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a href="http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/ontario-keeps-spending-a-fortune-prosecuting-a-farmer-whos-hurt-no-one-and-keeps-selling-his-milk">Ontario keeps spending a fortune prosecuting a farmer who’s hurt no one and who keeps selling his milk

Karen Selick, Special to Financial Post | March 6, 2017


Ontario is planning to waste more money this week prosecuting raw-milk advocate Michael Schmidt.

For 23 years, the province and some of its municipalities have waged war against Schmidt and Glencolton Farm, where he and others produce the unpasteurized milk that buyers want. Officials have repeatedly raided the farm, seized equipment, dragged Schmidt and others into court, fined him, spied on him and otherwise attempted to intimidate him.

This week, a five-day trial is occurring for Schmidt and two others, for allegedly obstructing a peace officer on Oct. 2, 2015. That day, when authorities attempted to execute yet another raid on the farm, approximately 50 people — co-owners of the farm co-operative — gathered to oppose police, in part by parking a tractor across the driveway, preventing the removal of equipment.

Still other legal action is pending against Schmidt and other members of his co-op: an injunction application seeking, once again, to shut down the raw-dairy operation. Two days are scheduled for that hearing at the end of May.

How much money has Ontario spent going after this raw-milk co-op for 23 years?

It has all been to no avail: The farm continues to produce fresh, unpasteurized milk daily, and co-op members continue to consume raw dairy products — knowingly, happily, and eagerly.

It’s time for Ontario to do a cost-benefit analysis on these prosecutions.

How much money has the province spent on courts and cops going after this raw-milk operation these 23 years? And what has it got to show for it?

Full disclosure: from 2010 to 2013, I was Schmidt’s lawyer. I remain his friend. A few years ago, I tried to unearth via freedom of information requests how much the various governments had spent on legal fees. One municipality admitted having spent $138,000 on outside lawyers. The province itself, which used in-house lawyers (and plenty of them) to prosecute Schmidt, claimed it couldn’t tell me what the cost had been, supposedly because the lawyers didn’t keep time dockets on criminal or regulatory cases where they never expected to receive court costs. Hmm… sounds fishy. But I wouldn’t waste my own scarce resources challenging it.

The truth is, they probably don’t know. It’s highly unlikely that anyone in the Ontario government has ever attempted to tease out and compile the necessary information from the Ministry of Natural Resources, the constitutional law branch of the attorney general’s office, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, four separate municipalities, and sundry other bureaucracies. Each agency itself probably has no idea what amount it has spent prosecuting Schmidt because that’s not how they organize their financial records.

My guess, however — having observed first-hand the many lawyers, judges, tribunals, court reporters, court clerks, expert witnesses, police officers and civil servants involved during my years on the case, and extrapolating from there — is that the province’s costs have got to be well over $2 million by now. And the main thing that’s achieved is giving Michael Schmidt extra publicity. With news of every prosecution, more and more people wonder what’s so great about unpasteurized milk, and whether they should try to get some.

In Europe, authorities have taken a different approach. Over the past decade, three major studies involving approximately 24,000 children have demonstrated that drinking unpasteurized milk in childhood results in a 41-per-cent lower risk of asthma, a 49-per-cent lower risk of hay fever and a 30-per-cent lower risk of respiratory infections and fever.

Canadian authorities allege that drinking raw milk can be dangerous, even fatal — but so can asthma and respiratory infections. The Asthma Society of Canada estimates that 20 Canadian children and 500 adults die from asthma attacks every year. In 25 years, no-one has ever died from, or even gotten sick from raw milk produced by Glencolton Farm.

Ontario outlawed unpasteurized milk almost 80 years ago. The ensuing years have witnessed enormous advances in food-safety science, microbial testing, hygiene, refrigeration and transportation — all of which make raw milk much safer than it was in 1939.

I’m not ordinarily one to advocate government regulation, but legalizing raw milk would allow the money currently being squandered on police action and legal prosecutions to be spent instead ensuring that standards of food safety were being met for those consumers who insist on having raw milk. The choice is clear.

Karen Selick is a lawyer and commentator.
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заявили протест на Брайнхог, он врезался в Сензу, отковырял от ее борта кусочек и стеншн погнулись немного... после двухсерийного разбирательства, оказалось что во всем виновата Ауранги (оранги-танги)

Гонка началась без ветра, Ауранги однако оказалась ближе к старт-линии, а Сенза еще болталась поодаль и линию пересекли через значительное время после старт-сигнала. Однако ветер постепенно раздуло и на подходе к наветренному бую уже у нас была хорошая скорость. Однако у буя перед Сензой, колторая шла правым галсом и имела право хода обнаружилась Ауранги, которая шла левым галсом и должна была уступать. Ауранги ни какого движения не сделала чтобы уступить, а тем временем, догоняющий Сензу Брайнхог оказался в опасной близости и решал уворачиваться ли ему совсем с необходимостью маневрировать потом кругами, чтобы обогнуть буй, или попытаться протиснуться между Сензой и буем... Протиснуться не удалось и он стукнулся носом Сензе сзади в борт... По большой дуге в это же время буй огибал Крикетт, который опасался тоже стать участником коллизии... крики, команды, комментарии, Крикетту ни чего не грозило .. Рик в сторону Ауранги заявил: "это из-за вас, ребята, все вот это происходит"... Тем временем Сенза обогнула буй и набирала скорость, Брайнхог ткнулся в буй и застрял возле него (touching the mark) Сенза наметила опротестовать действия Брайнхог и гонка продолжилась своим чередом.

после обсуждений я выяснила почему Ауранги во всем виновата (оказывается Ауранги опротестовывала Сензу на всех предыдущих гонках - что-то не так с вами ребята?) Ауранги выполняла поворот, который ее поставил в левый галс, уже очень близко к бую, а , как я выяснила вот только что, ближе чем на две длины лодки к бую лодку нельзя поворачивать.

В итоге про damage страховые агентства от Сензы и Брайнхог будут выяснять кто кому платит, а Ауранги дисквалифицировали из той гонки.

