and the world: “When asked about straws at a news conference on Thursday, Trudeau said looking at plastics in the ocean is one of the key theme’s of Canada’s G7 presidency. He added that solutions will be discussed when Canada hosts the G7 summit later this year.” Scotland and Taiwan have banned straws, and the U.K. is considering doing the same. Meanwhile, we send shout outs to some of the great bars and restaurants in Toronto who participated in a show of anti-straw solidarity: Tequila Bookworm, Entice, Trinity Common, Miller Tavern, Gladstone Hotel, The Citizen, The Black Bull, The Fifth, The Gaslight, The Pilot, The Rex, Hugh’s Room and Mercatto.