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Ecology Ottawa’s Eco Gala

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016,  Ecology Ottawa will be holding its annual Eco Gala, a night of food, networking, and entertainment  at the St. Elias Banquet Centre.

According to the Ecology Ottawa’s website,

“The 2016 Eco Gala will include the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, as our guest speaker, a delicious meal prepared by the Green Door, a silent auction and an opportunity to connect with the people and community groups growing the environmental movement. This event sells out every year and for 2016, we plan to have over 550 guests attend!”

This year, the NCVA will be sending 4 of its members to the Gala for a discounted price of $70 per person (the usual rate is $75 per person). Vegan food, prepared by the Green Door, will be served!

If you are interested in attending, please make sure you’re a member of the NCVA (that is, that you have a membership/discount card that is still current). If you are a member (or if you sign up for membership as soon as possible), you’ll be eligible to buy one of our discounted tickets for the Eco Gala! For more information about becoming a member, please click here.

To buy your tickets from us, please e-mail ncva.avcn@gmail.com and pay via e-transfer to treasurer.ncva@gmail.com

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers who are not attending the event as guests but would like to help run the booth that the NCVA will have at the event. Contact us at ncva.avcn@gmail.com to let us know if you are available!

“What A Fish Knows” Presentation with Jonathan Balcombe

This September, the NCVA will be hosting a talk by Jonathan Balcombe, ethologist and author of What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of our Underwater Cousins. Dr. Balcombe will be speaking about the intelligence, social lives, and sentience of fishes. Join us in the meeting room at the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 7-8pm to hear this fascinating speech!

Admission to this event is free, and door prizes will be given out to a few lucky attendees.

Attendance is limited to 40. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-a-fish-knows-tickets-27553556429?aff=es2.

NCVA is revving up for Capital Pride

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Pride 2010 - NCVA

Capital Pride in Ottawa is over 1 month away (Aug. 28, 2011) and the NCVA is not dallying when it comes to ensuring its participation! Capital Pride is an excellent opportunity to get out, show your pride, enjoy your city, and most of all support the LGBTQ community of Ottawa.

Ever feel like marching in a parade??

In the upcoming weeks, more information will come available on how YOU can participate as a volunteer or proud veg*n at Capital Pride this year. For sure, the NCVA will have a booth at the Info Fair to promote the association, educate the public on the benefits of a plant-based diet, and expose the resources and welcoming vegetarian community in the national capital region. Of course, just like last year, we will also be marching in the Parade and we want you to join us!

Stay tuned for more information on costumes, pre-parties, related Facebook event, T-shirts, and sign-up info for volunteer opportunities!

If you have any ideas, questions, or would just like to let us know now how pumped you are for Pride, you can email the NCVA (ncva (dot) avcn (at) gmail (dot) com), or better yet, come out to the next café/pub night taking place next Thursday evening, hosted by… me! (I’m also organizing our Pride participation.) Info for the café/pub night here.

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Recent social hullabaloo at the NCVA

Don’t you just love that word… hullabaloo? It sounds like an exotic vegan dish that creates a lot of fuss. I’m into it, as I’m sure were the attendees at the past pub night at the Arrow & Loon in the Glebe (Thurs. May 12) and the NCVA monthly potluck (Sat. May 14), an event to say farewell to the Jack Purcell Community Centre location. While, truth be told, we had a slightly smaller turnout at both events compared to previous similar events, the atmosphere was pleasantly intimate and conversation was overflowing. Indeed, the pub night peeps conversed passionately about interesting issues relevant to themselves, their lives, and particularly vegetarianism and animal rights. Similar interesting tidbits of conversation were snatched up by my prying ears at the potluck dinner. Among the diners were familiar and new faces, and the food at the event was excellent (although that goes without saying). What a great way to share a hearty vegan meal with friends for only $1 for members (and $3 for the rest of ya)! In my NCVA-induced reverie, I foolishly neglected to snap any photos at either event and in consequence, I have nothing to show of it, except my word that good times were had. Anyway, no one uses the word hullabaloo without meaning it.

See you at the next one?

NCVA at the Pump

I’m still experiencing the afterglow of a successful and widely enjoyable pub night. We had a healthy turnout at The Lieutenant’s Pump on Thursday, March 24, where veg*ns congregated, socialized, and wound down after another busy work week (read: Fridays don’t count). There were faces, both new and old, and beers on the table, proving that indeed, vegetarians can drink beer — veg-friendly beer, that is. The separate vegetarian menu had never seen such collective scrutiny before, as it was the most highly sought after piece of literature that evening. The lentil stew was ordered multiple times, as if it already had an important and trustworthy legacy with the NCVA patrons. Evidently, it did not disappoint.

While the NCVA will not be hosting a pub night in April, we hope you are patient enough to wait till May to continue with the tradition of sharing a pint or two with some like-minded friends.

A Mexican pub night… con muchos amigos.

Ahora restaurant
NCVA Pub Night at Ahora

Although we had to change venues last minute and we arrived to half the number of tables we had reserved at Ahora restaurant for the pub night, it was, as expected, a huge success. Clearly, little will deter veg*ns from social drinking and Mexican food. The atmosphere was cozy. The restaurant was packed. And we dominated the booth section, to the extent that we had to ask some omnis to move to another table to accommodate our significant numbers.

Some expressed disappointment that Burrito Borracho hadn’t finished its renovations in time to host us, but hopefully the knowledge that they will be ready soon and that I plan to have an upcoming pub night there once they are should alleviate any long term symptoms of related sadness.

In any event, we made up for it easily at Ahora restaurant with plenty of conversation and good times, even if you may have had to sit on the lap of another veg*n stranger in the beginning. The initial forced intimacy of the event only helped develop the ongoing relaxed atmosphere later. Well, that and the beer.

If you sadly missed out on this pub night, stay tuned for the next one. I can’t imagine coping with missing two in a row.

Pub night was truly revived!

 

NCVA folks sharing a drink at the Clock Tower Brew Pub
A social event, par excellence

The numbers said it all. If anyone was skeptical before about a bunch of vegetarians invading a local pub and bonding over beer, they no longer are now! We had a good crowd at the Clock Tower Brew Pub in the Glebe last Thursday evening. For those who came with an appetite, the menu options were modest, but delicious. A veggie burger (hold the cheese, please!) and a tofu green bean stir-fry were the options on the menu for our clan, and they received wide acclaim. Many a veghead enjoyed a locally brewed beer and even a seat around the table, as the space was quite cozy. It was a laid back and chatty sort of evening with lots of laughs and interesting conversations. It would be daft to not have another similar get-together in February. So don’t fret if you missed it and stay posted for info for the next event!

(What I loved most about the night was that everyone seemed to just gel immediately. Maybe it’s a veg thing.)