Category Archives: Causes

Vegetarian in Moscow: A New Russia

When I left Moscow in 2003, it was hard enough to order a salad with no meat let alone find a veggie burger in Moscow. Thankfully, times have changed.

There are now not only places to find vegetarian food, but also growing online communities to help the vegetarian in Moscow.Even regular supermarkets carry vegetarian lasagna, cutlets, burgers, etc.

Jagannath [my city-pick favourite!] locations have full vegetarian/vegan restaurants with small shops selling everything from meatless foods and supplements to all-natural soaps & toothpaste. And the Vegetarian Card gives members discounts to vegetarian-friendly businesses around the city.

Most mainstream restaurants have a way to go before I’d call them vegetarian-friendly. But Moscow is definitely taking a step in the right direction.


What Goes Down the Drain Shouldn’t Be Out of Sight, Out of Mind

I’ve known for year that Sodium laureth sulfate was in most bath products we buy. I’ve known that it’s been proven to cause cancer, organ-system toxicity, and irritation. But I never thought about how devastating it is to our environment & waterways after it washes down the drain.

Check your bottles of soap, shampoo, body wash, +++ and see how common it is. Then, never buy products with it again. Ever.


Check out this site for detailed information regarding your health and how this chemical can harm you:

Tell LEGO to dump Shell from trying to clean up its image with our kids

imageIf Shell could, it would drill for oil on every corner of the globe. So more than 5 million people have joined together to stop Shell from endangering one of the last pristine places on Earth: the fragile Arctic. Those who have acted know what this place represents, and understand that to save the planet and save the Arctic is to save us all.Shell is using Lego to clean up its image for dirty oil drilling. Tell Lego to cut ties with Shell and save the Arctic

Two Canadian News Stories That Should Be Getting More Headlines Than How Many Medals We Won in Sochi

In the past two days I read the following news stories from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CTV news respectively:



While I don’t discredit the excitement of the Olympic Games, I just find it devastating to hear Olympic talk absolutely all day in every social media platform, but I haven’t heard anyone talk about the fact that:

  • Alberta’s tar sands are leaking into our ecosystems and poisoning our water. While environmentalists have been saying this for years, a federal study has just confirmed it (glad the feds had to spend our tax money to prove the obvious).
  • our Conservative government under prime minister stephen harper (I have so much loathing for him that I can’t even capitalize his name) seeks to devastate more natural habitat for more oil & gas.

…boreal forest used to live here

Today I Fell In Love With A Well-Spoken Canadian Olympic Snowboarder


At the end of an Olympic Athlete media question period, Canadian Olympic snowboarder Michael Lambert said: “Really? No controversial questions?”

His following words question whether we really should be holding the Olympic Games as they are now. Why do we need to spend billions to create entirely new venues, buildings, etc. for a sporting event that is merely a matter of days in length? With all the need for development in the world, this seems utterly wasteful.

A perfect Games isn’t someone who blows the budget through the roof for no reason, has people suffer, shuts people up. How is that a perfect Games? Spends ungodly amounts of money and then we are all going to watch it rot over the next 10 years.” Michael Lambert.


Quotes from News

Canadian? Vote Conservative? Think the environment’s important?

[From the David Suzuki Foundation]


While rolling in the profits from the fossil fuel industry, Harper’s Government has done the following.

UofT Fail: Raising Money & Reserving Education for Those that Have $ and will Make $

After five years at the University of Toronto I have seen a lot of the good things the university is capable of. These good things weren’t necessarily initiatives of the university, but rather by a lot of the good people that work there.

However, as I prepare to graduate I see gross misuse of tuition and changes in the university that are making it more elitist and out-of-reach now than when I entered. And it really bothers me.

Case in point: The UofT Boundless Campaign is raising millions of dollars for the university through donations. It wants student donations, alumni donations, public donations, corporate donations, ANY donations to “explore the boundless possibilities of the university and its community.”

But UofT is not allocating any raised money to the Transitional Year Program for adult students who don’t have the formal qualifications for university admission but show great potential. I have known personally & taken courses with TYP students. They are often well-lived, have tremendous insight, and are engaged members of our UofT community. They want their education. However, they sometimes lack the academic requirements for admission and sometimes the funding to afford UofT. UofT has reduced the number TYP staff, limited its funding, and has made it increasingly stressful to operate.

BUT UofT just announced a ridiculous amount of money is available to attract “top” students to UofT. And I can almost guarantee what type of demographic those “top” students come from. It’s very sad and disturbing to see UofT clearly discriminating through its funding allocation to alter its student demographic & maintain its elite status.