Residents of Canada’s Prince Edward Island rushed to stores earlier this month to buy soda and beer in aluminum cans. They were excited because a ban on the containers was lifted.
Authorities on the island banned beer in cans 35 years ago. Eleven years later they added a similar law for fizzy drinks. Plastic was also prohibited, with glass bottles the only container allowed.
The measures were introduced to help preserve jobs at a local bottling plant. They were also made to help protect the environment since glass bottles can be recycled more effectively than cans.
But residents have been pushing for change. The issue played a part in the election of a new government last year.
Residents of the capital Charlottetown celebrated the lifting of the ban at a street party. Environment Minister George Webster had the privilege of opening “the first” can.
Green Party leader Sharon Labchuk said the minister should “be ashamed of himself.”
Labchuk called it “a sad day.” She said that not only Prince Edward Island would be harmed but also places where aluminum is mined.
(STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)
1. aluminum n.
例: Do you recycle aluminum cans?
2. prohibit v.t.
禁止 (jin4 zhi3)
例: Smoking indoors is prohibited.
3. privilege n.
殊榮 (shu1 rong2)，特權 (te4 quan2)
例: Managers there enjoy many privileges.
4. mine v.t./v.i.
開採礦物 (kai1 cai3 kuang4 wu4)
例: Tyler got a job mining coal.