Thanks to all the contributors; we’re still hoping to hear from a few more cities:
First three Victoria pictures are from the Facebook album of Kemal Holubeshen
From co-organizer of the Victoria rally, Nadine Ijaz: “Some pics from our Victoria BC Food Freedom Rally today at the Legislature, with Shelby the cow with Kerry Van Wiltenburg, Shakti the cow with herdshare farmer Jan Steinman, four MLAS (Lana Popham, Jenny Kwan, Mike Farnworth and Nicholas Simons), local activists including Nadine E. Ijaz and Jackie Ingram, and about 85 others. Plus two public health officials filming Jan Steinman as he openly engages in civil disobedience by milking his goat and sharing the milk with a shareholder. We are hopeful on the Coast.
Nadine Ijaz said (on Facebook): Salt Spring Island herdshare farmer Jan Steinman signed up a new shareholder today at the Victoria BC Legislature, and illegally shared Shakti the goat’s fresh milk with its rightful new owner under the watch of two Public Health officials in an act of open civil disobedience.
About the Victoria rally, co-organizer Jan Steinman said: “It was great! I’d guess some 60 or more people, and FOUR MLAs came out to voice support, including the Agriculture Critic and best of all, the Health Critic. For a potential Minister of Health to come out in support of raw milk is awesome! There was video coverage from CTV and CHEX, and numerous amateur A-V coverage from people with blogs or YouTube accounts.”
Also from Nadine: “Three cheers for Vancouver BC herdshare activist Jackie Ingram, whose tireless work gathering petitions and letters, and lobbying local politicians, resulted today in four MLAs standing with us at today’s Victoria B.C. food freedom rally. Jackie’s MLA, Jenny Kwan, tabled the petition and letters in the B.C. Legislature today, and we look forward to working with all four supporters towards legalizing herdshares in B.C.”
Crystal Sawyer said: “Three cheers for Nadine E. Ijaz and Jan Steinman for their dedication, passion, diplomacy, and bravery in executing a very successful Food Freedom rally today at the BC Legislature in Victoria, B.C.
MLA Jenny Kwan today tabled a petition in the Legislature on this matter supported by a 6000-name petition. MLA Lana Popham joined her to read a wonderfully supportive, and deeply understanding, long letter she and her colleagues have penned to all members of our movement. They wish for B.C. to take some leadership in this necessary change. NDP Critic for Health Mike Farnworth took the stage to share his personal, positive experiences consuming raw milk. We had other high-powered supporters, too, who couldn’t be there today.
About 100 people were there to show respectful, educated, and passionate support. A wonderful farmer brought the lovely Shelby the Cow, who posed nicely for many-a-camera. And little Shakti the goat, after a little coaxing, was…”
One last Victoria picture, from Jenny Kwan, who posted it on Facebook, with the following caption:
EDMONTON: According to Margo McIntosh on Facebook: “The Alberta rally consisted of 18 people and what a group! We had a 3 year old and an 83 year old, a pregnant woman, Slow Food Executive Member, a Calgarian, Judith who had been charged by the provincial government for the distribution of raw milk and even a dog! We are happy that we were there prepared with and made a statement as well as read out Michael’s statement to the press. In the evening we showed the Milk Wars movie where we had a Slow Food representative and a Weston A. Price representative on hand to answer questions and give out information. We were happy to help the cause by helping continuity across the country.” –Charlene Bishop”
Katy said it was “a crazy, worth while day of interviews with TV cameras and cell phone radio talks”.
The Toronto rally at Queen’s Park has been covered extensively in other posts, but we’ll include a token picture here too. Participants in the Queen’s Park event came from as far as northern Alberta (Lisa Lundgard) and Saskatchewan (Janeen Covlin).
From Carol-Anne Gallego in St. John’s Newfoundland:
“The most Eastern part of Canada, in St. John’s NL a small but dedicated group of Raw Milk Freedom Fighters gathered to watch the “Milk War” documentary in recognition of the cross-Canada Rally. Afterwards, we discussed the importance of joining Cow Share Canada to promote safe access to Raw Milk and other ways in which we can improve local access to this living food. $100 was raised for the Canadian Constitution Foundation.
Beth MacDonnell from the CBC attended and will be doing a short piece for the radio tomorrow morning (sometime between 6 and 6:30 am) and a longer news piece for the radio this weekend. The latter might be uploaded to the website, in which case I will be sure to send you the link. I’ve attached some photos: