CCF Logo

Raw Milk Decision Expected Tuesday, September 27


NEWMARKET, ON: The Ontario Court of Justice has advised that the decision pertaining to dairy farmer Michael Schmidt and the distribution of raw milk will be sent electronically to the lawyers involved on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Justice Peter Tetley apologized for the delay.

Michael Schmidt will receive the decision electronically from his lawyer, Karen Selick, shortly after she receives it. Mr. Schmidt will hold a news conference immediately upon receiving the decision. Reporters are invited to the blue bus where cowshare owners from the Toronto area typically pick up their milk on Tuesday afternoons. The bus will be located in the parking lot of the Christian Community Church, 901 Rutherford Road, Vaughan (west of Bathurst Street, north of Highway 7). Mr. Schmidt will be present until 7:00 p.m.

Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) litigation director Karen Selick will issue a further press release Tuesday evening. The CCF will endeavour to make the text of the court’s decision available on its website promptly: www.theccf.ca.

Chronology:
  • November, 2006—Schmidt’s farm is raided by 24 armed officers from OPP and Ministry of Natural Resources
  • January 26 to February 4, 2009—Schmidt’s trial is held in Newmarket, Ontario
  • January 21, 2010—Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky pronounces Schmidt “not guilty” on all 19 charges
  • February, 2010—Appeals launched by Ministry of Natural Resources and Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • April 13, 2011—Appeal argued before Justice Peter Tetley, Ontario Court of Justice
The Canadian Constitution Foundation is an independent, non-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication and litigation.

- 30 -
For more information, contact:

Karen Selick, Litigation Director, Canadian Constitution Foundation
888-695-9105 x. 104 or KSelick@CanadianConstitutionFoundation.ca

Michael Schmidt, cell: 519-369-8137