Letter to the Editor from Chris Cameron RN of Cornwall Ontario – Standing Up for Principles Over CCH Hiring Policy

Letter to the Editor from Chris Cameron RN of Cornwall Ontario – Standing Up for Principles Over CCH Hiring Policy
Chris Cameron chatting with Conservative Wunderkind Eric Duncan

Hi Folks ,


I would like to thank my fellow protesters for standing up for their principles; for their is no greater honour.

To make a stand on what is clearly discriminatory hiring policy and to encourage others to stand up against this social atrocity is our purpose.

Canada has been chastised by the United Nation with regards to language laws on a number of occasions.  But Canada, feeling more SUPERIOR to the most culturally diverse political body the world has ever known – chose to ignore and chastised them for being involved in this Canadian issue!   

We as a group, continue to grow and daily become more determined to advocate/fight for Government accountability in equitable hiring practices.

Many, many Government institutions have used the hiring policy as a political tool that unjustly discriminates against the majority of Canadians.

Therefore we promise to continue advocating for fair hiring practices for ALL through Activism and demonstration at the many provincial as well as federal institutions.

As for Bad government policy one must remember…….
It was not that long ago that excepted policy was……

1-Slavery!
2-Women were not allowed to vote!
3-Segregation in the United States -(we now have in Canada – French only clinics)!
4-Apartheid!
5-Native assimilation -residential school programs!

In my profession as a Registered Nurse I am to treat all people with the same respect and to advocate for patients in their best interest.
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I feel its my duty as well as civic responsibility to advocate for responsible government .  

It is only human nature to take advantage of a situation that benefits an individual or groups of individuals.

As in our Canadian case it is clearly language over merit; but when does MORALITY become part of that equation?

Take care my fellow Canadians,

Christopher Cameron RN 
Cornwall, ON

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Cory Cameron
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To Mike, No I will not provide some recommendations to a public forum such as this….. Besides I don’t hold office and as such I need not answer a question to which I am asked. It is up to the politicians to respond to questions that our group or any group or even the public have in regards to these language policies and how they’re enforced. Mike, direct your questions elsewhere. Highlander, do you find it ironic that there are those here that seem to want to ensnare the LFA into some kind of trap? I’m getting that kind of… Read more »
stellabystarlight
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Piper……you didn’t answer the question as usual. My question was: How stopping Gov funds for french programs will help anyone find a better job? French will still be required whether you like it or not **smile** It is absurd how the english think they are entitled to more. Let me say this piper……Wishful thinking. No matter what happens you will never have the right to dictate nor control, (as much as you would like to) how a company or institution hires their staff…..got that? It’s not your business nor your right.
Eric
Guest

Jane Doe, what a great link you provided, the speacial interests are amazing. Not, lets help everyone, its Mr. Godin demanding to be served where ever he goes in New Brunswick. Sure it is officially bilingual, however, there is still 60% English that might to want to work too.
No need for you to comment on shame if you come from and support the unilingual distinct society of Lower Canada that demands everyone else change.

Patrick Boucher
Guest
You have proven one thing, Québecs dropout numbers are really high. Virtually the same numbers as manitoba…But your point on 64% francophones is untrue. You know that in parliamentary committees they embellish to prove their point. Just like corys 55%%, Beth Trudeau saying that everyone is leaving west to find good jobs…some lie about immigration numbers…and some think that bilingualism costs trillions and trillions of dollars. I’m not going to read the whole parliamentary proceedings you posted. ITs extremely insulting when I read…they are shoving french down our throats…or when someone writes… we should all speak english..its the majority. If… Read more »
Dorothy Davies-Fuhrman
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Dorothy Davies-Fuhrman
This reminds me of a similar situation in Canada now and best illistrated by- Martin Niemoller 1892-1984 “First they came for the Comminists and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communists. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unions and I didn`t speak up because I wasn`t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn`t speak up because I wasn`t a Catholic and I didn`t speak because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that… Read more »
Le Renard bleu
Guest

Excellent points, Mr. Patrick Boucher. I was this close to stating them myself.

I am referring in particular to what actually transpires from the documents to which Bud has provided a link. I indeed perused them a little bit myself yesterday and I did not see how their contents could prove any of his points. What is written in them does not seem to prove French speakers or Francophiles wrong either.

