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Board Members Needed (Like Seriously)

As you may know, the NCVA’s Annual General Meeting is next Sunday, June 28.

What you may not know is that the NCVA desperately requires three marvy people to step forward to be on the NCVA Board of Directors.

There are five spots on the board. Only two of the current board members intend to return. If no one steps up to fill the three remaining spots, the last task of the current board will be to dissolve the NCVA.

I hate to put it so bluntly as that, but it is what it is. The NCVA is a corporation. It has bylaws and a bank account and it files taxes. If there is no one to run it, it cannot exist.

On the bright side, being on the board is not a lot of work. In fact, the ideal role for the board is not to “run” events or campaigns at all, but just to offer financial and infrastuctural support for those who wish to run events or campaigns under the NCVA banner. And maybe intervene in the odd facebook fight.

Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why are they just telling us about this dire need for board members now, when we’ll only have a week to think about it?”

The answer relates to the reason why I myself am leaving the board: “I should have done this weeks ago but I’ve been too busy.” Incidentally, that’s also the answer to the question “Why isn’t this blog post bilingual?”

But better late than never, right? So give it some thought, and if you want to give it a whirl, instructions for running for the board are in the previous blog post.

 

 

 

New NCVA Discount: Hareg Ethiopian Restaurant and Coffee House

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The NCVA is pleased to announce the latest addition to our list of restaurant discounts: 10% off at Hareg Ethiopian Restaurant and Coffee House.

A little bit of everything from the vegan buffet.
A little bit of everything from the vegan buffet.

First, the key stats:

1) Where: 587 Bank St. (just south of the 417 at the tip o’ the Glebe)

2) What: Traditional Ethiopian food, which includes meat but has lots of vegan options. You can order off the menu, but the most popular thing is the buffet, which is available 6 days a week, and is all vegan on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

The vegan part of the buffet is clearly distinguished from the meat part, though, so don’t feel you can only go on the all-vegan days.

Ready...set...roast 'em! Yes, Ghostbusters references ARE appropriate in all contexts.
Ready…set…roast ’em! Yes, Ghostbusters references ARE appropriate in all contexts.

Hareg is also a coffee house. They serve up traditional Ethiopian coffee—roasting, grinding, and brewing the coffee beans right in front of you. I wasn’t sure what to expect – I thought I heard somewhere that Ethiopian coffee was really strong. But it tasted very much like the coffee I’m used to, only delicious enough for me to drink black and without cookies, which I wouldn’t dare do with either Tim’s or Starbucks.

3) When: The buffet is available 11am–8:30pm Tuesday–Thursday and Sunday, and 11am–10pm Friday and Saturday. The buffet is all vegan on Tuesday–Thursday and Sunday. The coffee ceremony is free every Friday from 6–8:30pm and Saturday from 12:30–8:30pm.

4) Why: Awesome food, lots of vegan options, gluten-free injera (which is the bread you use to scoop the food), uber-friendly staff, and a comfortable atmosphere. And experiencing the making of traditional Ethiopian coffee is a real treat—it was a highlight of our visit, so do it if you can.

And if you do go, and share your impressions on social media, be sure to like their Facebook page and tag @Hareg Cafe —they appreciate the feedback!

Recipe: Curry in a Squash Bowl

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Here’s one of the easiest, healthiest, and yummiest recipes I have in my roster. It’s also a great way to use up veggies that have passed their prime.

Buttercup squash. Delicious potato-y goodness.
Buttercup squash. Delicious potato-y goodness.

Curry in a Squash Bowl (makes 2 very generous servings)

Ingredients:
1 small buttercup squash. See the adjacent picture and don’t use another type of squash because all other squash are tasteless, watery slop. Buttercup squash have a mild, sweet taste and a texture similar to a baked potato. They’re also called “kabocha” squash.

ButterNUT. Watery slop. Avoid.
ButterNUT. Watery slop. Avoid.

1.5 cups tomatoes. Any type will do, including canned.

1/2 cup each of sliced carrots, cauliflower, onions, peppers, mushrooms and/or whatever other veggie you like.

Pepper or Acorn. Vomitous. Avoid.
Pepper or Acorn. Vomitous. Avoid.

