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Candidates for the 2019-2020 TVA Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 1st, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months,  and vote for the 2019-2020 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 1:00 pm at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street, south of Bloor) in the “Garage” room. (Meet ‘n greet from 1:00 to 1:30, meeting called to order at 1:30 pm). Non-members can also attend if they become a TVA member when they arrive. Only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the meeting will be eligible to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. Current Board Members with Two Year Terms: Serving until 2020 – Daniel Donato, Kevin Downing, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Krista Schwab 2019-2020 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener and more compassionate living. Over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well that the TVA’s newsletters brought into sharp focus the personal changes he wanted to make, and how to make them well. Since then, TVA programs – especially the… Read More


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Veg Out 460: New Cookbook, New Office and More!

On today’s episode Steve and Jeanette review Ally’s Kitchen: Comfort Food cookbook now available in the TVA library. We also share the news that the TVA is moving to 360 College Street, Suite 301 in December. We do an extra preview of the Veg Holiday Market and the AGM. And we welcome new volunteer Yinci! Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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December Social Group Events

Vegetarians of High Park Celebrate the holidays with a vegan potluck at Bloor and Jane (exact address to be given to RSVPs) on Friday, December 6th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Bring a vegan dish to share (don’t worry if you’re not confident in your cooking skills, you can always bring a drink or store-bought hummus and crackers!), along with any serving utensils required for your dish. RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by December 3rd. Vegan Baking Group The annual vegan cookie exchange is back! Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 22nd from 10 am to 12:30 pm at a condo in the Fort York area (exact address will be given to those who RSVP). Email baking@veg.ca or visit their Facebook group for more details and to send in your RSVP.    … Read More


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The Veg Holiday Market is coming November 24th!

As the days get shorter and colder, we’re all in need of a little pick-me-up. We have a remedy for that!   For the 3rd year, the Toronto Vegetarian Association is excited to host the Veg Holiday Market – a fully vegan market with gifts that give back! This year’s event features some great new features in addition to our usual offering of over fifty vendors and hours of programming in the Stop classroom:   • We are happy to welcome you for an extended day this year! Browse the marketplace from 11 am till’ 8 pm. There’s time for supper, shopping, programming, and everything you’d like to do. • Want an alcoholic bevy while you shop? You’re in luck! This year for the first time we’re having a licensed event! Sip on a local beer, wine or cider with your food. Have a seat in the heated courtyard and chat with your friends. • Vegan Marshmallows? Check! Fire? Check! Roasting marshmallows over the fire? Check! Come to the vegan marshmallow roast in the courtyard once the sun has set. It’s free with admission, and the marshmallows are donated by Dandies, proudly available at Organic Garage. • Want to make… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: November

Who says November is a dreary month? Not us! Not with all these delicious new restaurants to try! Big Poppa’s Burgers 454 Bloor Street W, inside Eva’s Original Chimneys Now open inside the Bloor Street W location of Eva’s Original Chimneys is this all-vegan, all Beyond Meat, burger pop-up. Featuring six different burgers, such as the Big Pun: with chilli, avocado sour cream, sautéed mushrooms, provolone, and Poppa’s Sauce. We can’t wait to try all of them, and you can too! It’s open daily after 6 pm. Pick up an ice cream when you’re done too! Heart Clean Eats 13 Fort York Blvd Dishes are vegan by default at this new cafe at Citiplace, though you can choose to add veg or non-veg proteins to many of the bowls, sandwiches, salads and wraps.   Kupfert & Kim Bistro 100 Bloor St. W While it’s been open for awhile, the K&K in Yorkville has gotten a makeover and is now offering a bistro menu, with new offerings and old favourites. Along with table service, you can now also have a beer, wine, or cocktail with your bowl!   LosCo Vegan 111 Richmond St. Read More


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Raio: A Life Lived in the Moment

“Raio was graceful, full of peace and love right to the end. As she lay dying, I wept, and she comforted and consoled me, assuring me that it was alright. Then she was gone.” Many people will recognize Raio and her sister Maia as longtime mascots of Veg Food Fest and ambassadors for compassion and veganism. This is her story. Article care of Kenneth Butland It’s a sunny summer day in Nova Scotia, and Emre Uzun is enjoying a drive in the countryside with his new best friend, a one-year-old Golden Retriever named Raio. The year is 2005, and his heavy fog of depression—after many years of struggle and with Raio’s help—has finally lifted. A song by Nellie McKay comes on the radio: Yeah, it’s just me and my dog Catchin some sun We can’t go wrong “Raio looked out the window, soaking it all in, totally in the moment,” Emre recalls. His eyes well up as he recounts what happened next: “As the song played, I was filled with a profound sense of peace. I felt so alive and connected. It’s difficult to explain.” Emre also credits Raio with inspiring his decision to go vegan and become an animal… Read More


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November Social Groups

Dinner Social Group Meet up for dinner and good conversation at Copper Branch (410 Bathurst location) on November 21st from 7 to 9 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by November 19th. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington Check out the brand new Rise Above Pizza and Wings in Hamilton (274 James Street) on Sunday, December 1st at 6 pm. Can anyone have too much pizza?! If you are not up for pizza, you won’t be disappointed in their other menu options! RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca for more details and directions. Vegetarians of High Park Celebrate the holidays with a vegan potluck at Bloor and Jane (exact address to be given to RSVPs) on Friday, December 6th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Bring a vegan dish to share (don’t worry if you’re not confident in your cooking skills, you can always bring a drink or store-bought hummus and crackers!), along with any serving utensils required for your dish. RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by Monday, December 2nd. … Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Ravioli

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  I bet you thought pumpkin season was over, but not yet! Pumpkins are such a versatile vegetable and are packed full of beneficial nutrients. They are a great fall staple to incorporate into your diet. Pumpkins are known for their rich orange colour. This comes from the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene which our body converts into vitamin A. This antioxidant is able to stabilize free radicals from damaging our cells. Free radicals are toxins found in our environment from pollution, smoking, alcohol, and more. Free radical damage can cause advanced aging as well as certain diseases and cancers. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for our bodies. It is known for maintaining adequate vision, as well as strengthening our immune system. Studies show that high amounts of vitamin A in our body can reduce risk for certain cancers including lung, bladder, and cervical. Additionally, pumpkins are rich in vitamin C, another powerhouse antioxidant. Vitamin C is known to increase white blood cell protection, strengthening our immune system as well as aiding in skin and bone repair. Pumpkins just may be the perfect food to give you all the nutrients needed to fight… Read More


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Veg Out 458: Veg Food Fest Wrap Up and Vegan Restaurant Openings

We are back at the TVA offices for a new episode of Veg Out! Today, Steve and Jeanette share highlights from this year’s Veg Food Fest, they review the new Toronto location of Lov, and share details about Globally Local and Odin. Listen now to Veg Out! Other links: Sweets From the Earth Halloween Special TVA Holiday Market TVA Annual Genera Meeting Hazelfluff La Bartola Tacos Collen Patrick-Goodreau … Read More


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