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Raw milk still illegal in Ontario says Ontario Court of Appeal in decision announced today, March 11, 2014

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt talks to a Radio Canada reporter last month during a break in the appeal hearing at Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto. Today the judges announced their dismissal of Mr. Schmidt’s appeal, meaning that his 2011 conviction still stands.

The panel of three judges who heard farmer Michael Schmidt’s appeal last month, of his 2011 conviction by Justice Tetley on raw milk related charges, has now announced their dismissal of Mr. Schmidt’s appeal. The full text of their decision can be found at this link: http://www.ontariocourts.ca/decisions_index/new_releases.htm

The judges’ dismissal of Mr. Schmidt’s appeal means that the 2011 conviction by Justice Tetley still stands. Continue reading


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Pat Winter is camped out at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice waiting for the Michael Schmidt raw milk verdict which was promised for “sometime tomorrow”

It was a dark and rainy morning at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket....

This post will consist of a series of text messages sent from Pat’s Blackberry, providing updates throughout the day. Check back often to follow the latest developments in the story. Messages will be posted here in reverse chronological order with most recent messages appearing at the top.

This is entirely Pat’s initiative. No one asked her to do it. It’s all about freedom and taking personal responsibility for things. In today’s world where would we be if people didn’t feel empowered to take action on things that matter to them? If there’s a deeper message here, it’s how passionately some people feel about this issue. Continue reading


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Announcement of Michael Schmidt raw milk appeal ruling postponed yet again

Lawyer Karen Selick with raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt during a visit to Glencolton Farms earlier this summer

Michael Schmidt’s lawyer Karen Selick received an email date stamped 2:23 pm today from a secretary at the Ontario Court of Justice, the same person who has been keeping us informed of the previous postponements, saying that the announcement of the verdict will be postponed until sometime tomorrow, due to computer problems.

Michael will still be there at the blue bus this afternoon at 4 pm, the time scheduled for release of the verdict and also the time scheduled for the news conference, to talk to any reporters who show up. Meanwhile Karen is in the process of sending out updates to media contacts who were invited to the event. Continue reading


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More than one million glasses of raw milk; appeal verdict announcement and news conference Tues. Sept. 27, 4 pm

I can haz raw milk verdict, finally!

Tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 27th, at 4 pm, Michael Schmidt’s lawyer, Karen Selick, has been promised that she will receive by fax, Justice Tetley’s decision on the Province of Ontario’s appeal of Michael’s January 2010 acquittal.

To help spread the word, whichever way the verdict goes, Michael Schmidt will be holding a news conference, also at 4 pm Tuesday, at the blue bus, in the parking lot of the Christian Community church at 901 Rutherford Road, in Vaughan, where farm share members have been coming for years now to collect their milk on Tuesday afternoons. Cowshare members are invited to be there for the occasion and to share their stories with any media folk who might be taking time off from the election to cover this story. Continue reading


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Will the verdict on the province’s appeal of Michael Schmidt’s January 2010 raw milk acquittal be announced today?

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt

Well, that “next week” in which we were to hear the outcome of the province’s appeal of Michael Schmidt’s raw milk acquittal is nearly over. Will we in fact hear today? Or will it be postponed further into the future? The suspense is building.

The publication of the appeal ruling has already been postponed twice. The first time it was postponed to September 16th, and most recently til “sometime next week”. And now that’s this week.

No court appearance was requested for purposes of hearing the ruling. It remains unclear just how the ruling will be delivered, whether by email, fax, phone, courier, or personal messenger. Continue reading


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Michael Schmidt raw milk appeal verdict is expected later this week; farmshare members eager for news

Michael Schmidt with his wife Elise VanderHout (in red) at yesterday's meeting.

Michael Schmidt and Elisa VanderHout held a meeting of Glencolton Farms farmshare members last night in Thornhill. Speaking with regard to the recently issued farmshare certificates, both thanked the members for their support in making possible the kind of farming that Glencolton stands for, a kind of farming that respects the land and the animals, and makes every effort to produce the highest quality of milk and milk products. Elisa described how a farm near Glencolton had recently been bought by someone who wasted no time removing the hedgerows and readying the place for the kind of no-holds-barred exploitation of the land that is sadly still in vogue among mainstream farming types in Ontario.

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Appeal verdict decision in Michael Schmidt raw milk case postponed til “sometime next week”

That’s according to an email from Michael’s lawyer, Karen Selick at 1:54 pm Thursday Sept. 15, 2011.

Child drinks milk direct from a cow in Cambodia. Photo via Michael Schmidt.

Here’s what she wrote: Continue reading


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