Raw milk in B.C. court September 14th

This just in from Alice Jongerden, who is the agister (farmer who looks after other people’s animals) at Home on the Range cowshare in Chilliwack, B.C.:

Prosecution of farmer for contempt of court

Four months after getting a Supreme Court Order that I “cease and desist packaging and distributing raw milk for human consumption” officials from Fraser Health Authority visited our farm to obtain evidence with which to charge me for breaching it. The trial for civil contempt of court is set for 10 am September 14th 2010 at the Law Courts in New Westminster BC. Guy McDannold of Staples McDannold Stewart will prosecute. File 124618 New West. Registry.

The charge arises from the B.C. Public Health Act Transition Regulation section 7, which is officialdom’s attempt to outlaw sale of raw milk intended for human consumption on the basis that it’s hazardous to the Public Health. We find it suspicious this regulation took effect 2 years after I started caring for other people’s cows, ie their PRIVATE property. Obviously, there’s no good reasons other than to abuse the court process to shut down our private cowshare.

Part of Fraser Health’s strategy was trying to convince the public that someone became ill from drinking milk from our dairy, even though there it didn’t happen. Fraser Health stooped so low as to tamper with the milk they sampled so the fabricated results could be put out and mis-lead the public into thinking our milk was bad. Ironically, even after they’d been instructed by Nick Losito, head of Vancouver Coastal Health, how to take a proper sample, they disregarded the protocol spelled-out in the Milk Industry Act — why?

On July 9 2010 Health Inspectors George Rice and Emily McGuire entered the property, walking past several sharemembers working on our farm, and past the ‘Private Property – No Trespassing’ sign. They entered in order to determine if a health hazard was happening but without the requisite warrant to search. They took a picture of a jar of milk labelled ‘Not for Human Consumption’ and NOT FOR SALE, as well as a picture of a notice on the fridge outlining to all members of the cowshare why their property = our milk = is not for human consumption.

Inspector Rice asked if I was aware of the order, and I told him that I was not only aware of it, but obeyed it in its entirety. I will be representing myself in the trial and will be supported by many people outside the Court.

Alice Jongerden



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3 responses to “Raw milk in B.C. court September 14th

  1. Pingback: Raw Milk on Trial Again – Vancouver BC :: Hella Delicious Food for Health, Roots, Peace and Community

  2. thebovine

    From Facebook:

    Home on the Range Farms in British Columbia, Canada has a contempt of court hearing on Sept. 14, anybody who could come and support the cause (being able to obtain raw dairy) would be great. Anybody from Washington State, Alberta and of cou…rse BC we need you! Thanks

    The Court building in New Westminster is at 651 Carnarvon Street, between 6th Street and 8th Street, adjacent to Douglas College. Parking is hard to find in that neighbourhood in the morning. There is underground parking in the Court building … it’s not cheap. The Court building is about half a mile – uphill – from each of the Columbia or New Westminster SkyTrain stations – a 15 minute walk

    Tell everyone to be there at 8:55 AM. Court starts at 10am.

  3. Pingback: Alice Jongerden of Home on the Range cowshare in B.C. is in court today to face contempt of court charges « The Bovine

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