It seems weird but the way the Court works is that each side informs the other in advance of what their witnesses “will say”. So the following is the first part of a “will say” document for one of the Crown witnesses. This Court document has been provided to the Bovine by Michael Schmidt:
Investigator Susan Atherton will state the following:
I have been a Provincial Offences Officer since 1988. I am currently employed with the Ministry of Natural Resources, and I am appointed under the Milk Act as a Field Person. This is a Provincial Act which is under the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.
I am also appointed as an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, which is a Provincial Act under the mandate of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The Ministry of Natural Resources provides investigations services to these Ministries through Service Level Agreements.
These are the facts as they relate to the investigation of Michael Schmidt of 393889 Concession Rd. 2, in Durham Ontario:
- On June 14, 2006, I was given an Ontario licence plate number that was seen attached to a blue school bus (Blue Bus). This licence plate number was FY4043. This number was given to me by Domenic Fortuna (Fortuna), Public Health Inspector, York Region Public Health. I sent a query to MNR’s Provincial Coordination Unit who then accessed Ministry of Transportation records, and found that this plate was registered to Michael Schmidt (Schmidt), Lot 44, Concession 3, Glenelg, Durham, Ontari. Fortuna advised that, based on his observations, it appeared that milk was being distributed in plain jars from this vehicle. Continue reading