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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!

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.

Congratulations to our cookbook giveaway winner!

Congratulations to Cynthia Bennett for winning a copy of The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook from our cookbook giveaway contest! I hope you enjoy the cookbook, Cynthia. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who entered. To those of you who did not win the cookbook but still want some great vegan recipes, there are plenty of excellent vegan recipes that you can find online for free. If you prefer a traditional hard-copy cookbook, there are also many vegan cookbooks available at local bookstores and in online stores. There is also a large selection of vegan cookbooks available at the Ottawa Public Library!

Happy cooking (or raw-food preparing)!

The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook

“Eating You Alive” Documentary Screening and Q&A on November 21, 2017

On November 21, 2017 from 6-10pm at St. Paul’s University, the NCVA will be hosting a screening of Eating You Alive, a documentary about the link between chronic disease and nutrition, and how a plant-based diet can help to prevent and reverse certain chronic diseases. The event will include a talk and a Q&A with Dr. Jennifer Purdy, MD, and Susan Macfarlane, RD.

Tickets are $5 each and can be bought through the Eventbrite Page.

Here is the schedule for the evening, as I found it on the Eventbrite Page:

Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time. Trailer: https://goo.gl/8JLL7B

6pm – Dr. Jennifer Purdy GP and Susan Macfarlane RD will open the evening with a short talk. Dr Purdy will speak to the link between chronic pain and diet.

Dr. Purdy is a family medicine doctor in Ottawa. She has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell, and she is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Susan Macfarlane is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in plant-based nutrition, eating disorders, weight management, and sports nutrition.

6:30pm – Screening of EATING YOU ALIVE (1hr 50mins).

8:30pm – Q&A / Dr Purdy and Susan will address concerns and questions until 10pm

Please bring your own bottled water. The Green Door is across the street, on Main St, if you’d like to eat before arriving. It offers plenty of vegan options.