QUEENS PARK, TORONTO: An estimated 80-some food rights supporters converged on Queen’s Park for a rally and food rights declaration signing today. Elisa and Michael Schmidt started things off by speaking briefly about recent developments in the ongoing raw milk saga.
Michael then read the text of the Food Rights Declaration, which was also printed on both sides of the milk truck, which had been brought to Queen’s Park for the occasion. After that, folks were invited to sign both a smaller copy of the declaration to be presented to Premier Wynn and then the large copy on the side of the truck.
One side wasn’t big enough to hold all the signatures, so it was lucky that another copy had been affixed to the other side of the truck. Both sides were filled with signatures from the supporters in attendance. After the signing, some milk was brought out for a toast. At this point one of the security officers approached and objected that this was not in the agreement for the use of the space, and that we would have to leave. The rally wrapped up and everyone did leave, not long after that toast.
It seemed no mainstream media were in attendance, although one man was recording the event for a documentary film, and there were several people with DSLR cameras snapping pictures.
Although it wasn’t mentioned by anyone during the proceedings, the date of this Food Rights Declaration signing is not far off from the ninth anniversary of the raid on Glencolton Farms in late November of 2006.
Here are a few more photos from the day’s proceedings: