Backyard chickens guidelines available for comment

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Backyard chickens guidelines available for comment

The Vancouver city staff has released the draft recommendations for the keeping of backyard hens. The Vancouver Food Policy Council has been working with the staff (and appears to fully endorse the keeping of hens as a food source – but only for eggs). The draft guidelines do not allow for backyard slaughter. I do


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Local Organizations: Earthsave

Another local organization worth knowing about is Earthsave Canada: Earthsave Canada is a non-profit, educational organization promoting awareness of the environmental, ethical and health consequences of our food choices. We advocate the move towards a plant-based diet for environmental sustainability, better health, and compassion toward non-human animals. Earthsave is an organization originally founded in the


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Local Organizations: ADAV

The Animal Defense and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC was founded almost a hundred years ago (sorry, I forget the exact date) to oppose the use of animals in scientific experiments. They are still around and still focused on stopping the bad science of animal testing and animal experimentation, in addition to promotion of kindness towards


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Quack! Our Canada Day Adventure

We recently got a duck mascot costume (thanks to NARN for the info on that) so we decided to take him out for the afternoon on Canada Day. He hasn’t been named yet. If you have any ideas for a name, email your ideas to Becci. We’ll select the top choices and let everyone vote!


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Karmavore: Vegan Shop in BC

Yesterday, we took an exciting trip to New Westminster to visit BC’s new vegan store, Karmavore.  It was their grand opening, and the generous proprietors were offering up all kinds of yummy samples.  We enjoyed an old favourite, Chi Cake,  as well some awesome fair trade dark chocolate, OrganicFair, which is made locally in the


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Car Free Day – fun in the sun and so much more

I was tabling at the Denman Car Free Day on Sunday with Alison and Neda. Our booth was right at the Davie end of the festival, right by the beach. It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time. I can’t even remember a single negative encounter to tell you about. There was


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Our response to the Greenest City Action Team’s preliminary report

A month or two ago, LBC, in conjuntion with several other groups, sent a letter to the newly formed Vancouver Greenest City Action Team, asking them to make recommendations that Vancouver residents reduce their consumption of animal products to help the environment. The Team just released their preliminary report (PDF) which made no mention of


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Backyard chickens – a bad idea

Vancouver city council is considering allowing Vancouver residents to keep chickens. While I realize that some people will keep chickens and care for them properly, I fear that most will not. Here are my reasons for opposing this motion: There are already welfare concerns with the keeping of the animals who are currently allowed, such


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Ouch! Inukshuk clubbing a seal – Peta’s new seal hunt campaign

I just got back from Peta’s press conference outside of Vancouver city hall unveiling the logo for their new campaign against Canada’s seal hunt. I am not always a supporter and I sometimes cringe at Peta’s stunts, but this time I think they are dead on. Co-opting the Olympic logo, which itself is co-opted from


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Bocuse d’Or – Who gets the prize? Not the animals.

Later this month, David Wong, an instructor at Vancouver’s Dubrulle Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Vancouver will be headed off to France to compete in the Bocuse d’Or. I’ve read that it’s like the Olympics of food. Cooking food, not eating it. While I’m all proud that Vancouver has a shot at sending


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