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At prom, fast fashion slowly bows out

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

On a Saturday in February, high school senior Kaylee Lemmien sifted through racks of dresses at Tinker Tailor, a small shop in downtown Elk Rapids, a village of about 1,500 people in northern Michigan.

“I’d call this a mermaid, sequin, light blue gown with a tulle skirt. It’s got a lace-up back, kind of open,” Lemmien said. “Very pretty.”

Tinker Tailor usually alters clothes, but on this day it was selling them — prom dresses, to be exact. Gowns in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours — short and long, neons and pastels, satin and sequins — lined the racks. The garments were donated and consigned by people around the region, with the goal of giving them a new life at the Elk Rapids High School prom in May. Called Sustainable Style, the secondhand shopping initiative takes aim at fast fashion.

Zoe Macaluso, the president of the Eco Club at Elk Rapids High School, said that when a local volunteer group approached her with the idea, she “immediately latched onto it.” The Eco Club wants to use the project to lead by example and hopefully inspire other schools in the area to pursue their own climate projects.

Kaylee Lemmien, left, browses used evening gowns at the Sustainable Style event in Elk Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 17. Photo by Grist / Izzy Ross

It’s one of many efforts by high school students around the country to address fast fashion — clothing produced cheaply and quickly enough to stay on top of swiftly moving trend cycles — in their own lives and through advocacy. Such efforts are small, but experts say they can help people —

Doctor shortage slowly improving in North Vancouver, West Vancouver

But specialists still struggle with number of referrals and some patients have given up trying to find a doctor

The bad news: thousands of people are still without a family doctor on the North Shore, putting strain on both the hospital’s emergency department and local specialists, who find themselves standing in for primarily care.

The good news: very slowly, those numbers are beginning to shift, with a net gain of family doctors practicing on the North Shore in the past 18 months and fewer patients on official waiting lists.

“Overall, the trend is changing,” said Dr. Dean Brown, co-lead of the North Shore’s Division of Family Practice. “But we’re just starting to see the shifts. We still have a long path ahead of us.”

For the most part, doctors in family practice are still working in a “100-year-old model,” said Brown, which doesn’t work for either doctors or patients in many cases, especially if they have complicated health issues.

The health care system is starting to address that, said Brown, through the introduction of primary care networks, which includes family doctors working in teams with both nurses and mental health clinicians whose role it is to follow up with patients and connect them with community resources.

Those changes are new, and the impact won’t be felt immediately, said Brown. But he said it’s a step in the right direction.

Provincially, the North Shore is still officially considered an “underserved area” in terms of the number of family doctors serving its population – a designation that historically was more likely to be attached to rural and remote areas of the province.

Officially, the numbers are getting slowly better.

From the period April 2022 to Jan. 2024, for instance, there were 43 new physicians who started practising on the North Shore, 10

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