Daily Archives: August 27, 2009

Site 41 victory — council votes for one-year moratorium on dump over aquifer

Yesterday’s news, reported today on the Bovine. Again from Marianne Else:

Dear Everybody,
I have just come from the Simcoe County Council Chambers and first of all the council voted to have all charges reversed that had been laid by the OPP police against all who had been arrested including the 350 000 dollar fine for Vicky M, so Michael Schmidt should be included in this also……

The council session started at 11 am and by 11:30am we were asked to leave chambers because the council wanted an in camera session for half an hour which turned out to be 3 hours before we were let back in.

The people from the Council of Canadians ( Maude Barlow) finally sent out for pizza as we had no lunch. Council meanwhile had lunch brought in and they kept working in camera.

Finally we were let back in at 2:30 pm and it took then until 6 pm when the majority of the council voted for a 1 year moratorium and they will meet again next month to MAYBE abandon Site 41 altogether…..lets hope — because otherwise they’ll have to spend money to winterize the site which means they have to put all the clay back etc….

So for now everyone was happy and very very relieved….

Many many blessings to everyone

from Marianne in Hawkestone

PS I just spoke to Markus Schmidt and he now knows that Michael should be released from Jail….

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Michael Schmidt released from jail after second Site 41 arrest earlier this week

This just in from Marianne Else:

Hi Everyone

I just came from the court house in Barrie, where Michael Schmidt had his bail hearing.

He was released, at noon today Aug 27, 2009, into the custody of his son Markus who was there to take a weakend Michael home. 7 other supporters of Dump Site 41 were there to make sure that Michael would be released after 3 days of fasting in jail, as Michael – on principle – does not eat or drink anything when arrested.

They had him under surveilance in Penetang because of the health issues involved. He came into the courtroom in handcuffs, I was pretty shocked as I had never seen anybody in handcuffs.

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TIME talks “high cost of cheap food”

“Getting Real about the High Price of Cheap Food” is the title of this story on the state of agriculture in America — which is certainly something everyone should care about these days. Here’s an excerpt from this recent Time magazine story. The big news here is that such a mainstream news source as TIME is taking up this issue in a serious way — this may mean we’re approaching a tipping point in public awareness.

What the World Eats -- the Revis Family of North Carolina, from the Book Hungry Planet via Time.

What the World Eats -- the Revis Family of North Carolina, from the Book

“Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench.

He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he’ll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That’s the state of your bacon — circa 2009.
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