It was noted at a recent cowshare members meeting that raw milk activist James Maclaren is or will be seeking intervener status in Michael Schmidt’s main trial on charges related to the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) . James is from the Ottawa area and has been involved with the the realmilk website.
At the meeting there was a buzz of discussion around the possibility of cow share members also seeking intervener status at the trial, since they are clearly a class of people who will be seriously affected by the outcome of the court proceedings. Doing so would clearly highlights the reality of the cowshare arrangement and get away from the false idea that this is all about Michael Schmidt. It’s not all about Michael Schmidt; it’s a community affair. There was further discussion about details of how such an application could be put together and how many people would need to get involved at what levels.
We heard that James had been told by someone at Health Canada that you can have clearer legal standing (or they take you more seriously) if you own a whole cow than if you own only a fraction of a cow. Someone at the meeting suggested that that was “nicely discriminatory”.