1 cup of canned beans – I usually use garbanzos (chick peas)

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp curry power
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 tsp salt (more to taste)
few dashes of pepper

2 tbsp earth balance buttery spread (optional but highly recommended)

1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions:

Chop all the veggies (not the squash) and put in some sort of shallow dish. I use a glass loaf pan. Throw in a few pinches of the salt and the olive oil, then stir to coat.

Put in a 400 degree oven and set your timer for 45 minutes

NOT like this. I coudn't find a single damn picture where someone did it right.  You don't even want to know what will happen if you cut it like this.
NOT like this. I coudn’t find a single damn picture where someone did it right. You don’t even want to know what will happen if you cut it like this.

Cut the squash around the equator if the stem and….what’s the opposite of the stem end, the bum? Yes, the bum. Cut the squash around what would be the equator if the squash was the earth and the stem and the bum were the poles.

Scoop out the seeds and place the halves cut-side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put the squash in the oven.

Go amuse yourself until the oven beeps.

When it does, take the dish of veggies out. Add the lemon juice, salt, curry powder and optional cayenne and earth balance. Stir vigorously – the idea is to smoosh up the tomatoes so they turn into a sort of sauce. Then add the beans.

Return your veggies to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

By the time they are done, the squash should be too.

Put each squash half into a bowl (I don’t suppose I have to tell you to pick a bowl into which the squash will fit?). Sprinkle the squash with salt and pepper (and smear on some more earth balance if you’re a badass), then fill it with the curried veggies.

Serve and enjoy!

Michael Kostiuk (candidate for Councillor, Ward 16 River Ward) responds to survey on Animal- and Veg-Friendliness.

1. Will you commit to publishing the position statement of the Canadian Dietetic Association that acknowledges that well-planned vegan diets are healthy for all life-stages, to correct misinformation among the public. If so, how would this been done (tax or water bill insert, bus board signage, proclaiming a vegan day, other?).

Yes. Vegan day.

2. Will you support a meatless Monday campaign in City of Ottawa cafeterias and catered affairs, encourage school boards & post secondary institutions to follow your example, as well as the Municipality of Gatineau, engaging staff from the department of Public Health in the outreach? Note that agriculture is a larger contributed to climate change than all forms of transportation combined.

Yes, seems like a good idea.

3. Will you support a bylaw banning circuses and other entertainment acts that use animals for entertainment in Ottawa?

Not knowing what you mean by other entertainment I am not in position to answer this question.

4. Will you support wildlife rehabilitation organizations? How so (financially and/or with other in-kind supports – please describe in detail)?

Yes. Seeking funds from various foundations.

5. Will the City of Ottawa publish its policy (and or City of Ottawa Police policy) or develop a bylaw on the treatment of dangerous wildlife within the City (coyotes, deer, moose, etc.)?

Yes, this is long over due.

Martin Canning (candidate for Councillor, Ward 14 Somerset) responds to survey on Animal- and Veg-Friendliness.

1. Will you commit to publishing the position statement of the Canadian Dietetic Association that acknowledges that well-planned vegan diets are healthy for all life-stages, to correct misinformation among the public. If so, how would this been done (tax or water bill insert, bus board signage, proclaiming a vegan day, other?).

I was unable to find a specific position statement from the Canadian Dietetic Association on following a vegan diet, but it’s clear from the information presented on their website that well-planned vegan diets are responsible and have many potential health benefits.

In regards to combating misinformation on vegan diets, the use of city resources is not something I can commit to, though I’d be happy to support any initiative spearheaded by the National Capital Vegetarian Association.

2. Will you support a meatless Monday campaign in City of Ottawa cafeterias and
catered affairs, encourage school boards & post secondary institutions to follow
your example, as well as the Municipality of Gatineau, engaging staff from the
department of Public Health in the outreach? Note that agriculture is a larger
contributed to climate change than all forms of transportation combined.

I’d support a move, such as Meatless Monday, to bring awareness to the environmental impact of our eating habits.

Fair Trade Ottawa is a great example of an organization that worked hard to build a relationship with City Hall, and its service providers, in order to establish a Fair Trade culture at the City of Ottawa.

3. Will you support a bylaw banning circuses and other entertainment acts that use
animals for entertainment in Ottawa?

I’d need more information before I could support such a measure, including whether such a bylaw would be possible given the City’s legislative powers. I look forward to learning more.

4. Will you support wildlife rehabilitation organizations? How so (financially and/or
with other in-kind supports – please describe in detail)?

I would be happy to meet with wildlife rehabilitation organizations to learn more.

