Ontario raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt and BC raw milk pioneer Gordon Watson were found guilty today, on charges of contempt, by Mr. Justice Wong of the B.C. Supreme Court. The charges relate to an order dating from March 18, 2010, given to former “Home on the Range” cowshare farm agister Alice Jongerden to cease and desist the farm’s raw milk operations.
Subsequent to this order, Michael Schmidt was said to have taken over as agister of the farm which was reconstituted as “Our Cows”, the products of which were labeled as cosmetics and “not for human consumption”. In his judgement, Justice Wong said:
“In September of 2010, Mr. Schmidt advised Tim Shum, Regional Director of Health Protection for the Fraser Health Authority that he had taken over the operation of the Home on the Range farm under a “new business model” which was to call the product a cosmetic. Further, Mr. Schnurr, on behalf of Mr. Schmidt in this meeting stated that these cosmetic products have only one ingredient. Mr. Schmidt further advised that he was going to apply to Health Canada to have it declared a cosmetic. He sought clarification of the position of Fraser Health Authority regarding his new cosmetic. Mr. Shum provided that advice in a letter dated October 4, 2010 which advised Mr. Schmidt to “cease and desist from the production and distribution of raw milk whether it is labeled as a cosmetic product or not and that he comply with the March 18, 2010 B.C. Supreme Court Injunction Order….”
Justice Wong concluded that:
“ Both respondents, Michael Schmidt and Gordon Watson are guilty of civil contempt.
 Both respondents are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 3 months suspended with a probationary period of 1 year.
 Any repetition of this contempt during the probationary period will trigger the imposed sentence imprisonment of 3 months.
 The petitioner is entitled to special costs on a joint and several basis against both respondents.”