I think it’s fair to say that this letter to Michael Schmidt from cow share member Shirley Ann Wood expresses feelings shared by a great many:
Shirley Ann Wood's children, Sylvia and Lyndon, perform a raw milk version of Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by their father, to kick off yesterday's post-verdict rally. Shirley Ann wrote the words.
We were both pleased and impressed by the judge’s development to his conclusions and the conclusions themselves. Congratulations. I hope you take the time to celebrate, because it is important to fully acknowledge this joy and share it with others.
I spoke with George briefly and congratulated him. I heard so much of what he had developed in his legal advise to you during the time he was working with you, being presented in the judge’s presentation. The concept of the private contract versus public commerce was absolutely vital in the determination of the verdict. Like Max Kane from Wisconsin said, “What a learning experience!” Continue reading
Megan Ogilvie’s story in today’s Toronto Star is the best in-depth coverage we’ve seen yet of Michael Schmidt’s legal victory in a case that addresses fundamental food freedoms every Canadian should care about. Here’s an excerpt:
William Schmidt, 2, with mother Elisa VanderHout, toasts his dad’s raw-milk victory in Newmarket. (Jan. 21, 2010) Caption & photo from the Toronto Star.
“The cows will still give their milk and their owners will still savour frothy mouthfuls straight from the farm. But now, the infamous cow-share program of Durham, Ont., is legal in the eyes of the law.
In a surprise move, a Newmarket court ruled Thursday that dairy farmer Michael Schmidt can continue his raw milk cooperative and that his venture does not break laws against selling unpasteurized milk. Continue reading
Here’s the latest missive from Gordon Watson on the contentious situation on the lower mainland over Home on the Range and it’s raw milk. Gordon wrote this before learning of the recent Ontario verdict in the Michael Schmidt case which recognizes the right of cowhare members to, as it were, opt out of the government’s “protections”:
“We’ve been feeling a bit beleagured around here, so it was uplifting to be at the drop-off this afternoon and see moms and dads arriving with beautiful healthy children, eager to get their REAL MILK
Tomorrow, Thursday January 21, Michael Schmidt gets the verdict from his trial. By 10:30 am, or so Ontario time – which means by about 7:30 am our time – we’ll know something definite. If he wins, we win. Continue reading
Please note that this is a large file (28.4 Mb) as it is 41 pages of image scans. Be prepared for some heavy duty legal reading. Download that file here — look for the green box.
In case you’ve missed the story so far, Michael Schmidt was acquitted on all 19 charges, and the judge ruled that cowshares are outside the jurisdiction of regulators. So this is a significant ruling that could open the door to more cowshare farmers making raw milk available to more people.
It was a record breaking day yesterday on the Bovine with 2,510 hits, which surpassed our previous maximum by a good measure. Below is a screen grab from our stats page:
Traffic report on the Bovine for Jan. 21, 2010. This was a little before the end of the day.