Sheep-Napping Charges Against Robert Pinnell Dropped; Michael Schmidt and Montana Jones in Court Nov. 21-23 Oct 12/16

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CHARGES DROPPED AFTER NEARLY FOUR YEARS IN COURT, 12,000 PAGES OF DISCLOSURE AND HAVING CONFESSED TO TRANSPORTING SHEEP. PHOTO – THAT’S WHAT 1,403 DAYS OF BEARD GROWTH LOOKS LIKE ON FORMER ACCUSED ROBERT PINNELL.

“It has been 1403 days since my adventure with the legal system started. Today in the Superior court in Newmarket all charges in regards to me were withdrawn. In the beginning there were 4 of us charged with the disappearance of 31 Shropshire sheep. Myself, Robert Pinnell. Michael Schmidt. Susan Atkinson. And Montana Jones. Now after 1403 days Michael and Montana are the only ones left standing.

What make this even more interesting is, that I had actually given a video statement, where I confessed, that I was the one that drove the truck and transported the sheep from one place to another. No one else had given a statement although Susan had later given a statement and plead guilty to a lesser charge. I never once said I was innocent  just that I was not guilty of what I was charged with — CONSPIRACY.”

Read the rest of Robert Pinnell’s piece Reflections on a Sheepish Affair” on The Bovine

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“Let them get their injunction. Put me in jail. I welcome it.” Elisa van der Hout Sep 27/16

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A look at the two days in court from a post on The Bovine. Excerpt: “In the end”, he [Michael Schmidt} said, ”I wonder why we keep coming to court. We try openly and honestly to push the debate on raw milk. But we are met with surveillance, and I am accused in the application record of constantly flouting the law. What remedies do I seek”, said Mr. Schmidt. “Perhaps you could order the crown to sit down and consult with us on how we could work this out. I also withdraw myself from these proceedings. Let the application go ahead. I will be arrested. I am willing to go to jail. No further comments.”

Read this full commentary on The Bovine

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Ontario Court Could Shut Down Raw Milk Distribution, Promotion Sep 26/16

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Michael Schmidt and raw milk are back in court. The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today (Sep 26) and tomorrow (Sep 27) in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles.

“The outcome of a two-day hearing set for today and tomorrow in the Ontario Court of Justice at Newmarket may send raw milk drinkers in Canada down a more political road after years of fighting court battles. The hearing will determine if the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health were correct in January when they filed applications for injunctions against Michael Schmidt, Elisa Vander Hout, Glencolton Farms, the Agriculture Renewal Coop, and any other Canadian who provides, distributes, or recommends raw milk.”

Read the rest of Food Safety News article by Dan Flynn 

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Health Canada to Change Standards for Natural Health Products Sep 10/16

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… and so the noose tightened.

See Health Canada’s website for details.

“Health Canada is planning to dramatically overhaul the regulation of natural health products to address mounting concerns over the proliferation of misleading and unproven claims on product labels. Currently, natural health products are regulated in a manner similar to drugs – manufacturers must apply to Health Canada for a licence to sell and products are assigned a unique number that must appear on product labels to signal the department’s approval. But unlike drugs makers, natural health product manufacturers are not required to provide robust evidence that a product works before it’s allowed on the market.”

Read the rest of The Globe and Mail article by Carly Weeks 

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Charges Dismissed Against Durham Area Farmer Sep 8/16

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Just in! Bravo, Michael!

Charges of theft and mischief against Michael Schmidt have been dismissed. The Durham area dairy farmer was in court for the verdict after a two day trial in July. The charges related to the discovery of two surveillance cameras in the ditch near Schmidt’s farm in July 2015. The Ministry of Natural Resources admitted to setting up the cameras. (Excerpt from Kirk Scott’s Blackburn News)

Check out The Bovine website for the full back story

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