и мой традиционный анти-соотечественниковый комментарий: шкипер Ауранги - русскоговорящий с украинской фамилией соотесссссственник - traumatised population

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пока везла свои две банки молока в рюкзаке, молоко из одной пролилось внутрь рюкзака, какой-то ... ... ... нехороший человек недозакрукил крышку на моей банке когда заливалось... и домой я привезла некоторое количество молока просто в рюкзаке...
- заявила протест -
- получила извинения -
- я рюкзак конечно ополаскивала, пока вывернутый для высыхания заштопала там что-то внутри ... но запах... упоительный запах молочной кухни - остался... теперь меня будут любить все коты и собаки

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вороно отгонял белку от яблок, которые я разложила сушиться на солнце

о солнце, ты светило целых пол-дня,
и затем светило опять скрылось в туман

... пытаюсь коммуницировать с вороной посредством единственного звука, который я умею изобразить на вороньем эсперанто "кыгдык кыгдык" вононы так курлычут когда ухаживают друг за другом... так что вроде должно быть уместным высказывание в качестве дружеского приветствия... И я даже услышала от вороны с дерева такое же... тщеславно надеюсь что это было сказано в мою сторону...
где то на дереве метрах в двацати истошно орет вороненок... вороно больше люби печенье, но сухие куски лепешки тоже забирает -мой высохший эксперимент на тему лаваш - вероятно припрятывает в водостоках, так ему больше шансов размокнуть до съедобной консистенции.


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пробую небольшую пластиковую сокодавилку, выглядит как игрушка из кукольного набора, ее вид не предполагает промышленных масштабов соко-приготовления, что для меня важно, работает исправно и - что особенно хорошо - не имеет железных частей соприкасающихся с яблочной массой, а значит масса окисляется только от воздуха, а не от железа... это тоже момент так или иначе воодушевляющий ...

пробую способ - подержать яблоки в воде перед тем как давить из них сок+пюре... ибо вчерашнего падения яблоки уже дают только пюре, а не сок.
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меня подвезли - водитель автобуса в отставке и работающий водитель автобуса , они всякое рассказывали незатейливое, от меня участия не требовалось особого, так что я с удовольствием развесила уши:

про бензин в штатах и в канаде, Энгус на заправке остановился, залил бензин и заполнил строку в своей записной книжке, где всегда записывает где и сколько и за почем заправил, чтоб наблюдать динамику... По дороге рассказывал как в 70е гг он с друзьями путешествовали по Польше, Чехословакии и Австрии - с целью смотреть поезда, трамваи и троллейбусы - интересно людям и поехали изучать...

про завод мороженого, где Эд работал когда был пацаном - его отец там работал, и у них была льгота - детей сотрудников нанимали летом на работу на этот завод - там интересней всего было в холодном цеху, ему полагалось два перерыва на еду и четыре перерыва на обогрев. В обогревательные перерывы он снимал с себя теплые одежды, вывешивал их в сушильный шкаф, где они прогревались 15 минут, потом одевал теплое и шел обратно работать в цех... в 70-80е гг это было, и платили хорошо, по 30 долларов в день по тем временам да еще и ребенку - вообще очень хорошая зарплата...
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interview with Michael Schmidt




M:

It was hard to track you down and convince you to sit down for a one on one interview with yourself, why?

Michael:

There are several reasons for the withdrawal from the public view.

The last 8 years have been very intense and dominated by the legal battles in Ontario, BC and Alberta regarding raw milk.

Besides all the legal challenges I had a lot of speaking engagements in the US, Europe and here in Canada.

This was necessary in order to raise the awareness in regards to the loss of our fundamental right to make an informed and educated choice.

I am sure I made my point.

Others have now stepped forward wanting to carry the flag of food freedom.

M:

The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear your appeal, which ended your 8 year battle with the Province of Ontario. Are you disappointed about the outcome?

Michael:

Why should I be disappointed? Look what we have achieved in all these years. There are more people drinking raw milk than before.

We have trained outstanding farmers each supported by very passionate cow share members who are eager to defend their farmers and their right to the food of their choice.

It has become a public debate.

Every public survey I have seen which has been undertaken by the news media in the last 8 years supported our position. A minimum of 75% of the respondents voted that everyone should have the right to make a choice to either drink pasteurized or raw milk.

The Government is very well aware of that.
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Part two

I returned home to Ontario on a West Jet red eye flight. I was relieved that Nobody around me noticed, that I was out on bail for conspiracy to kidnap sheep.
Lawyers worked frantically to make sure that I can continue to play my role in the six act drama of our "little Chilliwack dairy". No doubt it would be the best scenario in the "Hunt for Michael Schmidt" if I would be punished and locked up for 45 days as Susan Beach demanded before the "Sheep Heist Trial" even starts.

What an honor to travel 13500 km in less than 12 days to be on the BC stage of justice.

Act 4

This will be the ultimate scene and climax to feature Susan Beach acting for Fraser Health in her role.
I had the best place because I stood at the witness podium and below me Susan Beach ready to jump.

The Curtain rose our wise judge entered, respectfully the entire theater paid respect and then sat down.
Susan Beach started with her cross examination.
A few days prior she told me face to face I can be finished with you in 35 minutes.
Without getting into details, it was remarkable how desperate she was to put the final nail into the coffin.
Splitting hairs, her voice dripping with sarcasm, she despised every answer I gave her.
By now all milk would have curdled on it's own without any added culture.
Her voice almost hysterical, she made fun of my German accent, sometimes her voice was condescending sometimes like a feisty dog barking up a tree.
She turned the pages so violently on her desk i guess wanting to demonstrate her power and utmost despair.
She was after all the "CHOSEN" one to bring down OUR COWS "little Chilliwack dairy. She was the one dreaming to end the battle for raw milk in Canada. She was the hope of the entire dairy industry to put an end to an almost 20 year old milk war.
And all she was, was a roaring paper tiger with no desire trying to understand the needs of others. No desire to admit the failings of her clients, no desire to recognize her own misery of having to be miserable.
But at the same time I admired her determination, her smartness and her ability to remember many details.
It was over. She suddenly said that's all. I was surprised, because I had many more suggestions for her what to ask me to get to the bottom of the milk-can.
Gordon Watson rose to continue my cross examination.
Every time he walked calmly to the lawyers desk Susan Beaches eyes rolled and her body language expressed her distaste for this unlearned lawyer.
Gordon Watson impressed me. Yes he has his moments, but he has wit and a memory of a genius. He asked the questions which in fact mattered in this act 4 of this drama...........
The judge rose, everybody bowed their head and the curtain came down.
My desire to connect with Susan Beach on a more personal level has vanished, at least for today. I hoped that she will have a good sleep.