Mike Bedard
Member
Cory, I am sorry I answered your questions which you interjected! If you can’t recommend one simple solution and if you continue to answer as you did than you should refrain from commenting! Remember you asked me a personal question about my own child; that I answered respectfully and you couldn’t even give me the common courtesy of remaining dignified! Many people think this group is a bunch of complainers! You have done nothing to prove otherwise……..where as some other members have respectfully! I love how your reply leaves the undertone that I have brought you into the conversation and… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Member

PS – IF you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen! If you don’t want to answer the public then stop trying to represent the public and stop publicly protesting on our behalf if you can not nor will not be open to comprimise or finding solutions yourself!

Thank You,
Mike Bedard

Patrick Boucher
Guest

MIke… AMEN TO THAT..

concerned citizen 2
Guest

Biased ,nice to see mike you are off the fence !

Eric
Guest

Patrick, sure some people may embellish a point or two, few of us look deeper than a headline anyway and the concept may be there though. The concept that Francophones have few services in eastern Ontario and are hard done by is only a perception shared by some.

Debbie Cameron
Guest

For those who have questions about LFA-Language Fairness for ALL I suggest you visit our advertisement & click on the link for our website.

http://cornwallfreenews.com/2012/06/language-fairness-for-all/#comments

Thanks!

Debbie Cameron
Guest

@ Dorothy Davies-Furhman

Did you know about this you-tube video?

First they came for…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO36y78dXAs&feature=player_embedded#!

stellabystarlight
Guest

Mike…..Thank-you,

I noticed that you were being very professional in your handling of the language issue and when you proved their stats wrong or questioned their comments, then the mud slinging began.

I asked this question several times and it hasn’t been answered.

How will diminshing the Gov funding towards french language help the english find a better job or guarantee them promotions? The funding issue has been brought up ad nausem.

concerned citizen 2
Guest

Oh Stella your on government time I do not pay you through my taxes for you to spread propaganda.
All of us taxpayers do not want our taxes wasted on your trying to defend discriminatory government policies.

stellabystarlight
Guest

concerned……Can’t answer the question……so attack LOL It’s hard to answer questions that you have no anwer for. **smile**

Patrick/le Renard…….yep, they keep sending youtube sites and other sites to check out, which I don’t take time to look at because anyone can play with numbers that will suit their needs…….just like polls….they all differ.

Eric
Guest

it is rather elementary my dear (Watson)stellabystarlight.
By not giving additional funding to institutions that sign on to the French Language Services Act, they do not have to increase the number of “bilingual” people they hire. This allows more money to be used for the actual service, and allows a mix of employees as pre 1986.

Cory Cameron
Guest

I think what we have to keep in mind with this issue is that there are those who really believe in these policies and then there are those who fully realize they’re discriminatory in pratice but support the current situation due to reasons unforeseen……..perhaps political in nature?

If you’re a politician and you align yourself with a special interest group then you are guaranteed their vote…

Perhaps this is happening in Eastern Ontario?

BIG SMILE
Guest

Stella, why do you think we “will never have the right to dictate nor control…how a company or institution hires their staff”?

If the goose can do that, so is the gander **big smile**

Highlander
Guest

Ontario’s bill 101
yup!

stellabystarlight
Guest
Big smile…..Read my lips…..it will never happen. For the 1000th time Canada has two official languages and that will never change in your lifetime **smile** Amazing how you all think that you have the power to control and have it all your way. If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be funny ….LOL Eric again……the funding to me is not a problem….got that?? You think you will be able to dictate to any organization how and who they must hire……I got news for you……not going to happen. As of ryour other comment, they already have a mix of employees, french… Read more »
stellabystarlight
Guest
Jamie……if you feel they have a legitimate concern with the CCH why do they feel the need to bring Quebec into the equation? Why all the brouhaha about language and the open hatred towards the french? Why did we become the target of their abuse. Is it our fault that they were overlooked? In my honest opinion it is a disgrace how they are acting. Like someone said before (won’t say his name) they are discrediting themselves and going about this in the wrong way. If one wants to be taken seriously they must be professionnal in their approach.
stellabystarlight
Guest

Mme. Periard is a brilliant woman and a no nonsense type of person. Give credit where credit is due. She doesn’t have time for the BS and it is definetely not her style.

