Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt’s blockade and arrest at dump SITE 41

Here are some photos from Michael Schmidt’s protest and arrest at Site 41 near Elmvale last Thursday. Transmission of the photos had been delayed by prolonged power outage in the Durham area due to tornado damage. For full story see this earlier post.

Michael Schmidt blocks Gate 2 at Site 41, keeping the gravel trucks at bay and doing his part to prevent a garbage dump being built on top of some of Ontario purest drinking water.

Michael Schmidt blocks Gate 2 at Site 41, keeping the gravel trucks at bay and doing his part to prevent a garbage dump being built on top of some of Ontario purest drinking water.

You never know when a couple of hay bales will come in handy!

You never know when a couple of hay bales will come in handy!

Camera crew and reporter from A-Channel was on site to cover the action.

Camera crew and reporter from A-Channel was on site to cover the action.

Dump construction is going ahead in spite of citizen protests.

Dump construction is going ahead in spite of massive citizen protests.

Standing united with our native brothers and sisters.

Standing united with our native brothers and sisters.

Michael Schmidt prevented five dump trucks from entering the site.

Michael Schmidt prevented five dump trucks from entering the site.

OPP video surveillance van arrives.

OPP video surveillance van arrives.

OPP negotiators try to convince Michael Schmidt to leave.

OPP negotiators try to convince Michael Schmidt to leave.

OPP arrive four hours after protest began.

OPP arrive four hours after protest began.

Michael Schmidt is arrested and handcuffed.

Michael Schmidt is arrested and handcuffed.

...and taken to the police station. On the way he learns there has been a tornado in Durham.

...and taken to the police station. On the way he learns there has been a tornado in Durham.

Returning to the native camp

A beautiful rainbow seen on returning to the campsite after being released by police.

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7 responses to “Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt’s blockade and arrest at dump SITE 41

  1. cowboss

    Good for You, Mr. Schmidt!

    Keep up the good work, You have many supporters that you have yet to meet.

    cowboss

    Hope…Keep the Faith

    In times of darkness there is still light
    Never ever give up just stand up and fight
    Hold on to your courage and give it all that you’ve got
    Dont ever let anyone tell you what u are or what your not
    They discriminate because your different but
    don’t worry they just hate you cause your beautiful
    When you feel like ur falling and there is nothing
    left hold on to you hope and take a deep breath
    No worries pain dont last always
    And when you have to cry don’t be ashamed
    Everyone cries sometime
    I know I do
    If you lose everything that you have
    just pick up your heart
    and hold onto your sanity and rebuild
    You can make it just keep the faith

    by Shalonda Hunter

  2. Michael

    Thanks Friend

    Facing the challenge is as you say freeing in itself.
    We all need to learn to forget our fears and look into those children s eyes who will ask us in 30 years where were you when this could have been prevented.
    regards and heartfelt thanks.
    Michael

  3. linda bruce

    thank you for taking such brave actions!

  4. thebovine

    Read more comments on Michael’s action here:

    http://stopdumpsite41.ca/?p=688#comments

  5. Zeb Landon

    Poisoning our ground water for time to come is a ridiculous and tragic plan for land use, particularly when alternative solutions could be further explored by the McGuinty government. Now would be the time to announce some new ideas!

    Why is the government so deaf?
    Why allow implementation of a dump that will progressively destroy of a source of some of the cleanest water on the planet? It’s baffling and I cannot see how it is consistent with Ministry of the Environment policy for Ontario.

  6. Pingback: What if all concerned people did what Michael Schmidt is doing at dump site 41? Which is really “illegal” — the dump itself, or citizens’ actions to stop it? « The Bovine

  7. Pingback: Charges stayed for Michael Schmidt and other protesters in dump site 41 case « The Bovine

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