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Grey Bruce Health Unit still mulling what to do about further charges in Michael Schmidt raw milk case

From Tracey Richardson in the Owen Sound Sun Times:

A toast for the Queen, whose family are known drinkers of raw milk at the Owen Sound raw milk rally in October 2011 during which milk was seized by Chris Munn of the Grey Bruce health unit. For more on the earlier story around this incident click on the image above.

“The Grey Bruce Health Unit has yet to decide if it will bring new charges against Durham area dairy farmer Michael Schmidt, but medical officer of health Dr. Hazel Lynn promises the matter will not be dropped.

On Oct. 13, Schmidt allegedly distributed unpasteurized milk at a public rally outside the health unit office in Owen Sound. That followed a September Ontario Court of Justice ruling that upheld several charges against Schmidt, brought by the province in 2006, related to the production and distribution of raw milk.

In November, Schmidt was fined $9,150 and placed on probation for a year. He has publicly declared that he will not pay the fine. Continue reading


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Raw milk freedom rally October 13th at Owen Sound’s Grey County Health Unit

Photos from Julie Briski, taken at yesterday’s rally:

A toast for the Queen, whose family are known drinkers of raw milk!

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Health officials seize raw milk at rally

From Dennis Langlois in the Owen Sound Sun Times:

Raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt raises a glass of raw milk in a toast to his supporters at a raw milk rally at the Grey Bruce Health Unit in Owen Sound on Thursday October 13, 2011.--JAMES MASTERS/QMI Agency/The Sun Times. Click image to see more photos.

“There may be a legal way to challenge Ontario’s raw milk ban after all — just not the method used by Michael Schmidt.

That theme provides an interesting subtext to a recent Ontario Court of Justice decision in Schmidt’s long battle to open a legitimate niche for raw milk in Canada. A Grey County dairy farmer for more than 25 years and an intriguing character for many reasons, Schmidt has pushed his raw milk crusade well beyond what most of us would consider sensible. Recently he announced he’ll pursue a hunger strike to protest his legal situation, which seems daunting on its surface. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt and more than 100 supporters rally for raw milk freedom outside Grey County health unit today

From Michael Schmidt:

More than a hundred people turned out for this raw milk rally at the Grey County Health Unit which is more than two hours from Michael Schmidt main market in Thornhill -- amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

Under the gaze of television cameras, in an act of brazen enforcement, health inspector Chris Munn confiscates a glass of milk from in front of Michael Schmidt at the rally earlier today.

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Food sovereignty rally at Grey Bruce health unit in Owen Sound in support of Michael Schmidt and legal raw milk


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