Letter to the Editor – Debbie Cameron RN on the Bilingual Nursing Protest at Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital

Letter to the Editor – Debbie Cameron RN on the Bilingual Nursing Protest at Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital

I graduated in 1994 with  my Registered Nurse Diploma with Honors from St.Lawrence College in Corwall,ON.   During  my 3 years of schooling I trained in various hospitals including the former General(public & english) & Hotel Dieu(Catholic & english)Hospitals.

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Soon after my graduation my husband(an RN too) & I relocated to the USA because nursing jobs were hard to come by after the “Rae Days”.  After living in the USA for over 5 years we moved back to the  Ottawa area,and both of us gained FT employment in Ottawa.  Then,along came baby & back to our home town of Cornwall we moved-needed babysitters…

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Anyhow,my husband decided to stay working in Ottawa(job security) & I would get a job in Cornwall.Well,8 years  & 3 specialties (critical care,operating & recovery room and hemo-dialysis)later,still no FT job.  I have truely lost my passion for nursing since returning to my roots.I have even dropped out of University because what’s the point of continuing my studies.  

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I was enrolled in Health Care Administration,but guess what?All the managerial postings at Cornwall Community Hospital have advanced french as a required qualification.   The solution is simple really,since the hospital has the authority to decrease the french requirement to an assest.

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I’ve been an RN for 18 years & I don’t think it’s fair or equitable that because of language the only option for FT employment is an opening in my current department.  I guess all the other experience & education I possess count for nothing. Most days now I wish we never came back to Canada because my country really isn’t a democracy.

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What kind of opportunities will my kids have when they are enrolled in french immersion program & chances are they will not understand french enough to pass this exam designed for franchophones.   Our community,our patients,our families derserve better.Representation by population=fairness & equality for all .

 Sincerely,

 Debbie Cameron RN 

 

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23 Comments on "Letter to the Editor – Debbie Cameron RN on the Bilingual Nursing Protest at Cornwall Ontario Community Hospital"

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Eric
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I am NOT reading bigot, redneck or hateful comments in this letter, just someone who cares. Thank you for having the passion this subject requires since ideology has replaced common sense.

Darcy Neal
Member

State mandated language rights overrule voluntarily collaborative free enterprising market solutions. The francophone community is forcing their language upon the anglophone community by taking advantage of state legislative coercive powers. Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.

Laurie
Guest

Next time there is an election, the silent majority will just have to vote in the candidate that most represents the majority. Now we will be going in eyes wide open. Thanks for your letter Debbie….Fairness and equality for all!

Simon
Guest

Tell us more about this “silent majority”.

Matt
Guest
These are ongoing growing pains that come with living in a country with two official languages. One mistake we should not make is to equate fairness with equality. In my opinion, fairness has to be distinguished from equality. I don’t think its fair to cut off the french minority just because its unfair for some who cannot meet bilingual requirements. In such a case, equality is weakened because it excludes the minority. Likewise, I believe this is not a right for the majority as a whole, its a fundamental right for Canada; a Country which honors its history and culture… Read more »
Eric
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ILeading up to our 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and nearing the anniversary of Vimy, are we honouring all of our history and culture or just French people as you point out? Anyway, not sure where that 8.4 million number came from! Canada lists 6,608,000 French and 6,027,000 of them are in Quebec. I agree there will be growing pains when a federal government removes the right of the people to decide important issues and proclaim something like the Official Languages Act. And after only 40 years and in excess of 2.4 billion dollars a year, it needs… Read more »
Simon
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Stirring the pot?…Not at all. But the substance of the argument has become one of unsubstantiated rhetoric and hyperbole, which is not substance at all. 1. Hospitals are expected to provide care to the community. 2. Hospitals are obliged to be staffed in a manner that provides care to the community. 3. Hospitals are not obliged to create employment in a community. 4. The weight placed on the language of communication in providing care to the community is an issue. 5. The weight placed on the language of communication in evaluation and selection of staff is an issue. There is… Read more »
Eric
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There are less than 1,000 French only speakers in Cornwall, are there not enough services now? We all are, grew up with or have family members with French heritage and I don’t remember any language issues growing up (born in Cornwall at the General). Once the government gets involved that all changes. Ontario is pushing (forcing) French with money where they do not need to be but calling it bilingual. Russell Township is forcing private companies to post bilingual signs, even though over 70% of them already were. Dieppe NB legislated you can have French only or bilingual signs (French… Read more »
Lise
Guest
There is alot that is being said here ^^^ We, Francophones were forced to amalgamate in Cornwall from French to English. i.e. I recall how historically French high school students were treated as being forced to go to high school from 6am to 12noon, and no money for a football team, but the 12noon to 6pm “English school in the same school had money for a football team. How fair was that to wake up for my former peers of ESLC were force to choose the English school if they were to reap the benefits of the high school life.… Read more »
Tom
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Bilingualism is NOT a fundamental right. If it were, Canada’s Founding Fathers would have enshrined it in the BNA in 1867 when Canada was formed. However, Section 133 limited bilingualism only to the federal Parliament and the Quebec provincial legislature, allowed for records to be kept in both languages, and allowed bilingualism in federal and Quebec courts. That’s it. Everything else is hanky-panky.

