This week I embarked (finally!) on my solo homebrewing adventures, starting a Strathcona Porter II, courtesy of goodies from Dan’s Homebrew Supply on East Hastings. As my airlock on my fermenter gurgles away happily, indicating some serious yeasty shenanigans inside, I turned my attention to what the heck to do with the spent grain – […]

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It’s 2016 and I’ve got some thoughts about resolutions and such, namely that this year I want to be more mindful and intentional about where my charitable dollars and energy go. First though, let’s lay some groundwork for a larger discussion of effective altruism by talking about one big bugbear of many vegans – derailing […]

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Vegan Dog Nutrition – A Primer for Plant-Based Diets for Dogs

August 19, 2015
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A vegan friend’s parents (also long-time vegans) recently acquired a puppy and, having asked what they were feeding said puppy, I spent this morning putting together info about vegan dog nutrition to send to my friend’s folks as a primer.

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Flu Season – How to Boost Your Chances of Staying Flu-Free and Combat H. influenzae (which, oddly, isn’t the flu)

January 22, 2015
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I just put together a little list of things to help a friend who is struggling to eradicate infection with Haemophilus influenzae. This got me thinking that this info might be useful for others, along with some ideas for staying flu-free this flu season. Despite the name, H. influenzae is not the same as the […]

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My Second Novel is Out (in more sense than one)!

October 31, 2014

Vancouver, BC, October 31 — If you’ve been waiting for a Vancouver-based modern lesbian pulp-fiction novel, today is your lucky day! Don’t Bang the Barista! is the second novel from British-born, Vancouver-based writer, Leigh Matthews, an author whose first novel, The Old Arbutus Tree, was said to be beautifully written, if a tad harrowing. For […]

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A Round-Up from Vancouver’s VegExpo – Delightful and Delicious Vendors of Veganism

June 12, 2014
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Last weekend Vancouver hosted VegExpo, a great opportunity for local and national companies to feed people tasty vegan things and show off their shiny new products as well as some old favourites. I headed over to Canada Place with a fellow vegan friend, armed with an appetite and a keen sense of curiosity.

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Vitamin K2 and Bone Health

April 14, 2014
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In the second article in this mini-series on bone health and veganism, I’m taking a look at an oft overlooked vitamin, namely vitamin K. Vitamin K is in fact a group of fat soluble vitamins known as naphthoquinones. Vitamin K1 is involved predominantly in blood clotting and vitamin K2 in bone health, as well as […]

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Vegans and Osteoporosis – Strontium, K2, and Vitamin D3

April 14, 2014
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Horror stories abound of the vegans who go weak at the knees for the animals, literally, but it is not inevitable that all vegans develop osteoporosis, cavities, and other issues connected to musculoskeletal health. Unfortunately, the hundreds of thousands of cases of osteoporosis in omnivores don’t really make for attention-grabbing headlines like “12 year old […]

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Natural Allergy Prevention – How Do You Like Them Apples?

April 1, 2014
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Vancouver is gorgeous today! The cherry blossoms are out in force, the sky is blue, birds and singing and… people everywhere are sneezing. Hm. With so much pollen flying about, I wouldn’t be surprised if sales of Reactin have quadrupled this week. But, anti-histamines can make you drowsy and nauseous, can impair liver function, and […]

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The Importance of Vitamin B12 in Bone Health

March 8, 2014
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Many of those who eat a plant-based diet are aware that there are certains nutrients for which to watch out. They include: vitamin D, macromineral calcium, long-chain fatty acids like docohosexanoic acid (DHA), and vitamin B12. However, not many vegans know exactly why these nutrients are important, and that makes it all too easy to […]

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