Language Rights Group stands in Solidarity with Lab Tech Heather Villeneuve – Is Cornwall pushing for Bilingual Business Signs?

Language Rights Group stands in Solidarity with Lab Tech Heather Villeneuve – Is Cornwall pushing for Bilingual Business Signs?

CFNLanguage Fairness for All held a rally in front of the Cornwall Community Hospital this afternoon in support of Heather Villeneuve, the medical lab tech who claims that she can’t get a job at CCH due to oppressive bilingual language requirements, as per CFN’s recent report.

Heather Villeneuve told CFN that she’s “absolutely flabbergasted” over the amount of support she’s been receiving since she and South Stormont Mayor Bryan McGillis were interviewed by CFN two weeks ago.

Heather finds herself pumping gas for a living rather than working in the job for which she is trained – a job that would allow her to pay off her college debt. She explained that hospital Lab Technicians have minimal contact with the public, yet she is denied the opportunity to work at the Cornwall Community Hospital because she isn’t high level French qualified. But, then again, that can likely be said of the vast majority of Cornwallites who claim to speak French.

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So why does the hospital throw that barrier in front of Anglophones and other non-Francophones?? Why do applicants whose first language is not French have to acquire a level of proficiency in French which far surpasses that of the people whom they seek to serve? Can Helene Periard, Jeanette Despatie, Jean Lecompte or anyone else provide a believable answer to the question?

She “didn’t realize how much trouble the entire community was having with this issue … we need to make everyone aware of the discrimination that’s happening here.”

In our video clip viewers will hear Villeneuve speak of a plight she shares with a rapidly increasing number of working people here in Ontario, and spreading across the country, that of finding no fairness in language laws and other policies which, according to language rights activists like Howard Galganov, infringe upon the rights of us all. LFA spokesman, Chris Cameron, also spoke to us on camera. He reports having received complaints from area business people who are allegedly being pressured by local politicians and City employees to replace their unilingual English commercial signage with, you guessed it, “bilingual” signs.

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It makes no matter whether or not the business owner and staff can speak English and French, as would be implied by the displaying of such signs. Can you imagine how many thousands of signs there are in Cornwall alone that would have to be tossed out and replaced with bilingual signs, and at what cost, and for what purpose! Remember, we’re talking any sign that isn’t 50/50 English/French. Under these oppressive sign bylaws (which Cornwall hasn’t OFFICIALLY adopted yet), all-French, all-English, all-any other language of your choice signage would have to go – even if the business’ customers speak neither English nor French! Hello!

Cameron ended his presentation with an appeal for everyone to stand up for the inalienable right of Canadians to freedom of speech, a right that is supposed to be guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a right which at least one judge has gone on record as saying can be over-ruled. He invites everyone to attend the 7 p.m. November 13th meeting of the South Glengarry Township Council where Howard Galganov will make an appeal that the Council adopt a Resolution, similar to the recent Bylaw of South Stormont, agreeing NEVER to trample on the right of Canadian’s to express themselves in the language of their choice. Click here for more info.

If bilingualism zealots get their way, this sign in a downtown Cornwall parking lot could soon become illegal!

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Highlander
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stellabystarlight December 4, 2012 at 11:19 am “Many have stories to tell but have moved on. Living in the past won’t solve a thing, nor will blaming one’s woes on others.” Yet if we don’t learn from the past and correct the issues ,history repeats itself . Once again people who read but do not post on here: “Follow the shepherd…..he will lead you to the promised land of english only, then all can live happily ever after until death, for he is the power and glory for all his followers.” Hate propaganda!!!! -For this group of people cannot fight… Read more »
edudyorlik :-)
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Stella wrote, “Ed…..please stay away from that Tim Horton’s.”

Guess i ‘ll have to stay away from Labatt’s Blue beer too then, right?
Seems they cater to the French also with this unnatural bloated sense of superiority and that disrespect for the Canadian flag also.

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But hey, here hoping you have a nice day eh… 🙂

Highlander
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Hey people this video on the desecration of the Canadian flag is about to go viral .

Sun news has been talking about it through the day.

http://www.globalmontreal.com/6442765169/story.html

Check it out.

