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Practice Sustainable Fashion at Calgary ReLove Market


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On Sunday, November 15, 2020, The Pioneer on Stephen Ave will be hosting the ReLove Market, a premier consignment and vintage pop-up featuring 20 unique vendors and a beautiful selection of preloved garments. 

This will be ReLove’s 12th feature pop-up market in the city since their original launch in March of 2019, and while it is a fun way to connect with the community and find up-scale affordable clothing, it is much bigger than that. ReLove Generation is a part of the global movement for sustainable fashion, promoting the repair, reuse, repurpose and recycling of preloved clothing to encourage waste reduction and ethical practices in one of the world’s largest and most wasteful industries.
“We are bringing local awareness to a global movement.” Says Sarah Little, Founder of ReLove Generation, “By shining a light on sustainability, human rights and environmental rights, ReLove is a platform that helps local people change the world.”  

Sustainable fashion is an ongoing global movement dedicated to educating the public on the damaging environmental and social impacts of “fast fashion”, and encouraging the transition towards ethical and sustainable alternatives. Fast fashion refers to the rapid mass production of inexpensive clothing in line with constantly changing industry trends by major corporations. In order to maintain low costs and rapid turnover, the fast fashion business model is built on the exploitation of cheap labour and use of environmentally damaging materials that produce excess amounts of waste and pollution. 

According to The World Bank, the fashion industry uses 93 billion cubic meters of water every year, and is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions. Only 15% of secondhand clothing and garments are recycled or donated, with the remainder being incinerated or ending up in landfills, where their synthetic fibers can take up to 200 years to decompose (1).
In addition to inflicting large-scale, harmful impacts on the environment, the fashion industry is also guilty of exploiting workers and violating human rights for their products. A transparency survey by revealed that 93% of surveyed brands do not pay their garment workers a living wage. 

The sustainable fashion movement, also known as slow fashion or eco fashion, is working to combat the damaging social and environmental impacts of fast fashion by promoting ethically sourced clothing and sustainable practices, such as repairing, reusing, repurposing and recycling clothing. By consuming less, donating old clothing and purchasing second-hand or preloved alternatives, shoppers contribute to the creation of a far more sustainable and significantly less wasteful circular economy.

The ReLove Generation’s pop-up markets represent just one method in an ongoing, multi-level approach towards ethical, sustainable and environmentally sound fashion practices gaining momentum around the world. “Everyone can do their part,” says Little, “there are so many different ways to recycle and repurpose clothing so it doesn’t end up in the landfill. Every contribution counts.”

Visit the ReLove pop-up market at The Pioneer this Sunday to learn more about sustainable fashion and how to be a part of the change! The event is free for all to attend, but does require patrons to sign-up and book a time slot on the ReLove Eventbrite page. For more information, visit

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2023 Election

Calgary, Edmonton mayors expect good relationship with re-elected UCP government

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Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek speaks at an announcement in Calgary on April 25, 2023. The mayors of Alberta’s two largest cities say they expect a good relationship with a re-elected United Conservative Party government, despite its loss of seats in Calgary and Edmonton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh


The mayors of Alberta’s two largest cities say they expect a good relationship with a re-elected United Conservative Party government, despite its loss of seats in Calgary and Edmonton.

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek adds that all politicians need to stand up against hate and divisiveness.

Gondek and Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi say the cities and the province need to work together to address affordability.

Sohi adds that it’s unfortunate Edmonton won’t have any representation in the provincial government.

Danielle Smith’s UCP dominated outside the two big cities while retaining enough support in Calgary to lessen the pain of an NDP sweep in Edmonton and win a second consecutive majority government.

Several of Smith’s cabinet ministers were unseated, including former health minister Jason Copping and former mental health and addiction minister Nicholas Milliken in Calgary, as well as deputy premier Kaycee Madu in Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2023.

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