Our feature interview today is with Patrick McDonnell, creator of the Mutts comic strip that is featured in over 700 newspapers. His “Shelter Stories” strips have convinced many people to adopt animals instead of buying them. Other strips gently bring tougher topics like factory farming, fur, and seal hunting to his readers. McDonnell will chat about the real-life animals who have inspired him, and what the day-to-day business of being a cartoonist is like. Above all, he says, the most important message he tries to convey through Mutts is “have empathy and be kind”.
Then, we will hear from the organizers of the second Niagara Veg Fest, happening June 2nd in St. Catharines. Keri Cronin and Laurie Morrison will tell us all about the speakers, vendors, food demonstrations, prizes, music and merriment that visitors will find there. They would like to make sure listeners know that the event is in a bigger venue than last year! So if you live nearby, come out (admission is free!) and discover all the veggie goodness your community has to offer. And if you don’t live nearby, come anyway and make a holiday out of it in one of Canada’s most picturesque regions.
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