Michael Schmidt on the Never-ending Shropshire Sheep Saga, now in Oshawa

The Next Chapter, By Michael Schmidt:

Lawyer Shawn Buckley with Montana Jones and Michael Schmidt outside the Durham Regional courthouse in Oshawa.

I am in the Oshawa Courthouse or better described as the “Oshawa Court Palace” towering over the City of Oshawa.

The third chapter of the preliminary hearing about the ongoing “Sheep Napping Saga” commenced this week.

This is the third week, three more weeks will follow in September and December.

In December it will be three long years since Montana Jones, Robert Pinnell, Susan Atkinson and myself had been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada. Susan Atkinson pleaded guilty apparently faltering under the immense pressure and ended up with a six month house arrest.

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Preliminary Inquiry into Michael Schmidt, Montana Jones, Sheep-napping Case to Resume Aug. 10th

From Karen Selick, on Indiegogo:

My name is Karen Selick. I’m a lawyer, and the litigation director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a registered charity in both Canada and the US.

We need help raising a legal defence fund for Montana Jones and Michael Schmidt, two Ontario farmers charged with defying the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). We have to be careful what we say here, because the government recently asked for (and got) a publication ban on this case. Continue reading

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TTP Trade Deal Threatening Canada’s Dairy Supply Management Now

From Jeremy J. Nuttall at The Tyee

“But according to Globe and Mail sources, the deal is currently stalled over Canada’s reluctance to open its sheltered dairy market to foreign imports, among a few other points.

In an interview earlier this week with Bloomberg News, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government is trying to protect the supply management system.

“The government is at the table, making sure it protects the interests as best we can of every Canadian industry,” he said. “We have made commitments to sustain our supply management systems, and we are working to achieve that.” Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt’s legal supporter, the Canadian Constitution Foundation is one of many charities troubled by CRA’s new definition of “political activities”

Via theccf.ca blog:

By Marni Soupcoff  | National Post    The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) definition of “political activities” might sound like an obscure detail of little import. But it is, in fact, one of the main ways in which the government controls this country’s charitable organizations, by restricting them to spending no more than 10 per cent of their resources on advocating for a change in law or government policy.

That means it is considered a political activity for an animal welfare charity to try to convince the public that stricter limits on deer hunting would be a good idea, or for a senior citizens’ charity to run a public campaign urging for crosswalks to be replaced with traffic lights at crossings near seniors’ homes.

And with millions of extra dollars budgeted for investigating political activities as a special project, the CRA has been busy over the past few years auditing dozens upon dozens of Canadian charities to enforce this restriction. These investigations have touched groups on all parts of the political spectrum, draining time, money and the courage to voice concerns about the status quo. Continue reading

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March against Monsanto, May 23, in TO

From Global News.ca:

“TORONTO – Hundreds marched in Toronto Saturday joining thousands around the world to protest against genetically modified organisms and agribusiness giant Monsanto.

The “March Against Monsanto” protests are now in their third year and were held in several Canadian cities including Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Organizers said that events were being held in 428 cities in 38 countries from North America to Africa and Europe. Continue reading

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Farmed and Dangerous — a review of the Montana Jones / CFIA sheep saga

From Edible Toronto magazine:

From woolly sheep and bucolic farm life to criminal charges and gag orders.
I look around some days and wonder how I got here from there.


Photo courtesy of Edible Toronto magazine


After a court date in March, I commented to my son on how the average murder trial would rarely amount to ten thousand pages of disclosure, yet the government’s sheepnapping case will be well over that number.

“This IS a murder trial,” he said. “A mass murder.”

He’s referring to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) killing my rare, very healthy heritage Shropshire sheep. They’ve murdered over a hundred Shrops in the last couple of years. Little lambs, rams, pregnant ewes, and their unborn. All were beautiful, and all were meant to live out their beautiful lives. Continue reading

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Sheep-napping preliminary hearing continues April 27 in Oshawa court

From Michael Schmidt:

The preliminary hearing into the Montana Jones, Michael Schmidt, CFIA, sheep-napping case continues Monday April 27th at the Ontario Court of Justice, 150 Bond St. Oshawa.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to come out and see their civil servants at work on the nation’s business. There should be plenty of room for everyone in room 406 where the hearing will take place.

Expected proceedings include the judge announcing his ruling on the publication ban as well as further discussion about adjourning the preliminary hearing pending delivery by the Crown of the still-missing disclosure documents. Continue reading

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