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Major Toronto media are carrying the Michael Schmidt raw milk appeal story

From Linda Nguyen in the National Post:

Photo via the National Post: Linda Nguyen/Postmedia News

“TORONTO — A former Ontario raw-milk farmer convicted last month for operating an illegal cow-share program has not given up his nearly 20-year long legal battle with the government.

A lawyer for Michael Schmidt filed court documents Monday with the Ontario Court of Appeal, arguing that a judge erred when he overturned a previous acquittal and convicted Schmidt of 13 charges related to the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk and cheese and operating a plant without a licence. Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun reports: “Court decision delayed [Michael Schmidt] raw milk ruling” [for the fourth time]

From the Postmedia story by Linda Nguyen, in the Vancouver Sun: 

Michael Schmidt talks to media and supporters beside his iconic raw milk blue bus on Tuesday afternoon in Thornhill.

“TORONTO — A landmark decision expected Tuesday by the Ontario Superior Court on whether a rural Ontario dairy farmer broke the law for distributing raw milk has been delayed — again.

The ruling was supposed to decide if a justice of the peace erred when he acquitted Michael Schmidt of 19 charges related to the production, sale and distribution of raw milk and raw-milk products resulting from his cow-share business.

The decision, which is now expected to come out sometime Wednesday, was originally supposed to be released last week. It has been delayed due to computer problems at the Newmarket, Ont., courthouse. Continue reading

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From today’s Crown appeal of Michael Schmidt raw milk case in Newmarket

By Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News:

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt talks to Post media reporter outside the Newmarket courthouse during a break from the appeal proceedings

“NEWMARKET, Ont. — A justice of the peace made critical legal mistakes when he found dairy farmer Michael Schmidt not guilty of distributing raw milk and cheeses last year, argued the Ontario government Wednesday in an appeal of the landmark case.

Ontario justice of the peace Paul Kowarsky erred in the January 2010 ruling when he threw out 19 charges related to the distribution, production and sale of raw milk against the Durham, Ont., farmer and cow-share operator, said Crown lawyer Alan Ryan.

It is illegal to market, sell, distribute or deliver unpasteurized milk or cream. Yet, it is legal to drink raw milk or use the raw milk to make cheese. Continue reading

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