From the Canadian Constitution Foundation:
TORONTO, ON: With Constitution Day (March 29th) fast approaching, a survey commissioned by the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) has revealed a startling lack of basic knowledge among Canadians about Canada’s Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Among other findings:
- Barely half of Canadians surveyed (53%) knew that Canada’s original constitution came into force on July 1, 1867.
- Only 28% of Canadians were correctly able to identify the four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) that initially formed the Dominion of Canada in 1867.
- 61% of Canadians did not know that the Constitution Act, 1867 listed the distribution of powers between the federal and provincial levels of government.
- Only 9% of Canadians surveyed knew that the Charter does not include protection for private property.
- Only 7% of Canadians surveyed knew that the Charter only applies to governments and not to private individuals, businesses, or other organizations.
The survey also reveals Canadians attitudes about various amendments to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including: Continue reading
From guest blogger Richard Walbaum, Author of Natural Law Remedy writing on Hartke is Online.
Photo from demonstration in Maryland by Kimberly Hartke.
“How can government make raw milk illegal which has been legal for thousands of years? How, in a free country, can government oppress, when it has the ability to harmonize? Our government was based upon a several thousand year tradition of natural law having a presumption of liberty which allowed the state to pass any law to protect the general welfare of society, but no law could go beyond necessity to remedy the perceived harm, tailored for minimal infringement upon personal liberties. Absent harm, there could be no legislation. This protected the rights of individuals and society, and made us a free country: Continue reading
“The mostly unspoken basis of the 1787-88 Constitution, in the minds of its framers, was to establish a monopoly on political and economic power by elites: Landed, merchant, creditor elites. Their success depended mostly on their having a coherent ideology and plan.
In the same way, if we envision a New Constitutional Convention, it won’t do to be scattershot, starting on an ad hoc basis, speculating about how this or that sounds good. That’s sort of what I did in this post
, proposing a list of possible amendments. Let’s review:
* The enshrinement of Food Sovereignty as a basic right. (This would certainly have been the First Amendment if anyone in 1788 could have contemplated a day when the federal government would explicitly deny we have a right to grow and eat the foods of our choice. But even the opponents of the centralized government who demanded the inclusion of a Bill of Rights, as suspicious as they were, never contemplated such an obscene assault on our liberty and dignity.) Continue reading
This is the same Karen Selick who will be in court Wednesday April 13th defending Michael Schmidt and raw milk against an appeal by the Crown of Michael’s January 2010 acquittal on 19 raw milk related charges:
Canadian Constitution Foundation litigation director Karen Selick will be a guest on the Goldhawk Fights Back call-in show on Zoomer radio this morning at 11:30 am. Click image to go there.
Click here to go to zoomerradio.ca where you can click to listen to the program over the internet. That’s 11:30 am Eastern Time.
From Randy Hillier’s website:
MPP Randy Hiller, MP Scott Reid
Queens Park – Scott Reid, MP (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) and Randy Hillier, MPP (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) have announced they will jointly present resolutions in the House of Commons and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to amend Canada’s Constitution, embedding property rights within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Unlike other jurisdictions, Canada’s constitution contains no provision guaranteeing security or safety of property. This leaves Canadian citizens with no constitutional protection from seizure of property or unjust treatment. Continue reading
This just in from Alice Jongerden, via Michael Schmidt:
Raw milk farmers Michael Schmidt and Alice Jongerden share a raw milk toast outside Fraser Health offices in Chilliwack earlier this winter. Photo: The Valley Voice.
We attended court to seek direction in pursuing the constitutional challenge, and scored big.
Government Commits to Stop Aggressive Enforcement of Fresh Milk Regulations Pending Constitutional Challenge
Counsel for the Fraser Health Authority committed to the British Columbia Supreme Court to refrain from taking enforcement action against Fresh Milk cowshares pending the determination of a constitutional challenge initiated by Alice Jongerden and Home on the Range cowshare. Continue reading
This just in from Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:
Former agister of Home on the Range cowshare, Alice Jongerden with current agister of Our Cows, Michael Schmdt at a raw milk drink-in last year in front of Fraser Health offices in Chilliwack B.C.
A constitutional challenge over raw milk is the next action in the long battle for government recognition of citizens’ food rights in B.C.
Some time today — January 20th, 2011 — papers will be filed in a B.C. court to challenge the constitutionality of current laws and regulations pertaining to the right of non farmers to access fresh unprocessed milk. Continue reading
From Don Crosby, writing in the Owen Sound Sun Times:
“Michael Schmidt is claiming a partial victory in fighting an appeal by the provincial government to a court ruling that found the Durham raw milk crusader not guilty of violating the Healthy Protection and Promotion Act.
Schmidt is being allowed to introduce new evidence and the testimony of new witnesses during an upcoming appeal set for later this spring before a judge in the Ontario Court of Justice .
“We can introduce new evidence and expand our constitutional argument which is a major stepping stone for us,” he said during a recent interview while at farmer’s week in Elmwood. Continue reading
From a National Health Products Protection Association media release:
Canadian citizens who see Bill C-36 as anything but ‘safe’ overwhelmed Senators with communications last week.
They pressed government to allow time for a full debate in the Senate committee. Hundreds of individuals requested the attendance of constitutional and legal expert Shawn Buckley, who has studied the Bill and can testify to the dangers of it. Continue reading
From Kimberly Hartke’s blog:
“by Harry Hamil, Guest Blogger, Black Mountain Farmers Market
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
– 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Right now, the United States has a three tiered approach to food safety–local, state and national. However, slowly but surely, the FDA is expanding its power. More and more, states are being told what to do by the FDA and given financial incentives for carrying out its directives.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) further nationalizes food safety regulation. Continue reading