Letter to the Editor – Chris Cameron of Cornwall Ontario : Discrimination through political correctness

Letter to the Editor – Chris Cameron of Cornwall Ontario : Discrimination through political correctness

Friends,

My name is Christopher Cameron & I am Registered Nurse employed full-time at The Ottawa Hospital & casual at Cornwall Community Hospital. On two separate occasions I was denied full-time employment at CCH because I did not speak advanced French. In addition, I had over seven years of experience and certification in the specialty. The nurses who were awarded the positions spoke advanced French; however had no training or experience in the specialty. The Hospital spent approximately $12,000 to $15,000 on each separate occasion to train both nurses in the specialty.

Please take the time to view my You-Tube video:

Over the past several months, since Dr. Tombler wrote his infamous Letter to the Editor “Loss of Good Nurses” (Standard Freeholder-Feb.2, 2012)-exposing CCH discriminatory hiring practices, I have been protesting in front of the Hospital.

On March 3, 2012 a rally was called & over 200 people came out to support Equality for All.

Many Hospital staff, over the last few months, have expressed their own stories of discrimination & the stories of others who are too afraid to speak up. One staff member was so distraught about the bullying & abuse she has encountered from administration that she broke down in tears.  How does a public entity condone bullying behaviour towards staff whose main objective is to care for others?

Since this peaceful protest started I have meet many wonderful & supportive people in our community, but it’s not all good. Hospital Administration have called the police three times, complaining about me stopping traffic at the Hospital entrance. When in fact, I was called over by drivers to sign our petition asking for the Provincial Government to assess CCH’s discriminatory hiring practices.

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I have been called many things, including- bigot, hillbilly, thug, KKK & Anglo-Saxon extremist ….I have gotten many honks & a few “birds”. One retired nurse protester’s life was even threatened by a group of young men. Local media groups have even been approached by some groups to stop printing “Hospital Protest” stories. Furthermore, Francophone interest groups & associations have decided to get involved & divide our community.

The fact of the matter is all this never had to happen if CCH administration had really cared about the community it serves. When the two English Hospitals- Cornwall General & Hotel Dieu amalgamated in 2004, CCH applied for the FLSA (French Language Service Act). Since the FLSA’s implementation countless people have been discriminated against either because they did not speak French or did not speak French well enough. The Administration has the ability to change the French requirement from mandatory to asset, but is unwilling to budge. This does not serve our community or our patients’ best interest when language trumps education & experience.

Christopher Cameron – Cornwall Ontario

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Eric
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It would appear the common thread is government involvement, which comes off as an idealogy getting in the way of people living living and working together.

There are more supporters for you than “bird” wavers, Thank you.

Reg Coffey
Guest

Fight the good fight Chris, the silent majority live vicariously through your actions. If only we could get a portion of them to speak up for themselves.

Stan
Member

Speaking up for myself, I think that we should get rid of the french administration and appoint people from French, English and Iroquois backgrounds. Let’s have equality for once!

Wow!
Guest

Amen

ohsotiredofitall
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Well said Chris. It is too bad that more people don’t come out and support you. Fear of job security is a strong deterrent but being that you are unionized that shouldn’t be a concern. Fear can also make a person stronger and I think people should swallow their fear and get out and support Chris and the rest of them. Keep it!!!

Eric
Guest

Bang on ohsotiredofitall, we have become a politically correct bunch that is allowing government to provide what we need increasingly from cradle to grave.
We have forgotren how or have replaced what is best for my community/province/country with what is in it for me.

People need to be encouraged to take a chance and even more so when it is the right thing to do! This news media and Chris are helping that thinking.

I was at the rally in early March and ready anytime for the next one!

left-or-right
Member
Recently, there was a meeting held between administration/human resources and some workers who had sent a letter to the administration and the board protesting apparent unfair hiring practices in their department. The letter was about part time and casual workers with sufficient understanding and use of French to do their job being passed over for less experienced workers who were able to pass the Advanced French test. Remember, the ones being passed over have been and are still doing the same job effectively; they just cannot advance to part-time or full-time status because they may only have Intermediate Level French.… Read more »
left-or-right
Member

Oh, one last point, when asked who decides the language requirements or percentage of their specific department,the administration/board laid the decision squarely on the department manager, explaining it was up to each manager to work that out. Interesting?

Dave Windsor
Guest
French vs. English Here in lies the problem between the French and the English……the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The first part references our conscience will guide us, but here it is folks, the french believe that equal rights means 50% of everything, all jobs, 50/50, all printed material, 50/50, all linguistic services 50/50…all this and more except of course within the province of Quebec where it is 100% of everything. On the other hand the English have long aquiest to now believe 50/50 with all written materials yet only where numbers warrant on linguistic and on job matters. This… Read more »
left-or-right
Member

I agree with Mr. Windsor, but haven’t seen any political party yet, including our current federal government, with the political will and collective gonads to take the bull by the horns and set this right. Rather, the opposite seems to be taking place as the French language becomes more entrenched in every corner of Canada, where numbers warrant or not. The next question is, what do we do for the ever growing Asian population? When does Chinese, fast out pacing the French outside Quebec, become our official second language and what do we do with the French then?

Eric
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left or right, no party will touch the language issues untill we get a group together and push it, they are supposed to work for us, it is time the majority remind them of that.
Contact the languagefairness.net group and email every one.

