Food and Drink Blog: Veganism – it’s not as hard as you think

Like many people, watching What the Health had me suddenly eyeing the food in my fridge with suspicion. Released in March 2017, the pro-vegan documentary directed and produced by Kip Anderson aims to persuade viewers to take up a solely plant-based diet by presenting them with scary statements about the havoc animal products can purportedly wreak on the human body. Among its shocking claims, the documentary states that eating one egg is as bad for your health as smoking five cigarettes per day and that consuming dairy can increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Growing up, my family had largely avoided eating pre-packaged foods in favour of home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients, but we had always eaten animal […]

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Q&A: Fred Penner

For nearly 45 years, Fred Penner has toured all over North America, has made countless appearances on kids TV shows, and has warmed the hearts of thousands of children and families. The Canadian singer-songwriter is a regular at CityFolk, and The Charlatan had the chance to catch up with him ahead of his two performances on Sept. 16 to talk about performing for kids and adults, his musical beginnings and “Fred Heads” (long-time loyal fans). The Charlatan (TC): What brings you back to CityFolk or Ottawa, in general? Fred Penner (FP): You know, it’s always the buyer. If they see me as being a fit in their particular event, then I’m happy to consider it and make sure that it […]

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Marvest allows local artists to shine

CityFolk may have been the reason swarms of people were found circulating the Glebe this past weekend, but Marvest was the reason they stayed past the closing act. Running Sept. 15-16, almost 20 venues along Bank Street participated in hosting the lineup of free shows, such as Pure Gelato, Irene’s Pub, and even Whole Foods. The roster was made up entirely of local acts, many of which were also youth. One example was Mia Kelly, an Ottawa high school student whose team of friends showed up at both of her shows with bright yellow shirts in support of her. Kelly said the best part of performing at local venues is being able to meet new people. “It’s great to have […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Fairtrade food on campus and across Ottawa

At first glance, Carleton doesn’t seem like a hub for local and ethical food options . McGill University actually got rid of all Tim Hortons on campus in favour of local coffee shops, and students at the University of Toronto created an ethical clothing brand that now is sold  at the university. For incoming students, it might seem like Carleton is lacking in that department—fortunately, that’s not true at all. In February 2017, Carleton became a Fair Trade Campus. This is a huge step for the university, and it represents a concerted effort by passionate students, Dining Services and university administrators. But what does it mean? The Fair Trade Campus program comes was started by Fairtrade International, an international organization […]

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