Lawyer Karen Selick argues that it is. In court documents made public yesterday she argues that that the court should allow an appeal in part because of widespread public interest in the case. According to the documents, there are at least ten other raw milk cowshare operations in the province, modeled on Schmidt’s cowshare whose members will also be affected by this case.
Not to mention the 150 families involved as part of Schmidt’s own cowshare. In her submissions to the court she says that previous decisions in the case have left regular dairy farmers (88% of whom drink their milk raw) and even housewives at the whim of prosecutorial discretion because of overly broad interpretations of “distributing” and “operating a milk plant”.
Another indication of widespread interest in the case is the fact that the Michael Schmidt raw milk story has received extensive coverage in major media.
The request to hear an appeal will be presented July 26th at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. 130 Queen Street West (at University), Toronto. Court will start at 9:30 a.m. Spectators are permitted. People who wish to attend should be aware that they will have to go through security to enter the building.