Ottawa says industry's challenge of single-use plastics ban will have no 'practical effect'

The federal government says an upcoming court decision related to its restrictions on single-use plastics will have no “practical effect” because the legal challenge launched by the plastics industry is now “moot.”

The federal government is making the argument as it waits for the Federal Court to rule on a case that could undermine Ottawa’s ability to restrict the use of single-use plastic items like straws, grocery bags and stir sticks.

Earlier this year, the court heard a challenge launched by major industrial players in plastics — including Dow Chemical, Imperial Oil and Nova Chemicals — of federal regulations on single-use plastics. A judge is expected to decide by the end of the year whether

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