Media Releases

The Winners of the 2013 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the very first Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! Over 2000 people cast their votes. We congratulate all the winning as well as the nominated businesses, and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. For a full list of nominations click here, and for a list of more great vegetarian businesses, visit veg.ca/directory Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh link   Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Kindfood (Burlington) listing    Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Pizza Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) listing   Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington)   Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious listing   Favourite Menu Item The Beach Bowl from Fresh   Favourite New Grocery Item Frozen Cookie Dough from Sweets from the Earth listing   Favourite Vegan Caterer Live Organic Food Bar   Favourite Cookbook of the Year Eat Raw, Eat Well by Doug McNish… Read More


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TVA offers Mayor recipe for healthy weight-loss

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… Read More


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Toronto Mayor Ford Cuts out Bacon to Lose Weight

Toronto Mayor Ford Cuts out Bacon to Lose Weight January, 2012 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford / Councillor Doug Ford, will use healthy plant-based diet in his/their efforts to lose weight TORONTO:  Sir Paul McCartney, President Bill Clinton… and now Rob Ford? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford / Councillor Doug Ford will follow a plant-based diet as he begins a very public Cut The Waist Challenge in 2012. The Toronto Vegetarian Association will deliver a care package for achieving healthy weight-loss and provide the mayor / councillor with one-on-one consultation with a nutritionist over dinner next week at Vegetarian Haven restaurant. “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. “We’re excited that Mayor / Councillor Ford has come on board with plant-based eating and we’re eager to show him how fun, easy, and delicious it is to follow a vegan diet.” The Mayor’s / Councillor’s care package includes vegetarian recipes, cookbooks, a directory of local restaurants, as well as dinner for two at Vegetarian Haven restaurant, a healthy 20-minute walk from City Hall. Also… Read More


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Bake-Off to decide top vegan baker in Toronto

Bake-Off to decide top vegan baker in Toronto January 20, 2012 TORONTO – The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 4th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off will invite both everyday and professional bakers to showcase their innovation and talent. Some professional bakers participating include, Ashley Wittig from Bunner’s vegan bakery and Daniel Lewis from Green Zebra Kitchen. Bakers may enter within one of the five categories including, cookies and bars, cupcakes/tarts/pastries, decadent raw sweets, gluten-free treats, and professionally crafted vegan classics. Best-in-Show and Best Presentation will be awarded by a celebrity judge, vegan chef extraordinaire Doug McNish. In addition to tasting sensational sweets, audience members will also be able to vote for their favourite dessert in each category. The prizes awarded will include, vegan cooking and baking books, gift certificates for fabulous local businesses, and goodie-filled gift baskets, which will be provided by our generous sponsors. Other than the great entertainment this event provides, it also aims to prove that vegan baking is healthy, easy, fun and, most importantly, delicious. Colleen Shea, the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Coordinator has been vegan for eight years and is enthusiastic about vegan baking. She said she “recently went to Lisbon, Portugal just to try their first… Read More


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Beyond Earth Hour: A planet at “steak”

Beyond Earth Hour: A planet at “steak” Sunday, 23 March 2008 News Release: The Toronto Vegetarian Association calls for greater spotlight on reducing meat consumption in the fight against climate change. TORONTO – With the advent of Earth Hour, led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), on March 29, the connection between energy consumption and climate change will be even harder to ignore. The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA), like WWF, actively promotes smaller carbon footprints and better environmental choices. However, we believe the link between climate change and meat consumption needs much greater public attention and action. “Just as turning off the lights or reducing car usage helps, eating more vegetarian meals and less meat also benefits the environment”, says Stephen Leckie of TVA. “In less than 60 minutes people can indulge their taste buds and help the environment simply by opting for a vegetarian meal.” TVA wants meat consumption to become a higher priority environmental issue given its proven link to climate change. A growing body of research supports the grave environmental costs of meat production:   Raising livestock for food emits more greenhouse gases than all of the world’s cars and trucks. The UN’s Food and… Read More


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