James Steidle: Prince George’s shoe repair shop symbol of a better world

It is a window into a rapidly disappearing world of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and a philosophy of understanding value.

Just think of how hopeless we’d be if the ships didn’t come in and our nation lost its supply of cheap footwear. 

Lucky for us, we’ve still got Jerry down at Steve and Son’s Shoe Repair on George Street, the only place in Northern B.C. where you can get your shoes fixed.

To me, that little shop is a symbol of something very important.  It is a window into a rapidly disappearing world of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and a philosophy of understanding value.

In a throw-away world of easy-come easy-go, Jerry’s shoe repair shop invites us to consider otherwise.

Your items, like your shoes and your clothes, are things to keep alive. They are things that should live for decades, not months. Things that should be built not just to last, but to be able to maintain and to resurrect.  

It’s not like that now. In this era of cheap mass-production, where almost all of our nation’s footwear is manufactured overseas, we place little value on the ability to keep those shoes on the road. The moment they wear out, we throw them away.

We almost don’t have a choice. Our shoes, along with most of our household items, our appliances, even our automobiles and furniture, aren’t really designed to last or to be repaired all that much. 

They are designed to be thrown away.

There’s a word for all this: planned obsolescence. And it has a rationale. 

The more material that can just be thrown in a landfill, the more stuff we have to mine, log, and drill, and the more overseas factories we need to replace all the stuff we thoughtlessly turfed.

And all this, of course, feeds a better and

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SOUTH PARK ROYALTY: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to make Met Gala debut this year amidst furore

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA: After stepping down from royalty in 2021, it appears Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have finally paved their way into Hollywood’s elite list of celebrities. The couple, who decided to move to the States three years ago, has officially been invited to the exclusive Met Gala event this year, as per a report. The invitation to the biggest Hollywood night comes after Prince Harry became a best-selling author following the release of his bombshell memoir ‘Spare.’

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Each year the annual event, which is organized by the New York Metropolitan Museum, comes up with a theme that every celebrity in attendance has to honor. The 2023 Met Gala theme is Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty which means that the Hollywood A-listers have to pay tribute to fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld with their apparel. All in all, Harry and Meghan are certainly among the highest circles of celebrities after the invitation, according to Marca. However, the couple is not the first royal to attend the exclusive event as the late Princess Diana of Wales attended the Met gala in 1996. Moreover, Harry’s cousin Princess Beatrice was also among the many famous socialites to be invited to the 2018 event. 

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Meghan and Harry, who left the UK in 2020, were reserved about what events they attend while starting off their new life in California. The couple has refused to attend any awards shows including the Oscars or its Vanity Fair after-party. Moreover, they were also not seen in attendance at the

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