The government of Canada announced that it will ban the manufacturing and import of a number of “harmful single-use plastics, such as [shopping] bags, utensils, food-service products with plastic that is difficult to recycle, ring carriers, stir sticks, and straws, with some exceptions. Al Jazeera reports that the federal government listed plastics as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act last year, which paved the way for regulations to ban some, but a consortium of plastics producers is suing the government over the toxic designation in a case expected to be heard later this year.