Legal Raw Milk Canada

$48,748 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 3 months
Help us defend constitutional rights of raw milk consumers in Canada!

Raw milk consumers across Canada have spent decades peacefully trying to obtain raw milk from local farmers despite the threat of harassment from the authorities. Finally, some of us have stepped forward to tell the courts that our constitutional rights are being violated by laws restricting access to raw milk – a food that is perfectly legal to consume in Canada.

A January 2018 injunction against anyone “selling, delivering or distributing” raw milk in Ontario was the last straw, criminalizing peaceful citizens who want access to this safe, unprocessed food. So, with the encouragement of leaders from several cow-share communities in southwestern Ontario – we’ve mobilized!

We found a highly experienced lawyer to represent us on a partly pro bono basis, and his legal team has been building our case at lightning speed. In early February they served a Notice of Application against the Attorneys General of Ontario and Canada, on our behalf – 19 raw milk consumers and two raw milk producers, whose freedom of conscience or religion, and security of person, are being violated (under sections 2 and 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms).

All 21 of us applicants made this commitment despite financial risk, the ordeal of being cross-examined, and fear of the unknown consequences of taking on the Government. We did this not only based on our personal conviction, but on behalf of our raw milk communities and other consumers across Canada, who all stand to benefit from this constitutional challenge.

Please help us pay the legal bills: $100,000 during the next ten months. (Regardless of which side wins at the Ontario Superior Court, the decision could be appealed and ultimately the case may be decided by the Supreme Court of Canada. So next year, unless the case is settled, we will have to raise money for the next round.)

Does $100,000 seem like a lot of money to you? Well, it’s $100 each, from 1,000 people who want the right to consume raw milk without fear of prosecution. Your donation is an expression of solidarity with the 21 of us who put ourselves on the line for this cause.

Everyone has different financial circumstances, so we’re asking you to please give between $10 and $1,000, as you are able. We hope to show the broad base of support across Canada, and internationally too, for legal raw milk. Will you join in, with your donation?

Sincerely,

Elisa Vander Hout of Glencolton Farm* and the other 20 applicants – Allyson, Amy, Beverley, Carol, Eleanor, Era, Eric, Frank, Jerry, John, Karen, Lanny, Liliana, Maria, Maria-Theresia, Mascha, Merle, Paul, Sanda, and Werner

* The farmers of Glencolton have been subject to decades of harassment and prosecution for following their conscience in providing raw milk from their herd of heritage-breed Canadiennes, to cow-share members who need it. Elisa Vander Hout is one of the two raw milk producers among the 21 applicants in this constitutional challenge; the other producer is Paul Noble of Elbonshady Farm.
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We’ve now received our first bill from the lawyers, and it’s for $43,540 – a big number, but no surprise. They are working tirelessly to assemble all the evidence that we will be using to make our case. Once we file the application record later this month, we will get onto the calendar for our day in court! Many more steps to come in this long process, but rest assured we are still moving along at full speed.

We recognize that many of the contributions in this crowdfunding campaign have come from members of cowshares across Ontario and beyond. We thank you all! Also, some cowshare communities have pledged to help us by fundraising offline – so, over the next several days, we’ll be recording their fundraising to date, as the numbers roll in. We’re hopeful of reaching this first $43,540 milestone very soon, with the continuing support of a broad community of raw milk consumers, as well as those who support food freedom.
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First of all I would like to thank all who have supported this campaign thus far. As we all know farming has its challenges, but on top of it all our beautiful cows milk is all going to the way side as long as there is this injunction in place. Since we were not successful in getting the injunction stayed we will have to adhere to it until the constitution challenge is completed. This may take some time, possibly years. In the meantime no income can be generated with the milk. At the moment we are committed to keeping the cows as long as we can. To respond to the most recent comment... All funds raised through this campaign are held in a separate account and dispersed to the lawyers as the bills come in. We will not be using funds raised through this campaign to operate the farm. Thank you for sharing.
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Last week we asked the Ontario Court of Appeal to allow us to supply milk to our members in the interim while we argue the charter challenge in the courts. Today we got the decision from Justice Nordheimer that our request was denied. The injunction is still in force and effect. We will keep going full steam to bring our constitutional application forward. Thanks to everyone who has supported us, we still have a long ways to go!
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We brought forward a motion to have the January 5, 2018 injunction 'stayed' today pending the constitutional challenge being brought forward. Our lawyer did a great job presenting our arguments. The Judge will provide his decision in the next weeks we hope
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KJ
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Kanwardeep johar
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150 member cowshare in South Western Ontario
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120 member herdshare in South Western Ontario
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