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6 February 2000 Issue

It's Not Just About Tofu!

For the first time in its 90 year history, the World Vegetarian Congress will take place in Canada. Each World Congress is promoted by the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) to publicize and develop interest in the vegetarian cause and to give opportunities for vegetarians to meet. This year's event is being hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) at the four star Toronto Colony Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

In this millennial year we invite you to join us to “Share the Vision” of a healthier, kinder and greener world, brought about by more and more people across the planet becoming vegetarian.

Live in a vegetarian world for a week
Whether it's during the social gatherings or the many daily lectures and activities, you will feel the support of our international contingency helping to build your energy and enthusiasm. You will leave feeling energized and recharged from meeting like-minded people. Who knows, you may even meet a future soul mate!

Daily activities planned
You will have a choice of participating in hands-on workshops, cooking demonstrations, group discussions and formal lectures on topics such as health, being vegetarian, global issues, vegetarian activism, ethics, ecology and food planning and preparation. We are aiming for over 70 speakers. All sessions and meals will take place at the hotel. Weekly and daily packages are available.

A bit about Toronto
Toronto, the largest city in Canada, lies on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, 145 km (90 miles) from the US border. We are a multi-cultural, affordable, safe, clean and very green city with many parks and ravines, and our night life is brimming with world class theatre and entertainment. And we have over 35 vegetarian restaurants!

The Toronto Islands, a popular parkland retreat, are a brief ferry ride away and within sight of downtown. Harbourfront, a waterfront parkland, with walking, cycling and roller-blading trails, shops, restaurants, arts and crafts studios and galleries, has a modern dance theatre, a summer concert venue and a large antique market.

Unique to Toronto is our 10 km (6 mile) underground city of tunnels, called the Path, that wind their way through more than 50 buildings linking a climate controlled network of shopping, services and entertainment -- a city under the city.

Food, food and more food
Come with a big appetite! Don't worry about meal planning! Prepare yourself for a culinary delight! Enjoy an interesting and varied selection of delicious, nutritious vegan meals combining both Canadian and international flavours.

All meals at the Toronto Colony Hotel will be prepared under the guidance of award winning vegetarian chefs Ken Bergeron and Ron Pickarski. Prepare to enjoy a selection of delicious and nutritious vegan food, served to you in the spectacular Lakeview Room on the 27th floor of the hotel.

Speakers
We have an impressive roster of speakers. Some of those tentatively scheduled are listed below. (Speakers are subject to change without notice.)

*Carol Adams - author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
*Rynn Berry - author of Food For The Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions and others
*Alex Bourke - co-author of several vegetarian travel guides
*T. Colin Campbell, PhD - co-author of The China Project; biochemistry prof. at Cornell University
*Robert Cohen, PhD - author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and others
*Brenda Davis, RD - co-author of international bestseller Becoming Vegetarian; nutrition specialist for Dr. Ornish’s retreats
*Gail Davis - author of So, Now What Do I Eat? The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Convenience Food
*Hans Diehl, MD - Coronary Health Improvement Project
*Tina Fox - chief executive, Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom (VSUK)
*Douglas Graham, DC - speaking on sports nutrition
*Gregory Haag, MD - speaking on food, nutrition and allergies
*Amie Hamlin - speaking on similarities between the tobacco and meat industries; singles workshop
*Prof. Dr. Marcel Hebbelinck - speaking on the health and fitness of vegetarians
*Mitsuru Kakimoto, DDSc, PhD - president of Japan Vegetarian Society
*Roberta Kalechofsky - speaking on Judaism and vegetarianism
*Maxwell Lee - chairperson of the International Vegetarian Union and president of VSUK
*Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann - nutritional researcher; author of Dictionary of Nutrition
*Howard Lyman - former cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy
*Jim Mason - lawyer; journalist; and author of An Unnatural Order: Why We Are Destroying the Planet and Each Other, and co-author of Animal Factories
*Vesanto Melina, RD - co-author of international bestseller Becoming Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian
*Jayn and Tom Meinhart - speaking on weight control; local organizing
*Jim and Dorothy Oswald - co-founders/directors of the Institute for Plant Based Nutrition
*Ingrid Newkirk - co-founder/chair of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
*Jason Samilski - youth activist and founder of Eat This!
*Rae Sikora, BA - co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living; co-created the first US Humane Education Certification Program
*Michele Simon, JD, MPH - lawyer, policy analyst; speaking on the politics of food
*Charles Stahler - co-founder/director of the Vegetarian Resource Group
*Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd - author of The Vegan Sourcebook and cookbooks; speaking on the ethics of vegan living
*Paul Turner - director of Food for Life Global
*Debra Wasserman - co-founder/director of the Vegetarian Resource Group; author of Simply Vegan and others
*Richard Wolfson, PhD - director of Consumer Right to Know; Canadian campaigner against genetically engineered foods

34th World Vegetarian Congress... "Sharing the Vision"
July 10 to 16, 2000 in Toronto, Canada

hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association
1101-2300 Yonge Street
P.O. Box 2307
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4P 1E4
tel: (416) 544-8891
fax: (416) 544-9094
e-mail: wvc2000@veg.on.ca
website: http://www.veg.on.ca/wvc2000

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