On today’s show we feature interviews with two women who have worked their way to the forefront of the vegan scene in Canada. First, though, we start the show by discussing the demonstration that Alison attended last week in front of the Japanese Embassy in Vancouver as part of Japan Dolphin Day 2012. Alissa talks about close encounters on her recent trip to Saturna Island, BC, a haven for wildlife, and mentions the end of hunting and fishing shows on BC’s Global TV. Then, we get people pumped for the upcoming Animal Voices & RawBC potluck on Sunday, September 16th at the south end of Trout Lake park (note that we had to postpone the potluck due to rain so on the show we say it’s September 9th!).
Dreena Burton is a cookbook author and stay-at-home mother in Vancouver, Canada. Her past books The Everyday Vegan, Vive Le Vegan, and Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan have helped her thousands transition and nourish their families and loved ones with delicious and wholesome cruelty-free eats. In addition she has won several awards for her informative blogs including the Veg News Veg Bloggy award and Vancouver’s Ultimate Mom Blog. Animal Voices spoke with Dreena about vegan parenting and about her newest cookbook: Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family.
Jo-Anne McArthur, We Animals
Jane Goodall said “Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care can we help.” One person who has dedicated her life to helping humankind understand the plight of non-human animals is Jo-Anne McArthur (photograph by Nick Ugliuzza). She is a globe-trotting photojournalist whose project We Animals spans over 40 countries and over 80 animal aid organizations have benefited from her work. She is a deeply empathetic person who uses her camera lens to focus in on individual animals in an attempt to help viewers see through their eyes. Jo-Anne doesn’t just “take” pictures, she uses her art to give back to the community. Jo-Anne McArthur, based in Toronto, is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian Empathy Award (arts category) and, in 2010, was recognized by the CBC as one of 50 top Champions of Change in Canada. She shares some stories from her travels and shares her excitement about her Humane Education program that she is bringing to schools, libraries, community centres, youth camps etc. to help young people widen their circle of compassion. Her work and her travels will be the primary subject of a highly anticipated documentary that is due to come out in Spring 2013 called The Ghosts in our Machine.
In today’s show we featured a wonderful song called Ghosts in our Machine by Canadian musician Kyp Harness who donated an original song to the film soundtrack.