Raw milk decision expected Tuesday Sept. 27th — Ontario Court of Justice

Lawyer Karen Selick and farmer Michael Schmidt talk to the media immediately after the appeal hearing,April 13, 2011.

NEWMARKET, ON:  The Ontario Court of Justice has advised that the decision pertaining to dairy farmer Michael Schmidt and the distribution of raw milk will be sent electronically to the lawyers involved on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Justice Peter Tetley apologized for the delay.

Michael Schmidt will receive the decision electronically from his lawyer, Karen Selick, shortly after she receives it. Mr. Schmidt will hold a news conference immediately upon receiving the decision. Reporters are invited to the blue bus where cowshare owners from the Toronto area typically pick up their milk on Tuesday afternoons. The bus will be located in the parking lot of the Christian Community Church, 901 Rutherford Road, Vaughan (west of Bathurst Street, north of Highway 7). Mr. Schmidt will be present until 7:00 p.m.

Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) litigation director Karen Selick will issue a further press release Tuesday evening. The CCF will endeavour to make the text of the court’s decision available on its website promptly:  www.theccf.ca.

Chronology:

·     November, 2006—Schmidt’s farm is raided by 24 armed officers from OPP and Ministry of Natural Resources

·     January 26 to February 4, 2009—Schmidt’s trial is held in Newmarket, Ontario

·     January 21, 2010—Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky pronounces Schmidt “not guilty” on all 19 charges

·     February, 2010—Appeals launched by Ministry of Natural Resources and Grey Bruce Health Unit

·     April 13, 2011—Appeal argued before Justice Peter Tetley, Ontario Court of Justice

The Canadian Constitution Foundation is an independent, non-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication and litigation.

This post is from a news release from the Canadian Constitution Foundation.

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6 responses to “Raw milk decision expected Tuesday Sept. 27th — Ontario Court of Justice

  1. Doug MacLean

    Bonne chance à Michael, de nombreux doigts sont croisés! … “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. ” – Samuel Adams

  2. Please consider coming to this important event. Not only does it show our strength and belief in the benefits of raw milk but it strengthens the resolve of Michael, who minutes ago telephoned and told me he is facing a $55000 fine for contempt of court. His moral obligation compelled him to stand with Alice Jongerden and help her produce clean raw milk. I will be there because there is no amount of money to be earned equal to the task of supporting my friend, my farmer and my hero.

  3. Sandy

    Contempt of court. Why? How does Alice Jongerden play into this? $55,000 that’s a hell of a fine. I know he went to BC how is this tied into the Ont Court or his case?

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