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The Tipping Point is Here

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I just can’t stop sharing my excitement about all the signs that we’ve reached a tipping point with the popularity and awareness of vegan food in Toronto. Earlier this year, popular local Italian chain Il Fornello launched their huge, plant-based menu complete with arancini balls and agnolotti in “butter” sauce, and not long ago we learned that famous local chef David Lee decided to close his popular omnivorous restaurant Nota Bene to replace it with a second location of the vegan restaurant Planta. But make sure you are sitting down because you won’t believe the news I’m about to share with you. You may have already heard from us that the Toronto Vegetarian Association won Best Food Activist Group in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards. We are so humbled, grateful, and excited about this incredible achievement! (Thanks so much if you voted for us!). But we weren’t the only vegan establishment that went home with an award this year. Check out this list of plant-based businesses that won in a dozen categories! And again, we’re not just talking about winning in a vegan category. These businesses won best… Read More


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Q and A with Mary-Chris Staples: Winner of the 2017 Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award

Care of Marco Pagliarulo At the Veg Food Fest, the Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award was presented to Mary-Chris Staples for the many aspects of animal rights activism in Toronto that she leads and participates in. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. What motivates you as an animal activist? The absolute injustice of animal exploitation. When I first got involved seven years ago, I was mortified that I had been participating in this exploitation all my life. I was mortified that the world I live in not only accepts this nightmare but also teaches us that because we are “at the top of the food chain”, we are allowed to do whatever we want with animals. I learned to trust my own instincts and, sadly, to lose respect for many human leaders who continue to promote speciesism. A lot of animal activists burn out after time. How do you keep such a positive attitude and avoid burnout? Funny you should ask about burnout…I am actually going through my first real bout of it. This past year has been extremely tough for me personally. Three years ago, I… Read More


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