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Food and Recipe of the Month: Roasted Beet and Potato Salad

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Beets take the prize for the prettiest and brightest vegetable. Their bright red colour and earthy taste can be a great addition to salads, juices, or roasted on their own. Beets are a root vegetable and are generally harvested at the end of the summer and late fall. Like other root vegetables, they can be stored for many months and be a great addition to our diet in the winter months. Beets have an impressive list of nutrients that provide many benefits to our health! Their bright red colour comes from a pigment called betalain, a unique antioxidant not found in many other red fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants have been seen to have anti-inflammatory effects, and to reduce oxidation in the body. Basically, they can help fight harmful factors in our body that can lead to the development of disease. Beets are also exceptionally high in nitrates, which play a role in lowering blood pressure, enhance exercise performance, and reduce inflammation. Finally, beets are packed full of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that is important for immune function and skin repair. While beets contain many benefits, their antioxidant content is what is… Read More


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Veg Out 491: Animal Justice Academy with Kimberly Carroll

Ana and Jeanette are thrilled to be joined by Kimberly Carroll on this episode of Veg Out! Kimberly has an extensive background in animal rights activism, including co-creating the “why love one but eat the other” transit ad campaign, as well as co-founding Mercy for Animals Canada. She is also a campaign strategist for Animal Justice, Canada’s only national law advocacy organization working on behalf of animals. As a coach for changemakers, she empowers and helps leaders and activists in the veg community. And if that wasn’t enough, she is also a director with the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank.  Kimberly joined us to talk about the upcoming Animal Justice Academy, which is a 6 week online bootcamp that will empower you to make a better world for animals. The Academy takes place Jan. 25-Mar. 5, 2021. Enrolment is open now at https://animaljusticeacademy.com/ https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Veg-Out-Kimberly-Carroll.mp3 Download the episode. TVA Events! Join the TVA Lunch Club! Every Thursday at noon you can bring your lunch to a Zoom call with other vegetarians and… Read More


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Job Opportunity: Bookkeeper/Accountant

Position Overview: The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is an inclusive, pro-vegan non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. TVA is seeking a detail-oriented bookkeeping professional to provide bookkeeping and certain accounting services. The Bookkeeper/Accountant will assist in the execution of a variety of financial duties including the preparation and maintenance of all financial records. The organization is seeking to fill this role through a service agreement with an independent contractor. Responsibilities Bookkeeping  Post deposits, supplier invoices and payments  Prepare weekly deposits  Prepare electronic or manual cheques for paying supplier invoices  Prepare bank reconciliations and other account reconciliations  Reconcile donations database against payment processing statements and bank transactions  Prepare manual bi-weekly salaried payroll cheques and monthly source deduction remittances  Prepare monthly financial statements for the Executive Director and Treasurer for presentation to the Board of Directors Accounting  Prepare annual T4, T4A and T4NR4 slips and summaries  Prepare annual HST return  Prepare annual charity return  Prepare month-end and year-end adjusting entries  Preparing for and managing… Read More


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Farewell to Denyse Mehta, Executive Director

Care of Nital Jethalal, President, TVA Happy 2021 everyone! 2020 was certainly a challenging year, and one that I know we will not soon forget. On behalf of the TVA Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank you for your continued support not only of TVA, but of veg businesses and the veg community in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. Thank you, thank you, thank you! While there have been many heartbreaking stories over the last year, there have also been reasons for hope — from so many people wearing masks and taking precautions to keep ourselves and each other safe, to new veg-friendly businesses opening up during the pandemic, and news that vaccines are on their way. We’re not out of the woods yet, but hope you share our enthusiasm about what 2021 can hold for all us. I’d like to update you on a few developments at TVA. First, after three and a half years with the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Executive Director Denyse Mehta has decided to leave the organization. Her last day with TVA will be January 15, 2021. Denyse has made many important contributions to TVA during her time with the organization. Read More


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Veg Out 490: Getting Healthy With Dr. Shane Williams

New year, new opportunity to build healthier habits! We wanted to kick off another year of the Veg Out podcast with an episode featuring Dr. Shane Williams (originally from Newfoundland and now based in Bracebridge, ON), a community leader and cardiologist with in-depth knowledge about the power of plant-based nutrition to prevent cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. You’ll hear from Dr. Williams about common myths (“but where do you get your protein?”), the China Study (which demonstrates how nutrition affects cardiovascular diseases), why social connection and community is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and the fine art of convincing and leading by example. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/VegOut20210109.mp3 Download Episode Links Dr. Williams Cardiology Science Fictions – The Book The China Study Credits Hosts: Steve, Ana, and Sweta Guest: Dr. Shane Williams Editing: Sweta Write Up: Sarah Bradley Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Job Posting: Executive Director

