As a prelude to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17, 2010) , the official stand-up-against-poverty count is slated for September 17th – 19th, 2010, to coincide with the United Nations meeting in order to put pressure on world leaders to attend to poverty. Since the world leaders will meet on September 20th – 22nd, the following event will happen on September 17th – 19th:

When world leaders gather at the United Nations for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review Summit in September, the voices of their citizens will follow them, telling them, loudly and clearly:
“We will no longer stay seated or silent in the face of poverty and the broken promises to end it!’

Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) agreed that they would have a stand-up-against-poverty event on location at Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, on September 17th at 7PM . They can also have a short meeting at the same time for anyone wishing to help organize this event.

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Our alphabet letter ‘E’ recipe, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is for the delectable Ethiopian Tomato Salad. This Ethiopian Tomato Salad offers onions which are rich with the phytochemical diallyl sulfide, a substance that increases levels of cancer-fighting enzymes, thought to be especially protective against stomach cancer. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) informs us that raw onions will provide the highest amount of diallyl sulfide, compared with cooking at high heat. Furthermore, chopping and chewing the onion helps to release the phyto-power as well.

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Curry Tofu
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) advises us to eat a plant-based diet with the right mix of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. All these three immune-boosting nutrients are important for proper functioning of our immune system.

As a good guideline, choose colourful vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes in order for your meals to be visually appealing as well as  provide a balance of immunity-boosting nutrients.

The following alphabet letter C recipe is a colourful “Curry Braised Tofu with Basmati Rice, Lentils, Dried Cherries, and Pickle Masala” recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Curry Braised Tofu with Basmati Rice, Lentils, Dried Cherries, and Pickle Masala

Makes 4 servings

1 cup dry French green lentils or other green lentils
4 cups water
1 bay leaf
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 black pepper, to taste
1 cup dry basmati rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon pickle masala
1 cup vegetable stock or water
1 juice of 1 orange
1 teaspoon orange zest, finely minced
1/4 cup dried cherries
1 large tomato, roughly chopped
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 pound firm tofu, cut into bite-size pieces
1 fresh basil sprigs for garnish

Rinse and drain lentils. Bring water to a boil, add lentils, bay leaf, salt, and black pepper. Turn heat down and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until lentils are soft. Cover and keep warm over lowest heat or in 150°F oven.

Prepare rice according to package directions. Cover and keep warm in rice cooker or in 150°F oven.

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil, then onions, garlic, ginger, tomato paste, curry powder, and pickle masala. Cook, while stirring, for 5 minutes, then add stock or water, orange juice and zest, and cherries. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes more. Add tomato and sliced basil and cook until heated through.

Add tofu to the vegetable mixture and heat for 3 to 5 minutes until tofu is heated through.

Serve rice, lentils, and vegetable-tofu mixture in individual bowls and garnish with basil sprigs.

Per serving (1/4 of recipe)

  • Calories: 609
  • Fat: 13.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.9 g
  • Calories from Fat: 19.7%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 32.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 95.9 g
  • Sugar: 17.6 g
  • Fiber: 11.3 g
  • Sodium: 754 mg
  • Calcium: 325 mg
  • Iron: 9.7 mg
  • Vitamin C: 28.4 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 480 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 1.2 mg

Source: La Grenouille, New York City, New York

Toronto Mediatheque

At the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) Mediatheque in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  the following free Green Screens  event will occur:



September 1 at 7 pm

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On July 17th, the Bicycle Safety Rodeo for children was a hands-on learning experience about bicycle safety.

It was held in the parking lot of  the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, 414, Royal York Road (at Melrose), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

For more info about the Bicycle Safety Rodeo events, please contact:
Nando Tullo,  State Farm Insurance Companies
416-253-4979; toll free 1-877-853-3276

Sponsored by State Farm Insurance, this free program turned out to be great fun for the children as shown in the following SweetLoveable Video.