Michael Schmidt’s legal supporter, the Canadian Constitution Foundation is one of many charities troubled by CRA’s new definition of “political activities”

Via theccf.ca blog:

By Marni Soupcoff  | National Post    The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) definition of “political activities” might sound like an obscure detail of little import. But it is, in fact, one of the main ways in which the government controls this country’s charitable organizations, by restricting them to spending no more than 10 per cent of their resources on advocating for a change in law or government policy.

That means it is considered a political activity for an animal welfare charity to try to convince the public that stricter limits on deer hunting would be a good idea, or for a senior citizens’ charity to run a public campaign urging for crosswalks to be replaced with traffic lights at crossings near seniors’ homes.

And with millions of extra dollars budgeted for investigating political activities as a special project, the CRA has been busy over the past few years auditing dozens upon dozens of Canadian charities to enforce this restriction. These investigations have touched groups on all parts of the political spectrum, draining time, money and the courage to voice concerns about the status quo. Continue reading

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March against Monsanto, May 23, in TO

From Global News.ca:

“TORONTO – Hundreds marched in Toronto Saturday joining thousands around the world to protest against genetically modified organisms and agribusiness giant Monsanto.

The “March Against Monsanto” protests are now in their third year and were held in several Canadian cities including Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Organizers said that events were being held in 428 cities in 38 countries from North America to Africa and Europe. Continue reading

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Farmed and Dangerous — a review of the Montana Jones / CFIA sheep saga

From Edible Toronto magazine:

From woolly sheep and bucolic farm life to criminal charges and gag orders.
I look around some days and wonder how I got here from there.

BY MONTANA JONES

Photo courtesy of Edible Toronto magazine

“2015

After a court date in March, I commented to my son on how the average murder trial would rarely amount to ten thousand pages of disclosure, yet the government’s sheepnapping case will be well over that number.

“This IS a murder trial,” he said. “A mass murder.”

He’s referring to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) killing my rare, very healthy heritage Shropshire sheep. They’ve murdered over a hundred Shrops in the last couple of years. Little lambs, rams, pregnant ewes, and their unborn. All were beautiful, and all were meant to live out their beautiful lives. Continue reading

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Sheep-napping preliminary hearing continues April 27 in Oshawa court

From Michael Schmidt:

The preliminary hearing into the Montana Jones, Michael Schmidt, CFIA, sheep-napping case continues Monday April 27th at the Ontario Court of Justice, 150 Bond St. Oshawa.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to come out and see their civil servants at work on the nation’s business. There should be plenty of room for everyone in room 406 where the hearing will take place.

Expected proceedings include the judge announcing his ruling on the publication ban as well as further discussion about adjourning the preliminary hearing pending delivery by the Crown of the still-missing disclosure documents. Continue reading

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Bank of Canada case ignored by media

A little off topic here. Yes we realize this is not connected to raw milk or food rights. Still we feel it’s important Canadians hear this news that’s not getting out there through the filters and the blinders of our mainstream media.

From Murray Dobbin, in CounterPunch:

You know the old aphorism – “If a tree falls in the forest….?” Well, how about this one:  if citizens win a significant victory in court against an autocratic government involving the fleecing of Canadians of billions of their hard-earned tax dollars and no one in the media actually covers it, did it really happen?

That might well be the question being asked over at the Committee for Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER) a very small and low-budget think tank. With their lawyer Rocco Galati (of Supreme Court fame in the Nadon case) they have been steadily winning court battles initiated in 2011 that would oblige the Bank of Canada to return to its pre-1974 practice of lending the government money virtually (.37%) interest free. But the mainstream media, with a single exception, has boycotted the story. Galati believes the Harper government has done some serious arm-twisting to keep the story buried. Continue reading

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Raw milk disinformation in the media and what you can do about — new book

From David E. Gumpert, on the Biodynamics blog: “I know I’m not the only supporter of food choice who is frustrated because much of the news in the mainstream media about raw milk seems to be negative and often inaccurate. I know I’m not the only one who is tired of complaining and wants to do something about it. But do what? There is clearly a dearth of accurate information being presented by the media about raw milk. Many of the articles that are written are confusing and inaccurate. For example, in December Time Magazine reported on a CDC study that said outbreaks involving raw milk had quadrupled over the most recent six years. “This Is One Health Trend You Don’t Want to Try,” headlined the Time article. Continue reading

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Financial pressure on Australian parents to vaccinate their children

From John Rappoport:

“The other day, I wrote about radical changes in Australian vaccination policy. Principally, the national government has unilaterally decided that parents who receive government money will have that money taken away, if they don’t vaccinate their children. (See:Australia: refuse vaccination, lose $15,000)

Now I have learned that all families in Australia receive some form of government money. So the policy change affects everyone.

Which, of course, is what happens when citizens become beholden to big government. Government taketh, giveth back, taketh again, on their own timetable, according to their own dictates.

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