Act 5

We are full of anticipation of the grand finale.
Everybody is ready to deliver the final plea for justice. Lots of questions remain........will the judge rule today?
does the judge like us?
What will the penalty be?
No milk bath tomorrow?
A lot of questions swirling around before the final round, so we thought.

The curtain rose the learned judge gracefully entered the chamber and nodded his head towards Susan to begin her deliberations.
It was stunningly disappointing. It seemed hours and hours of monologue, reciting case law about a barking dog, no passionate appeal to the judge to save the world from raw milk.
Where was her heart?
Did she not believe in the cause of saving us from ourselves?
I was confused. The longer she kept going in her monologue the more people dozed off dreaming of a refreshing milk bath.
Eventually she wrapped up and stepped to the side.
Jason Gratl our low key lawyer laid out the rather un-complicated matter how cows can indeed make milk for drinking, but if the courts orders so, will produce the most wonderful milk bath. Versatile beyond comprehension. Even Health Canada agrees on that.

The last dissertation is from Gordon Watson. Laying the ground work for a broader understanding about the milk politics in BC, about his search for answers, his search for the truth, his search for due process, his search for milk, his search for justice in the face of Government corruption.

The judge awakens to Gordon and with a sense of grace engages in the final review of history. Like old friends they engage in conversations about great legal cases.
The judge seems thoroughly enjoying this trial. He shows no intention to finish this drama in five acts. He wants another act to follow.
The curtain falls we are all stunt. Susan visibly irritated had packed her suitcase already, makes arrangements on her phone for another dark night in New Westminster.

Act 6

No audience waiting like the other days. This drama is so emotional draining that we begin to see the toll.
Would they have known that the real highlight was yet to come.

The curtain rose. We bowed our head as the judge entered. I was stunned the judge appeared different. His suit was of much lighter colour. His tie was different. There was more light so it seemed.

Gordon rose, Susan rolled her eyes, Jason folded his hands and the judge gave Gordon respectfully his powerful but almost invisible nod.

This was Gordon's moment.
I was mesmerized , I was elated, I was surprised, I was moved, I was in the middle of the battle of human minds where history came alive with battling soldiers, playing hockey in Korea and Gordons father dropping the puck. Only to be killed shortly after.
The Magna Charta came alive in the courtroom through Gordons ancestors. Yes, Gordon was fighting the evil of communism in the country which battled communism in other parts of the world.
Gordon was finished. The court was silent....................until Susan jumped up with a last attempt to highlight the reality that a milk bath is more dangerous than our corrupted agencies. Susan did what she had to do.
She could have been my Valentine for a few days, but she threw my rose into a card board box.

The final curtain falls.

The books are closed everybody is hanging on the lips of the judge to catch the final words.

No ruling............ not for a while.......... may be after the election.

Our cue....we have a job to do.
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http://babusyatanya.blogspot.ca/2013/02/michael-schmidt-reflections-on-little.html

Reflection on the Little Chilliwack Dairy Court Drama.

Part One


I cannot help myself to stop thinking about Susan Beach our counterpart acting, yes acting lawyer for Fraser Health in our recent court proceedings in BC.
We met the first time at the door of courtroom 208 in New Westminster BC. Yes it was before the curtain call. I walked up to her and introduced myself expressing my gratitude to finally meet her face to face.
She did smile and proceeded in anticipation that finally the controversial " little Chilliwack dairy" could be forced into compliance, so it seemed.

The curtain rose and all the actors in their place bowed their head as the judge entered the courtroom.
The audience rose to their feed under the watchful eye of four security guards and showed equally their respect.
Act 1.
All actors introduced themselves.
Susan Beach for Fraser Health
Another Lady Lawyer for the Attorney General in BC
Jason Gratl for, me, the accused of running OUR COWS
Gordon Watson equally accused but chose to be his own lawyer.

The Susan Beach opening round did not really take off smoothly, because the always challenging Gordon Watson questioned the proceedings and demanded for a good reason to change the civil contempt proceedings into criminal contempt proceedings.

Objection my Lord,
objection my Lord,
objection my Lord,
Objection my Lord,...................
Appeared to be the well rehearsed opening line by Susan Beach.
No it was not. "O B J E C T I O N MY LORD" was the battle cry of Susan Beach for six days.
The court was not only her platform for acting, it was also her way of staying in excellent shape by jumping up and down during her battle cry.
No gym required indeed.
At the end it became clear, change in procedures required more actors for act 2.
The curtain fell, nobody clapped, the drama unfolded with great confusion to be continued the next day.

Act 2
Valentines day in court.
Before the curtain rose I handed Susan Beach roses for her and the other lady lawyer hoping that they would understand that I do love lawyers even on the opposite side, because they are the greatest actors on stage. Indeed I was not wrong.
I saw a shade of a little smile crossing her face, swiftly she turned and the roses ended in a cardboard box on the floor.
Here goes my Valentine.
Instead my friend Tim Shum from Fraser Health entered the stage asserting, that they always believed that the " little Chilliwack dairy" was and still is a major health hazard, forget the cosmetics. He always wanted to take them down, never ever wanted to demonstrate restrain in his enforcement policy. Never believed us, never instructed to investigate, never inquired, never followed up..........except for sending poor George one beautiful day in August 2011 to Chilliwack to check out his pet project, the "little Chilliwack dairy".
Tim Chum is a kind man, who appears to be caught in the crossfire of the dairy cartel and those nuts wanting to own their own cows. He does what he is paid for.
Poor George Rice seemed to be caged into the witness box. I wanted to tell him that it is not the prisoners box, but he never looked at us or to the lawyer, who was asking him questions.
Did you investigate who runs the farm? NO
Did you Test the cosmetics? NO
Did you take any samples? NO
Did you see anybody drinking cosmetics? NO
Did anybody get sick in the last 5 years? NO
Do you normally inspect dairy farms? NO

NO, NO ,NO, NO, NO was the most impressive one liner on stage I ever experienced.
George was indeed a soul I certainly felt compassion for, since he innocently was also was trapped in this situation, where suddenly his policing authority was challenged by a bunch of "cow nuts" from the "Little Chilliwack Dairy".

