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City of Mississauga enacts “Shark Fin By-law”

Oct 12, 2011

Today, Mississauga City Council put into effect a by-law prohibiting possession, sale, trade, distribution of shark fins or derivative products and the creation of a committee to draft an action plan to enforce the by-law.

The committee will include Ward 2 Councillor Pat Mullin, Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito, Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, Ward 6 Councillor Ron Starr and Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson with appropriate staff to work on an action plan to enforce the proposed by-law to ban shark finning and report back to Council.

The draft Shark Fin By-law went before General Committee on October 7, 2011 along with a corporate report providing information on the shark fin issue, actions of other municipalities in Ontario, outcome of staff consultation with key members of the Chinese Business Associations located in Mississauga, and options to address the shark fin issue.

Council also moved a motion to request Health Canada to prohibit the import of shark fins and shark fin food products into Canada and that the City of Mississauga request other municipalities to join the lobbying of the federal government to take necessary actions for a ban on shark finning.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.


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