Updated posted by Montana Jones 5 days ago
On the Radio—Andy Oudman (1290 AM...
On the Radio—Andy Oudman (1290 AM CJBK, London ON) and Pam Killeen interviewed raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt and myself about our legal cases and the incredible amount our government is spending.
LISTEN HERE -- http://tinyurl.com/pd475ka
Updated posted by Montana Jones 14 days ago
Heartsent—Asking for help never came easily...
Heartsent—Asking for help never came easily to me. I was always fairly independent, and learned most of my skills—whether creating art, birthing lambs or building fences—by tackling them. I happily chose to raise a wonderful son as a single mom; struggled solo with the challenges of farming, and held fast to a sure-I-can-do-that-myself-thank-you kind of attitude.
Going SO very public with my heartache and furious sense of injustice wasn't a choice though. Almost three years ago when my Shropshire flock was at risk of being decimated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), it seemed the only right thing to do was to let people know about it. I couldn't fathom how unfair...how absurd...how senseless it was to destroy a healthy flock of heritage sheep, when so may alternatives were available.
When CFIA moved in, their aim not only destroyed my sheep but my lifestyle, and sense of purpose. Of course my life was about more than my sheep, but I couldn't make sense of the futility of it...the notion of destroying something naturally good, productive and beautiful...for nothing. Killing beauty went against most every aspect of how I wanted to live.
I wrestled with the fact that there were far worse things happening to far more people in the world—with the reality that I'd been hit. I succumbed to a sense of powerlessness inflicted by government pressure. Their blind mission was dissolving my life into depression and an overiding futility. I never thought of myself as a victim. I knew I had power, somewhere. But it was hard to find while dealing with some health challenges, then mourning the loss of my very special Dad, and then my beloved sheep flock. They certainly got me while I was down.
Having nothing left to lose but the farm itself created a state of being where my fear shifted. I was devastated, but open to whatever was to be faced, with or without the home I loved so much. So I posted a crowdfunding campaign. I had no idea then how strongly so many felt about this issue.
Now look what you have done. It's a surreal dream to see the donation numbers climb. To struggle with the I-am-not-worthy thoughts, and the growing sense of indebtedness, to the overwhleming appreciation and love for those I've never even met. It's a whole direction unto itself, something I have much to learn about.
Yes...JUST LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!
You've not donated money, you've given hope, you've offered possibility, you've initiated change in an unacceptable situation. It is hard for me to even see the money figure match the posted goal. I was originally going to make a one million dollar target, because it seemed somehow to make no less sense than posting one dollar or a hundred. The government was spending far more on killing heritage sheep and trying to prosecute those who were in favour of protecting rare breeds, so it seemed as good a figure as any.
It's hard to see the money as money, in the midst of so much unkown in the future and with the farm. Not clear on how it will operate as it once did with the all consuming court time and legal defence ahead. The current challenges just eat it up, but then, that's one of the best possible transformations of money...as a powerful tool to give voice. I've wondered if it's part of CFIA's strategy to wait until I dissolve in a puddle, quit pointing at their unjust policies, stop putting their procedures into the media and go away.
Well I'm not going away.
What you've done with your generous donations is paint a bigger picture of realization that I have work to do. We all do. Maybe we can turn the tragedy around. It won't bring my sheep back...but we can create something good. You've instilled inspiration in me to help people in similar need, to help others to make a few much needed changes to our food and farming systems. You are sending dollars, but I am receiving more than that—I've got your voice and your heart.
It's not easy being stripped open publicly, but I am learning the layers of it, and how to volley back false accusations with truth. Long ago I noticed the direction modern agriculture was taking, and knew it was the wrong road. I just wanted to quietly do some small good helping heritage breeds survive. This recent tragic turn of events wasn't part of the plan, but it will shape the next best steps from here.
This miracle you've created is a huge step to an important platform. You've helped me understand that whatever happens is okay, as long as we don't lose our voice or independent thought. Get up, and get at it. While I absorb the enormity of your blessing, I'll figure out how to translate it to more good, battle the CFIA Goliath, catch up on thank-you notes, and formulate an ongoing viable plan.
Today, as we amazingly near the $85,000. goal, this seasons first fluffy snowfall blanketed Wholearth Farmstudio. There is beauty in the lace lined branches and the snowy mounds of white, where last year there were none. The sky is blue. This winter is already far warmer than last years dismal blur, thanks to your blanket around the farm.
You believe in righting a wrong, and you believe in me. I am so humbly thankful, and will do my best to carry that through.
Updated posted by Montana Jones 24 days ago
Courting Sheep—Almost ONE YEAR year since...
Courting Sheep—Almost ONE YEAR year since I was arrested on multiple criminal charges related to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) destruction of my healthy flock of heritage Shropshire sheep, and three years since CFIA invaded my life.
Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt was also charged, and he and I have yet to have a proper bail hearing, since each of the five or so appearances have been repeatedly postponed for various reasons by the Crown and the court.
As part of the imposed bail conditions back on December 6, 2012, we were forced to surrender our passports; agree not to leave Ontario; and promise not to communicate with one another except in the presence of our lawyer (whom the Crown wants to remove).
Those conditions seem uneccesarily limiting for the nature of the alleged offences. Schmidt and I need to be able to communicate to organize legal defence fundraisers for our case.
Do the CFIA and the Crown believe that he and I might secretly plot to bring my sheep flock back to life?
To further muddy the waters of justice, the Crown brought an application to remove constitutional and criminal lawyer Shawn Buckley from the case. They claim a potential conflict of interest might possibly arise in the future—though we the accused see none and wish to proceed. Michael Schmidt and I have chosen Shawn Buckley, and our choice of legal representation is our constitutional right.
The Crown then argued that we should not be allowed a bail hearing review until the motion to remove our lawyer was resolved. The matter was adjourned to a subsequent date. The Court held that Schmidt and I have a right to a bail review and if the Crown is alleging the potential for a future conflict is a problem, then the Court will make a decision on that at the bail review. So in effect, the two issues are now tied together and the alleged potential conflict must be resolved before the court can speak to the bail review.
It has gone on for months, and months and months, and we are nowhere near the actual trial date yet.
More and more resources are being depleted as the issue drags on...some say it is just another government tactic to drain our finances. Certainly it does ensure that the incredible number of government employees involved will continue getting a paycheque for a long while to come on this case alone. Each court appearance brings a cast of superfluous CFIA clones to various rural towns, who spend Canadian taxpayers money on travel and hotels, then spend their day watching, waiting and snoozing in the courtroom.
Now we are awaiting a new date to appear in the Superior Court of Justice for both matters, which will likely not be until some time in January or February of 2014.
Meanwhile the cost of our legal defence mounts higher with each delay, despite the generous assistance of the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF). Please help us keep going with your support by coming out to the next court date and if you are able, donate here or if you wish a charitable receipt, directly to CCF http://theccf.ca/donate/form/ and under "Please use my donation for...", be sure to specify "Jones/Schmidt defence".
It's a long road ahead but will keep standing strong with your help. Thank-you so much!
Created by Montana Jones on April 21, 2013
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People, please understand that when we help this lady keep her farm and help her with legal fees we are not just helping her. We are helping ourselves ...if we eat. We need small farmers like Montana and Michael Schmidt. We need them and their farms. Their way of farming is a love affair with a desire to provide people with the best possible food. You don't get this from Big Agri. If you do a few Searches, you will find out what Big Agri and Big Food Industries do to our food and it will make you sick to your stomach. It should be outlawed to eat such food. They know it and that is why they don't want little people like Montana and Michael with their farms around lest their kind of farming catches on and creates more small farms. In the spirit of free enterprise, I am not totally against large farms IF THEY PLAY FAIR but they NEVER do so we should get rid of them. Don't think they are not somehow behind all of this ...the snakes. They don't know how to play fair in the marketplace. They only know how to grab everything for themselves. They do nothing right themselves and they don't want the likes of Montana and Michael to mess up the crud they are doing. So they go to the government, lobby and do whatever it takes to stop the competition. They are smart, too. Notice how they nip these farmers in the bud early in the game and they don't even use their own money to do it. This case against Montana and Michael has already cost the gov't millions. Do the Big Corporations pay it? No, you and I pay for these atrocities which we don't want to happen. And while they are at it, the vultures will be sitting there just waiting to snatch up Montana's and Michael's farms at a cheap price. Let's not let it happen. Montana and Michael, I am proud of the way you are hanging in there. You probably could have pleaded guilty a long time ago but you didn't. These delays are a part of the overall game plan to make you nervous and fearful and then they will try to go for the jugular, they think. If you keep hanging in there , you will very likely win in the end and they know it. Montana, you have one of the best lawyers in the country and the government knows it. Since when can they tell you who you can have as a lawyer? You can even be your own lawyer if you wish. Even the most evil killer can hire his own lawyer if he has the money. The gov't doesn't want you to have your current lawyer because they know he is good at what he does and they are afraid of him. Other small farms and businesses have won against Big Gov't and Big Corps. You can, too. God bless you. I will be praying for you all. I gave a little and I wish I could do more. I will pass this information around and see if we can get a few more helpers. Helen
posted by Helen Elias 4 days ago
Dear Montana, I am so impressed with your passion and your love for life. Your ability to stand up and say, no this is not OK, filled me with respect and gratitude. Gratitude that you care enough to make a difference. Thank you for staying strong and sharing your story. It is important that this message is shared.
