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Moving Towards a Vegan Option in Canada

By Carolyn Harris

Hello everyone!

I wanted to give you all a quick update. You may remember two of my previous blog posts, letting you know about a petition calling on the Canadian government “to require public canteens under federal jurisdiction to provide a vegan option, and to raise this issue and work with provincial and territorial counterparts to require the same at all levels of government.” In practice, this means that a vegan option would be required to be served in all public schools, hospitals, prisons, and other public institutions. This is an important step that our country can take towards animal rights and vegan rights. A similar law is already in place in Portugal.

I didn’t start the petition, but I signed it and mentioned it on my blogs because this issue matters a lot to me.

In total, the petition received 3106 signatures from the public, and it was presented to the House of Commons on February 7, 2018. The government’s response was disappointing—basically, they implied that they don’t plan on taking action on this issue.

Fortunately, however, the dedicated vegan advocates who are working on this issue are not giving up! A new organization, Vegan Option Canada, has been founded to advocate for this new law. Vegan Option Canada is currently running two versions of their petition: an official paper petition and an unofficial, supplementary online petition. You can sign both, as the signatures for each petition are counted separately. You can access the online petition directly by clicking here. Check out Vegan Option Canada’s website to learn more about this issue and to find a paper petition near you. Alternatively, you can order sheets of the paper petition so that you can collect signatures yourself!

I feel quite confident that this initiative can succeed. Let’s work together and make it happen!

Next NCVA Potluck on March 18, 2018!

Please join the National Capital Vegetarian Association at our next vegan potluck for dinner on Sunday, March 18, 2018! Set-up starts at 4:30 pm, and the potluck itself runs from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (please try to come a bit earlier than 5 pm so that you can set out your dish!). The potluck will be held in the party room at 101 Richmond Rd in Ottawa.

Please note that the room capacity is 30 people. Please be aware that there have been changes in how much it costs to attend: to attend the potluck, it is now FREE for NCVA members, FREE for all children (whether they are a member or not) (accompanied by an adult), and $5 for non-member adults to attend. You can purchase an NCVA membership ($20/year) online, or at the potluck, in order to have the $5 fee waived. All are welcome!

Please bring a vegan dish (that is, containing no meat, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, or any other animal product) that serves 5 (or more) people, along with a serving utensil and a list of the ingredients in your dish. And don’t forget to bring your own plate, cutlery, and beverage!

Hope you can make it!

There is no need to RSVP in order to attend, but if you want to RSVP/share the event with your friends on Facebook, you can find the Facebook event page here.

Update on Petition Calling on Canadian Government to Provide A Vegan Option at Public Canteens

By Carolyn Harris

Recently I received an e-mail from the House of Commons Electronic Petitions website notifying me that on February 7th, 2018, petition e-1205 was presented in the House of Commons. The e-mail goes on to say, “You will be notified once a government response has been tabled.”

This is a petition that I mentioned on this blog previously—it was calling on the federal government “to require public canteens under federal jurisdiction to provide a vegan option, and to raise this issue and work with provincial and territorial counterparts to require the same at all levels of government.” You can see the full text of the petition here, although it is no longer open to signatures.

On the House of Commons website, it is mentioned that this topic was brought up as well, but it doesn’t say if or how anyone responded to it. You can see what I am talking about here.

I am looking forward to seeing how the government responds. I will post on this blog again to let you know how they responded once I receive further information on the subject!

A Guide for Local Restaurants to Offer Vegan Foods

Did you know that the NCVA has its own e-book developed to help restaurant owners offer vegan items on their menus? The e-book, written by the NCVA’s past president Pamela Tourigny, is called “Beyond Veggies: A Guide for Introducing Plant-Based Meals at Your Food Establishment”.

Restaurant owners looking to serve vegan foods at their restaurants can download the guide for FREE from our website (see below). Additionally, individuals hoping to encourage more of their local eateries to serve vegan food can print off the guide and present it to their local restaurant owners. Basically, anyone who wants the guide can have it, free of charge!

Beyond Veggies Cover

It would be great to know who is downloading the guide and why, so we ask that interested people answer a few quick questions using the form below before getting access to the download links. Thanks!

Note: If you are interested in volunteering with the NCVA to help us reach out to restaurants and discuss the guide with restaurant owners, feel free to contact us for more information!

This Veganuary, Get a T-shirt With Your NCVA Membership!

Hello Ottawa!

Veganuary starts today, and here at the NCVA we have a special offer for anyone who buys a membership. From now until the end of January, the NCVA will be selling newly-printed NCVA t-shirts at a discount (for only $5) to current and new members. If you aren’t a member yet, you can buy a membership and get your t-shirt—all for only $25! (A membership on its own costs $20.) If you’re already a member, you can get the t-shirt for only $5.

NCVA members can receive discounts on vegan food at various local vegan-friendly businesses, as well as a discount on attending NCVA potlucks. Membership is open to anyone, and there are no responsibilities associated with membership (although members are welcome to attend and vote in our Annual General Meeting and even run for the Board of Directors, if they so wish!).

To buy a membership and T-shirt, please click here to go to PayPal, or, if you are already a member, to buy a t-shirt only, please click here, instead. Please note that only current NCVA members can get the T-shirt only. Your T-shirt and membership card will be delivered to your house if you live in Ottawa (or you can pick it up in Ottawa), for free! If you live outside of Ottawa and are unable to pick it up, there is an additional $5 shipping fee.

To learn about Veganuary, and why and how to go vegan, you can check out their website at www.veganuary.com.

 

NCVA December Potluck on 17 December 2017 at Noon!

Please join the National Capital Vegetarian Association at our next vegan potluck on December 17, 2017! This potluck is for lunch, and it runs from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  Just like last time, the potluck will be held at the new location— the party room at 101 Richmond Rd in Ottawa.

Please note that the room capacity is 30 people. To attend the potluck, it costs $2 for NCVA members, $3 for non-members, and $1 for children to attend. All are welcome!

Please bring a vegan dish (that is, containing no meat, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, or any other animal product) that serves 5 people, along with a serving utensil and a list of the ingredients in your dish. And don’t forget to bring your own plate, cutlery, and beverage!

Hope you can make it!

There is no need to RSVP in order to attend, but if you want to RSVP/share the event with your friends on Facebook, you can find the Facebook event page here.