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Michael Schmidt meeting McGuinty, ending hunger strike = national news

The Huffington Post Canada and the Brandon Sun (from Manitoba) published the Canadian Press version, while the Montreal Gazette ran the Postmedia story. These are just a small sampling of the many media outlets carrying the story:

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Raw milk crusader ends hunger strike

From The Canadian Press, via metronews.ca:

Michael Schmidt reads his letter to McGuinty following a Queen's Park news conference last month.

TORONTO – Raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt abandoned a five-week hunger strike Friday after a brief, impromptu meeting with Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Schmidt, 57, began his hunger strike Sept. 29 after he was found guilty on 15 of 19 charges related to the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk.

Schmidt agreed to end the protest, after having lost 50 pounds on a diet of only water and lemon juice, when McGuinty walked in on a meeting he was having with the premier’s chief of staff. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt’s 37 day hunger strike came to an end today after a meeting with Premier McGuinty at Queen’s Park

A news release from Michael Schmidt’s news officer:

Michael Schmidt at a Queen's Park news conference last month with native supporter Danny Beaton.

“This hunger strike was about starting a dialogue with the leader of this province,” states farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt. “I have been on this human journey for 17 years looking for constructive dialogue, and I have been dragged through the courts for a crime that has no victims.

My aim was simple: to take this to the top and to begin a conversation with our leader, one-on-one. To meet, as equal human beings, not as Premiere and Farmer. It was because of this that I undertook my hunger strike. And this morning, I met with Premiere McGuinty, in his office, and we have begun our dialogue, and because of this, I am ending my hunger strike today. Continue reading

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“It’s either dialog or death”, says raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, at FDA

From David E. Gumpert, at the Complete Patient blog:

Michael Schmidt being interviewed at the rally outside FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.

“Some days I have a bad feeling and some days I have a good feeling,” Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt said of his mood as his hunger strike bears on. He is on day 31 of the hunger strike, but the simple fact that he was able to travel to the Raw Milk and Cookies rally in Maryland suggested Schmidt was having a better day.

Michael Schmidt being interviewed at the rally outside FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.He reported that a growing number of members of Ontario’s parliament are lobbying the province’s premier, Dalton McGuinty, to meet with Schmidt. He has said he will give up the hunger strike if the premier will meet with him and launch a discussion about how to make safe raw milk available to Ontario citizens. Continue reading

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Readers write their politicians, part 13

Letters to the politicians just keep on coming, and no doubt they will continue until this matter is resolved one way or another. Please continue copying your letters to TheBovine AT gmx DOT com. Thanks!


Greetings Dalton McGuinty,,

As a raw milk drinker and resident of Ontario, I very much hope that you will meet with Michael Schmidt to discuss the raw milk issue. Our freedom to choose what we value for our families is one of the reasons people from all over the world wish to make Canada their home.

Let us be progressive and take leadership in encouraging healthy nutrition and ecological farming practices in North America. These are dark times, let us make a step towards accepting healthier ways of caring for land and livestock, healthier ways of feeding ourselves, healthier ways of dealing with our fellow human beings. Continue reading

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Readers write their politicians, part 11

It may be Sunday, the day of rest, but still people are writing to their politicians, concerned that a farmer might die because our elected representative, Premier McGuinty, won’t yet agree to meet with him and listen to his concerns about matters affecting the public good. But there’s some hope on the horizon with the formation of a committee of MPPs committed to encouraging McGuinty to make that move. Copy the Bovine on any further correspondence please: theBovine AT gmx DOT com


To: gsorbara.mpp@liberal.ola.org

Dear Greg [Sorbara],

Thank you so much for being part of the group that is conveying the urgency of the Michael Schmidt situation to Dalton McGuinty. Although the issue of raw milk is no doubt not a huge political topic in most circles, it will be a blight on Dalton’s reputation as a person of  integrity if Michael Schmidt dies on account of this fast. In my workplace, I have met several people who have expressed a keen interest in being able to acquire raw milk. In other words, there are people who care about this, who maybe at this point are not writing letters about the raw milk issue, but who will certainly be horrified if they hear that Michael Schmidt died on account of a hunger strike while waiting to speak to the Premier of Ontario. Continue reading

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Dalton McGuinty — “always looking for new ideas on how to make Ontario an even better place to live and work…”

From the Support Michael Schmidt Facebook group, now with 4053 members:

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