posted by Corrine Kennedy Ormsby 12 days ago
I guess it really shouldn't shock me. Our government seems so bent on persecuting and prosecuting law abiding citizens, that they won't listen to reason on anything. The other day, a cop just decided to run my plates because he felt like it--not because I was doing anything illegal. He followed me into where I get my coffee in the morning and told me that I was "driving with a suspended license". I had gotten a speeding ticket about 3 months ago (85km in a 70km zone) and I had paid it over the phone with my Visa. Apparently, they 'didn't get it' and without my knowledge, they suspended my license about a week ago. Despite the fact that I did pay the original fine, he took my license right then and there and left me stranded as to how I would get to work that morning. I also had to pay $150.00 to get my license back and now have to go to court to face charges of "driving with a suspended license" if you can frigging well believe it. I can be looking at a $3,000 - $5,000 fine. My heart goes out to you Montana, and despite the crap I'm going through right now with the idiots in government, I'll try and donate something when I get paid next week. Your story just shocked me. Maybe the assholes in power should fly a swastika over the Parliment building in Ottawa. Because that's what it's starting to feel like we're living under.
posted by Mary Patterson 18 days ago
Dear Montana, I read with disbelief and deep sadness about your beloved sheep and their demise. Stay strong for the sake of every other farmer in every other country as well as here in Canada. You are making a difference with the courage it takes to ask for help. I will be posting you video on FB and sending a donation. Montana, you are in my prayers. God bless you and keep you strong!
posted by Lea Leclair 19 days ago
You are so genuine and intelligent. I feel so much empathy for you and the sheep you lost, the quiet life you lost, the security. I am really feeling your idea of taking this story and all the other stories of farmers that have been treated with such injustice - taking it and pooling them into one place. A FB page or stories? This is so sad and frustrating that people go through these issues with government agencies that are ill-trained, vindictive, incompetent, unjust ....... Wondering what it will take to save your farm from going back to the bank? Or do you plan to relocate?
posted by Essa Adams 2 months ago
As far as I am concerned the CFIA is a criminal fascist organisation I am appalled that a branch of our govennment could contrive to enact such disgusting power without just cause I am sharing this with as many people as I know and more I hope these basrards rot in eternal damnation
posted by Derek Duffy 2 months ago
omg I thought the USA was bad it looks like Canada is worse :(
posted by Doug Tessler 2 months ago
Good luck to you!!
posted by Chrissy Osterhout 2 months ago
Oh my God,I am so very sorry! Your story just breaks my heart! How can anyone in their right mind kill innocent animals and ruin someone's life! This is intolerable!!..I will share your story on FB,I have many friends,maybe someone can help,I am in Australia but wish I could do something!.All the very best....xxx M
posted by Marielle de Greslan 2 months ago
Bullies. >.< I am so sorry this happened to you and your sheep. If I had any money, I'd donate. Best of luck with your court case- this kind of thing is intolerable, and I hope justice will be served.
posted by Rachael Bleymaier Thibodeaux 2 months ago
The Ontario Landowners Association may be able to help...they have some awesome researchers working for them and have already made great inroads in helping besieged property owners.
posted by Grace Joubarne 5 months ago
I'm so sorry...unbelievable!
posted by Yalon Yandle 6 months ago
I am so sorry about what has happened to you and your sheep. This is beyond belief, how the government would converge on any honest, tax-paying citizen. Where are your civil rights? Where are animal rights, in this horrendous situation? What can I do to help? I live in Leesburg, VA, and am a staunch animal rights and human rights advocate. Sounds like the darkside has taken over our planet, bit-by-bit, as I see similar things happening everywhere...from rainforest to small farms in the US. Please contact me, so we can talk, if you'd like! In any case, I will donate what I am able. Angel Xyra on FB.
posted by Xyra Angel 6 months ago
Do *not* listen to the poster below me. ITCCS is fraudulent. Please look up "itccs genuinewitty" to find out some information about them. There was a team of us researching and exposing Kevin Annett, who is the only person part of ITCCS.
