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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Seminar on Vegetarianism Monday June 10th 7 p.m.
The Ottawa Group of the Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter holds
periodic issue meetings. Next week's issues meeting will be about
Health and Environmental Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet" and George
Wilson will be presenting.
The meeting will be at the 'Y" on Argyle at 7pm, Monday June 10th.
Further info follows in the exchange below:
>From: George Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I'm hoping for a relaxed and interactive format, beginning with a few
>personal reflections on my 'vegetarian odyssey' over the past few years,
>and some of the readings and resources I've come across.... e.g. John
>Robbins' Diet for a New America, the writings of medical experts such as
>Dean Ornish, John McDougall, Peter Hanson, Neil Barnard, Mitchell Cohen,
>Denis Burkitt, along with impassioned and eloquent statements from writers
>such as Howard Lyman (Mad Cowboy) and Jeremy Rifkin.
>I have some transparencies that I used in our December, 2001, Food,
>Poverty and the Environment forum at the Metro Y. These will be used
>sparingly. I will also refer to the colossal advertising campaigns and the
>millions of dollars expended annually by the meat, dairy and egg marketing
>boards, and how much of this is inherently misleading and, sometimes,
>The purpose of this seminar is not necessarily to 'convert' people to
>vegetarianism; it is to help them consider the health and environmental
>benefits of REDUCING meat consumption dramatically. Even that step would
>make an enormous difference to the world, poverty problems and our
>collective health.... especially when one realizes that our three most
>common causes of early death in North America revolve around excessive
>cholesterol, which comes only from meat and dairy products: heart attacks,
>strokes, adult-onset diabetes and even several types of cancer have direct
>I will speak about the above for 15-20 minutes, then open the floor to
>discussion. It is the latter that will dominate our meeting; a 'sorting
>out' of conflicting messages that all of us must work through individually
>as we confront this issue.
>I hope this helps. I'm leaving tomorrow morning for a conference in
>Kingston, returning to Ottawa on Sunday evening. Send me a message if you
>wish more information, and thanks again for your query.
>As one who has worked as a fitness consultant and a personal trainer
>At 01:50 PM 6/5/02 -0400, you wrote:
>>I was wondering if you are the same George Wilson that will be
>>presenting "Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet" in Ottawa on June 10th?
>>If so, I was hoping you could tell me a little about what exactly will
>>be addressed and what format the presentation will take (i.e. video
>>clip, visuals, "lecture" style, interactive, etc). The reason I ask is
>>that there are a few people I want to encourage to attend, however being
>>such a sensitive topic for them, who are in the process of being
>>convinced, I'd like to assess if this would be an appropriate
>>forum/setting for them. So if there are any details you may share with
>>me, I'd appreciate it.
>>The Ottawa Group of the Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter holds
>>periodic issue meetings. Next week's issues meeting will be about "The
>>Health and Environmental Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet" and George
>>Wilson will be presenting.
>>The meeting will be at the 'Y" on Argyle at 7pm, Monday June 10th.
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