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Annual General Meeting

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The National Capital Vegetarian Association will be holding its sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. It will take place at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West, in the Laroche Room. We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of the NCVA.

All people who have purchased NCVA memberships between June 29, 2014 and June 28, 2015 are entitled to attend and to vote in the AGM. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at ncvamemberships@gmail.com. You may still become a member between now and June 28 and attend the AGM.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election of the board of directors and nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m., June 26. Only NCVA members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You may not nominate yourself. There are at least five director positions open, all of which are one-year terms.

It is strongly preferred that only those who have experience volunteering with the NCVA be nominated for board positions.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and signed by the nominee and the nominator and mailed to:

NCVA, National Capital Vegetarian Association
236 Bayswater Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1Y 2G7.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to ncvasecretary@gmail.com, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Thank you for supporting the NCVA’s efforts to make Ottawa a more veg-friendly place.

Veg Business Directory Updates

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A few additions to the Veg Business Directory this month. These will be particularly exciting to vegans who love their comfort food!

House of TARG is now selling vegan “cheddar and bacon” flavour perogies. Conveniently located if you’re craving a snack after catching a movie at the Mayfair. (Where the popcorn flavouring is vegan, by the way — we checked.)

Zanadu, newly opened in Westboro, offers vegan grilled cheese sandwiches, protein smoothies made with Vega, and vegan bakery items.

And on the topic of cheese, the veg business directory now includes where to find Mad Faux Cheese and Zengarry Vegetarian Cuisine, whose gourmet nut cheeses are much beloved by Ottawa vegans.

Mad Faux Cheese
Mad Faux Cheese

New Additions to the Veg Business Directory

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If you have ever spent time on the NCVA Facebook group, you’ll know that NCVA members are incredibly knowledgeable about veg-friendly businesses around Ottawa. And they’re always willing to point people to the best restaurants, bakeries, and specialty stores in their neighbourhoods. Our veg business directory is an attempt to capture that knowledge and make it easily available to Ottawans and visitors alike.

Newly added to the directory this month:

Grow Your Roots is a 100% vegan vendor at the Carp Farmers’ Market. Get there early because their homemade burgers, sausages, and baked treats have been known to sell out fast. GYR’s deep-fried avocados are already famous.

Kothurotti is located just east of the Rideau Centre. Their menu has a whole vegan page with 20 items including appetizers, soups and mains. I admit I have a weakness for the Sri Lankan dish they are named after! Take-out or delivery (minimal seating).

Fiazza has been generating some buzz on the NCVA Facebook group. They will top your pizza with Daiya vegan cheese, and they offer vegan treats from Strawberry Blonde Bakery for dessert.

Rideau Bakery is a kosher bakery, so it’s easy to find dairy-free breads there. Inquire about the egg-free selections. If you’ve ever had spinach dip in a bread bowl at an NCVA event, the pumpernickel bread probably came from Rideau Bakery.

Snack box
Snack box

Vegan Cuts is an online marketplace with food, beauty, and lifestyle products, plus subscription boxes of snack and beauty products. Did you know it’s headquartered in Ottawa? Check out this fun article on vegan power couples to meet the founders (you have to scroll about 1/3 of the way down the page).

Vegan Cooking Class

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Support Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue and learn how to cook a vegan meal. By the end of the class, you’ll enjoy a prepared meal and take home a recipe book of all the delicious foods you learned to make that day. The course will include an appetizer, soup, main course, dessert and a snack!

All cooking skills and tastes are welcome to participate! The instructors will go through each step of each recipe.

*Please note that this is not a hands-on cooking course. The instructors will be up front explaining the steps and cooking and participants will watch and ask questions. Volunteers can help out when required.

When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:00pm
Where: Beaver Barracks at 464 Metcalfe St.

**The tickets are sold out.**

If you’re on Facebook, click Join on the event page to get notified when the organizers make announcements or answer questions.

Annual General Meeting

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The National Capital Vegetarian Association will be holding its fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. It will take place at 530 Laurier St. West (Condo building) in the Party Room (use buzz code 400 when arriving to gain entrance). We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of the NCVA.

All people who have purchased NCVA memberships between March 27, 2013 and March 26, 2014 are entitled to attend and to vote in the AGM. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at ncvamemberships@gmail.com. You may still become a member between now and March 26 and attend the AGM.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election of the board of directors and nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 24. Only NCVA members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You may not nominate yourself. There are at least five director positions open, all of which are one-year terms.

It is strongly preferred that only those who have experience volunteering with the NCVA be nominated for board positions.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and signed by the nominee and the nominator and mailed to:

NCVA, National Capital Vegetarian Association
236 Bayswater Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1Y 2G7.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to ncvasecretary@gmail.com, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Thank you for supporting the NCVA’s efforts to make Ottawa a more veg-friendly place.

A Very Vegan Valentine’s Day Potluck

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Red, Pink and White Theme!

Saturday, February 16 at 6:30pm
134 York Street (between Cumberland and Dalhousie in the Byward Market)
Ring the white call button for the party / common room to be let in.

Bring foods that are:

  • Red (like berries, watermelon, pomegranate, radishes, heritage red turnip, red cabbage, kidney beans),
  • Pink (pasta with a tomato-cream sauce), or
  • White (cupcakes with white icing, scalloped potatoes, cauliflour)

or food of any colour that’s heart-shaped or served in a heart-shaped dish.

Photo: Benjamin Thompson

Each person should bring a VEGAN dish (with ingredient list) that serves 10 to 12 people, as well as your own plate, cutlery, and beverage. Also, please bring a serving utensil and a list of ingredients for your dish. Admission is $2 for NCVA members or students with valid ID, and $4 for non-members.

Please note: Everyone is welcome, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian, but please ensure that the dish you bring is free of animal products. That includes any animal flesh, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, etc. Consider becoming an NCVA member: Your support is needed to permit the NCVA’s work in the community. Not only that, it entitles the NCVA card holder member to discounts at many of Ottawa’s finest veg and veg-friendly restaurants. For a complete list, or to become a member online click here: ncva.ca/membership

What would you like to hear a renowned dietitian talk about?

On the evening of October 15, the NCVA will be hosting a talk by Vesanto Melina, R.D., co-author of the classics Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, and Becoming Raw.  All the details for that event will be announced soon, but we have something exciting to share right away: we get to pick the talk she’ll be giving!

Option #1: “Veg Nutrition for Superb Health”

“A comprehensive overview on how to keep yourself in superb health on a plant-based diet. Enjoy an update on protein power from plant foods, bone building without a drop of dairy, getting reliable sources of vitamin B12, including the good fats in your menus, and keeping your blood sugar level between meals without resorting to vegan junk food.”

Option #2: “Raw Food Diets: What’s True, What’s Not?”

“Can we survive—and thrive—on a raw food diet? Why would anyone want to? Do our bodies need the enzymes from plant foods? Are cooked foods toxic? Is food combining important for optimal digestion and health? Should we be eating buckwheat greens, sprouted legumes, raw mushrooms, and seaweeds? What do we learn from the major scientific studies about the health benefits of a diet composed entirely, or mainly, or raw plant foods? For maximum benefit, must our diet be 100 percent raw? What does a nutritionally adequate raw food diet look like?”

Don’t miss this chance to request the talk you’d like to hear from one of the most respected authorities on vegetarian, vegan, and raw nutrition (and food allergies and sensitivities too!) The poll closes Tuesday night, so go vote for your choice!

Update Thursday night: Option #1, “Veg Nutrition for Superb Health”, wins 14-11!

A few books co-authored by Vesanto Melina