Christopher Cameron
Guest
Thanks Jamie , a voice of reason . But Madame Periard how is it that french are tested in New Avenues linguistic center,and the CCH managers are the linguistics experts for English? How much is CCH given in funding for the implementation and maintenance of French Services Language Act? What do you mean Ontario sets the mandate on hiring official bilingualism? She was and still is very evasive ,she simply needs to understand she serves the community and not the other way around. Politics plays too much a part in Cornwall Community Hospital they should stick to providing health service.… Read more »
Le Renard bleu
Guest
Mr. Gilcig, I really don’t think so. On the contrary, I am of the opinion that the board of directors at the Cornwall Community Hospital has acted as professionally and as honestly as they were supposed to do. Furthermore, as far as the front-line staff there is concerned, it does make sense to be sure that all of those who are part of it can serve all patients properly. (Again, we are not talking about the entire staff of the hospital here, far from it; we are only talking, all in all, about a number of staff members.) Due to… Read more »
stellabystarlight
Guest

Jamie….they have been proven wrong many many times with their stats. and fabricated stories. Did you not question someone once about something that was posted? You see, that is where people take a stand and things may get ugly. Let’s leave it at that for now.

Bonne nuit mon ami!!! Sois sage!!!

Mike Bedard
Member
Hi Jamie, To answer your question: “If someone isn’t an awesome communicator does it lessen the truth of what they are fighting for? I would hope not.” No it doesn’t!….. but if the coommunicator doesn’t have a clear message then how are we suppose to distinguish the “truth”? for example………. Is the truth as simple as this whole protest was started due to a part-time employee being angered over being passed over for a bmore qualified candidate? and Would this group or protest/s have ever occured if Mr. Cameron was hired? I think not! Does this lessen the truth of… Read more »
Mike Bedard
Member

Is summary,

Yes, there is a valid issue…………. but how and who is protesting, due to their personal agendas, weaken the integrity of their position!

Thank You,
Mike Bedard

Richard Tremblay
Guest

You bitch and moan because you’d didn’t get the job. After a while buddy, it gets old. And on top of that, you divulge personal information about your employer and employment environment. Why haven’t you been fired ? It seems to me that everything is to blame but the guy you see in the mirror every morning when you wake up. This is not discrimination, Its just plain LAZINESS ..

Patrick Boucher
Guest
I agree to a point with richard. I wouldnt go as far as him being fired, but, a severe reprimand would be in order. If i blasted my employer on a public forum such as this, i’d be looking for work the next day. But I won’t, my boss is the best boss in the world. Smart, genius, intellectual, brilliant, she’s a credit among her peers…. ( I hope she reads this, feel free to edit this out) It is a question of individual rights. In Cornwall, Alexandria, Hawkesbury, Ottawa, I should be able to get service in French. Just… Read more »
stellabystarlight
Guest
Mike absolutely right……I have said it before also, had he fought it at the time of the occurence and had he won, the language issue would have died right there. Nope he waited for the famous letter and got people riled to the point of seperating the citizens. It wasn’t fought at the time because discrimination could not be proven. I do not agree that they have a valid issue. All it took is one man’s word “discrimination” to blow things out of proportion. Now they are trying to get the entire country involved. What is happening in Quebec should… Read more »
Highlander
Guest

Just the article above written by the french commissioner says it all !
For government favors you discriminate to get your quota of bilingualism yet FLSA was implemented and rules are “WHERE NUMBERS WARRANT”
So 100% at the health unit is warranted?
50 % in a community of 21% is warranted?as CCH
the lists go on and on.

Oh mike you are off the fence now and your decision to voice your viewpoints may benefit the 21% but alienate the 79%,but you being a businessman must accept you own decisions .
I know customers will!

