The full impact of a devastating textile factory collapse in Bangladesh has not been fully felt in Canada, nor will it ever — not really. The death of some 500 garment makers a world away is hard to understand or quantify in any tangible way.
They were strangers to us, their daily struggles were unseen by us. If not for Canadian labels found on clothes strewn through the wreckage, Canadians may have never realized, or ever considered, that the clothes they died to make were being worn on our backs.
If not for that link, the tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh would have been another of the countless tragedies Canadians hear about in passing before forgetting when the next international disaster took its place on the fringes of our consciences.
This time, however, the collapse was tied directly back to Canada when Loblaw Inc., the company behind the Canadian Joe Fresh label, confirmed that it was contracting out clothes manufacturing to a company that operated out of the building.
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