Canada to ban plastic bags & straws

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the move on Monday.

"To be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids. How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam packed with plastic?"

"As parents we're at a point when we take our kids to the beach & have to search out a patch of sand that isn't littered with straws, Styrofoam or bottles. That's a problem, one we have to do something about".

Canada's move follows that of European Parliament, which voted earlier this year to ban several single-use plastic products.

Canada's ban comes into effect in early 2021.

Go Canada!