The tale of a Canadian army major and 40lbs of pork continues…….but has taken an uncomfortable twist.
What is a search warrant? We don’t have property rights enshrined in Canada’s Constitution, so that’s not it. A search warrant actually protects the privacy rights of citizens of this country – and that’s where Mark Tijssen’s story takes its nasty turn.
To back up a bit, in November 2009, Mark and a friend bought a live pig, brought it home and butchered it. When the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) was made aware of this, an incredible chain of investigative actions was set in motion that saw Tijssen charged with four counts under the Ontario Food Safety and Quality Act and Regulation 31/05 (Meat). By June of 2010, MNR made Tijssen an offer – plead guilty to all charges, and $100,000 in fines would be reduced to a paltry $1000. What a deal! Continue reading