Michael Schmidt and raw milk in court Wed. Feb. 5th, Osgoode Hall, Toronto

February 5th is the date when raw milk will have its day in court in Ontario:

Michael Schmidt with his cow Lisa by Michael Beaty of the Toronto Star. Click image for Star story

Raw milk farmer and food rights activist Michael Schmidt will be appealing his 2011 conviction on raw milk offenses. That conviction took place following the Crown’s appeal of his June 2010 acquittal on the same charges. So what will happen this time? Michael has invited supporters and cowshare members to come out to the court proceedings to see for themselves. Location and time details are at the bottom of this story. Michael has sent us some brief biographies of the three judges who will be hearing the case:

These are the three judges hearing the raw milk case on February 5. 2014 at Osgoode Hall 

Justice Karen M. Weiler

Justice Weiler was born in Spiritwood Sask. on June 13, 1945. She received her B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1967. After articling with Blake, Cassels & Graydon, she was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1969. She practised law with Weiler, Weiler and Maloney in Thunder Bay until 1972 when she returned to Toronto. At that time she entered the LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall which she completed in 1974 while working for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In 1975, she became counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General and later became Senior Counsel in the Policy Development Division. Appointed to the former District Court of Ontario in 1980, and to the Ontario High Court, February 21, 1989, Justice Weiler was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal on March 12, 1992. Justice Weiler is fluent in French and has presided over most of the appeals heard by the Court of Appeal in the French language. She was appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court on July 26, 1995. In 2001, Justice Weiler completed the mediation training program in dispute resolution offered by CDR Associates of Boulder, Colorado as well as an Advanced ADR Workshop. A pre-hearing appellate conference is now offered by the Court of Appeal as a voluntary option to litigants who request it. Related judicial activities include: serving on the Justice Minister’s Advisory Committee for Judicial Appointments; being one of seven judges from Canada chosen to participate in the first Canadian American Legal Exchange led by the respective Chief Justices of Canada and the United States; acting as a director of the American Judicature Society, the Canadian Judges Conference, and the International Association of Women Judges – Canadian Chapter.

Justice Robert J. Sharpe

Robert Sharpe has been a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario since 1999. After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and an LL.B. from University of Toronto in 1970, he attended Oxford University where he graduated in 1974 with a D.Phil. Robert Sharpe was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1974 and practised with MacKinnon McTaggart (later McTaggart Potts) in the area of civil litigation. He taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto from 1976 to 1988 and served under Chief Justice Brian Dickson as Executive Legal Officer at the Supreme Court Canada from 1988 to 1990. Robert Sharpe was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 1990 and served in that capacity until his appointment as member of the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) (now the Superior Court of Justice), in 1995. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1991, awarded the Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005, elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2006, and received the Mundell Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Law and Letters in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor, Oxford University and received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University of Windsor. Robert Sharpe has written several books including The Law of Habeas Corpus (3rd ed. 2011); The Last Day, the Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial, (1988); Injunctions and Specific Performance (3rd ed. 2000); The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (with Kent Roach) (4th ed. 2009), Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (with Kent Roach) (2003); The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood (with Patricia McMahon) (2007); The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884 (2011). Justice Sharpe has also published many scholarly articles. He is a frequent lecturer at academic conferences and professional development seminars. He was a member of the Advisory Panel to assist the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission regarding the judiciary (2002) and a member of the International Bar Association Rapid Response Missions to investigate threats to judicial independence in Russia (2005) and Pakistan (2007).

Justice Robert A. Blair

Mr. Justice Blair was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in November 5, 2003. Prior to that appointment, he had been Regional Senior Justice for the Toronto Region of the Superior Court of Justice. Mr. Justice Blair received his B.A. (Hons.) from Queen’s University in 1965 and his LL.B. from University of Toronto Law School in 1968. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1970 and practiced primarily in the field of general civil litigation, with an emphasis on corporate/commercial litigation and administrative law, during his career at the Bar. He was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division), now the Superior Court of Justice, in 1991. Mr. Justice Blair has been an ardent supporter of the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques both before and after his appointment to the Bench. He was a member of the Steering Committee, which oversaw the implementation of a Court-connected ADR Center in Toronto, the first of its kind in Canada, and has been closely involved with the Mandatory Mediation project in Toronto and the introduction of case management in Ontario. He was Co-Chair of the Civil Justice Review, which conducted a broad review of the civil justice system in Ontario and made extensive recommendations regarding the implementation of an integrated series of reforms to that system. The Civil Justice Review published its First Report in March 1995 and its Supplemental and Final Report in November 1996. As a judge he has presided in all areas of the work of the Superior Court, with particular emphasis on cases on the Commercial List at Toronto.

Weekly Case List for Michael Schmidt’s Feb.5 court case :
Subject to Change

Date: Feb.5, 2014
Location: Osgoode Hall , 130 Queen Street West in Toronto
Courtroom Ten

Before The Honourable:

Justice Karen M. Weiler
Justice Robert J. Sharpe
Justice Robert A. Blair

Commencing at 10:30 a.m.

One of the judges in this case, Justice Robert J. Sharpe, appears in the video below, beginning at about 0:45

Related: Schmidt wins right to appeal conviction

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4 responses to “Michael Schmidt and raw milk in court Wed. Feb. 5th, Osgoode Hall, Toronto

  1. charles jasunas

    Justice Weiler, Sharpe, and Blair have a long list of impressive accomplishments they should be proud of, unlike those goonies who try to strip our rights with prodigious reems of extronious rhederic.

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  3. Zeb Landon

    Let’s be there, or be square! :
    120 Queen Street West,
    –on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014

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