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Good news if you are a VegOttawa Association member… you will be receiving a discount code via email offering you 20% off a ticket or pass to the 2020/2021 virtual International Vegan Film Festival(IVFF)!

If you have already purchased a ticket or pass, just send us an email with your receipt and we will reinburse you:)

As you may have heard, the International Vegan Film Festival is running it’s 3rd annual event online this year and it starts this Saturday, October 10-17th. VegOttawa Association is sponsoring the event.

Over 25 vegan-themed films have been selected this year, ranging in topics from health and fitness to environment to animal advocacy. The films include Intros and there are a handful of filmmaker Q&As included.

Earthling Ed, Dr. Sailesh Rao, Torre Washington, Paul Watson, Elizabeth May, Jerome Flynn, George Monbiot, Regan Russell and many more are featured in the films.


If you are without a membership, now would be a good time to renew or sign up for a VegOttawa membership. You can save over half the cost of a $20 membership right off the bat, as well as supporting VegOttawa and the IVFF.

NEW DISCOUNT! Gabrielle Peterka Hair Co.

Bottom half of your face covered up with a mask, while the top half is covered in neglected pandemic hair that is now in need of professional help? Don’t feel shame. Life is full of ups and downs, just like your hair.

So anyway…there is a new vegan salon in town and we’re happy to announce a partnership with them!

GABRIELLE PETERKA HAIR CO. will now offer a 10% discount to all VegOttawa Association members on all in-store services! Here’s a list of the services you’ll save on. The salon is located at 195 Clearview Ave. in Ottawa and is totally vegan.

To celebrate this new partnership we will be giving away 3 GIFT CARDS (value-$20ea. That’s the full cost of an annual membership!) to 3 lucky VOA members. If you don’t have a VegOttawa Association membership card or just have to renew, then sign up today to be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be announced tomorrow(Saturday September 5, 2020). All members will be automatically entered into the draw!

Sign up for/renew your VOA annual membership here.


NEW DISCOUNT! Sea Glass Films & Photography

Hello VegOttawa members,

We hope you are doing well/hanging in there during these challenging days. Looking forward to a time, hopefully in the near future, where we can all enjoy each other’s company again.

In the meantime we have a cool new partnership to announce.

Sea Glass Films & Photography has agreed to offer a discount to VegOttawa members for their range of film and photography services.  Check out all the awesome work they’ve completed so far on their beautiful website (link above).

If you are a VegOttawa member and are planning a vegan wedding/event, or have a plant based business in need of some promotional material, contact Lexie through their site and provide your membershipID# for a discount. The discount will depend on the services required.

Visit them on facebook to see their latest video work done with The Sweet Sanctuary (we love this!),

If you need to renew or would like to purchase your own VegOttawa membership, then you can do so here, where you can also see our current list of local discounts on offer, with the new addition of the Sea Glass logo.

Stay safe everyone.  More VegOttawa news on the way.

Let’s stick together, we can do this 🙂

VOA Team

Dr Greger LIVE at Algonquin Commons Theatre | ‘How Not To Diet’

Wow that was fun!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out on Monday evening (especially our members who helped make this a possibility). There are 700 seats at Algonquin Commons Theatre (ACT) and you filled them right up.

We’d also like to thank the staff at ACT. They were all perfectly helpful throughout the process. We can recommend the venue without hesitation to anyone looking to book a spot that size.

And of course last but not least, a galactic thank you to the incredible Dr Greger who somehow manages to entertain like a stand up comedian and educate like a master despite travelling non stop from city to city on his How Not To Diet speaking tour. He was in Toronto the day before and in Winnipeg today!

Before he headed out the door he made sure everyone in line got their books signed and pictures taken.

As much as we loved Dr Greger and before, we love and respect him even more now. We hope everyone had as much of an inspiring and entertaining evening as we did.

And don’t forget to check out Dr Greger’s newest best selling book How Not to Diet.…

VOA Team

Susan Macfarlane introduces Dr. Greger who takes the stage to a full house.  Presold books, and finally at the end of the night when everyone has left, Dr Greger plans for his next busy day in Winnipeg where he continues his speaking tour.

2020 AGM Election Results

VegOttawa Members,

Our AGM at Copper Branch Barrhaven was a total success.  We had a great turnout, made quorum with 11 eligible voters, enjoyed some wonderful Copper Branch food and voted in a very enthusiastic group of nominees for our 2020 Volunteer Board of Directors.  Much appreciation to everyone who attended!

We thanked exiting board members Dee Campbell, Rob McLeod, and Krista Collins and presented Rob and Dee with Lifetime VegOttawa Membership cards for their longtime commitment to keeping VegOttawa (NCVA) alive and strong.

We reviewed some of the accomplishments of this past year,

  • Hosted a well-attended vegan brunch potluck
  • Represented VegOttawa at Ottawa VegFest 2019 (sold 60 VO memberships)
  • Hosted Beyond Meat (sausage & burgers) BBQ potluck at Vincent Massey Park
  • Hosted screening of “A Prayer For Compassion” at Saint-Paul University with guest speaker, producer Dr. Sailesh Rao
  • Hosted screening of Dr. Greger’s “How Not To Die” at Copper Branch Barrhaven with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Purdy
  • Major supporter of the International Vegan Film Festival
  • Financially supported Nation Rising with a $500 donation
  • Donated 113 Tofurky Roasts to the Ottawa Food Bank, Kanata Food Cupboard & FAMSAC to offer plant based holiday meals to people in need
  • Organized Dr. Greger’s upcoming visit on March 9th at Algonquin Commons Theatre for his “How Not to Diet” speaking tour
  • Completed the name change from National Capital Vegetarian Association to VegOttawa Association
  • Made significant changes to the website
  • Added new discount offerings: Copper Branch, Cinnaholic, World Financial Group
  • Surpassed 200 members

We will update the website with bios and pictures of the new directors that were elected last night.  In the meantime….

