“On Friday, Oct. 2, 20 or so investigators from various Ontario government departments, accompanied by six armed police officers, raided Glencolton Farms, the co-operative farm in Grey Bruce County where raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt manages the dairy operation as well as raising chickens, pigs, grain and other farm products.
They arrived with a truck and a search warrant authorizing them to seize and remove numerous items for a raw milk investigation.
The news spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter. Soon, 50 co-op members were at the farm, shoulder-to-shoulder, barring the exit to the invaders. Eventually, a deal was negotiated: the cops and bureaucrats would leave with nothing more than a few computers that had already been removed (which they promised to return), and the co-op owners would stand aside.
This is the third such raid that Michael Schmidt has undergone. The others occurred in 1994 and 2006. Each time, Schmidt has been convicted of one or more regulatory offences relating to raw milk. Each time, he has been fined thousands of dollars. Each time, he has refused to pay, because he says paying would constitute an acknowledgment that he has done something wrong, and he hasn’t. Continue reading