It’s this woman named Ren (Riding on the Power of Others)

It’s this woman named Ren (Riding on the Power of Others)

I am sure that you have all experienced times when something, someone, a concept, a thought, an idea resonated so deeply with you, that you had to run with it without exactly understanding why. It seems corny to call it a “knowing”, but that is what it feels like to me, even though I am not quite sure what that “knowing” is.

I first came across Ren Hurst on Facebook in the last year or so, when

The Importance of Veganism and Anti-Speciesism in Animal Rights Outreach

The Importance of Veganism and Anti-Speciesism  in Animal Rights Outreach

My, my, my, the City of Montreal and our illustrious and obstinate Mayor Denis Coderre  certainly have a knack for  making the front page of mainstream news. So much of the swirling controversy has been inglorious as well as unflattering to the unwavering mayor.

From and to the:

3.4 million dollar decidedly ugly granite stumps gracing Parc Mont Royal
proposed and now in force Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), pertaining to pit bull type dogs
ongoing and deeply contested  …

Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals: AR activist and Vegan photojournalist

Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals: AR activist and Vegan photojournalist

The original version of my article about Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals was published in Feb of 2014, a few months before my fledgling vegan blog got an overhaul and new look thanks to my web designer and way, way before I knew anything about formatting. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that it was not a pretty scene – me hammering away at the keyboard, trying to write and add features and pics to my content to …

The Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt: A Newfoundlander’s Vegan View

The Canadian Commercial Seal Hunt: A  Newfoundlander’s Vegan View

I am Canadian and it is astonishing to me that I know so little about the Commercial Seal Hunt, the roots of which run deep in the fabric of Canadian history. The only real childhood memory I have of the Seal Hunt is, funnily enough, a good one. I remember vividly the Christmas gifts of sealskin fashioned into boots, hats, change purses…. the joy that came from opening these treasures wrapped in festive paper and ribbon was palpable. Although the …

Veganism and Addressing the Abuse and Suffering of all Species of Animals

Veganism and Addressing the Abuse and Suffering of all Species of Animals

What do these two sentences mean to you?

Number One:

Nothing happens in a vacuum.

The first sentence is widely used today and was penned by some very wise person. Don’t know who, just know it wasn’t me. Khaled Hosseini, author of the The Kite Runner explains it this way:

 Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.

And how, pray tell …

Protest, Veganism (AR) and Corruption in Politics and Mainstream Media

Protest, Veganism (AR) and Corruption in Politics and Mainstream Media

Now that the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the Women’s March are over, perhaps it is a good time to wax a little poetic about how I think politics and protesting may tie into veganism and the AR Movement. I am taking a big leap here because I have been apolitical for most of my life; oddly enough, I am becoming more aware, more interested and invested in the last little while. Perhaps my  awareness about specific injustices vis-à-vis …