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Hi fellow Ontarians,<br><br>
How has SARS affected your life? My mom broke her hip and was in the hospital and couldn't have any visitors. It was an awful two weeks. Very scary when someone needs you and you can't be there. Now we've got West Nile Virus to deal with this summer. I'm not too worried about that - I just won't spend time outside when mosquitoes are out.
 

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I work at a medical clinic in Ottawa and we have big signs on the doors telling patients if they have any of the symptoms to go to the emergency. For the first week or so everyone was panicked, including the doctors. Things have relaxed a lot. I feel really bad for those in the hospital (nonSars) and their families. A friend of a friend had a baby and no one could go visit except the father. How depressing! I'm not too worried about West Nile right now either.<br><br><br><br>
Where abouts in Ontario are you from Wendy?
 

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the SARS thing hasn't affected us too much here, the ER was closed to non life threatening emergencies for a few days but everything seems to be fine now. west nile scares me way more than SARS, and i live by a river which is heavily populated by birds and the water is very polluted with goose poo so it's perfect mosquito breeding grounds. i took a walk along the river a couple weeks ago and found a dead crow on the shore, so i called and reported it to the health unit which is what i heard we're supposed to do. i've seen a few squiters already this year<br><br><br><br>
i'm in Stratford by the way but originally from North Bay
 

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Stratford is a beautiful town Lady Faile. I've never been to North Bay though.<br><br>
I guess the West Nile is closer and scarier than I had thought. It's too bad you won't be able to enjoy your river as much as before.
 

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Hello Everyone,<br><br>
I live in Guelph...SARS has been a pain because I've had to take three different people to emergency during and I can never go in with them. My brother had a concussion and they let him go outside wandering around and never even called us to pick him up...I was a little upset about that.<br><br>
I live in Guelph...it is pretty vegan friendly...although I get jealous of all the vegan stuff they have in the US that is not available here. Stratford is pretty close...and I know Ottawa has fantastic vegan restaurants.
 

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Hi fellow Ontarians.. (not sure if that's a real word or not)<br><br><br><br>
SARS really hasn't affected me. There's a good article that PETA wrote about the causes of SARS. <a href="http://www.peta.org/feat/sars/" target="_blank">http://www.peta.org/feat/sars/</a>
 

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About the only things I've seen concerning SARS have been on the news, the internet or a big sign outside the doors of a rest home near where I live.<br><br><br><br>
I live in Owen Sound. I know LadyFaile has heard of it but for those who haven't it's a small city about 2 hours north of Toronto and located at the base of the Bruce Peninsula along the Niagara Escarpment.
 

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Congratulations Saborm on your engagement!! I'm excited for you.<br><br><br><br>
Portabella, I know what you mean about being jealous about not being able to have products that the US does. I have hope that it will all come here because every time I go the grocery store there are new products. I just have to keep pushing the grocery manager to keep ordering them!! Ottawa is pretty veg*n friendly with some great buffet restaurants. I'd love to join a vegetarian society group though.
 

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Hi AuroraLily,<br><br>
I've been veg*an for just over a year. Windsor is not a veg*an friendly town at all. There was a big article in the paper the other day with a picture of a guy holding a disgusting, huge hamburger they sell at a local restaurant for $47.99. It accomainied an article about how Windsor is one of the largest meat eating cities in Canada. PETA is starting a campaign to send postcards to several cities, including Windsor, encouraging restaurants to offer more veggie food choices on their menus. I'm all for that!
 

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Hi Wendy,<br><br><br><br>
That's disgusting about the meat!!! Ottawa is not bad at all. Most restaurants have something. You can usually get enough sides dishes to make a meal (salads, fresh veggies, rice, potatoes etc) My family is pretty good now and will ask me if there's something I can eat if we are thinking about a particular restaurant. I'm still pretty new to this vegetarian lifestyle as I only started in January but I'd never go back now.
 

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i've been to Ottawa a couple of times but for some reason the only food i remember having while i was there is beaver tails. yummm!
 

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Actually, I can always find something to eat when I go to a restaurant. Although I don't eat eggs (except in baking, occasionally) and I try not to eat too much cheese (too much fat!) I'm not vegan and that makes it easier.
 

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what i really miss are the funnel cakes from Canada's Wonderland. if we end up going on Sunday like planned they'll be hard to resist. though hopefully there'll be a real long line to disuade me.<br><br>
i find it hard to eat there, thankfully there are quite a few Mr. Sub stands where i can just get a plain veggie sub. but i think this time around we might pack some food from home and just go eat in the car
 

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Does anyone know of a vegan margarine? I found a few recipes in How It All Vegan, and they call for margarine. I'm in SW Ontario and can't seem to find anything.
 
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