Justice Boswell has served Michael Schmidt with a written notification of sentence in the contempt of court case involving York Region which was heard in September of this year.
In spite of the fact that no discussion of public health issues was allowed at the trial, Justice Boswell cites public health concerns, under aggravating factors, in his decision:
“… In addition, the law that gave rise to Justice Ferguson’s Order has, as its central purpose, preservation and promotion of public health. The contemptuous breach of the order accordingly involves an issue of public health and safety and this too is an aggravating factor…”
The ruling gives Michael six months to pay the $5,000 fine and the $50,000 in costs.
Michael Schmidt is expected to call a press conference at Queens Park later this week, at which time he will outline his response to the sentence and provide further news on the progress of his legal action against the DFO (Dairy Farmers of Ontario).