Toronto City Council rescinded its decision to ban plastic bags in retail operations.
The decision came in a Nov. 27 vote. The council took into account legal advice after two industry trade groups filed lawsuits to overturn the ban.
CTV and CBC news organizations reported the story Nov. 27.
The ban was due to begin Jan. 1. Retailers have been charging 5 cents a bag as a prelude to the ban, but some dropped the levy when the council stopped imposing it over the summer.
Toronto had added plastic bags to its curbside collection program for recycling materials even while it planned to ban bags from its stream.
The ban faced legal challenges from the Ontario Convenience Stores Association and the Canada Plastic Bag Association.
The council's decision was not entirely predictable, because Toronto Mayor Rob Ford — who has pushed to drop the bag fee and opposed the ban — faces impeachment for alleged conflict of interest charges.
The ban's reversal passed by a 38-7 vote.