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Sioux Lookout repeals plastic bag ban

The town of Sioux Lookout has decided to repeal its controversial ban on plastic shopping bags. The ban was brought in by the previous council in Sioux Lookout as a way to reduce the high number of plastic bags going into the town's landfill.
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The town of Sioux Lookout has decided to repeal its controversial ban on plastic shopping bags. 

The ban was brought in by the previous council in Sioux Lookout as a way to reduce the high number of plastic bags going into the town's landfill. 

The law included fines ranging from $100 to $150 against business owners and anyone who distributes plastic bags. The law was in a one-year phase-in period during which only warnings were being given out.  

On Wednesday night a special meeting was held on the issue.  After discussions and presentations by the business community, Sioux Lookout council voted five-to-one to rescind the bylaw. 

Mayor Dennis Leney said he's pleased with the outcome, and added that the majority of the community was against the bag ban. 

He also said that his council plans to work with their citizens to promote recycling initiatives.