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I wish the milkman would deliver my milk raw — National Post readers write

From the National Post:

This little boy must not be living in one of the "free" countries. Photo Samrang Pring/Reuters

Re: The Case For Raw Milk, Karen Selick, Dec. 27.

When I lived in India before moving to Canada in 1970, we always drank fresh raw milk, which we boiled before drinking. Nowadays, India is following the West in mass producing pasteurized milk.

I am am still alive and well at the age of 65. Everything in moderation is good. I do not listen to any of the health advice. I follow my own. Continue reading

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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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National Post says it’s time to end Canada’s milk cartel — dairy supply management — or the quota system

Much ado about dairying. Art by Stephanie Metz

Those who read the writing on the wall, and take an interest in international trade agreements have known for some time that the end is nigh for dairy supply management in Canada. Not that raw milk makes a difference one way or another. Still many have long suspected that the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (formerly the Milk Marketing Board) have used their lobbying clout and financial resources to attempt to block raw milk from gaining any traction in legislative circles. Continue reading

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Farmer convicted in raw milk case launches hunger strike — National Post

From Derek Amba at the National Post:

Farmer and raw-milk crusader Michael Schmidt has launched another hunger strike. in his nearly five-year legal battle to make Ontario the only province to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk. Photo: Aaron Lynett/National Post

“Farmer and raw-milk crusader Michael Schmidt has launched another hunger strike in his nearly five-year legal battle to make Ontario the only province to legalize the sale of unpasteurized milk.

The move comes after the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday found Schmidt guilty of selling and distributing raw milk and raw-milk products. In a 77-page decision, Ontario Justice Peter Tetley convicted Schmidt of 15 of the 19 criminal offences charged under the province’s Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Milk Act.

In January 2010, Schmidt was found not guilty of 19 charges related to his cow-share business. This week’s decision essentially reverses the acquittal and now Schmidt may face fines, but is unlikely to see jail time. Continue reading

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Orono Liberty Summer Seminar experience shows libertarians to be caring and socially aware people

From Jesse Klein in the National Post:

Lech, Marta and Peter Jaworski were told that municipal zoning regulations prevented them from celebrating their freedom at the annual Liberty Summer Seminar. Photo: Tyler Anderson, Post Media News via the National Post website.

“For 10 summers in a row, a group of freedom-loving libertarians and small-c conservatives flocked to a remote acreage outside of Orono, Ont., pitched a tent and were treated to a weekend of entertainment, stimulating speakers and home-cooked meals.

United by the common belief that decisions are best left to the individual, rather than being dictated by the government, participants of the Liberty Summer Seminar embodied what former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier once said about our country: “Canada is free and freedom is its nationality.” Continue reading

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The pursuit of one’s trade — economic rights inseparable from civil liberties

By Karen Selick 

Bad legal reasoning — especially when it comes from the country’s highest court — is similar to an urban legend. Once launched into the world of legal precedent, bad reasoning gets stripped down to a pithy slogan, then repeated over and over again until everyone accepts it as a truth beyond questioning, even when it’s fallacious.

That’s what happened to the concept of “economic liberty” 22 years ago, when Canadian courts were first wrestling with the then relatively new Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In a 1989 case, three justices of the Supreme Court of Canada raised doubts about whether economic liberty should be considered part of the “life, liberty and security of the person” guarantee of the Charter. However, they said it was too early in the history of Charter jurisprudence to decide the issue definitively. Continue reading

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“Drop the pig and put your hands in the air” — National Post on Mark Tijssen

Canadian Constitution Foundation litigation director Karen Selick wrote this story for the National Post:

Mark Tijssen, the amateur butcher of Carlsbad Springs, with his sons. Landowner photo.

Taking away every Canadian’s right to butcher.

When a responsible citizen shared freshly slaughtered pork with a friend, the government sent in armed officers.

The maxim “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” made sense back in the days when the only kind of acts that were illegal were genuine crimes that caused palpable harm to innocent victims: murder, rape, theft, etc. Continue reading

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