Lulu
Guest

http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/en/flsa-mapdesig.html This should clear up this language issue and French is mandatory in in designated areas… Lise your post was excellent… the first part in particular I did enjoy reading it and it was true.
Jamie you are reading what you want to read! Check out the map of designated areas and I think you will find our are is in it!

Lise
Guest
I also forgot to mention the incident @Hotel Dieu Hospital when I was a student where I had to go and get an I.V. solution. The “French Group ” of students were holding the fort while the English nurses on the floor had a meeting in the supply room where they had the I.V. solution that I needed. I went in not knowing they were in there and I noted that it was an obviously a ‘bitching session’. I asked sheepishly b/c I obviously interrupted something for the I.V. solution and one nurse sitting turned around picked up the bag… Read more »
Eric
Guest
Lulu, that map and associated sections show a concerted effort, at our expense, to increase both a percieved need and Francophone numbers. Money is being thrown at this! And I ask again, how does Canadian Francophone heritage get helped by including a Vietnamise person, who moved to Brussels and learned some French there? He or she is now included with the “new” definition of Francohone in Ontario. The government needs to get out of this! The high school construction listed above was hardly convienent for either side. The English had football already, not given something. Did the French group have… Read more »
hailey Brown
Member

I still wonder why the requirements do not include all languages in the area?

This French stuff is simply nonsence. Can anyone provide evidence from the act where it clearly states anything more then we have both languages?

Lulu
Guest

@ Hailey do searches that is about it.. why would they include all languages when there are only two official languages in Canada.. .as in the US there is only one and probably Spanish will be the second so it appears.

hailey Brown
Member

Lulu
The search has been done

Is this a language issue or a healthcare issue, or descrimination against everyone except those speaking french?

two official languages is that not in itself descrimination, why not make it heterosexual only as well?

James Wolfe
Guest
Wake up people; you have no idea what these racist, bigoted francophonys are up to. They have been bragging about it for decades. “My roll as Secretary of State of Canada is first and foremost to ensure that my French compatriots in Canada feel with deep conviction, as I do, that this is their country and that it reflects their image”. “I too had some difficult years as a politician; I’m still having them, in fact, because everything we undertake and everything we are doing to make Canada a French state is part of a venture I have shared for… Read more »
Lise
Guest
WOW! @ Mr Wolfe, for misappropriating your title and power as a secretary of state of Canada, saying that “racist bigoted francophone s”, really??!? uh! Your not helping the situation by feeding more hate or fuel in the fire that isn’t necessary. I don’t know where your getting the fact that Francophones are trying to overtake all the jobs. LMAO at the delusional ideation & paranoia, and being so self-centered that this would actually be possible. Would you be an expert in the nursing field to understand the nursing cultures and the stresses that we as nurses go through on… Read more »
Eric
Guest
I have seen an email recently with the following, and I ask, is any of it untrue? How many residents of Ontario are aware of the manner in which the Ontario French Language Services Act was passed? It would appear, very few, and no wonder! I would suggest that anyone in Cornwall who is not familiar with the details, that they check the Hansard Report, under the date of November 18th, 1986, and find out for themselves. It should be available at your local library. The sole purpose of a Hansard is so that the electorate can be informed as… Read more »
Lise
Guest

This has been an interesting topic.

This is just another fyi: The Queen of England speaks French and so, does the rest of The Royal family. They certainly don’t need to but they do. Why?

Eric
Guest

Lise, you would have to ask them. If I had a priviledged life style without a need to work 40, 50, 60 hour weeks in 2 jobs, had to make casual conversation with people across the chunnel and in the colonies as part of that lifestyle, maybe things would be different. Let’s work together to reduce taxes so more families could spend time together and watch Ontario’s TFO.

Val
Guest

The Queen speaks French privately. Almost a century ago, French was in vogue amongst the Royals. Not anymore. English is the only official language of England. Let’s do the same in Canada.

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