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The National Capital Vegetarian Association (NCVA) is a not-for-profit membership-based organization created to educate the public about the health benefits of a plant-based diet for the improvement of public health. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible – whether or not they are vegetarian. The public benefits from our work through increased awareness of preventative health care through dietary lifestyle habits; while those following a plant-based diet benefit from improved access to information, connections with like-minded community members, and an improved social infrastructure that supports a plant-based diet. The NCVA is working to create an environment within which everyone has the knowledge and ability to take control of their own health, prevent health problems from occurring, and live healthier lifestyles overall. www.ncva.ca Twitter: @vegottawa Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=6313597131

Potluck – February 6

When: February 6, 4:30 to 7:30 pm. (Dinner starts at 5 pm)

Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre

  • 320 Jack Purcell Lane (Elgin at Lewis)
  • Link to google map 

Cost: $2 for NCVA members and $3 for non-members.

What to bring: Each person should bring a vegan dish, one free of animal products, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, that serves 10 people, as well as your own plate, cutlery, and beverage. Also, please bring a serving utensil and the list of all ingredients for your dish, for people with allergies.

Potluck and Cookie Exchange – December 19

When: December 19, 4:30 to 7:30 pm. (Dinner starts at 5 pm)

Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre

  • 320 Jack Purcell Lane (Elgin at Lewis)
  • Link to google map 

Cost: $2 for NCVA members and $3 for non-members.

What to bring: Each person should bring a vegan dish, one free of animal products, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, that serves 10 people, as well as your own plate, cutlery, and beverage. Also, please bring a serving utensil and the list of all ingredients for your dish, for people with allergies.

Bring vegan cookies (no eggs or milk) and exchange one for one after potluck.

Potluck – November 21

When: November 21, 4:30 to 7:30 pm. (Dinner starts at 5 pm)

Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre

  • 320 Jack Purcell Lane (Elgin at Lewis)
  • Link to google map 

Cost: $2 for NCVA members and $3 for non-members.

What to bring: Each person should bring a vegan dish, one free of animal products, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, that serves 10 people, as well as your own plate, cutlery, and beverage. Also, please bring a serving utensil and the list of all ingredients for your dish, for people with allergies.

Potluck!

When: September 19, 4:30 to 8:30 pm. (Dinner starts at 5 pm)

Where: Jack Purcell Community Centre

  • 320 Jack Purcell Lane (Elgin at Lewis)
  • Link to google map 

Cost: $2 for NCVA members and $3 for non-members.

What to bring: Each person should bring a vegan dish, one free of animal products, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, that serves 10 people, as well as your own plate, cutlery, and beverage. Also, please bring a serving utensil and the list of all ingredients for your dish, for people with allergies.

Recipe sharing: Before or after supper, you can drop off a paper copy of your recipe, and we’ll copy, put them in a binder and share them. 

New NCVA Board

The new NCVA board met on Friday evening, July 3, and we have established the following positions:
President: Jayne Torr​
Vice-President: Michael Schnier​
Membership: Josee Cyr
Secretary: Melanie Ransom
Treasurer: Gwen Hughes​

Over the next couple of weeks we will be transitioning ownership of the various logistical NCVA responsibilities such as the email addresses and website. Look for requests for feedback from the membership, as we want to obtain membership input on the coming year(s). If you are not a member yet, but wish to provide feedback, please email ncva.avcn@gmail.com, or, even better, become a member! We will update our bios as soon as we can.

Looking forward to a great year!

Arbed Rescue seeks homes for special beagle puppies

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Roussel of Arbed Rescue. The NCVA does not have any additional information about the puppies; please contact Arbed Rescue directly at arbedrescue@hotmail.com. Photos are of the actual puppies available for adoption.

 

This summer two beagles were abandoned on the side of the road near Cornwall, Ontario. Arbed Rescue, a registered charity, took the beagles in and a week later the female gave birth to a litter of six puppies.

Three of the puppies remain up for adoption: Corann (named after her mother, Cora), Marlo (known to his foster mother as Jack!) and Amalda – the smallest of the litter.

We are trying hard to find the right homes for these pups where they will be cherished and loved family pets with wonderful families who will walk them and play with them. To date, we have received applications from hunters and from people who want to keep these little guys outdoors – these are not suitable homes. Please help spread the word about these adorable puppies!

The parents of these beagle pups were smaller beagles, with the dad (Barsley) weighing 25 lbs and their mom, Cora, weighing even less. All the pups are tricolour and beautiful; they are very affectionate and love to be pet and held.

Marlo (aka Jack) is the only remaining male. He loves to play outside and like any puppy, is energetic and loves attention from people – he’s a real character! He tries to get ahead of the others to be close to his person.

Corann (called “Nell” by her foster family) will vie for your attention and loves to be picked up until you bring her outside – she loves being outdoors more than anything and investigates everything! Corann has mastered the “guilty face” already and is really adorable!

Amalda (known as “Abby” to her foster family) is very small and snuggly. She loves to be held and carried and to be with people all the time – she behaves like a lap dog and is extremely cuddly!

Anyone wishing to adopt one or more of these puppies or wanting information should contact arbedrescue@hotmail.com.