5. Will the City of Ottawa publish its policy (and or City of Ottawa Police policy) or
develop a bylaw on the treatment of dangerous wildlife within the City (coyotes,
deer, moose, etc.)?

The City’s wildlife strategy was approved by City Council last year. It can be found here:
http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/plants-and-animals/ottawa-wildlifestrategy-overview

Specific policies regarding large wildlife response can be found here:
http://ottawa.ca/en/wildlife-strategy-city-ottawa/executive-summary

Mathieu Fleury (candidate for Councillor, Ward 12 Rideau Vanier) responds to survey on Animal- and Veg-Friendliness.

Mathieu Fleury (candidate for Councillor, Ward 12 Rideau Vanier) responds to survey on Animal- and Veg-Friendliness.

1. Will you commit to publishing the position statement of the Canadian Dietetic Association that acknowledges that well-planned vegan diets are healthy for all life-stages, to correct misinformation among the public. If so, how would this been done (tax or water bill insert, bus board signage, proclaiming a vegan day, other?).

I believe that it is important that the City of Ottawa, through Ottawa Public Health, do all possible to encourage and provide public information about healthy living and eating. Ottawa Public Health has already made steps in the right direction with the Healthy Eating and Active Living Campaign, and this would be the ideal avenue for more information to be available on the benefits of both vegetarian and vegan diets.

2. Will you support a meatless Monday campaign in City of Ottawa cafeterias and catered affairs, encourage school boards & post secondary institutions to follow your example, as well as the Municipality of Gatineau, engaging staff from the department of Public Health in the outreach? Note that agriculture is a larger contributed to climate change than all forms of transportation combined.

Definitely. Meatless Mondays are a great way for residents to try new and healthier meals, while also reducing our impact on the environment.

3. Will you support a bylaw banning circuses and other entertainment acts that use animals for entertainment in Ottawa?

I am happy to review such a proposal.

4. Will you support wildlife rehabilitation organizations? How so (financially and/or with other in-kind supports – please describe in detail)?

Yes. I believe that the City already provides some level of support to the different wildlife sanctuaries in Ottawa, but there are always ways to improve services. It is also important that we ensure that by-laws are in place and well enforced to protect wildlife.

5. Will the City of Ottawa publish its policy (and or City of Ottawa Police policy) or develop a bylaw on the treatment of dangerous wildlife within the City (coyotes, deer, moose, etc.)?

This is a question better answered by our By-Law services in terms of schedules and timelines.

Scott Blurton (candidate for Councillor, Ward 17 Capital) responds to survey on Animal- and Veg-Friendliness.

Scott Blurton (candidate for Councillor, Ward 17 Capital) responds to survey on Animal- and Veg-Friendliness.

1. Will you commit to publishing the position statement of the Canadian Dietetic Association that acknowledges that well-planned vegan diets are healthy for all life-stages, to correct misinformation among the public. If so, how would this been done (tax or water bill insert, bus board signage, proclaiming a vegan day, other?).

No. I would work with Ottawa Public Health on improved promotion of healthy nutrition, and the many options to achieve it, through their website and through promotion campaigns targeted at children and youth. I don’t believe that publishing position papers of advocacy groups for specific dietary regimes would be appropriate.

2. Will you support a meatless Monday campaign in City of Ottawa cafeterias and catered affairs, encourage school boards & post secondary institutions to follow your example, as well as the Municipality of Gatineau, engaging staff from the department of Public Health in the outreach? Note that agriculture is a larger contributed to climate change than all forms of transportation combined.

No. I would focus our efforts on nutritional choice, the nutrients our bodies need and the options on how to get them.

3. Will you support a bylaw banning circuses and other entertainment acts that use animals for entertainment in Ottawa?

I would consider this but I would need more information about the initiative.

4. Will you support wildlife rehabilitation organizations? How so (financially and/or with other in-kind supports – please describe in detail)?

I would focus funding on my five priorities of youth unemployment, smart development, transportation choice, mental health and poverty reduction, especially the latter two.

5. Will the City of Ottawa publish its policy (and or City of Ottawa Police policy) or develop a bylaw on the treatment of dangerous wildlife within the City (coyotes, deer, moose, etc.)?

I would need more information about this subject and consult with city staff before I could answer this question in more detail. In short, I believe that we have to be a better caretaker of the natural riches that we have been blessed with.