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Category Archive: Canada

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  1. To mark the launch of their new “Books for Cooks” section (it’s totally passé to call them cookbooks nowadays), Victoria, BC based web-bookstore AbeBooks has posted an interview with hometown girl Sarah Kramer, author of How It All Vegan, In the Garden of Vegan and La Dolce Vegan. In the interview, she mentions that her fave New York restaurants are HanGawi and Red Bamboo.

    AbeBooks is best known as a place to buy used books, and maybe they’re trying to change that image a bit. But not entirely: check out this great page of the most expensive cookbooks they’ve ever sold, starting with a 1746 edition of La Cuisiniere Bourgeoise sold for $1751.43 (even in Canadian dollars, that’s a lot!). I say your money is better spent on a one of Sarah’s books, or a second-hand copy of the amazing and amazingly still out-of-print Simply Heavenly! The Monastery Vegetarian Cookbook.

  2. Make your way up to Canada Friday for the 22nd Annual Vegetarian Food Fair. “North America’s largest vegetarian festival” runs through Sunday, and admission is free!

    Sample tons of yummy veg food and visit dozens of exhibitors, from the International Fund for Animal Welfare to Turtle Island Foods to Vegan Porn.

    There will be cooking demonstrations, like Fran Costigan’s “Vegan Cupcake Extravaganza,” and a host of speakers. Among them, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, will present “Debunking the ‘Science’ of Nutrition,” and Harold Brown will talk about “Peaceable Kingdom Within: A Farmer’s Journey in Compassion.”

    If you want to do more than just eat your way through the weekend, contact the Toronto Vegetarian Association and find out how you can volunteer.

  3. Save the crabs!

    Save the crabs!

    When the Prince Rupert SPCA in British Columbia decided to hold a fundraising event of boiling live crabs to raise funds for the care and housing of animals in shelters, they shouldn’t have been surprised to be met with opposition.

    Paul Watson, President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, got wind of the event and mobilized supporters to send emails and make calls in protest, successfully shutting down the feast.

    As far out as this idea may sound to any of us, one person didn’t want to take any chances of the event taking place despite calls and emails from activists, and called in a bomb threat, which may have given this event the deciding publicity factor.

  4. Some La Jolla residents want the seals who’ve been basking on their San Diego beach to go bask somewhere else. They even took the matter to court, citing that the smell, feces, and general seal activities are driving families away. As a result, the city was ordered to dredge the area in order to make it less welcoming to the seals, who’ve been flocking to the area since the early ’90s.

    But dredging could drive the seals—many of which are pregnant—away for good, so the city agreed to rope off a certain section of the beach during pupping season. But that’s not enough, according to the Save-Our-Seals Coalition, which is working to appeal the dredging ruling, especially since there have been reports of tussles between people and the seals: “San Diego is full of other beaches for humans, and Casa Beach is the only harbor seal rookery in Southern California.”

    Help save the seals’ space by writing to California lawmakers and attorneys, sponsoring a seal, and if you live in the area, volunteering with the “Rake-a-Line Program.”

    Meanwhile, the Canadian seal hunt ended in June, with a death toll of about 336,000 pups, most of which were no more than 12 days old. Make this the last seal hunt we ever have to write about by signing HSUS’s petition to stop the next hunt before it starts, boycotting Canadian seafood, writing to fashion insiders to ask them to stop using seal skin and fur in their designs, and more.

  5. In a brilliant move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to decrease the number of cows being tested for BSE by about 90%. This after new cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy were discovered here this year and last.

    Currently, only about 1% of the cattle that are killed each year so that our fellow Americans can nosh on cheeseburgers are tested. That’s about 1,000 tests a day. Once the reduction is in place—and only 10% of the cattle being raised for food are being tested—that number will come down to 110. But why worry? According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, “Because of progressive steps taken by the U.S. government over the past 15 years, all U.S. beef is safe from BSE.”

    By contrast, the Consumers Union says that the “USDA is playing Russian roulette with public health.” Maybe that’s because the U.S. continues to import cows from Canada, where the seventh case of BSE has been discovered. (The poor cow was young, pregnant, and a downer.) And maybe because once cows have been slaughtered and their flesh sold, the remains are used in feed—for pigs and chickens.

    Downers were banned from human consumption in the U.S. after the first case of mad cow was discovered, in December 2003. Cows that are sick or injured could have BSE, so the reduction in testing, coupled with the fact that new secretary of agriculture Mike Johanns is also considering allowing some downed cattle back into the human food supply, is bad news for everyone.

    Even more outrageous, the government wants to prohibit Creekstone Farms from voluntarily testing its cows for BSE. You’d think the fact that Japan is ready to reopen its doors to U.S. beef (lifting a 2003 ban that resulted from the first mad cow discovery) would make the USDA rethink its recent brainstorms.

    Tell the USDA not to reduce the number of cows being tested for BSE and not to allow downed cattle back into the food supply. If they’re going to continue to slaughter animals just because people like the way they taste, they should protect downed cows from further injury and pain, and they can make at least a meager attempt to protect public health.

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