Meet Veg Fest speaker #2: Jack Norris R.D.

The NCVA’s Dee Campbell-Giura posed some penetrating questions to Jack Norris R.D., one of Veg Fest 2012’s guest speakers. Don’t miss his presentation on April 29!

Norris is the co-founder of Vegan Outreach, and co-authour of Vegan for Life. Here are those questions, and his responses.

Dee: For those of us just learning about Jack Norris RD, please tell us a little bit about each of your websites.

Jack Norris R.D.: VeganOutreach.org is the website for the organization I co-founded with Matt Ball. In terms of person-to-person outreach, I thin it’s safe to say that we are the largest organization in the world promoting a vegan diet (though we have help from many other organizations), handing out millions of our booklets every year. We have information about how and why to go vegan, and resources for people who want to help spread veganism in their community. I highly recommend signing up for our weekly e-newsletter to keep on top of what is going on in the vegan advocacy world.

VeganHealth.org is a website that provides in-depth analyses of veg diets. It’s basically a review of the scientific literature.

JackNorrisRD.com is a companion site in which I blog about any updates made to VeganHealth.org. I also add more commentary and blog about some topics that never make it to VeganHealth.org.

Dee:
Do you remember the moment you decided to eat a plant-based diet? Tell us your “Aha!” moment.

Jack: I gradually transitioned to a vegan diet over the course of a year as I learned more about modern farming. But my final moment was when my chiropractor told me that I could get calcium from leafy green vegetables.

I had been confused about calcium because, in 1989 when I became vegan, there was very little available information on the subject and I had a teacher in high school who said you could not get calcium from plant foods

Dee: What has your career path looked like? How you got to where you are now?

Jack: I think it was in December of 1996 that it looked like Vegan Outreach had run out of money. I figured we were pretty much done. While we were not necessarily going to end the organization, I resigned myself to the idea that we had done what we could but that I needed to look for something else to do with most of my time.

The next day, I got a call from Matt saying we had received a $6,000 grant, which was huge, and we were back in on track! I started planning the next semester’s tour and the rest is history.

After traveling the country handing out Vegan Outreach’s booklets on college campuses during the mid-1990s, I met many people who had tried to be veg and went back due to health concerns. I decided that if my life’s work was going to be trying to spread a veg diet, then I needed to learn a lot more about nutrition in order to figure out if I could help such people.

Dee: As someone who dispels vegan nutritional myths, what are a few common ones that many vegans have about their diets?

Currently, the most important one is that vegans get enough calcium. Most vegans do *not* get enough calcium and it’s important that they take steps to do so in order to prevent osteoporosis. It’s not hard to do, but if you aren’t paying attention, you might not be getting enough.

Dee: For those who haven’t handed out leaflets for a cause, the idea of doing so might be nerve-wracking.  Any tips from a pro?

Jack: The first leaflet is, by far, the hardest. Hundreds of our leafleters will back me up when I say that if you just get yourself to hand out the first one, it becomes easy as pie and afterwards you will be very glad you leafleted. It is quite satisfying to turn our anger and sadness about how animals are treated into action, and most leafleting sessions will allow you to meet at least one person who is thrilled to get the information. There are potential vegetarians out there right now just waiting for you to reach them!

Dee: It’s easy to find conflicting vegan nutritional information out there. Can you tell us who to read, trust and follow? In addition to veganhealth.org and jacknorrisRD.com, of course.

Jack: My co-author, Ginny Messina, [book: Vegan for Life] has an excellent blog at TheVeganRd.com. NutritionFacts.org, run by Dr. Michael Greger, is also great. I’d also recommend the Vegetarian Resource Group‘s blog, though it is not exclusively about nutrition.


Dee:
Your vegan wedding in Toronto, catered by KFC, is an interesting story. Why KFC?

Jack: The Canadian KFCs had agreed to make some changes to how their suppliers were raising animals and also introduced a vegan option at most of their stores. My wife, Alex Bury, worked for PETA at the time, and we thought a PETA wedding in front of the KFC would get a lot of positive attention – and it did. We got very nice articles in all the major papers and it was a lot of fun.

Dee:
If you could convince just two people to change their diet to a vegan one, who would they be?

Jack: I think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert going vegan could probably do the most good of any current celebrities.

 
Dee:
What can we look forward to hearing about at your talk in Ottawa?

Jack: I do not approach nutrition research as a lawyer approaches the law. Lawyers try to create the best argument possible to represent their client. Rather than trying to create arguments, I look at the research and try to figure out what the truth is.

My talk will review the scientific literature on vegan diets without cherry-picking the data to fit what I want to be true. That said, there is a lot of positive, impressive research on vegans and I will be covering it at the talk in addition to any nutrition concerns.

 

Puppy mill seizure- fosters urgently needed

Guest blog submission by Jennifer Roussel

 

I’m a friend of the NCVA and a fellow animal lover.

This is Wally, NCVA board member Erin's adopted Boston Terrier. This is your chance to help another dog be as zen as Wally is.

