This just in from Gordon Watson in B.C.:
Someone just brought to our attention that the regulation which categorically outlawed packaging and distribution of raw milk for human consumption, in British Columbia, was repealed last year
If what appears on the website < www.bclaws.ca > is correct, then the bright lights atop the Liberal govt. didn’t even tell the lawyer for Fraser Health Authority prior to our court appearance on December 6th last year. But … as they taught my old man at the Officers Training School … ” never discount stupidity”
To check this out, go to < www.bclaws.ca > then click on the “P” in the alphabet at the top. When you get to the next screen with all the Statutes starting with “P”, scroll down to the Public Health Act. Immediately under that heading, there are the Regulations subordinate to that Act. Scroll down some more until you see “Public Health Act Transitional Regulation“. What’s shown there says that sections 6 and 7 were repealed by an Order in Council as of December 2 2011.
UNlearned in the law as I am, that tells me there is now no law concerning cowsharing. Thus, the two letters I have, exempting cowsharing from the requirement in the Milk Industry Act – that all milk on its way to market must be Pasturized – are the last word on the subject.
Cowsharing is not illegal as long as we can satisfy someone in authority (will be the BC Ministry of Agriculture ) that we’re meeting the two terms stipulated, that :
– Members of a cowshare are aware of the risks of consuming raw milk ; and,
– They are in touch with the condtions under which the animals are kept
My guess is that things were done behind the scenes because what we were saying in public made so much sense, and because the political animals sensed they were on the losing side of the issue.
What I’ll be doing asap is, getting a Certified True Copy of the Order in Council which proclaimed Regulation 216/2011. And getting the Minister of Health to confirm on official stationery what my understanding is.
Gordon S Watson
Justice Critic, Party of Citizens Who Have Decided To Think for Themselves & Be Their Own Politicians