I entered the stage to testify on my behalf. I realized that Georges prisoner box was not a cage. It must have been a pulpit or a speakers podium with a great view of the entire stage and the audience.
The judge to my left towering with grace over our affairs and on the right below me the lawyers and Gordon.
Why Tim and George did not use this pulpit to announce their compliance of doing their job remains a mystery to me.
Jason Gratl gently guided me with questions through the complex simplicity of OUR COWS " Little Chilliwack dairy".
Once in a while interrupted by the one liner of Susan "objection my Lord". I wished I had in our grade three drama play a one liner like that, I could have been a star.

The act ended with a comical add on, when it became clear I needed to return for act 4 but had only permission from the courts in Ontario to perform in three acts.
The Judge wanted to know why?
Jason Gratl said, because The accused has bail conditions from Ontario.
The Judge wondered for what?
Jason responded hardly containing himself; "conspiracy to kidnap sheep".
That left everyone wondering with a smile what else will happen after the break in Act 4, 5 and 6.

Nobody ever thought that this would take longer than the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
It only gets better.
The curtain falls Susan Beach breaks out in laughter;
" kidnapping sheep" she says " I would have real fun to take that on.
I thought to myself; Oh Susan, you need more than one line for that drama.

To be continued...........
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http://babusyatanya.blogspot.ca/2012/09/blog-post_6750.html

насобирать шишки от red cedar (дерево туя), их сейчас белки с верхушек деревьев отгрызают и много роняют... с веточками они пахнут ореховой свежестью и смолой... залить шишки какой-нибудь самой противной на вкус водкой, например называемой Русский Стандард, или Столичная, оставить постоять так дня два - три и невкусная водка приобретает красивый коньячный цвет и терпкий смолистый вкус
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http://babusyatanya.blogspot.ca/2012/06/saga-of-little-chilliwack-dairy-c.html

Preface

In a surprise move Fraser Health lawyer Susan Beach took sick leave and Gordon Watson’s and my 55,000 dollar contempt of court hearing was “indefinitely postponed”, agreed on by all parties.

Susan Beach is the second lawyer having been bestowed with the responsibility to erase the little Chilliwack dairy, who needed to remove herself. Guy McDonald had to do the same a few years ago due to a mysterious illness.
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Michael Schmidt

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http://babusyatanya.blogspot.ca/2012/05/one-more-court.html

court date is June 7 and 8 in New West Supreme Court

We will be meeting on the steps at 9:00 am. The theme for the day will be 'People's Choice'. Do we have the right to choose, do we have the right to risk? ...............We have a right to own a cow, feed our cow, have someone else feed our cow, milk our cow, have someone else milk our cow, but we do not have the right to put the milk from the cow in a jar with the intent to consume it???? The right to choose what we eat has been taken away, and we need to fight to get it back. Health Canada has said that it is ok to milk our cow and put it in a jar as long as it is labeled as a cosmetic, and as long as it is not sold. Fraser Health (provincial) apparently does not appreciate the position of Health Canada (Federal) and insists it really doesn't matter, they just want to shut the farm down.

Michael Schmidt and Gordon Watson will both be in attendance, and on trial for contempt of court, for allegedly contravening the order against Alice Jongerden, by packaging and producing raw milk for human consumption, even though there is no evidence of such.

Will Fraser Health really sell your cows without your permission? They have threatened to do so, giving a 60 day notice (52 have already gone by), and have said any expenses in doing so will be charged to the owner of the farm property. The owner has had to seek out their own legal council, and have responded to Fraser Health. They have yet to get a returned response.
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http://babusyatanya.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post_23.html

с молоком, с печеньками и с творогом, с картинками, с аппликациями, с надписями и лозунгами... с дитями... - выпивали молоко и какао, жевали печеньки, детям тоже досталось... обсуждали всякое, махали картинками, плакатами и лозунгами в камеры двум репортерам, слушали нескольких ораторов, ораторы - из своих - смущались но крепились и ораторствовали по-делу, без лишних эмоций, но с уместным выражением озабоченности и пояснениями, как влияют на изменение ситуации наши простые обращения к депутатам по имейл, или простой почтой направленные им...

над заливом взвился chopper - люди в камуфляже хорошо просматривались в вертолетную брешь на боку...
мой комменратий "they do take us seriously, eh?!" разбежался по лицам улыбками и хыхыками :)
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http://babusyatanya.blogspot.com/2011/11/raw-milk-advocates-to-rally-nationwide.html


Raw Milk Advocates to Rally Nationwide for Food Freedom, November 23, 2011

Members of the Public will gather outside the Olympic Cauldron, Canada Place at 11.am to assert their right to choose what they eat.

Demonstration: Paneer making by Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of Vij's and Rangoli's Restaurant made with Raw milk.

Serving Hot Chocolate and Cookies

VANCOUVER B.C. - Five years after the November 23 armed raid of an organic raw dairy farm in Ontario, food freedom advocates across Canada are rallying to gain public support for legislative changes to allow limited distribution of safe, carefully produced raw dairy products.

“The glass of raw milk has become the symbol of the food rights movement,” said Michael Schmidt, the target of the 2006 pre-dawn raid involving nearly two dozen armed law enforcement officers. “Our message and our method is to bring down barriers in order to open dialogue,” Schmidt said in a speech at the Wise Traditions conference recently held in Dallas, Texas.

Schmidt recently ended a 37-day hunger strike when Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty agreed to meet with him to begin dialogue to change raw milk laws. Schmidt and thousands of his supporters identify current dairy laws as limiting Canadians’ freedom of food choice.

Canada is the only G8 nation that universally bans the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk. Government health officials cite the low probability of possible contamination with pathogenic bacteria as justification.

However, in an analysis of U.S. Center for Disease Control (C.D.C.) data, Dr. Ted Beals notes that there is an average of only 42 cases of illness per year attributed to raw milk in the U.S., compared to an estimated 48-million food-borne illness from all causes. In government actions against raw milk, more than 90 per cent result in no harmful pathogens found, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, a food-rights advocacy group.

Dr. Beals notes that U.S. C.D.C. data studying the American population show that, “3.04 per cent of the population consumes raw milk, or about 9.4 million people.” Beals concludes that consumers are 35,000 times more likely to become ill from other food products than from the raw milk that they drink.

Says Alice Jongerden, the previous agister of Home on the Range B.C. herdshare, "With nearly 33,000 traffic fatalities in the U.S. each year, a U.S. raw milk drinker is about 780 times more likely to die in an accident on the way to pick up their milk than they are to be sickened from drinking it.”

Advocates like Jongerden identify countless health and environmental benefits to regulating herdshares ensuring safe raw milk.

“Revised laws, both federally and provincially, could succeed in supporting local sustainable milk sources, minimizing antibiotic usage, reducing carbon emissions, and improving animal management practices,” she says.

And, although the health benefits of raw dairy are generally downplayed by government health officials, the peer-reviewed research at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute show that children who drink raw milk have a 41 per cent lower risk of asthma and a 50 per cent lower risk of allergies, compared to children who drank pasteurized milk, as reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

November 23rd rallies are being held in: Victoria and Vancouver in B.C.; Toronto, Kemptville, and Ottawa in Ontario; Saskatoon and Regina in Saskatchewan; Montreal in Quebec; Wolfville in Nova Scotia; and St. John, Newfoundland.
Alice Jongerden
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Already, almost 200 people across North America have joined the Michael Schmidt Solidarity Fast on Tuesday 25th October, with numbers growing by the hour.



Fasting together for 1 day. Bring your chairs, cameras, and signs (McGuinty, meet Michael) or (Christy Clark meet Michael ) ...

I heard if there was extra lotion, Bert would bring to share with Fasters....

We will take pictures and email thebovine.wordpress.com at the end of the day.



As the movement grows in support of Michael Schmidt’s hunger strike for food freedom, supporters are taking a day without food to show their solidarity with Michael, who has not eaten for 26 days.

Michael Schmidt says:

“The right to buy food direct from a farmer is as old as our country. Yet, today, that right is being taken away from Canadians by its government. I, Michael Schmidt, am on hunger strike until the government agrees to constructive dialogue on ensuring that this right is respected. I have written to Premier McGuinty to request a meeting and am encouraging everyone who supports this fight to write today to their elected officials and Premier McGuinty and make their voices heard.”
As part of the Michael Schmidt Solidarity Fast, a rally will be taking place outside Queen’s Park in Toronto at 1 pm on Tuesday 25th October. Their banners will read “McGuinty, meet with Michael”.

A Support Michael Schmidt facebook page that was launched at the end of last week has already nearly 3000 members, and counting…


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Another perspective, from American blogger and WAPF publicist Kimberly Hartke:

Tomorrow on the 25th day of raw dairyman Michael Schmidt’s hunger strike, hundreds of supporters will give up all food except raw milk for the day. Michael’s epic struggle to win parity for small, sustainable farms in Canada has struck a chord worldwide. Blog comments and fan mail are coming from as far away as South Africa and Australia. On social media, supporters are changing their facebook profile photo to one with Michael Schmidt with a wine glass full of milk, and the slogan, Got Freedom?

A facebook group supporting Michael already has over 3200 members in just a few days:

https://www.facebook.com/westonaprice#!/groups/supportmichaelschmidt/

Supporters are calling, emailing and faxing government officials, attempting to get them to meet with Michael to end his strike.

To schedule interviews with Michael or his supporters please contact Ingrid Hamilton: ingrid@gat.ca or phone: 416-731-3034
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It doesn’t matter if you believe the science that says raw milk is healthier. It doesn’t matter if you believe the science that says that raw milk is safe. It doesn’t matter if you believe in an economic model that supports a decent life for farmers. It doesn’t matter if you believe in buying locally. It doesn’t matter if you believe in eating organic.



But in a world where it is acceptable to buy raw spinach, raw eggs, sushi, carpaccio, processed meats, raw beef, raw chicken, raw pork, raw cheeses, cooked cheeses, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and over the counter drugs, it must also be acceptable for people to drink milk from their own cow share







Please feel free to share what I have written but understand that your greatest power is your own voice. You count and you matter. Write today and write again tomorrow. We do have the power to change our circumstances, to transform our country for the better. Accept it and make it work for you.



It has come to my attention that we have a recent legal precedent indicating that no Canadian can include their right to drink milk, however produced, in their assumption of Liberty as quoted in the Canadian Charter of Rights. I’m personally interested in our liberty to own a cow and have the fresh milk from that cow, in the same way that I have liberty to buy carrots, mushrooms and potatoes from local farmers; I would like to safely be able to purchase milk from smaller family farms. I firmly believe that it would be the safest and healthiest choice.



Fresh milk is superior to cooked, or pasteurized, milk. As long as it is produced properly there are no health concerns. No tuberculosis. No bacterial infestations. No virulent strains. Pasteurization destroys the enzymes and vitamins that make milk such a wonderful food. Just as fresh carrots have higher nutrient content so does unprocessed milk. The “Vitamin A and D Added” to the carton of conventional milk is not nearly as beneficial as it is not an original nor integral part of the whole food. It’s processed from an unknown source and added after the fact. Our body does not digest it very well. In fact, many people who cannot digest cooked milk have no problem with fresh milk. The problems that come from raw, unprocessed milk are from when it is produced improperly or cared for improperly. Just like pasteurized milk. Just like meat. Just like spinach. Before we had pasteurization we had small farms. And then for a short while we had larger factory dairy farms with major health problems coming from their milk products. With these larger farms came the need for pasteurization because we stopped taking care of the cows and we stopped taking care of the milk. For an easy read on the effects of pasteurization on milk one could refer to the following website: http://www.modern-diets-and-nutritional-diseases.com/raw-milk.html



A safe scenario for the production of raw milk is a very different picture than the factory farms that produce conventional milk. Fresh milk cows are bred to be organic. In North America, this is a dying breed. Not all cows are resilient enough to be organic. Fresh milk cows belong to families who know the animals intimately. They can do this because they have a small enough herd to do so. They know the cows so well that they remove the cow’s milk before larger symptoms of illness occur.