Job Opportunity: Executive Director of an Inclusive, Pro-Vegan Non-Profit POSITION OVERVIEW The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is an inclusive, pro-vegan non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. The Executive Director (ED) of the organization will have overall operational responsibility for TVA’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission, including updating the organization’s name and branding. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and will work with the Board to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan. We are seeking someone who is a charismatic leader, a strategic thinker and passionate about the vegan movement. The ED must be highly collaborative, innovative, and have strong relationship building and partnership skills. They must also be committed to continuous growth and improvement, for themselves, for TVA, and for the vegan movement. In addition, the ED should be acutely aware of not only the challenges, but also the opportunities for innovation during these uncertain pandemic times. The ED should have at least three years of demonstrated leadership experience, as well as experience in: strategic planning; program planning and implementation; public relations; team-building and financial management. Special consideration will be given… Read More


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Veg Out 489: Remembering 2020

Well, we’ve come to the end of 2020! Our merry podcast hosts Sweta, Jeanette, Steve, and Ana take some time to reflect on a year like no other. From highs to lows to lingering uncertainties, we’ve managed to stay connected through virtual events and have introduced exciting new TVA programming looking ahead to 2021. Even though we can’t gather in person this year, we’re so grateful to continue to keep in touch with you, our listeners, and the broader community. During these times, being able to connect with like-minded folks is more meaningful than ever. And what would the holidays be without delicious and soul-warming food? If you’re a TVA member, here’s a friendly nudge to take a look at the Veg Food Guide to find out what your TVA card gets you – we guarantee that ordering a special treat or two will bring some extra joy to your holiday season, no matter how you choose to celebrate this year. It’s more important than ever to support our local veg businesses: if you’re on social media, consider tagging the places you’re frequenting and spread the word! For more details on many of the restaurants we talked about, check out the… Read More


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Food of the Month: Lentil Walnut Meatloaf

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com Winter is a time when we Canadians turn to hearty, warm meals, often using more canned foods. Since our climate is not capable of growing fresh produce all year round, using canned products, like lentils, is a great way to still use local products. Lentils are a nutrition-packed ingredient you should definitely be including in your diet. They are so versatile and because they have a mild flavour, they’re great in most dishes. Lentils are rich in iron, fibre, B vitamins, and a great source of plant-based protein. Just one cup of cooked lentils provides about 18g of protein. Additionally, their fibre content comes in at about 15g for 1 cup, giving you about half of your daily needs. Fibre is a nutrient most people do not get enough of. Increasing fibre in your diet can help reduce blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and the risk of developing various chronic diseases and cancer. Their B-vitamin content also makes them great for our brain. B vitamins, such as thiamine and folate aid in healthy brain development in infants, as well as the maintenance and function in adult brains. Additionally, lentils are a great source of… Read More


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Veg Out 488: Vegan Desserts and Holiday Baking with Ally Lazare

We’re now fully into December and the holiday season, a time when people turn to baking for comfort, sharing and gifting. Toronto based vegan cookbook author Ally Lazare joins Barbi and Jeanette to talk about her latest book, Vegan Dessert Cookbook, as well as share tips and recipes for baking for the holidays, and baking during a pandemic. Plus, we preview the Veg Holiday Market! Ally will be doing a baking demo as part of the holiday market, so make sure to click on the website on Dec 12 to find out how to make Gingerbread Donuts!   https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Veg-Out-Holiday-Baking-with-Ally-Lazare-Correct-Version.mp3… Read More


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Veg Out 487: Supplements, Antibiotics and Vaccines

With all the talk about developing a vaccine for COVID-19, have you ever wondered about the medications, supplements, and vaccines we take – and how to find out whether their production methods and ingredients are vegan? Sure, you can read the ingredient lists but it can be hard to decipher the medical terms and to know their origin. Special guest Ana De Castro shares some of her recent research on vaccines, including their ingredients, the medium on which they’re grown, and testing processes, and explains some of her frustrations about the lack of clear information. And: with the holiday season coming up, you may be wondering how to connect with your veg communities. Get a preview of the Veg Holiday Market (running December 12-20) so you can start planning your virtual celebrations! Disclaimer: please keep in mind that no one on this podcast is a medical professional. Discussions reflect the hosts’ informed opinions and should be taken as such. Links Plant Based Doctors Wikipedia’s List of Vaccine Ingredients Veg Holiday Market Perfect Day Vegan Cow Milk Ice Cream (US only) Credits Hosts: Steve, Ana, and Sweta Editing: Sweta Blurb: Sarah… Read More


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