|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
15th World Vegetarian Congress 1957
The Toronto Vegetarian Association was formed in 1945,
when a few vegetarians met at the home of Professor Arthur F. Stevenson.
In its first year there were 23 members. Weekly meetings were held at
various cafeterias and restaurants, and talks were given by well-known
vegetarians unifying all aspects of vegetarianism. At this time, the
development of the Association was motivated by the two objects stated
in the constitution - to provide a means of fellowship for all those
who believe in vegetarianism, and to assist in the better understanding
of the possibilities of a vegetarian diet.
In 1949, vegetarians from Toronto and other parts of Canada attended the American Vegetarian Convention at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. While there, the Canadian group agreed to form a national union which became known as the Canadian Vegetarian Union.
A close relationship has been sustained between Canadian
and American vegetarians. There has been considerable correspondence
between groups, and Canadians have regularly attended the conventions
of the American Natural Hygiene Society and enjoyed the health resorts
of their neighbours. Canada has also benefited by prominent lecturers
from both the United States and England. During the past year, the Toronto
Unit has been inspired by such eminent visitors as Hanworth Walker,
Mrs. Gasque, Dr. C. Gian-Cursio and Professor and Mrs. Scott Nearing.
Mr. Walker's visit was one which had been eagerly anticipated for several
months. His message of non-hurtfulness and peace for the world fell
like a benediction upon us. Mrs. Gasque again raised our thinking to
a lofty, ethical plane and deepened our awareness of responsibility
to all creatures. On two occasions this year, Dr. Gian-Cursio, natural
hygienist, enlightened us on the powers of nature to restore abused
bodies to a state of wholesomeness and well-being, We always profit
from the practical philosophy and wisdom of the Nearings in the living
of the simple but abundant life.
We have reached beyond our borders to points as far distant
as India, where we sent a consignment of Multi-Purpose Food; to Burma,
where we dispatched a supply of literature ; and to England and Germany,
where individuals have been helped by gifts of food. There has been
some correspondence with prospective immigrants from Europe and the
United Kingdom whom we wish to help.
Frequent letters to the Press have conveyed the spirit
of vegetarianism to the reading public and reiterated the themes of
natural foods and fasting. Advertisements have been placed in the newspapers
of cities where there is no organized group of vegetarians, and letters
and literature have been sent to enquirers. The executive have distributed
books, health publications, and recipes.
Our health food stores are located in Calgary, Edmonton,
Vancouver, and Toronto. The Toronto Unit has recently started a fund
which we hope will some day materialize into a restaurant and meeting
In a letter to the Toronto Board of Control early this
year, the C.V.U. opposed the fluoridation of the city's water supply,
and a deputation of 160 persons appeared before the Board to protest
the proposed measure. Civic action was deferred until the authorities
have more definite knowledge of the implications.
The contributions of our own members and associates have
done much to kindle the home fires and bring further illumination on
vegetarianism in its fullest sense.
We are indebted to the late George Corsan, physical culturist
and patriarch of Echo Valley; to Julie Kimball for her excellent editorial
material ; to Mrs. Melainie Johnston for her noble efforts to have vivisection
abolished ; to Herbert A. Mowat, National Director of the Canada-Israel
Association, for showing us clearly the relationship between vegetarianism
and world food problems; to Wilson MacDonald for his idealistic lyricism;
to Alex. B. Davies, N. D., for his interpretations of the divine implications
of vegetarianism; to W. J. McCormick, M. D., for his expert scientific
knowledge of nutrition; to Leo Pritzker, Mrs. E. W. Jackson, Eva M.
Budd, Hugh Jackson and Irene Middleton, whose energies and talents have
been dedicated to our high purposes, and to many others who have given
their services in order that our way of life may be better understood.
The members of the Canadian Vegetarian Union join with
friends around the world in promoting the vegetarian way of life as
a necessary step towards the elimination of cruelty, war and injustice
and the bringing in of the new age of brotherhood and peace.