John Macdonald
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I think what they did is terrible and no doubt so do the majority of Quebecers. Unfortunately there are extremist on both sides, francophones and anglophones, who enjoy causing trouble for the sake of causing trouble. They are a small minority.

stellabystarlight
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Mr. Highlander, your honor, let me say this: There is really nothing more to say about your agenda and the war on french and nothing more to add as this article has been beaten to death. Everything there was to say has been said already. Ca-vas? Why don’t you just drop it? You keep going back to articles that were written months ago and post and post again, just wanting to stir the sh#t. It reminds me of a dog hanging on to ones leg. The more you shake your leg, the more excited the dog gets and the harder… Read more »
Edudyorlik
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ON December 4, 2012 at 10:35 am Ken wrote, “Howard Galganov puts his life and his own money on the line for the CLF cause and that’s why we admire him. — Well said Ken, and so true, IT’S NO JOKE. ON December 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm Highlander wrote, “Hey people this video on the desecration of the Canadian flag is about to go viral” Sun news has been talking about it through the day. http://www.globalmontreal.com/6442765169/story.html But, highlander, it’s ONLY a few radicals. Yeah right. Don’t see too many non radicals denouncing it though. Not to mention MOST of… Read more »
Edudyorlik
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Oh and the sign the dude is holding in the video clip is a web site.

1001raisons.com

IE: reasons to separate…
I ran it through the google translate.

Funny there was no mention of how they will get along with out the 2.4 Billion dollars that the ROC sends — plus infrastructure money and other cash dole outs of hard earned Canadian tax payers money —
Must feel bad for that lonely little “PROVINCE” over there. Still not all grown up and a country of it’s own yet. Maybe one day. Hey, maybe soon. Who knows 🙂

Highlander
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stellabystarlight December 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm “There is really nothing more to say about your agenda and the war on french ” -geez surprise hate mongering again – its still about government policy. PLEASE ,PLEASE give us some valid information backing your statements rather then insulting group members and creating hate propaganda,if you are unable don’t bother posting. “The more you shake your leg, the more excited the dog gets and the harder he hangs on……the harder he hangs on, the more excited he dogs gets. Comprends tu?” Your right!You do troll a lot of these sites don’t you?as… Read more »
Ed
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“Howard Galganov puts his life and his own money on the line for the CLF cause …”
Now, that’s freakin’ hilarious! There’s a hero born every second, it seems. The second coming of JC is upon us! We should all bow our heads and beg forgiveness and give thanks. Well, maybe not. There’s something about a self-absorbed attention-seeking wind-bag that most people tire of fairly quickly.

Edudyorlik
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ON December 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm (missed this one at the time but it needs addressing) John Macdonald Wrote, “It’s true that Quebec is not bilingual but the only province that has chosen to be bilingual is New Brunswick.” You omit the FACT that Quebec is UNILINGUAL FRENCH ONLY!!! AND, New Brunswick may very well be bilingual but I am afraid the words “has chosen to be” are a TOTAL LIE and misconception because THE 65-70% majority English PEOPLE in New Brunswick certainly DID NOT choose for New Brunswick to be bilingual. It was FORCED upon them by “the… Read more »
Rosie
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Ken et al includes Ed.

c`est drole
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@Ed, even the anglophones in Quebec got tired of the “rants”by the G on radio and he was hurting their cause more than the nationalist francos themselves. several Macleans mag reports testified to that.. Watch I`ll be accused of “propaganda” again.. even though anyone can look up the facts for themselves on this here internet box thingy!!

stellabystarlight
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Yep the g is putting his life on the line and spending his own money………you forgot to say those of his blind followers Too funny!!!!

Time for another BBQ at $25.00 a plate for hamburgers and hot dogs and perhaps a salad……not sure about the drinks…..yep spending his own money…….oh and I almost forgot, putting his life on the line. Not many would do that…it takes a special kind of man..**smile**

Highlander
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Ed
December 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

“We should all bow our heads and beg forgiveness and give thanks. Well, maybe not. There’s something about a self-absorbed attention-seeking wind-bag that most people tire of fairly quickly”

See you people who read the posts and do not blog :

The insults continue to the individuals as well as the groups ,no decent debate ,not relative info ,nor are there stats and info to back a statement ,just insults .

