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By vaninham (anonymous) | Posted December 26, 2009 at 08:08:28

I agree with this article, although not as emphatically as you, the writer.

Trouble is we want our cake and want to eat it too: I want everything but I don't want to pay for it. Which is why I believe "mom and pop" shops are going the way of the dodo bird-they can't compete with these power centres.

The best we can do is support those smaller shops and buy local, buy fair trade and do our best to raise awareness in our own circles of influence.

That said, I fear that this article is wrong in assuming that everyone would prefer to shop LoSo, Ottawa or Westdale-people want convenience and they'll happily turn a blind eye to what is less than desirable. All the majority of people see is "oooh, convenient FOR ME". Forget the sweat shops, the exploitation of others in developing countries and back here in Canada, the high cost of cheap.

Oblivion is blissful, isn't it?

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