More people should look into the constant push by a few people to drasticall increase use of French, however we should be just helping the fewer number of French only speakers to services.

Earl Bowes
Guest

Your efforts are to be admired Chris. Keep at it. Mr. Windsors April letter explains the situation quite well.

jules
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I had such a good laugh about Chris Cameron wanting to take this fight to the United Nations. The UN doesn’t do anything about such things and Chris Cameron would be the laughing stock that would continue to put Cornwall on the map of corruption besides the smuggling and Willie Wise’s grand theft (bankster – investment) but instead of investing for others he stole it all. I was speaking to my husband about this and we both said and support full bilingualism. One thing that my husband said yesterday was the the former Hotel Dieu was more French than English… Read more »
Eric
Guest

I believe most people support bilingulism Jules. The majority just want some control on costs and jobs. I also believe people have a right to stand up for what they see as unfair. Marketing is used everyday to sell or promote a product to create interest, and if South Stormont withholding funding or Chris Cameron commenting about the United Nations is what it takes, so be it.

Ignoring facts of this fight or using words like biggot is not helpful to your case.

concerned citizen
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Jules -you are misinformed ,infact with quebec’s bill 101 -this issue was brought to UN and Canada defended Quebec’s unjust Language law and LOST .
therefore the bill was amended to include other languages not just french….so the jokes on you .
HAVE A NICE DAY

concerned citizen
Guest

Jules on second comment-chris is standing up for his rights!! -“Chris is making himself to look more like a biggot and racist” ” Chris stop making youself look like a idiot and a biggot”.
Well jules now who’s the biggot here?
Your very judgmental ,so you think that someone that stands up
for their rights should be spoken to that way ?
would you prefer to him to be subjugated?
YOU are what gives francophone a bad name,I am thankfull
my francophone friends and family don’t have your BIGGOT views!!!

Stan
Member

citoyen concerne: mange de la merde, c’est toi qui est “bigot”.

concerned citizen
Guest

Frenchy you said it all -eat shit really ?Come on, you fell the need to dergade the conversation as such -what not an intelligent comment to be had ?Surprise when one feels that they right that justifies the disgusting comments -another well thought person here folks !!

Eric
Guest

That was helpful Frenchy, it does nothing for others to understand your reasoning or to be swayed away from a point of view.

Jules comment “I would say to Chris stop complaining or you will put your dinner table at risk.” can easily be looked at as a threat and is also not helpful or ?

Is this what Quebec’s Duplessis meant when he used the motto ” cooperation allways, assimilation never” ?

concerned citizen
Guest

Well said Eric -Now who’s to assimilate here? Now is one to believe because Chris speaks up against injustice that he would be threatened .
I ponder this if It was a reversal of situation we would have riots in the streets and could you imagine the verbal responses,but hey Mr.Cameron you should just shut up!!! Its the law!!

reality check
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You have often heard it said that if people could they would park in the aisles of Walmart nobody today wants to walk the distance or wait. This whole fiasco is nothing more than a very few fluently bilingual French people who would like to walk in to the local hospital walked up to the person at the desk and say can you tell me if so and so is here and what room are they in in french . If that person they address first is English and right next to them is sitting a fully bilingual staff member… Read more »
concerned citizen
Guest
Reality check -wow you said it!now if the rest of the people could read this -it truly puts it into prospective .since the FLSA has got involved as well as interest groups (richeleau) club -this has put up a division within our community that had not been there prior !! the policy as well as these interest groups have divided the community -what used to be called the” friendly city”-well thanks to theses folks that’s no more! The richeleau club and its Questionable leader Gerard Sampson is very cozy with Bernadine Clemont as well as the hospital board and we… Read more »
mariah
Guest

Stay strong Chris,we are behind you, many bigots like Jules who put their foot in their mouth everytime they open it,better to close your mouth Jules & just look like an isiot than to open your mouth & prove, HDH was never a French hospital,as long as I have worked there….never,however, always accommodated all languages!!!!

Eric
Guest

Jules, did you speak out when La ligue québécoise contre la francophobie canadienne (Quebec league against Canadian Francophopia) was planning to contact the United Nations Human Righs Council over in Russell Township April 2010?

concerned citizen
Guest

Come out & support Equality for All-Protest Rally May 26 1 pm in front of Cornwall Community Hospital.The time is now for change!!!This blatant discrimination needs to end!!Everyone who cares about this issue needs to get off their bottom & make an effort to show our politicians we won’t be The Silent Majority” any longer!!!!

jules
Guest
This is for Chris. Chris you are very fortunate to have a job and that is any job at all. Things are going into the greatest economic depression in history and we haven’t seen anything yet. Yes I understand very well your concerns and my French is much better than my English and yet my mother tongue is English – I make a muck of my own language. Here in Ottawa they are going to lay off staff in the hospitals and it isn’t going to do you much good fighting over language rights. Even in Parliament there was some… Read more »
jules
Guest
Chris and everyone do you mean that Cornwall has adopted Ottawa’s technique of communication giving the bird. LOL LOL. Ottawa is well known for that that is for sure. Maybe they were Ottawa drivers who knows or adopted by Ottawa. LOL LOL. It is very hard when the administration is very hard to work for. I know all too well what bad supervisors and bad administration is like. My own previous supervisor that I spoke about was a real mean boss and I was working in another unit at the time and I along with others were sent up to… Read more »
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