Reason -For clearly they are wrong first insulting others as such, secondly they have nothing credible to say.
Ed-speaking of wind bags.

stellabystarlight
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highlander….what don’t you get? This has been going on for over a year now……there is nothing left to debate. Just do your thing and leave us alone. Like “eh eh eh” quit bringing the subject up comprends-tu? You keep bringing up articles that are 2-3 months old for God sakes………why? To ignite the fire and stir the sh#t………..enough is enough. Then you have the audacity to point the finger at us and come out with all kind of nonsense that isn’t true. Your posts have been proven wrong a thousand times yet you continue with the same BS over and… Read more »
concerned citizen 2
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stellabystarlight said December 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm “Yep the g is putting his life on the line and spending his own money………you forgot to say those of his blind followers Too funny!!!! Time for another BBQ at $25.00 a plate for hamburgers and hot dogs and perhaps a salad……not sure about the drinks…..yep spending his own money…….oh and I almost forgot, putting his life on the line. Not many would do that…it takes a special kind of man..**smile**” You will stoop to the lowest level, your a disgrace to your culture !!! Howard & his wife lived with armed… Read more »
edudyorlik :-)
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RE: POST ON December 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm
by concerned citizen 2 …

I second and third that one. 🙂

stellabystarlight
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Is the g not the savior of the clan? Haven’t you all bowed down and supported his views and agenda of eliminating a culture? Don’t you all donate for his cause and agenda? Like someone said here before(not I)… it is almost like a cult. For God sake, I hope this is not news to you, if it is, come out of your fantasy world. The guy is known for his radical views and some of his buddies have admitted right on these blogs, that the g, is very far right and they don’t agree with all the g’s views… Read more »
bella-b
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Wow! Could there be any more venom in your holiday wishes, stella?
*shudder*

At least you’ll be warm this winter with all the coal that will be in your stocking!!

edudyorlik :-)
Guest
This NOT about Howard Stella. This is really about insane laws that force the minority French language down the throats of the majority English speaking people in a country with English as it’s common language. Comprends tu? Ca vas? Take your 4-8% (perhaps 20% – if we include that fascist province of Quebec and the forced into bilingualism province of New Brunswick) French pals with you to Russia and try to force them to do everything majority English Canadians have agreed to do to try to support your failing language and see what kind of reaction you would get there.… Read more »
Highlander
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stellabystarlight December 5, 2012 at 8:48 am “Haven’t you all bowed down and supported his views and agenda of eliminating a culture? ” Oh my little English Hater -When will you stop spreading Hate propaganda. You see people who view the comments but do not write : She consistently attacks individuals and groups but YET again ,and again, any yet again -no facts to back any informed statements -but hate propaganda is her tool . We continue to advise her that its not the french people (yet a few zealots push for advantage) ,but its the Government policies and enactment… Read more »
Eric
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stellabystarlight, why don’t you mention Jean Serge Brisson when being so negative on people opening up their lives to run for office? He is also involved in this infringement of Charter Rights case and ran for office a couple of years ago as well.

But most of all, why can’t he have a french only sign for his business?

Highlander
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bella-b December 5, 2012 at 9:21 am “Wow! Could there be any more venom in your holiday wishes, stella? *shudder*” A very hate filled individual at many cutures-and yet she has not been discriminated against by her own Government all these years as some posting on here like myself but I know I am far from alone on this. edudyorlik 🙂 December 5, 2012 at 9:27 am This is really about insane laws that force the minority French language down the throats of the majority English speaking people in a country with English as it’s common language. Comprends tu? Ca… Read more »
Ken
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@Ed, I bet you don’t put your money where your mouth is! @edudyorlik Wasn’t it Frank McKenna who declared NB bilingual? With a name like that, what a disgrace. @Stella about Galaganov being a special kind of man putting his life on the line. That is about the only sensible comment you have ever made Stella, would you do it? Do you sneer and dismiss the thousands of Canadians who lost their lives fighting for your freedom? O, eh,eh,eh and sh*t, there goes your OCD again. @concerned citizen 2 Well said, Stella is despicable. As I, an English person, would… Read more »
concerned citizen 2
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EDUDYORLIK said: “And, though i have partially written this for the benefit of others to read, i leave you with this… I have no more time to waste on the likes of YOU so…Have a nice day eh ” Here Here !!!!! This is the whole idea with Stella’s propaganda to detract from the subject by insulting groups & individual rather then dealing with the subject. Many read the blogs & do not comment, so I can understand we need to clarify her rhetoric at times. Please do not dwell on her ramblings, state the facts & put her on… Read more »
c`est drole
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Russell township does not want to play favorites when it comes to the two official languages .. by law then finds the predominantly french speaking population of Russell township can respect the english part of the population..by deciding that both languages have equal standing,,,,not one over the other and any other language is not ever prohibited in adding to that bylaw.clearly they are respectful of 2 official languages,…with respect to the bilingual designation… respect for the population both french english and whatever…. there …is that to technical for you all? meanwhile more taxpayers money is used and more donations are… Read more »
c`est drole
Guest

