On the Street: Church wants to talk about shopping

The Anglican Church of the Advent in Colwood is weighing in on the consumer side of Christmas with a Dec. 3 talk about ethical shopping. Canon Ken Gray, an environmental activist within the Anglican Communion, is inviting the public to discuss “empowering the conscious consumer and making your dollars matter” at the church, 510 Mount View Ave., at 7 p.m.

He is being joined by financial planner Stephen Whipp, a specialist in ethical investments. Gray said the discussion is timely with the Christmas shopping season upon us and following the tragedy of the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed hundreds of factory workers who make clothing for major companies in Canada and around the world. “In a globalized world, the decisions we make as consumers matter,” said Gray. “As government find themselves less influential where justice and human rights are concerned, the voice of consumers is growing.”

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 Pre-registration is encouraged at 250-405-3550. Organizers suggest a $10 donation to the Western Communities Food Bank as admission.

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Wind seminar for North Island

Brian Arsenault, construction manager for GDF Suez Energy North America, and the University of Victoria’s Michael McWilliam will lead a forum on wind farm operations on Dec. 4 at North Island College in Campbell River. The event, being organized by GreenTech Exchange, will highlight challenges in design, performance, maintenance and construction as well as the economic benefits of proposed farms on the Island. The forum is free and open to the public. It starts at 5:30 p.m. greentechexchange.ca

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