posted by Fräulein Divine 6 months ago
in consultation with the Legal Commission of the ITCCS (Brussels-London-New York) 7 March, 2013 .. NOTICE This Document can be used as a Legal Instrument by the signed Bearer to uphold his or her status as a freeborn man or woman in the territory of Canada who is not subject to any authority save as a Citizen of a democratically constituted Republic of Canada _________________________ Signature of Citizen ___________________ Date http://itccs.org/2013/03/08/a- legal-notice-to-all-agents-of- the-so-called-crown-of-england -and-elizabeth-windsor-and-to- all-canadians/
posted by Glen Williams 7 months ago
Unjust killing in any manner is a sad thing. Thursday, March 7, 2013 CANADA IS DISSOLVED A Legal Notice to all Agents of the so-called Crown of England and Elizabeth Windsor, and to all Canadians Issued by the Governing Council of The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State This PUBLIC NOTICE is issued to the Members of the Parliament of Canada, the Canadian judiciary, the governmental civil service, and the active serving members of all Canadian police and military forces, as well as to all citizens of Canada: 1. On February 25, 2013, a lawfully constituted Common Law Court of Justice found Elizabeth Windsor, Queen of England and Head of State of Canada and its churches, guilty as charged of Crimes against Humanity in Canada and of engaging in a Criminal Conspiracy to conceal Genocide. The same verdict found Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper guilty of the same offenses. 2. This verdict was based on irrefutable evidence, including eyewitness accounts of Elizabeth Windsor's personal involvement in the forcible abduction and disappearance of ten children from the Kamloops Indian Residential School on October 10, 1964, while on a state visit to Canada. Ms. Windsor has never denied or refuted this charge or evidence, nor did she respond to a Public Summons issued by the Court. 3. The Court's verdict rests upon the Nuremberg Legal Statutes of 1950 which allow any head of state to be tried for Crimes against Humanity, as well as the right under Canadian law to hold the Crown liable for tort offenses committed in Canada. 4. Elizabeth Windsor therefore stands condemned as a convicted felon. As a fugitive from justice, she is now liable for arrest and imprisonment under the terms of the Court verdict. A Citizens Arrest Warrant for the detention of Elizabeth Windsor was in fact issued by the Court on March 5, 2013, and Ms. Windsor has evaded this Warrant. 5. a) Each of you has taken a public oath of allegiance to Elizabeth Windsor as the Queen of England. Your oath now constitutes a criminal act under international law, including Section 25 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which obligates all citizens to refrain from colluding with authorities engaged in or convicted of criminal acts. b) Each of you is obligated therefore to refrain from aiding or abetting Elizabeth Windsor in evading justice or arrest, including by continuing to obey her orders or operating under her authority, since to do so will constitute an obstruction of justice and will make you subject to arrest. 6. Since no convicted felon can legitimately or legally serve as a head of state or a constituted authority, all existing legal and political authority in Canada is dissolved as of Monday, February 25, 2013. Your Oath of Allegiance to Queen Elizabeth and the Crown of England is consequently nullified and abolished, along with your authority. 7. a) Canada has been rendered as a state without legitimate legal or political authority. It will remain so until a new and lawful Head of State can be established along with a Constitution democratically established by the people of Canada. b) Until such constitutional authority is established, no existing Canadian law or statute is enforceable, and any attempt by you or others to do so will constitute an act of illegal assault and fraud on the people of Canada. 8. Until a legitimate government is established in Canada, all of its citizens are urged to conduct themselves under the common law requirement of peaceable co-existence and equity in their communities, maintaining law and order. All citizens are required to police and govern themselves without reference to any existing authorities or laws, which are nullified, illegitimate and inoperative. 9. Canadian citizens as wholly self-governing men and women are advised to establish local committees of correspondence to arrange a National Congress that will draft a new Constitution. This legal charter, ratified by a popular vote, will establish and maintain a new, Democratic Republic of Canada. 10. This Constitution must include a new legal framework by which the church organizations also convicted by the Court the Vatican and Catholic, Anglican and United Church - can legitimately and lawfully operate in Canada, if such further operation is the will of the People. In accordance with the Verdict of the Court and lawful legitimacy, this new framework would require a Civil Constitution for the Clergy that nationalizes the property and wealth of the convicted church corporations, and regulates their church officials and employees as licensed public servants. We are informing the world of these facts and of the new regime now operating in Canada. This same Notice and condition applies to the government and people of England, to whom a separate Notice is being issued. Copies of the Common Law Court's Verdict and Citizens Arrest Warrant can be found here This Notice is issued globally in
posted by Glen Williams 7 months ago
So here in the US the opposition can dismiss jurors, but they can't disqualify your counsel!
posted by John Smith 7 months ago
Unfortunately, when you give your government an inch, they take a mile and then shove it right up your arse! I am so sorry for your great loss of those wonderful creatures. I too, suffer from depression. I wish you a blessing of healing and good fortune. May your herd one day be three-fold of what it once was! God Bless...
posted by Ron Hawkins 7 months ago
This is so outrageously in humane!!!! The more people who stand up together the better....Much Love and Light!
posted by Tamara Hall 7 months ago
UNBELIEVABLE.....I am so sorry this happened to you. It is really a sad state of affairs. We need to stop this insanity.
posted by Debbie Dekker-Zastawny 7 months ago
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