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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.

November 1st is World Vegan Day!

By Carolyn Harris

(A similar version of this post was originally posted
on Carolyn’s vegan advocacy blog.)

World Vegan Day takes place every year on November 1st, and the entire month of November is World Vegan Month.

The annual celebration started in 1994 on the 50-year anniversary of the first meeting of the Vegan Society in the UK, which took place some time in early November 1944.

According to the Vegan Society’s website, “In a natural progression, World Vegan Day evolved into World Vegan Week and now, what we celebrate as World Vegan Month, where vegans and veganism is celebrated in workplaces, shops, restaurants and in homes all over the world.”

In November 2017, to commemorate World Vegan Month, the Vegan Society will be releasing a new app called VNutrition, which helps people achieve their nutrition goals on a vegan diet. They also will be launching a new campaign called “Vegans on the Go”, which will aim to get more retailers to serve on-to-go vegan lunches, and it sounds like they will be doing some other exciting things during the month, as well. You can check out the World Vegan Month webpage here; here is their Facebook Page.

Of course, every day is a good day to advocate for a vegan lifestyle, but this special day is an especially useful opportunity to raise awareness about the “why’s” and “how’s” of going vegan, as well as to celebrate the lifestyle and those who follow it!

Here are some ideas of ways we can make a difference on World Vegan Day and throughout the month of November:

  1. Obviously, if you aren’t already vegan, please go vegan. You can take The Vegan Society’s 30-day Vegan Pledge to help you go vegan as quickly as possible!
  2. Share the Vegan Pledge with your friends and family, on your blog, and/or on social media.
  3. On November 1st, why not wish the people in your life a happy World Vegan Day? It may help spark conversations that could lead them to consider going vegan.
  4. On social media and/or your blog, share something related to veganism and/or World Vegan Day. For example, you could share your own story of why you went vegan; a picture of a vegan meal you made; a link to the Vegan Society’s website; a vegan recipe; or even just a quick post saying “Happy World Vegan Day!”
  5. Host a vegan meal or potluck for family, friends, your workplace, and/or your local community. If it’s a potluck and not everyone attending is already vegan, make sure that everyone knows to avoid using any animal-derived ingredients in the food they bring; it can be helpful to ask people to bring an ingredients list.
  6. Perhaps you could go leafleting, and wish passersby a happy World Vegan Day!
  7. You could even help organize a talk from a vegan speaker or a vegan-related movie screening.
  8. Bring vegan food to work or school, and share it with your peers.  You could just casually share it with them, or you could set up a table in a busy place where people can take the free vegan food and literature on veganism.
  9. Try to get World Vegan Day or World Vegan Month recognized by your school or workplace. They could introduce a vegan menu in the cafeteria starting in November, for example (if there isn’t enough time for them to plan out a complete vegan menu in time for World Vegan Day, they can still start working on it by November).
  10. If you’re a writer, write a letter to the editor, Op-Ed, or vegan recipe and submit it to a newspaper or magazine.

Have a great World Vegan Day and Month!

NCVA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting Tomorrow on September 30th!

Hello everyone! Just a final reminder: the NCVA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting is happening tomorrow on 30 September 2017 in the party room at 101 Richmond Road in Ottawa, from 1-3 pm. There will be free sweet and savory treats, as well as chef Rob’s vegan chili, for any members who attend!

Only current card-holding members of the NCVA can attend the AGM, so if you are not yet a member, please consider joining by heading over to our membership page.

Our official announcement of the AGM, with information on how to run for the board or get in touch with us, can be found here.

The NCVA’s September AGM is Approaching!

Hello everyone! This is just a reminder that the NCVA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting is coming up on 30 September 2017 in the party room at 101 Richmond Road in Ottawa, from 1-3 pm. There will be free sweet and savory treats, as well as chef Rob’s vegan chili, for any members who attend!

Only current card-holding members of the NCVA can attend the AGM, so if you are not yet a member, please consider joining by heading over to our membership page.

Our official announcement of the AGM, with information on how to run for the board or get in touch with us, can be found here.