GNWT takes pitch for sugary-drink tax on the road

The Government of the Northwest Territories says that it is committed to investigating the public’s appetite for a “sugary drinks” tax.

To that end, it will held public meetings on the proposal next week.

The government states that the tax could be a way to reduce sugar consumption and improve public health.

It adds that a sugar consumption tax is part of an GNWT public health initiative to reduce obesity and improve oral health.

If approved, the tax would reportedly add roughly five cents per 100 millilitres of pop and some juices

Public meetings will be held Monday afternoon (Jan. 28) at the Tuktoyaktuk Council Chambers beginning at noon and at the Mackenzie Hotel in Inuvik Monday night beginning at 7:30.

Another public meeting will be held Tuesday evening at the Chateau Nova Hotel in Yellowknife beginning at 7:30.

Residents can also weigh-in with an online survey on the GNWT’s website or you can write the government with your thoughts.

The government has stated that sugary drinks add to the rates of obesity and type-2 diabetes which are higher in the NWT than most of the rest of Canada.

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