Your 2020 VegOttawa Association Volunteer Board of Directors:

David Edelstein, Karen Fairholm, Adam Nephin, Susan Macfarlane, Mark Petersen, Dean Tester, Marie-Pierre Theoret

Thank you to Copper Branch Barrhaven for allowing us to use the space and enjoy your food!

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Rob McLeod & Dee Campbell receiving their Lifetime Membership cards.


VOA Team


2020 VegOttawa Association 10TH ANNUAL AGM

VegOttawa Associaton will be holding its tenth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6:30pm at The Copper Branch in Barrhaven (3161 Strandherd Dr #301, Nepean, ON K2J 5N1).  We will review the achievements we’ve made since the last AGM and look towards the future of VegOttawa.

As per our bylaws, there will be an election for 5 board of director positions.  Director positions have a one-year term.  Nominations are currently being accepted. Nominations must be received by Wednesday, January 29. Only VegOttawa members in good standing may be nominated or make a nomination. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations must be made in writing and be signed by the nominee.  Nominations can be e-mailed to

VegOttawa members will have an opportunity to appoint an auditor at the meeting. The auditor will audit the accounts of the Association. The term of the auditor runs until the following annual meeting. Remuneration will be set by the board. You can make suggestions and discuss with members in our Facebook members only group.

All members in good standing are entitled to attend the AGM. In order to vote in the election, you must have been a member at the time this meeting was announced. If you are uncertain as to your eligibility, please email our membership coordinator at

You may still become a member between now and February 6, and be able to attend the AGM.  Purchase your VegOttawa membership here.

It would be very helpful if you RSVP’d your attendance to, or if you are on Facebook then just mark yourself as ‘going’, as we need a certain number of attendees to make quorum.

Also, all attending members will receive 10% off their meal purchases! Please arrive early if you plan on eating there. Thank you Copper Branch!

Thank you for supporting VegOttawa’s efforts in making Ottawa a more veg-friendly place.

Moving Towards a Vegan Option in Canada

By Carolyn Harris

Hello everyone!

I wanted to give you all a quick update. You may remember two of my previous blog posts, letting you know about a petition calling on the Canadian government “to require public canteens under federal jurisdiction to provide a vegan option, and to raise this issue and work with provincial and territorial counterparts to require the same at all levels of government.” In practice, this means that a vegan option would be required to be served in all public schools, hospitals, prisons, and other public institutions. This is an important step that our country can take towards animal rights and vegan rights. A similar law is already in place in Portugal.

I didn’t start the petition, but I signed it and mentioned it on my blogs because this issue matters a lot to me.

In total, the petition received 3106 signatures from the public, and it was presented to the House of Commons on February 7, 2018. The government’s response was disappointing—basically, they implied that they don’t plan on taking action on this issue.

Fortunately, however, the dedicated vegan advocates who are working on this issue are not giving up! A new organization, Vegan Option Canada, has been founded to advocate for this new law. Vegan Option Canada is currently running two versions of their petition: an official paper petition and an unofficial, supplementary online petition. You can sign both, as the signatures for each petition are counted separately. You can access the online petition directly by clicking here. Check out Vegan Option Canada’s website to learn more about this issue and to find a paper petition near you. Alternatively, you can order sheets of the paper petition so that you can collect signatures yourself!

I feel quite confident that this initiative can succeed. Let’s work together and make it happen!

Next NCVA Potluck on March 18, 2018!

Please join the National Capital Vegetarian Association at our next vegan potluck for dinner on Sunday, March 18, 2018! Set-up starts at 4:30 pm, and the potluck itself runs from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (please try to come a bit earlier than 5 pm so that you can set out your dish!). The potluck will be held in the party room at 101 Richmond Rd in Ottawa.

Please note that the room capacity is 30 people. Please be aware that there have been changes in how much it costs to attend: to attend the potluck, it is now FREE for NCVA members, FREE for all children (whether they are a member or not) (accompanied by an adult), and $5 for non-member adults to attend. You can purchase an NCVA membership ($20/year) online, or at the potluck, in order to have the $5 fee waived. All are welcome!

Please bring a vegan dish (that is, containing no meat, eggs, dairy/cheese, honey, or any other animal product) that serves 5 (or more) people, along with a serving utensil and a list of the ingredients in your dish. And don’t forget to bring your own plate, cutlery, and beverage!

Hope you can make it!

There is no need to RSVP in order to attend, but if you want to RSVP/share the event with your friends on Facebook, you can find the Facebook event page here.

Update on Petition Calling on Canadian Government to Provide A Vegan Option at Public Canteens

By Carolyn Harris

Recently I received an e-mail from the House of Commons Electronic Petitions website notifying me that on February 7th, 2018, petition e-1205 was presented in the House of Commons. The e-mail goes on to say, “You will be notified once a government response has been tabled.”

This is a petition that I mentioned on this blog previously—it was calling on the federal government “to require public canteens under federal jurisdiction to provide a vegan option, and to raise this issue and work with provincial and territorial counterparts to require the same at all levels of government.” You can see the full text of the petition here, although it is no longer open to signatures.

On the House of Commons website, it is mentioned that this topic was brought up as well, but it doesn’t say if or how anyone responded to it. You can see what I am talking about here.

I am looking forward to seeing how the government responds. I will post on this blog again to let you know how they responded once I receive further information on the subject!