Fresh milk cows have a very green diet. Literally. They eat grasses and native plants, supplemented by a little bit of hay and some grain for extra calories. There are never any growth hormones hidden in the process because the farmers are well taken care of and there is no incentive to keep with the quota. The cows have a very healthy digestive process. They are highly nutrient rich animals and that comes through in the milk. Cows are ruminants, their digestive tract is designed for a large component of fresh green feed, some hay and a lesser amount of grain. Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivores Dilemma details how cattle fed a large amount of grain become sickly and how that effects the end product. Compare this to the conventional cow that is bred to produce a huge amount of milk, but becomes by degree, malnourished in the process as they are fed an exponentially larger amount of grain and have a correspondingly small yardage of nutrient rich green pasture per animal.



This green diet is important because although humans require a lot of nutrients available from greens, we cannot digest all the things that bovines can. Ergo, we can happily task them with the heavy digesting and reap the beautiful yellow cream knowing that they are likely the happiest cows on earth.



Generally all milk from the grocer is homogenized. Homogenization is the process where the fat globules in the milk are broken up into particles so tiny that they mix evenly with the rest of the milk and no longer separate to rise to the top. (This process became standardized because it allowed lower grade milk to be sold invisibly to the consumer.) There is no known health advantage to the homogenization process but quite a lot of science proving its harm as detailed in The Milk Book by William Campbell Douglass II MD.



What’s currently interesting is that Canada is the only G8 country that has not legalized milk. What’s even more interesting is that they declined the opportunity to do so. Michael Schmidt has been peacefully trying to open a dialogue with our governing representatives for years. In fact, he’s now well beyond day 20 of a hunger strike because the situation has become so dire. It’s been courtrooms that lack logic, openness to science based farming traditions and the assumption of liberty. The milk from my vibrantly healthy cow has had to be recently designated a hazardous material so that the authorities could interfere with the people I pay to bottle and transport my share. (Which is a little bit goofy because conventional milk is transported raw also then pasteurized at a centralized facility.) But it hasn’t stopped with that. In court the authorities promised that they would not interfere with fresh milk production but they are breaking their promise harassing agisters before the upcoming supreme court decision on Nov 2. Nutrition and food pathology specialist Ted Beale MD lays it out clearly his affidavit here: http://www.gratlandcompany.com/cases.php?caseid=case7680939



The Fraser Health Authority repeats two major arguments. First of all that in the milk they tested they found e-coli and coliform. What they did not mention is that they tested it after leaving it for days at an elevated temperature which violates testing procedure. The milk would have certainly soured and elevated levels of bacteria would be inevitable. To compare raw vs. pasteurized milk using appropriate testing methods, or even using the inappropriate testing methods that Fraser Health Authority employs, often the raw milk (on account of the bacteria fighting enzymes) has a lower bacteria count. What the Fraser Health Authority also did not mention is that these bacteria are always found, even on human hands, and that the e-coli strain was not one to be concerned about. The deadly strain is e-coli 01:57 and that has never been found in fresh milk.

Secondly, the Fraser Health Authority reports that there have been “many, many, many” complaints of fresh milk poisoning (This is unlikely as it’s a pretty tiny enterprise. For that matter, my grandparents report never having a problem with their cows and they didn’t have the technology available now.) but on their own website they list only one. The family involved in this particular case has said that they thought their illness was from a petting zoo and that the milk was not the source as no one else had a problem with it. The doctor closed the appointment upon mention of raw milk.



But I know it’s safe to package raw milk. I’m a mom. I breastfed and pumped and ‘fridged and froze and sterilized and dated and so do millions of other North American women. And while we, as a family, do focus on nutrition and health, I don’t eat nearly as green a diet as my cow does. That’s why I want the cow. She’s working for my health and in return I want her taken care of *very* well.



When I was a girl, I grew up amongst dairy farms. Many of them had their quota to fulfill for the dairy board and were glad to have it. Sometimes there was a lot of pressure not only on the farmers but also on the animals to fulfill that quota. Our North American attitude toward thriftiness and food has kept food prices low, but as a result the farms have increased in efficiency by reducing the number of small family farms and increasing the number of large factory farms. While this has been a good move for quantity and efficiency, it has not been a good move for healthy animals, healthy surrounding ecology (farmers and neighbour farmers, or, our national property, if you will) and therefore is lowering the quality of not only the general population, but also the food product we desire. Ted Beals, a specialist in food born illnesses in dairy wrote an affidavit in support of the consumption of raw milk. It’s a scan but an easy read with a strong science base. http://www.gratlandcompany.com/images_editor/Affidavit%20of%20Dr.%20Theodore%20Beals%20%231%2C%20affirmed%20January%204%2C%202011.pdf



Back to the Charter. Liberty includes my freedom to source my food from a farm instead of from a factory. Conventional milk largely comes from a factory. The cows do not fare well in our increasingly mechanized process. Other than ethics, the ramifications from this includes that the products of this process do not come from healthy cows, and are therefore not healthy products to consume. I see no reason to assume otherwise.



Rather than “regulating raw milk”, I would like to see cowshares regulated. I own my own cow. I know where it lives. I know how it’s taken care of. I love the family that does the work and I care for their well being. I accept the qualities inherent to my particular situation and that is a freedom I value. Some cabbages are grown more nutritiously than others, and so are some cheeses. I desire the right to choose that in my life. It’s my cow and it’s my milk.



Another advantage to promoting cow shares is easy traceability. If there were ever a contamination issue a Boil Milk Advisory could be sent to shareholders immediately. In fact, testing technology is available so that even before consumers receive their milk it could be tested. Cow shares are the best way to protect public health. This whole decision is about health: mine. Our bodies, our food and our land. If good food is important for good health, losing fresh milk is bad for our health, and in this case also, our definition of liberty.