@cc2 language does not :trump” merit or experience.. language, where warranted,works with merit and experience… merit is not exclusive domaine on one group over another..the person hired for the position was unilingual and the better candidate obviously…. stop blockading our one and only hospital and try understanding instead..have a nice day…

Highlander
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c`est drole December 5, 2012 at 10:45 am ” meanwhile more taxpayers money is used and more donations are begged for by CLF and LFA .” You are misinformed there is no taxpayer money going to these groups only francophone groups-you know the 200+ francophone groups in Ontario alone. “@cc2 language does not :trump” merit or experience.. language, where warranted,works with merit and experience…” For you folks out there who read but do not write: Consider this :When a position is designated bilingual (50%+) in hospital (100%) Health unit, ect,ect- only applicants that are bilingual are considered no matter the… Read more »
edudyorlik :-)
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Oh and for those who didn’t hear (i imagine that’s most of us since these things usually get done and then we hear about them a year later) in Ottawa last week… Vanier was made the French Quarter? Formal status was granted by the City of Ottawa and Canadian Heritage – (french site bu you can use Google to translate) http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/actualites/ville-dottawa/201212/02/01-4599924-vanier-designe-quartier-francophone.php Yet another newly “captured enclave” outside the “province” of Quebec they can use to discriminate against the English majority citizens in ONTARIO from within. No more Anglophone police officers, nurses, firemen/persons(?) heck even sanitation workers are likely to have… Read more »
c`est drole
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High I did not say these small “groups” of Lfa and CLF are getting taxpayer money they are begging for donations without giving receipts by the way… the taxpayer dollars wasted are the court time dollars on the public dime…..that is the waste… hope they have to pay it back when they lose this round too!..

c`est drole
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and @High…. we only have CC`s word for what happens at CCH highly dubious..

Highlander
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c`est drole December 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm ” the taxpayer dollars wasted are the court time dollars on the public dime…..that is the waste… hope they have to pay it back when they lose this round too!..” Much like Micheal Thebedieu you know the federal employee that could not get a 7Up on air Canada sued and won thousands -except he has done this 3 times for monetary gain …rather then having the businesses make the choice of what goes on their business signs. Big difference one is for monetary gain and pushing for one culture while the other… Read more »
Christopher Cameron
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Highlander December 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm Thanks Highlander,but the cost of the last individual was Near $18,000. ‘c`est drole December 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm and @High…. we only have CC`s word for what happens at CCH highly dubious..’ Many have come forward to me about similar issues -But for fear of retribution from the Hospital management and the SYSTEM is the problem . If this was a private entity the government would have been all over it ,but its the SYSTEM that is discriminatory. The Hospital has already set an example of this with Darlene Walsh ,this in… Read more »
Cory Cameron
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I still haven’t heard anyone explain why, if things were running so well in the 4 municipalities over sign laws, they were changed to begin with to ensure that they were bilingual – thereby stomping the rights of the business owner to post in their language of choice. Oh well, with a lack of response from anyone, I guess I’ll have to write to elected mayors and councils of these 4 muncipalities to discover what individual(s) and/or groups insisted upon making bilingual English/French signage a By-Law. This should be interesting as I discover who advocated to make these By-Laws to… Read more »
Cory Cameron
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Token for Russel Township to even bother to have English signs there at all and supposedly protected by a bilingual sign By-Law? Hymmm, methinks that the town Crier should be outside of French organizations reading the By-Law ensuring that English is still included on these signs to begin with. Where did all of the English people that once inhabited Russel Township go by the way? Why would they have even moved from the area to begin with? Surely it was odd to see a mass exodus over the last 10-15 years. The fact that these people moved away from Russel… Read more »
John Macdonald
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“but the truth of the matter is that we don’t want to one day end up in Concentration Camps for the simple fact that the Government no longer knows what to do with us non-Francophones”

You guys have lost all sense of reality.

