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Kathleen Wynn on CBC Radio One Call In Show Nov. 16th, 12 noon – 1 pm

On Thursday, November 16th, 12-1pm on CBC Radio 1, the call in show Ontario Today will have Kathleen Wynn as a guest for the full hour. 1-888-817-8995

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Michael Schmidt vows to take raw milk fight to the Supreme Court — CBC news

From The Canadian Press via CBC news:

Michael Schmidt talks to a reporter during a recess in his 2011 court appearance, in Newmarket Ontario following which his landmark 2010 acquittal was overturned by Justice Tetley, on appeal from the province of Ontario. Today’s ruling upholds Justice Tetley’s decsision on the legality of raw milk.

“A farmer who has spent two decades fighting for the right to sell unpasteurized milk to willing buyers pledged to take his case to the country’s highest court Tuesday after losing an appeal against his conviction for breaking public health laws.

Speaking minutes after the Ontario Court of Appeal ruling, an unbowed Michael Schmidt said he would continue with his milk operation and legal battle.

“Nothing really changes for me,” Schmidt told The Canadian Press.

“Our plan is to move right to the Supreme Court. That’s the bottom line. We’re not stopping here.”

In its ruling, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a 2011 conviction against Schmidt that saw him fined $9,150 under provincial health-protection laws.

Ontario does not ban the consumption of raw milk and farmers are allowed to drink the milk produced by their own cows. However, the sale of unprocessed milk is banned on the grounds that it poses a significant risk to public health. Continue reading


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“March against Monsanto” in Toronto and Vancouver and around the planet

Toronto March on Monsanto Saturday May 25. Local citizens march in solidarity with others around the world. Photographer Robert Bright wondered where the media were. Is this not news?

Robert Bright reports on the Toronto March against Monsanto:

SPECIAL TO THE BOVINE: On a chilly, but sunny Saturday afternoon in Toronto, I made my way down to St. James Park on King Street East between Jarvis and Church Streets.  Despite the chill, I decided against wearing a jacket so I could prominently display my snazzy, new “Monsanto – Biohazard” t-shirt.  (It was a toss-up between this shirt or my, “OMG! GMO! WTF!?” t-shirt.)  Strolling up Jarvis Street from The St. Lawrence Market I felt exhilarated to be going to my first protest march in years. Continue reading


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Pesticides + high fructose corn syrup = bee deaths + colony collapse disorder?

From Jason Louv, on Ultraculture:

Picture via Jason Louv’s Ultraculture blog. Click image to go there.

“Colony collapse disorder, or the widescale death of bees, has been a troubling marker of environmental degradation. Its cause has also remained a mystery, despite being blamed on everything from industrial pollution to cell phone tower radiation. (It’s likely a complex set of factors—Europe, for instance, is banning neonicotinoids, pesticides that have been linked to bee deaths.) However, a just-released study from the University of Illinois names a clear factor: beekeepers have been feeding bees high fructose corn syrup instead of honey (as they sell the honey). Continue reading


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New film “Milk” airing tonight on CBC Doc channel, features Michael Schmidt

“Milk”,  the third documentary film in which raw milk and food rights activist Michael Schmidt has figured prominently, airs tonight at 8 pm on CBC’s Documentary channel.  See trailer below:

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/16449903]

From the cbc.ca promo page for the film:

Milk: The Documentary is an entertaining, award-winning documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products. An inquisitive man sets out to find the facts about milk and discovers more about the growing controversy surrounding it. Continue reading


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Crackdown on raw meat dishes

From CBC news:

“At least one Windsor chef plans to protest the local health unit’s crackdown on raw meat dishes.

Rino Bortolin will serve raw meat dishes lamb tartare and lamb Carpaccio this Canada Day weekend.

“Until an inspector tells me to stop, I’ll keep serving it. And if they tell me to stop, I will probably still do it,” Bortolin said. Continue reading


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CBC news: Slaughter looms for a rare sheep herd tomorrow / Rally April 2nd

From CBC News, April 1, 2012 (and no, this is not a joke):

A pair of English farm children prepare a Shropshire ram for the 1954 Royal Agricultural Show in Britain. (Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty) via CBC news.

“More than 40 sheep from a rare, heritage breed on an Ontario farm are to be put to death tomorrow by the federal government.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is euthanizing the sheep because a single member of the flock was sold to an Alberta farm in 2007 and, three years later, tested positive for the degenerative livestock disease scrapie.

None of the other Shropshire sheep at Wholearth Farmstudio near Peterborough, Ont., has ever tested positive for the fatal infection, owner Montana Jones says.

But the federal agency has a mandate to eradicate the disease as well as the power with which to do so. Continue reading


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