To conclude my arguments, I desire the liberty to choose my food for my own health. If I can drink, smoke, and eat pop, chips, and chocolate even in a home with children, I can certainly spend my hard made money on an entity as forward thinking as a cow share. Anything else is inconsistent with our generally accepted Canadian freedoms.



Where this affects you is that it’s an injustice perpetrated against the Canadian population in its entirety. The previous ruling on Michael Schmidt was overturned by two logics:
1. That the previous judge was not born in Canada and was thereby not culturally qualified to make the appropriate ruling.

2. That consuming milk was not a freedom afforded to Canadians in our charter of rights.



Currently, legally, you have no right to drink milk: raw, conventional or otherwise. As a country, this is suddenly not included in our definition of liberty as found in our Constitution. Not only is interference in our age-old farm economy wrongful and harmful, but blocking a freedom as inferred in our Canadian Charter is a huge step backwards for our country. You need to take action now because our liberty is at stake.





The battle is on and the battle is now.

Brenda Blakely
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(c) "Henry Kissinger said, "If we can control fuel we can control the masses; if we can control food we can control individuals."

Well, you only need to look at gas prices to see the first part of that is in place. But now they are working on the second part.

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the US FDA can now come in and, without a search warrant nor court order, seize your computers and bank accounts (as well as your food) if you are merely SUSPECTED of using "unapproved farming methods" or "unapproved seed sources," among other things.

The US FDA is flexing its muscles, spending an entire year infiltrating (for example) the raw dairy herd share of Amish farmer Dan Algyer, and arresting him for "conspiring to transport raw milk across state borders."

A food buying co-op in California, Rawsome Foods, was recently shut down by an armed swat team of federal, state, and local agents, for similar reasons. Three people were assessed fines totalling over $250,000.

Now in Canada, our government has declared war on a gentle, mild-mannered dairy farmer, assessing $110,000 in fines. Michaels Schmidt's terrible offence? He set up a shared-ownership situation in which he cared for people's cows and distributed THEIR milk to them! He initially won a court battle, but it was reversed in a higher court, in which the judge stated that Canadians do not have a fundamental right to drink milk, pasteurized or not, from animals they own.

In BC, I have set up a herd share operation so that the co-owners of EcoReality Co-op's dairy goat herd can legally (so we thought) obtain raw milk from their goats. So far, the regulators have not noticed our little operation. But you can be sure they will someday.

I would gladly go to jail for this cause. But they are too smart for that -- they don't want martyrs on their hands. Instead, they levy usurious fines, upon which they can seize assets, putting the raw dairy operations into bankruptcy.

But now they have a martyr on their hands. After trying to work with the authorities for 17 years, brave Michael Schmidt is in his 19th day of a hunger strike. He is seeking to meet with the Ontario Premiere in order to find a way that citizens can eat food of their choosing, from animals they own.

"But I don't drink milk," you might exclaim, or even "I'm vegan, and don't believe animals should be milked."

Well, remember what Pastor Martin Niemoller* wrote in the days of Nazi Germany? It may be milk they're after today, but it may be your bean sprouts tomorrow. This is not someone else's problem! This is a problem for ANYONE who wants control over what they eat.

Please join me in signing the petition!

Thanks!
Jan Steinman

* "In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up." -- Pastor Martin Niemoller

(The rest of this message came from the petition campaign, not me.)
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Hey,

I just signed the petition "Government of Canada: Support food freedom" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/government-of-canada-support-food-freedom

Thanks!
Jan"
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Dear Minister Michael de Jong.

I’m writing to you to ask a simple question. What’s more dangerous
for your health? Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or drinking
unpasteurized milk?

According to Health Canada, it’s drinking unpasteurized milk.

Canada is the only G8 country where the sale of raw milk is illegal. The
country outlawed its sale in 1991. However, drinking raw milk is legal.
I believe in food freedom and I believe the provincial government
should too. Clearly raw milk is not a health issue as thousands of
people drink it with great benefits, including myself. More people will
die from interactions with prescription drugs this year in North America
than all the cases of raw milk drinkers getting sick in the world in the
last two decades!

I guess what I am looking for is a honest answer why to why the
provincial government is not doing more to ensure the rights of British
Columbians to choose to eat whole unprocessed foods, directly
from the farmer, if they so choose? When tainted spinach is sold and
people get E-coli poisoning or tainted deli meat is recalled, why don't
you make spinach or deli meat illegal to sell?

It's very disappointing to see your government not making this basic
freedom more important when I believe we have much bigger issues
to allocate resources to than punishing a small raw dairy. It seems
every day average Canadians are assaulted by their own government
under the guise of looking out for our welfare. Whether it’s raw milk
or natural supplements coming under attack, we seem to be losing the
choice to be responsible for our own health.

We are an overmedicated culture living on too many processed foods,
and we don’t have to look very far to see that health care requires a
new paradigm to become effective. If I wish to purchase whole healthy
raw milk direct from a farmer, is that not my constitutional right? In
fact why don’t we make raw milk dairy's legal so they can be properly
regulated. Does the little guy not get help from the government, or is
it only the powerful that get the ear of the policy makers?

I can assure you I take my health very seriously, because I don’t want
to get ill or be a burden to the system, and raw dairy is a large part of
my health protocol.

There is a growing desire and movement for fresh whole unprocessed

foods, that are not boiled irradiated and processed in factories, where
animals are treated humanely, the way nature intended.

Food freedom is becoming more important to ordinary Canadians
each and every day and this is not an issue that is going away, so I’m
asking for your support to bring some common sense back into the
equation. I stand for local sustainable unprocessed whole foods and
the freedom to purchase and eat them.

I hope you will take a leading role to make your government more
progressive by making food freedom a top priority.

I feel strongly about this issue, as do many of the folks I’m talking to,
so this is a major election issue for me.

I appreciate the opportunity to express my thoughts on this subject.

Kind thanks

David Frank Gomes

+ many more people standing for their rights
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Courts milking their power

Charter used to give the state the right to regulate us in every way – right down to what we eat and drink


Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt has been campaigning to legalize the sale of raw (unpasteurized) milk for 17 years. In 2010, he was acquitted on 19 charges by a justice of the peace who ruled that “cow-sharing” was a legitimate way to provide raw milk to informed consumers who don’t live on farms.