Christopher Cameron
Guest

Well said Cory ,

When will the people wake up to this and see the root of the problem is Government discrimination through policies.

Rosie
Guest

c’est drole ” the person hired for the position was unilingual and the better candidate obviously…. ” I asked you before to call CCH and as Human Resources and ask if that last person hired in the lab was unilingual English, if whe was, then how long did she work part-time at the hospital and was she finally hired full-time with this became news.

Ken
Guest
@c’est drole just hope you never get sick outside of Quebec and demand to be addressed in French as think you should be able to in the ROC. Here, we don’t care what language you speak, our concern would be simply for a good doctor speaking any language. N by the way, tax dollars only pay for the Francophone side of any issue, Anglophones vis Galganov have to pay their own costs. @cory Quote: Well said and so true. “People that support these unfair policies are so disingenuous”. end quote. People who call us bigots, racists, trouble makers and the… Read more »
stellabystarlight
Guest
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND…. To all those who read and do not post…. The small c as in cory, says nurses can’t get hired in Cornwall, well readers, there are only so many jobs to go around in a city of 46,000. To think that everyone who graduates in nursing will have a job in Cornwall is somewhat unrealistic and foolish, hence the comment that they live in a fantasy world. Even the big C as in Christopher, the small c’s brother who lives in Timmins, was working part time in Cornwall and part time in Ottawa…..proving that that full… Read more »
Highlander
Guest
stellabystarlight December 5, 2012 at 6:22 pm As for being anti french, they are, no if, ands or buts about it. Well folks once again hate propaganda,from someone who admitted they didn’t like other cultures. “As for the french clinic…..guess what folks? They are not taking new patients…….full. Need I say more…..I guess it is safe to say…..it was needed for the unilingual french. Don’t be fooled……their tales are overblown. Well all you folks out there this was proven many times over with 2 individuals from Cornwall in the Ottawa citizen stating they were refused because they did not speak… Read more »
Ed
Member

To be fair Stella, a lot of us uni-lingual Anglos have been building fortified bunkers and hiding under our beds, living in fear of that knock at the door in the middle of the night. I know for a fact, because a wise old lady from Kelowna told me, that huge prison compounds are being constructed in every province to accommodate those who refuse to learn and use the French language! Don’t just take my word for it Stella. Ask some of the English-Pride freedom-fighters around here. We live in scary times.

concerned citizen 2
Guest

Still begging for $$$, never enough to build their glass house of lies & oppression…Ask so much of the community, but not willing to hire within that community. Whether it be for construction or staff, Quebec is their employment preference…

http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2012/12/12/city-asked-to-support-hospital-fundraising-campaign

concerned citizen 2
Guest

Stella said more lies,

“Even the big C as in Christopher, the small c’s brother who lives in Timmins, was working part time in Cornwall and part time in Ottawa…..proving that that full time nursing was not available in Cornwall nor Ottawa.”

Chris clearly states he worked casual in Cornwall & Full-time in Ottawa;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMBl7ZOVfBg&feature=g-upl&context=G2ab7300AUAAAAAAAAAA

For those who read & don’t post take whatever Stella says with a 10 oz shaker of salt & a triple shot of techila & lemon!!!

Debbie Cameron
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“Here we sit” in Ontario, facing the same hiring discrimination;our crime-being English… Taken from Facebook; Here we sit, unable to be hired or advance The Daily Gleaner Letter to the editor 18 Jul 2013 04:03PM. Re: Language requirements This is regarding the article published July 17 called Petition targets provincial hiring practice. While our Official Languages Act does indeed guarantee service in the language of choice, it does not mandate hiring ratios. By enforcing a 50 per cent-bilingual hiring policy in provincial places of employment, the government is promoting discrimination against the English-only of this province. For example my county… Read more »
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