International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
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34th World Vegetarian Congress
Sharing the Vision

Toronto, Ontario, Canada • July 10-16, 2000
Hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association

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NEW! Frequently Asked Questions and Fees for the Congress

It's not just about tofu!
For the first time in its 90 year history, the World Vegetarian Congress will take place in Canada. Each World Congress is promoted by the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) to publicize and develop interest in the vegetarian cause and to give opportunities for vegetarians to meet. This year's event is being hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) at the four star Toronto Colony Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

International Vegetarian Union
IVU is a non-profit organization whose major aim is to further vegetarianism world wide. IVU encourages the formation of vegetarian organizations and co-operation between them and represents the vegetarian cause on appropriate international bodies. It also acts as a contact organization for enquiries about all aspects of vegetarianism from any part of the wolrld.
Toronto Vegetarian Association TVA was founded in 1945 and is a non-profit, registered charity. It is the largest locally based vegetarian organization in North America.  TVA's mission statement: To help people in the Toronto area adopt and maintain a healthful, ethical and ecological vegetarian lifestyle.

In this millennial year we invite you to join us to “Share the Vision” of a healthier, kinder and greener world, brought about by more and more people across the planet becoming vegetarian.

Thinking about coming to the Congress?
There's still time to process your registration by phone, fax or e-mail.  Contact our office today by telephone at +1 416 544-8891, ext. 3; by fax at +1 416-544-9094; or via e-mail at  
join ivu-toronto onelist Subscribe to the ivu-toronto e-mail discussion list.  Find out the latest news about what's planned for the Congress, and chat with other vegetarians from around the world who are thinking about attending the Congress.

Live in a vegetarian world for a week
Whether it's during the social gatherings or the many daily lectures and activities, you will feel the support of our international contingency helping to build your energy and enthusiasm. You will leave feeling energized and recharged from meeting like-minded people. Who knows, you may even meet a future soul mate! 
daily activities planned at the Congress Daily activities planned
You will have a choice of participating in hands-on workshops, cooking demonstrations, group discussions and formal lectures on topics such as health, being vegetarian, global issues, vegetarian activism, ethics, ecology and food planning and reparation. We are aiming for over 70 speakers. All sessions and meals will take place at the hotel. Weekly and daily packages are available.

A bit about Toronto
Toronto, the largest city in Canada, lies on the north western shore of Lake Ontario, 145 km (90 miles) from the US border. We are a multi-cultural, affordable, safe, clean and very green city with many parks and ravines, and our night life is brimming with world class theatre and entertainment. And we have over 35 vegetarian restaurants! 

The Toronto Islands, a popular parkland retreat, are a brief ferry ride away and within sight of downtown. Harbourfront, a waterfront parkland, with walking, cycling and roller-blading trails, shops, restaurants, arts and crafts studios and galleries, has a modern dance theatre, a summer concert venue and a large antique market. 

Unique to Toronto is our 10 km (6 mile) underground city of tunnels, called the Path, that wind their way through more than 50 buildings linking a climate controlled network of shopping, services and entertainment - a city under the city.

Find out more about things to do in Toronto, places to shop, as well as Toronto neighbourhoods. Learn a bit more about Toronto here, and feel free to click on any of the links below to learn more about what Toronto has to offer:

Tourism Toronto
Green Tourism Association of Toronto
Toronto Maps
Toronto Transit Commission
Getting around the city:
Toronto Transit Commission

Toronto Colony Hotel:Features non-smoking rooms with spectacular views of the city. King-sized or double beds, colour tv, air-conditioning, and telephones with dataports. There is also a fitness centre with two pools. Extensive guest services.  Breakfast included. Parking available at special rates.

University of Toronto Residence (single rooms only): Located one subway stop or a 20-30 minute walk to the Congress venue. Rooms are clean, roomy and air conditioned. Daily maid service, shared bathrooms and laundry. A vegan breakfast will be served on campus (included in the rates).

food, food, and more food! Food, food and more food
Come with a big appetite! Don't worry about meal planning! Prepare yourself for a culinary delight! Enjoy an interesting and varied selection of delicious, nutritious vegan meals combining both Canadian and international flavours.

All meals at the Toronto Colony Hotel will be prepared under the guidance of award winning vegetarian chefs Ken Bergeron and Ron Pickarski. Prepare to enjoy a selection of delicious and nutritious vegan food, served to you in the spectacular Lakeview Room on the 27th floor of the hotel.

Speakers (updated!)
We have an impressive roster of speakers. Some of those scheduled are listed below. Speakers are subject to change without notice. See our latest update for a preliminary programme of events!