When you had breakfast this morning, did you pour milk on your cereal or in your tea? Did you give your child a glass of milk? According to a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Justice, you had no right to do that.

Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt has been campaigning to legalize the sale of raw (unpasteurized) milk for 17 years. In 2010, he was acquitted on 19 charges by a justice of the peace who ruled that “cow-sharing” was a legitimate way to provide raw milk to informed consumers who don’t live on farms.

On Sept. 28, a judge reversed portions of that decision and found Schmidt guilty on 13 charges.

But the judge ventured beyond the subject of raw milk, saying: “The entitlement to consume milk, raw or otherwise, is not a Charter protected right.”

The implications are far-reaching. If the judge is right about this, future courts could similarly declare that you have no right to eat meat, poultry, seafood, fruit, vegetables, or grains, even if government-approved — in short, you may have no right to eat anything at all.

Coincidentally, a court in Wisconsin ruled earlier in September that people in that state likewise “do not have a fundamental right to … produce and consume the foods of their choice.”

In one very technical sense, the courts’ statements are accurate: there is no specific reference to milk, or indeed any food, in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the U.S. Bill of Rights. But both documents are equally silent about any right to get out of bed in the morning, to stretch, to brush your teeth, to use the bathroom, to put on clothes. If constitutions had to enumerate every single thing that North Americans normally consider themselves free to do, they would be a zillion pages long.

Instead, the people who drafted these constitutional documents used a simple shortcut to eliminate the zillion pages. They said that people had the right to liberty.

The Charter was, after all, designed to rein in government, not to rein in individuals. It did not purport to grant us our rights or freedoms; rather, it recognized that those freedoms already existed. It guarantees in its very first section that the state may not infringe our freedoms except by “such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

In keeping with western democratic tradition, the Charter recognized that our lives belong to ourselves, not to the state.

John Stuart Mill, for instance, wrote in On Liberty in 1859, “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant … Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

Mill would therefore have said that individuals should be free to ride bicycles without wearing helmets, to skydive, to refuse blood transfusions, or to drink milk — pasteurized or raw — no matter how foolhardy others might consider those actions.

In 1985, Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada fleetingly got it right, saying: “Indeed, all regulatory offences impose some restriction on liberty broadly construed.” But she instantly retreated from the idea, saying that it would “trivialize the Charter” to consider all laws to be violations of liberty, even if the state could ultimately demonstrate why certain laws were justified.

So she and fellow judges proceeded to eviscerate the word “liberty,” defining it ever more narrowly, disregarding the fact that dictionaries invariable define liberty to include an absence of constraints and a power of choice. Eventually only “decisions of fundamental personal importance” fell within Canadian constitutional liberty. Decisions about “lifestyle choices” were deemed not sufficiently important. Some judges expressed the fear that society might become “ungovernable” if such matters were considered to fall within liberty, ignoring the fact that it remained within the court’s power to approve laws when government had made out a persuasive case for restricting liberty.

The result has been to stand the Charter on its head, to give the state carte blanche to regulate us in every conceivable way, right down to telling us that we have no right to drink milk — even government-approved milk.

Totalitarianism is the name for a political regime in which virtually all aspects of citizens’ lives are subject to state control.

Our courts have aided and abetted our legislatures as they squander our heritage. It is liberty that they have trivialized.

Karen Selick is the litigation director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation and the lawyer for Michael Schmidt.
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On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Heather Passmore <...> wrote:
Hello friendly cow-share members,
...just spoke to Jackie at the depot and we're encouraging everyone to come out and demand FOOD RIGHTS at Occupy Vancouver. Saturday Oct 15th, Vancouver Art Gallery, 10am!

Michael Schmidt is on a hunger strike and this movement is an opportunity to bring much needed attention to the erasure of our BASIC FREEDOMS by government and corporate control.

Occupy Vancouver is part of a global movement addressing these very issues. The ideas of Occupy Wall street are posted below and broadcast here by political commentator Keith Olbermann of Current TV. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8o3peQq79Q&feature=player_embedded


What follows is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government ontracts.*

To the people of the world, We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

occupy vancouver dot com
facebook group
--
Heather Passmore
B.F.A., M.F.A. (U.of Brit.Col.)
heatherpassmore dot com
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Dear friends

I have settled into the routine of abstaining from any food and just rely on water and lemon juice.

I stopped drinking my daily glass of milk.

So far I have lost 20 pounds since I started and I am still able to attend to my regular tasks at hand.

Things have changed now also in Canada since Tetley’s ruling in regards to the states determination to eliminate our rights as it relates to food.

What had started in Wisconsin with Justice Fiedlers ruling, denying your right to even own a cow has found it’s own version in Ontario with the Tetley ruling that drinking milk and raw milk is no constitutional right.

Where do we go from here.

Remember that any raw milk poll conducted for the last 20 years, always came out in our favor. The latest was 90 percent in favor of having the right to choose.

People want to have the right to choose. Many do not care about milk but care about the basic rights we are losing.

It is hard to follow Tetley’s ruling. There seems no consideration of looking beyond the boundaries. No consideration of analyzing legal principles, no consideration if in fact the state has failed in his assessment of public health dangers.

Bottom line is, that he certainly toes the line in a convoluted way.

What is justice? How far can and should the elected Government be allowed to interfere and restrict.

What are the next steps to take, people keep asking.

You need to bombard your Member of Parliament with requests to answer to you, why you are not allowed to make an informed choice.

You need to write , you need to phone, you need to meet them.

You have to write to your newspaper.

You have to keep discussing the urgency in public.

You need to support the Canadian Constitution Foundation who has on our behalf taken over the legal defense.

You need to be ready to defend your food and your farmer. It is your food, your health, your life.

You need to stand on guard now more than ever.

Inform your local health unit that you will defend your rights.

Highlight the hypocrisy of health protection versus forced vaccination, fluoridation, chlorination.

This does not feel like a hunger strike .

This is a “Fast for Responsible Food Rights.

Lots can be done if we are willing to wake up and resist with love.

Let’s start today.

Warm regards
Michael

posted at: www.thebovine.wordpress.com

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