CCA Project to assist Food Banks

CCA project to assist Food Banks. This Podcast explains the work of CCA board member Jessica Danford. Check out her website at:

If you would like to assist those on welfare and those who need access to safe affordable gluten-free food in the area where you live contact Jessica at: Listen to her CCA Podcast with Sue Jennett on A Canadian Celiac (Episode 48) as they discuss the issues of safe, gluten-free food in Toronto food banks & elsewhere.

May decreed "Celiac Awareness Month" by the Council of Dollard-des-Ormeaux in Quebec

The Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux sent the following message:

FYI... Resolution 80.3, DDO Council, May 14, 2019: Mai,«Moisdelasensibilisationàlamaladiecoeliaque»/May,"CeliacAwareness Month"

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It is moved THAT the month of May be decreed "Celiac Awareness Month"; and THAT Council encourage the population to visit the web site of the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) and to participate in awareness activities using #GoBeyondTheGut.

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Celiac Awareness Day in Canada

May 16th 2019

In Montreal

The Olympic Tower will be illuminated green for us from dusk on May 16th to dawn on May 17th.

Join members of the Canadian Celiac Association’s Quebec Chapter and members of the Fondation Québécoise de la maladie coeliaque to celebrate

Wear something visibly green such as a green T shirt or pants or shorts so we can recognize each other and wear your green ribbon if you have one.

We will meet by the Nadia Comaneci Memorial by the 5 Olympic rings in between the Olympic Tower and the Olympic stadium.


Allo Cuisto Certified Gluten Free Restaurant in Dollard des Ormeaux (on the Island of Montreal)

On March 16th we held a meet and greet with CCA volunteers at Allo Cuisto, a certified GF dedicated restaurant and caterer on the West Island of Montreal. The CCA Quebec Chapter Board encourages everyone to please support GF certified establishments, they are committed to providing safe gluten-free options. For info on the program check-out and find certified establishments across Canada.

We had an absolutely delicious, guaranteed gluten-free, meal for a very reasonable price. Quality and price are well worth giving Allo Cuisto a try! They also have two wonderful services - catering and take out. If you are having a conference or meeting and need guaranteed gluten-free food give Wajihe Chef a call and see what can be arranged. They also have 5 meals for a set price that you can take out and freeze or use right away. While you are there take a look around as they also sell some interesting GF products, including frozen desserts and croissants. Chef Wajihe is a wonderful person who is enthusiastic and dedicated to bring safe, gluten free food to those who need it.

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Could this be another source of gluten?

From the GF Watchdog: “Gluten-Free Labeling: Are Growth Media Containing Wheat, Barley, and Rye Falling Through the Cracks?” has been made available online free of charge through December 11, 2018. Please click on the following link to access the article directly 
Tricia Thompson thanks co-authors Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN and Luke Emerson for their hard work on this article.
For those who might like a summary of the article GF Watchdog has kindly provided one:

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Understanding Celiac Disease - Dr. Justine Dowd

Thanks to Dr. Justine Dowd (University of Calgary) for her clear explanation: "Understanding Celiac Disease". She is an active health promoter, and presented her work the Canadian Celiac Association's National conference in Ottawa in June 2018. Check out a video of a recent interview:

Support having beer labelled with ingredients...

CCA asks public to support changes to beer standards regulation

Health Canada has proposed changes to the composition and labelling of beer products in Canada. The change will require beer manufacturer’s to declare any food allergens, gluten and sulphites on the product label. The celiac community is strongly encouraged to show its support for the proposed changes which will make it easier to identify safe food for consumption. See a sample response. Share with your family and friends.

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Is Gluten-Free Behind the Cauliflower Pizza Crust Boom?

Recently Pizza Pizza added cauliflower crust pizza to their menu and state that it is gluten-free: Pizza Pizza. They are the first Canadian pizza franchise to do so but likely others will follow given the interest in cauliflower crusts in the U.S.  Have you tried it yet?

Interesting story suggests the reason cauliflower crust has become so popular can be traced back to someone looking for a gluten-free alternative: How cauliflower became pizza's hottest ingredient.

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