Statement regarding the Raw milk farm search by health authorities in BC [by Michael Schmidt, who is the agister for “Our Cows”]:
Fraser Health followed exactly my suggestion which I made last year to Tim Chum who is head of enforcement at Fraser Health in BC.
I repeated my suggestion again about a month ago in a telephone conversation with him after inspectors tried to enter the farm for inspection and entry was denied as directed by me.
After I took over management of the raw milk dairy in Chilliwack I met with Health officials and explained in detail our restructuring of the former Home-on-the-Range farming operation.
We discussed in detail the cosmetic approach and our ongoing negotiations with Health Canada since cosmetics are falling under Federal jurisdiction.
In my last telephone conversation with Tim Chum we agreed to disagree on the jurisdiction issue and left it at that.
I once again informed him that I had instructed my staff to not allow inspectors from Fraser Health unto the premise and suggested again that the only way Fraser Health could get access would be through a court ordered search warrant.
It is interesting to note that Tim Chum apparently comes from China a country controlled by dictatorial powers with very questionable human rights records and here in Canada we find more and more people like him in positions executing the same dictatorial powers they tried to escape before immigrating to our “free country”.
I also thanked Tim Chum that if he chooses to take more enforcement actions that he is in fact furthering our cause of cow-sharing in BC.
Two major issues are of concern:
1.). Health Canada is currently reviewing our request to get an opinion in regards to the requirements connected to non-public use and distribution of cosmetics.
2.) We have filed a constitutional challenge to the current health laws and regulations in respect to raw milk in BC. Jason Gratl is the brilliant lawyer who prepared and filed on behalf of Alice Jongerden this constitutional challenge in the BC courts.
This will be heard in December 2012.
Public Health officials no doubt have full knowledge of these facts and still continue to harass this small farm. At the same time Canada is sending soldiers to other countries to “free” their citizens from state tyranny.
No doubt there is enormous pressure to squash this food freedom movement.
When you think about it, it seems utmost ridiculous that we have to defend our basic freedoms to make informed decisions.
Yes it is corporate controlled politics, no doubt.
There are always signs when Government gets nervous.
-Not even two weeks ago Health Canada once again issued a press release about the dangers of raw milk. Why???????
– BC quietly removed a clause in the milk industry act which in fact provided a provision for raw milk see below Gordon Watsons statement:
“I used that point in my letters to officials, arguing that that proved there was still a statutory duty to accomodate those who want raw milk, as set out in the Report of the Royal Commission on milk marketing, upon which this Act is predicated.
Up ’til August 13th 2011, it used to say:
3 The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulation as follows : (q ) defining rural areas known as “milk pasteurization areas” within which milk delivered or sold to consumers must be pasteurized, and making just and equitable provision for the sale of milk from approved raw milk dairy farms in the milk pasteurization areas, and the requirements, restrictions and exceptions under which the raw milk may be sold”
I did an interview over the phone today with Robert Freeman of the Chilliwack Progress newspaper, in which I quoted that section. Hours later, he tells me that that section [was] repealed on August 13th!!”
It will be interesting to see the reasoning for this step.
Thanks Gordon for your continued research in this matter.
As September 16. is drawing closer, the day the Ontario Raw Milk Appeal decision supposed to come out, all those trying to restrict our food rights seemed to get more nervous than those who,s livelihood might be at stake.
As I have said before I am fighting this raw milk battle now for almost 18 years. Governments have changed, chief medical doctors have changed, and nobody has died from raw milk.
Sometimes it is worth fighting simply to expose the hypocrisy of state protection and the reality of Corporate dictated food policy.
It has to get much worse before it will get better.
When I left the appeal hearing last April I asked Allan Ryan the Government lawyer what they are planning to do in case they would win this round. Since 1994 they have tried to shut me down now for almost 18 years and never succeeded how do they think to achieve that now.
Well the common answer seems always: “we just do our job”.