  • Jennifer Abbott - documentary maker, media artist and cultural activist; directed and produced the award-winning documentary A Cow at My Table
  • Carol Adams - author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
  • Dilip Barman - speaking on veganic gardening, plus cooking demonstration
  • Dr. Thomas J. Barnard, MD - President of the Essex County Medical Society and a practitioner of Integrative Medicine in Windsor, Canada
  • Rynn Berry - author of Food For The Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions and other books
  • Lesli Bisgould, Barrister & Solicitor - speaking on animals and the law
  • Alex Bourke - co-author of several vegetarian travel guides
  • Rachelle Bronfman - co-author of CalciYum!
  • T. Colin Campbell, PhD  - co-author of The China Project; biochemistry professor at Cornell University
  • Robert Cohen, PhD - author of Milk: The Deadly Poison and other books
  • Brenda Davis, RD - co-author of international best-seller Becoming Vegetarian; nutrition specialist for Dr. Ornish’s retreats
  • Hans Diehl, DrHsc, MPH (Nutr.) - Coronary Health Improvement Project
  • Michael Allen Fox, PhD - author of Deep Vegetarianism
  • Tina Fox - chief executive, Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom (VSUK)
  • Gregory Haag, MD - speaking on food, nutrition and allergies
  • Amie Hamlin - speaking on similarities between the tobacco and meat industries; singles workshop
  • Prof. Dr. Marcel Hebbelinck - speaking on vegetarian children and adolescents, and the health and fitness of vegetarians
  • Dr. David Jenkins - Department of Nutritional Science, University of Toronto; speaking on Simian diet and working with the food industry to develop vegetarian products
  • Mitsuru Kakimoto, DDSc, PhD - president of Japan Vegetarian Society
  • Roberta Kalechofsky - speaking on Judaism and vegetarianism
  • Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann - nutritional researcher; author of Dictionary of Nutrition; speaking on the health status of vegans
  • Eric B. Litwack - University lecturer on philosophy; speaking on vegetarianism: a way of seeing
  • Howard Lyman - former cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy
  • Jim Mason - lawyer; journalist; lecturer; author of An Unnatural Order: Why We Are Destroying the Planet and Each Other, and co-author (with Peter Singer) of Animal Factories
  • Jayn and Tom Meinhart - speaking on weight control and local organizing
  • Vesanto Melina, RD - co-author of international best-seller Becoming Vegetarian and Cooking Vegetarian
  • Ingrid Newkirk - co-founder/chair of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA); speaking on why milk is not a vegetarian food and the Indian and Western leather industry
  • Jim and Dorothy Oswald - co-founders/directors of the Institute for Plant Based Nutrition
  • Claude Pasquini, PhD - speaking on animal intelligence and emotions
  • Barbara Rütting - former German movie star; health activist; speaking on healing the planet
  • Jason Samilski - youth activist and founder of Eat This! 
  • Sgt. Sherry Schlueter - speaking on the cycle of violence as it relates to animal cruelty, child abuse and domestic violence
  • Jashu Shah - IVU Regional Secretary for India; speaking on vegetarianism in India
  • Didi Ananda Shubhashisa - speaking on biopsychology
  • Rae Sikora, BA - co-founder of the Center for Compassionate Living; co-created the first US Humane Education Certification Program
  • Michele Simon, JD, MPH - lawyer and policy analyst; speaking on food safety regulations and the export of the standard American diet
  • Charles Stahler - co-founder/director of the Vegetarian Resource Group
  • Paul Turner - director of Food for Life Global
  • Will Tuttle - speaking on the spiritual dimensions of vegetarianism and vegetarianism and relationships
  • Debra Wasserman - co-founder/director of the Vegetarian Resource Group; author of Simply Vegan and others
  • Richard Wolfson, PhD - director of Consumer Right to Know; Canadian campaigner against genetically engineered foods
Arriving by air
Our official airline, Air Canada, is offering special Congress rates. Call Air Canada at +1-800-361-7585 or +1-514-393-9494, or contact your travel agent to take advantage of the discount. Certain rules and conditions will apply. Please ensure that the event number CV004914 appears on your ticket, regardless of the fare purchased, as this will help us fly in guest speakers. Thank you in advance! Airport shuttle, taxi and limousine services available (fee not included).

Arriving by other means
The hotel is steps away from the inter-city coach terminal and the subway, and close to the train station.

Cancellation policy
Cancel prior to June 10, 2000 and we will return all but $70 CAD. No refunds after June 10.

Hospitality guides
We need motivated conference guides to lead groups of up to 25 attendees. Guides will make it easier for people from other cultures to integrate and enjoy the Congress. Contact us if you would like to lend a hand!

For further information...

welcome to Toronto

We look forward to welcoming you!

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