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The saga of Mark Tijssen, the pork, and Ministry of Natural Resources, goes on

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


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State lawmakers free up raw milk; fewer parents choose to vaccinate their kids

From an editorial in the Free Press (from Mankato, Minnesota):

“Thumbs down: To the strange juxtaposition in proposed legislation coming out of St. Paul and Washington.

State lawmakers are pushing to expand — not limit — the sale and distribution of raw milk. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reportedly said raw milk is one of the riskiest ways to get foodborne illnesses. It can be fatal. But state Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, chief author of the bill, told MPR News, “No food product of any sort is absolutely safe.” So buyer beware. Continue reading


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