From farmer Michael Schmidt:
The challenging task of the office of chief medical officer of Health in Owen Sound
I like to respond to the recent article in the Owen Sound Sun Times about the consideration to charge me once again in regards to a public protest, where apparently raw milk was distributed.
The relationship with both chief medical officers of “health” have been for strange reasons aggressive and spiteful.
As much as I have tried to enter into a discussion with them there have been only a few occasions where there was no escape for them but to face me and respond.
Dr. Murray McQuigge was the first one to declare war and tried everything to profile himself as the man who saved thousands of children by shutting our farm down.
He appeared as “expert witness” in 1994 and used a “Harrowsmith” hear-say story as evidence why he has to enforce the law.
In the story he claimed the reason a baby died in the hospital was because another mother in the same room drank raw milk and infected the other mother or the baby.
He purposely left out that an investigation which published the results in the Toronto Star conclusively linked the death NOT to raw milk but to contaminated chicken feed.
He also went public telling the press that raw milk cannot be allowed because there is Tuberculosis in local cattle.
Shortly thereafter the federal chief veterinarian accused him of publicly lying because Ontario has been declared TB free.
His response: makes no difference.
During the raw milk hearing a friend of mine was in the washroom when McQuigge and his assistant exchanged the following:
“we need to stop these baby killers”
Which is also consistent with an interview they gave to I believe CBC where McQuigge’s assistant Patterson had selected a grave yard as back drop talking about the many children who have died from raw milk.
When the second crackdown came Dr. McQuigge wrote an open letter to the Premier McGuinty with the following quotes.
“SELLING RAW MILK IS TANTAMOUNT TO MANSLAUGHTER”
MICHAEL SCHMIDT APPEARS TO BE ON A HUNGER STRIKE TO LEGALLY KILL CANADIANS.
Whenever I meet him I shake his hand, be it in court or on the street.
He always shook my hand despite his own dire predictions that people die because of secondary transmission of all the deadly bacterias from raw milk.
The successor of Dr.McQuigge was Dr Hazel Lynn which no doubt appears well educated and cultured. She attended several times Symphony in the Barn, but before she got paid to finally shut us own as Chief Medical Officer of Health.
I also had interesting encounters with her.
A few years back after visiting Mark McAffee I met her in the wonderful coffee shop the Beancellar in Owen Sound. I greeted her and told her about the wonderful experience in California that one can get raw milk in the super market and in Italy and other European countries even out of vending maschines.
She looked at me and replied ,why don’t you move there?
And than she continued snappishly “I don’t care about raw milk I just care about that you are breaking the law”
This itself is consistent with many interviews she has given and also consistent with York Regions attempt to convince me prior to my contempt trial that they would drop the charges if I just move out of the York Region District.
It is not about health, that is obvious and very clear.
In order to prevent too many PR disasters Hazel Lynn hired a few years ago a former TV reporter , Drew Ferguson, to manage the public image of the Bruce Grey Owen Sound Health unit.
Which he is trying to do but has not really enough knowledge to be able to respond intelligently.
I assume he advised her NOT to appear with me in a televised debate about this issue which is too bad, because I actually like her and would most likely have no problem if she would not get paid over 300 hundred thousand dollars a year plus expenses to finish me off.
It is understandable that she is now increasingly under pressure to show results.
The milk is still flowing and will continue to flow even if she gets paid 400 hundred thousand dollars.
Lying to the public seems to be the mandate of Public Health officials.
I in fact feel deeply sorry for them because they know that they have to enforce a policy which is outdated and wrong but they need to keep this well paid job because they have to make a living.
Chris Munn the health inspector who confiscated the glass off raw milk which they now use to hopefully bring me down had to have an immense courage to do that amongst all the peaceful protesters.
But he is just “doing his job” and that’s all what matters.
How symbolic this one glass of milk to bring me down has become and yet I believe that in fact the glass of milk has become the symbol of our food rights movement.