I was the instructor of the U of Manitoba students who were at Clint and Pam Cavers farm near Pilot Mound when MAFRI inspectors came to “seize and destroy” their stock of cured meat last week.
When we pulled out our cameras, the inspector became agitated and insistently asked for our names, phone numbers and copies of our I.D. informing us that we might have to go to court.
He then demanded that we delete any photos we took. When asked to comment, MAFRI representative Glen Duizer is quoted in the Winnipeg Free Press as saying that it is customary to request the names of any individuals present during an investigation.
This comment from MAFRI was formulated before MAFRI knew that some of the footage was not deleted, despite the inspector checking the cameras to ensure there were no pictures.
Mr Duizer's words seem intended to normalize how MAFRI treated
the Cavers and how they treated the students/instructor. The RCMP officer who was called to the scene by MAFRI actually told the inspector to, “take it down a notch” and that the inspector needed to be more respectful because the Cavers livelihood was at stake.
If this incident reflects normal procedure, as suggested by Duizer, then I suggest MAFRI needs to take a serious look at what normal is.
The students involved have taken the lead on creating a website about the incident. I invite you and your readers to view the footage and decide for yourself at www.realmanitobafoodfight.ca.