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Penticton clothing store focuses on ethical clothing, sustainable brands and ‘slow’ fashion – Penticton News

Casey Richardson

Penticton is home to a new clothing, accessories and home goods store with a unique on products that are sustainable, Canadian brands, with ethical manufacturing.

Husband and wife team Bryan and Susie Gay opened Slow Current in June, after years of having a vision for their own store.

Gay said the name, emphasizes slow which is for a “slow fashion” and current as the “connection of currents bring nutrients all through different sea life and various areas of the ocean.”

“And that’s we want to create that connection in the supply chain and connection with consumer to the purchaser or consumer to maker,” she added.

Gay has a background in graphic and apparel design and has owned and operated multiple local businesses in the past with her husband.

She said the jumping-in point came when she was in a mountain bike accident in the summer of 2022 that forced her to take a break and examine where she wanted to go next.

The store carries brands that give back to environmental and socio-political causes, including helping farmers regenerate their fields through organic practices, making swimwear from recycled ocean plastic waste or even supporting women’s freedom from human trafficking, slavery, and poverty through self-sustaining jobs.

Finding ethical and sustainable brands was important to the duo as they work in trying to live their life that way.

“We’re not always perfect. But I just feel like there are so many great reasons, obviously. There are so many great brands and that’s what I was finding is you’re not sacrificing by choosing something that’s ethically made [and] sustainable. It’s almost [as if] you’re getting more, right? You’re getting quality, you’re getting a story,” Gay said.

“We have young kids and so we’re conscious of the planet and leaving it as good

City of Penticton in dire need of more mental health help – Okanagan

City council in Penticton, B.C., is sending an urgent letter to Interior Health calling for mental health help in town.

The fight for the Car 40 program, which pairs an officer with a mental health expert on mental health calls, has been ongoing for more than a year.

“It was just to enforce the commitment this council has to that program, to show Interior Health that yes, it’s a new council, but there’s an equal commitment to getting a Car 40 program here,” said the Penticton mayor Julius Bloomfield.

“We can’t expect RCMP officers to be mental health workers, they’re not trained for that. They have great skills but that takes a certain level of training.”

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A recent Community Safety Review showed that RCMP are in dire need of more mental health resources.

The review stated that more than 50 per cent of calls to Penticton RCMP have a mental health component.

“The main thing that the report did was it justified the perceptions of the people,” said Bloomfield.

“Perceptions and realities don’t always align, but in this case with the crime situation here, with the homeless situation, with the mental health situation, the addiction situation, the reality backs up the perception by the public and by the politicians as to the situation in Penticton.”

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Penticton Community Safety Review complete

Back in December, Interior Health announced the expansion of Car 40, now referred to as the Integrated Crisis Response Teams, in Kamloops and Kelowna but Penticton was left out.

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