The Toronto Vegetarian Association delivers plant-based care package to Mayor Ford and Councillor Doug Ford

TORONTO:  In response to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s public resolution to lose weight in 2012, the Toronto Vegetarian Association has delivered a care package for achieving healthy weight-loss and invited the mayor to participate in Meatless Mondays.

“Eating less meat is a great way to achieve healthy weight-loss and reduce the risk of common health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes,” according to David Alexander, Executive Director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. “Meatless Mondays offers a healthy, easy and delicious opportunity for better health outcomes and a smaller eco-footprint.”

The care package includes vegetarian recipes, cookbooks, a directory of local restaurants, as well as dinner for two at Vegetarian Haven restaurant, a healthy 15-minute walk from City Hall. Also included is the documentary Forks Over Knives, which inspired CBC television host George Stroumboulopoulos to rethink his diet and embrace plant-based eating in 2011.

Dr. Neal Barnard, author of a dozen books including 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, says that plant-based foods help people to control their appetite, enhance their metabolism, and protect against heart disease, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Dr. Barnard’s diet plan replaces high-fat animal products and oily foods with plant-based alternatives that are low in cholesterol and high in fibre. In just three weeks, people who adopt Dr. Barnard’s plan begin to see slimmer waistlines without having to count calories or alter their exercise habits.

“It’s easier than ever before to find healthy plant-based foods in the GTA,” says Alexander. “Anyone familiar with Toronto’s 80 vegetarian restaurants will tell you that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean going hungry!”

Toronto City Council features vegetarians from across the political spectrum including Councillors Josh Matlow, Glen De Baeremaeker, and Michelle Berardinetti.

About the Toronto Vegetarian Association



Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is Toronto’s go-to resource for all things veg. A grassroots charitable organization supported by more than 1400 donors and volunteers, the TVA coordinates North America’s largest annual vegetarian food festival each September and Veggielicious, a celebration of compassionate cuisine, every spring.

For questions or comments, please contact Executive Director, David Alexander by phone (416-544-9800) or email,