Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

From today’s Crown appeal of Michael Schmidt raw milk case in Newmarket

By Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News:

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt talks to Post media reporter outside the Newmarket courthouse during a break from the appeal proceedings

“NEWMARKET, Ont. — A justice of the peace made critical legal mistakes when he found dairy farmer Michael Schmidt not guilty of distributing raw milk and cheeses last year, argued the Ontario government Wednesday in an appeal of the landmark case.

Ontario justice of the peace Paul Kowarsky erred in the January 2010 ruling when he threw out 19 charges related to the distribution, production and sale of raw milk against the Durham, Ont., farmer and cow-share operator, said Crown lawyer Alan Ryan.

It is illegal to market, sell, distribute or deliver unpasteurized milk or cream. Yet, it is legal to drink raw milk or use the raw milk to make cheese. Continue reading


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Canadian marijuana laws are ruled unconstitutional — government has 90 days to fix them or pot becomes legal

From Jennifer Yang in today’s Toronto Star:

It's been a long and winding road..." Photo via Rebel Rebel Tumblr

“An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that the federal medical marijuana program is unconstitutional, giving the government three months to fix the problem before pot is effectively legalized.

In an April 11 ruling, Justice Donald Taliano found that doctors across the country have “massively boycotted” the medical marijuana program and largely refuse to sign off on forms giving sick people access to necessary medication.

As a result, legitimately sick people cannot access medical marijuana through appropriate means and must resort to illegal actions. Continue reading


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CCF media advisory — Farmer Michael Schmidt back in court over raw milk

This is what the Canadian Constitution Foundation sent out to the media on Monday. Let’s see who shows up at the courthouse today. We are in the middle of an election after all and some may be preoccupied with that.

Michael Schmidt Back in Court over Raw Milk

NEWMARKET, ON: Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt will return to the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 to fight the Ontario government’s appeal of his acquittal on charges relating to the distribution of raw milk.

Schmidt was pronounced “not guilty” on January 21, 2010 of all 19 counts against him. Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky held that there was “no evidence before me whatsoever that any person ever became ill” as a result of consuming the unpasteurized milk they obtained through Schmidt’s private cow‐share arrangement. Continue reading

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