This is what is happening on the coast today. Should be very interesting.
At 11 am this morning - Tuesday September 28th - he'll be in
front of the Fraser Health food safety office at 45470 Menholm Road Chilliwack, B.C.
all welcome = as the audience for this historic event, or - if you're
up to it ! - he'll be pouring some milk for those who are competent
to think for themselves about the issue of ' who ought to decide what
we choose as food - ourselves, or nameless, faceless unelected
bureaucrats who hide behind the veil of UNaccountable 'corporate
Gordon S Watson
Justice Critic : Parliamentary Agent for the Party of Citizens Who
Have Decided To Think For Ourselves & Be Our Own Politicians
Raw milk crusaders to defy ban
By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News
A cow-sharing co-op will serve up unpasteurized raw milk to supporters
in Chilliwack Tuesday in defiance of public health officials' repeated
efforts to shut them down.
They're now being led by Michael Schmidt, an Ontario dairy farmer and
raw milk advocate who this year succeeded in overturning the ban on
raw milk cow-shares in that province.
Schmidt has taken over management of the former Home On The Range
dairy from Chilliwack farmer Alice Jongerden and renamed the operation OurCows.
Not only will milk continue to flow to the 450 members, he vows,
they'll hand out raw milk in front of Fraser Health's Chilliwack offices at 11 a.m.
"I demand a proper trial where the guilt will be properly determined
rather than just trying to shut us down," Schmidt said.
Jongerden had planned to leave cow-share members to milk their own
cows, but Schmidt's stance is a direct challenge to the authority.
The action comes despite the tightening of legal screws on the operation.
Jongerden is back in court Oct. 14 on contempt of court charges after
she continued to distribute milk – labeled "not for human consumption"
– despite a B.C. Supreme Court injunction issued in March.
It's not yet clear what effect the change of agister (the manager of a
cow-share) will have on the legal proceedings.
"I'm now managing and running the entire operation," Schmidt said. "So
it will be interesting to see how they want to deal with that now."
He argues Fraser Health's prosecution so far has been without due process.
"I am open to any dialogue to resolve the issue," Schmidt said. "But
we will not back down."
The health authority has relied on B.C.'s Public Health Act, which
defines raw milk as a health hazard and bans its sale.
The cow-sharers claim they don't buy the milk – they jointly own the
cows and merely collect liquid dividends.
Schmidt said it was a long battle to victory in Ontario, where he was
charged in 2006 and fined $55,000 for contempt of court before being
acquitted on all counts in early January.
"It basically legalized the cow-share model in Ontario," he said.
The Ontario government is still appealing and success there doesn't
necessarily translate to B.C., because the laws requiring milk
pasteurization in the two provinces differ.
Fraser Health spokesman Roy Thorpe said it will be up to the judge to
decide whether or not changes made by the cow-share comply with the
injunction, which was issued after the dairy defied previous
cease-and-desist orders issued by public health inspectors.
Medical health officers say raw milk is dangerous and linked to
documented outbreaks of illness in North America
Chilliwack office of the Food Safety Branch of Fraser Health Authority
Chilliwack Health Protection Office
45470 Menholm Road
Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 1M2
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