A puppy mill seizure took place this week north of Ottawa in the province of Quebec.  As a result, more than 20 dogs are at that city’s pound and need to be placed into foster homes or they will likely be euthanized this Saturday.  Debra, from Arbed Rescue is coordinating the placing of the dogs into foster care here in Ontario.  The dogs are currently at the pound and the goal is to get them out before Saturday.

The breeds available for fostering include four small Poodles, two Pomeranians, two Boston Terriers, two Shi-Poos, a Daschund, Pugs, some Lab mixes, a Schnauzer and more.  All dogs are adults.

If you can make room in your home to save a dog’s life, please contact Debra at arbedrescue@hotmail.com and download the fostering form from the Arbed Rescue website at www.arbedrescue.com.

Keep in mind that this is a temporary arrangement.  The dogs will receive shots, they will be spayed or neutered and Arbed Rescue will find them good homes – they find dogs quality homes in a timely manner.  But first, these poor souls must urgently be rescued from the pound.

NCVA to participate as an exhibitor in National Women’s Show

By Raphaël Morin

My name is Raphaël; I’ve been volunteering with the NCVA for more than a year and I love it!

I’m particularly excited about tabling on behalf of the NCVA at the National Women’s Show next month because nearly 20,000 people visited this exhibition last year. According to the organizers, it’s The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out!

NCVA volunteers Michelle and Raphaël at Veg Fest in 2011

This is excellent opportunity for each one of us to connect with others to share information about plant-based lifestyles, but also to tell everyone all about Ottawa Veg Fest ’12.

The Women’s Show will occur on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. More info is available here: http://www.nationalwomenshow.com/ottawa/show_info/index.html

I would like to invite you to volunteer with the NCVA at this show.  This is the biggest show that the NCVA has ever been a part of, and an incredible outreach opportunity.  We need several volunteers to be at the NCVA table at all times, to ensure we can talk to as many people as possible!

Our awesome supporters Credible Edibles, Simply Raw Express, Auntie Loo’s Treats, and Café My House will be providing samples for us to share with show visitors.

Come and join me, and the NCVA’s wonderful volunteers, in our biggest outreach effort next to Veg Fest! If you can offer a few hours of your time, please email ncva.avcn@gmail.com with your expression of interest.

Nobody wants sewage in the river that they swim in

On occasion, the NCVA will support like-minded organizations to draw attention to an issue du jour.

So when José Dimayuga from Ecology Ottawa contacted the NCVA, looking to get a bit of exposure for an Action Alert that organization is undertaking, we thought this should be one of those times.  Raise your hand if you are in FAVOUR of dumping sewage into the Ottawa River! Didn’t think so.

If you’ve ever been disappointed by a beach closure due to E. coli, or perturbed by the wafting scent of sewage on a warm summer day while strolling along the Ottawa River, this is an Action Alert that will resonate with you. 

Read on for the latest.  The following was provided by Ecology Ottawa.

 

ACTION ALERT!

What no beach-goer wants to see.ACTION ALERT!


Every year, the City of Ottawa dumps hundreds of millions of litres of untreated sewage directly into the Ottawa River. Now you have an opportunity to help stop this travesty once and for all. The province and the City of Ottawa have developed a plan, and both both agreed to put up their fair share of the money. All we need is federal funding in the upcoming 2012 federal budget. Click here to let Ottawa area members of parliament know that you want action to clean up the river! http://ecologyottawa.ca/our-community/take-action/ottawa-river-action-plan/

The city has developed the Ottawa River Action Plan to address this issue and the plan is already delivering results. In June, the city announced that recent infrastructure upgrades have cut the untreated sewage going into the river by more than half compared to measurements of four years ago. However, in 2011, the city still discharged 417-million litres of combined sewage and rainwater into the river—that is the equivalent of almost 166 Olympic-sized swimming pools full of sewage!

City council would like to move forward with the next phase of the Ottawa River Action Plan—the construction of major combined sewage overflow (CSO) storage facilities. CSO storage facilities will lower the amount of contaminants released to the Ottawa River, improving the water quality and possibly reducing the number of beach closures.

According to Ottawa Riverkeeper Meredith Brown, who has endorsed this letter-writing campaign, it is imperative that the city moves ahead with the Ottawa River Action Plan, with or without federal support. “But,” says Brown, “the Ottawa River is a key feature of the National Capital Region. The federal government should be doing everything it can to stop the dumping of untreated sewage in the river that runs through the nation’s capital.”

The province has indicated its willingness to contribute one-third of the cost, but the federal government has not yet made a similar commitment. We want to urge the federal government to commit to its third of the funding in the federal 2012 Budget. This is why we set-up an online letter writing campaign and we are asking you to go the website and write to your local Member of Parliament today: http://ecologyottawa.ca/our-community/take-action/ottawa-river-action-plan/

Please send a quick letter now to all Ottawa area MPs urging them to ensure that funding for the Ottawa River Action Plan is included in the federal 2012 Budget.  The health of our rivers depends on you demanding action from our elected officials today.

For more information, contact us at:

Email: info@ecologyottawa.ca
Phone: 613-860-5353

You can view the Ottawa River Action Plan here:

http://ottawa.ca/env_water/tlg/alw/brs/orap/index_en.html