Daily Archives: January 14, 2011

“Do you have a permit for that?” — feeding the homeless in Houston

From Chron.com:

“Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said.

That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one.

“We don’t really know what they want, we just think that they don’t want us down there feeding people,” said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9. Continue reading


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More on the “nuisance” of raw milk in Alberta — Judith Johnson and Eric Pudlo vs Alberta Health, January 10th

From Charlene — special to The Bovine — an eyewitness account of the court hearing of Judith Johnson and Eric Pudlo vs Alberta Health, Jan. 10th, 2011:

Glenn Jenkins from Alberta Health and their lawyer defending "the public" health laws

The Meaning of “Nuisance”

Dictionary Definition of Nuisance…

Obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice.
Something offensive or annoying to individuals or to the community
c.1410, injury, hurt, harm, to hurt.  Anything obnoxious to a community (bad smells, pests, eyesores)
In 1661 – source of annoyance, something personally disagreeable
To harm
Something (as an act, object, or practice) that invades or interferes with another’s rights or interests by being offensive, annoying, dangerous, obstructive or unhealthful.

Alberta Health’s Definition of Nuisance…


The roads were extremely icy and it took twice as long to get anywhere on Monday, January 10th but more than 28 people made the journey.  As they filled the room the members of the Appeal Board were noticeably amazed at the level of interest this case was attracting. Continue reading


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“Not for Human Consumption” — story of raw milk on B.C.’s lower mainland

From Emma Jenson, writing for “The Dependent”:

Photo via The Dependent

“The lid on the jar of raw milk that Gordon S. Watson carries reads: “Cleopatra’s Enzymatic Bath Lotion”. Below it, in much smaller type: “Cosmetic Skin Treatment Only. Our Cows Share Member Dividends. Should Not Be Used For Human Consumption”.

In Canada, unpasteurized milk is illegal to distribute unless it is to be consumed by the owner of the cow. But Gordon Watson, along with a group of individuals dedicated to providing the Lower Mainland with an alternative to mass-produced dairy, has found a loophole through the development of an ingenious system known as the “Cow-Share”. Rather than buying milk, consumers of “Cleopatra’s Enzymatic Bath Lotion” purchase shares in the cows instead. Continue reading

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