Christopher Cameron
Guest

@ Richard Tremblay

Sir I wake up every day looking proudly in the mirror knowing I stand against something that is wrong.
DISCRIMINATION

“if a law is unjust a man is not only right to disobey it ;
he is obligated to do so”

Thomas Jefferson

Highlander
Guest
oh stella what happens in Quebec has direct correlation in Ontario. French in Ontario is # 10 most spoken language ,yet 624 million wasted on it as well . Can you not support your own language or do you need like the welfare check support from the remaining 96%. How is it you will not talk of bill 101? If you think its “blown out of proportion” wait till the next protest! You must understand stella -We as a group did not start this ! Government pushing bad policy did this! Many were already mad at what is happening .… Read more »
Highlander
Guest
Howard Galganov is a man of integrity & pride. ENJOY!!! ABOUT YOURS TRULY The Power Of Demagoguery And Misleading Media have shaped my views by turning them around 180 degrees. I used to be a LIBERAL. Demonizing your opponent is a demagoguery that is used by people who otherwise have no legitimate argument. Regrettably, it is a tactic that is far too often successful. By making an opponent look like a clown, an extremist, obstructionist and worse of all – A RACIST, one hopes that the legitimate argument is swept away. This is a dangerous path used by vocal minorities… Read more »
Patrick Boucher
Guest
Définition: Fait de séparer et de traiter un groupe de personnes différemment des autres, souvent de façon moins bonne. -That isn’t what is going on here… What is going on is by choice, people are refusing to speak french…which is fine. (for example west island montreal, alot of anglos are refusing to speak french) Although it is your right to not speak french, you still want the right to serve francophone in english and want francophones to reply to you in english. And you want all that in regions where there are thousands of french speaking individuals. There is alot… Read more »
stellabystarlight
Guest

I say bring it on, let’s have a civil……yep, even if we kill each who cares at least we will have proven a point.

I never heard such stupidity in my life……unbelievable. sick…….sick……sick!!!!

Not silent anymore Anglo
Guest
Not silent anymore Anglo

Patrice, that isn’t what is going on here… What is going on is by choice, francos are refusing to speak English…which is fine. (for example Cornwall, Ontario, where a huge majority are anglos and all francophones speak English, a lot of francos are refusing to speak English). Just because they want, not because they need, francos demand services in French by “cultural” francos, e.g. by their own tribe. It’s RACIST! And you want all that in English Canada, even in regions where there are hardly any francos. There is a lot wrong with that!!

concerned citizen 2
Guest

@ Stella ,

Oppression is the situation and some feel that civil war is inevitable ,I do not believe this.
Patrick your homeland will be soon .Daddy must be happy
Vive la Quebec -freedom for Canada many outside of Quebec will say “its about time the welfare state is gone”,and the country will finally be at peace.

Rosie
Guest

Richard Tremblay…how does one get fired from a job he didn’t get?

Patrick Boucher
Guest

Welfare state, these days, economically, Québec is doing better then Ontario. Not silent, I wish I could see your face when you typed your post, must have been hard to keep a hide your smirk, not even you believe the crap you typed. Most francos are bilingual, we only request the service when it comes to the government, and even with that, very jobs are designated bilingual.
– cory, highlander, not silent, rosie, its raining outside, blame bilingualism.

bella-b
Guest

“Most francos are bilingual, we only request the service when it comes to the government, and even with that, very jobs are designated bilingual.”

Unless they work at Costco, right??

Cory Cameron
Guest

It couldn’t be any more simply stated than what bell-b typed Patrick.

““Most francos are bilingual, we only request the service when it comes to the government, and even with that, very jobs are designated bilingual.”

Unless they work at Costco, right??

Do you see where your point of hypocracy lies Patrick?

Colleen McIntosh
Guest

bella-b…two thumbs up, for your comment. Love it when hypocrisy is exposed, for ALL to see:)

Methinks, they should take off their blinders now…lolol. Not, that I expect they will…but one can always hope, right?

Cheers!

Barry Renouf
Guest
Patrick, I place an ad on Kijiji in Moncton, NB, in 2009 for someone who could speak French but could also write proficient English. All of the applicants were francophone and with at least high school education and some post-secondary. Of the 30 applicants, 27 failed in spelling and grammar. They didn’t even know that they could right click with the mouse to fix their mistakes. This is because they had illiterate francophone teachers and I could only assume that of the three that passed, they knew about the right clicking of the mouse. I have also noticed that there… Read more »
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