Canada: No Longer a Democratic Country that Respects Basic Human Rights? by Don Smith

Canada: No Longer a Democratic Country that Respects Basic Human Rights? by Don Smith

Supreme Court of Canada will NOT hear Galganov / Brisson Forced Bilingual Sign Appeal – Breaking


The Supreme Court of Canada (the court of last resort)

CFN – Human rights champion Howard Galganov reports that today he received the much-anticipated e-mail concerning his petition made to the Supreme Court.  The court of last resort was being asked to overturn a decision made by a Superior Court judge that allows muncipalities to over-ride the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Previously an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that Russell Township violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but that doing so was acceptable.  By a very slim majoriy, the township passed a bylaw which demands that all new exterior commercial signage be in English and French, not one or the other and no provision for other languages.  Russell was the fourth Eastern Ontario township to do so.

Today the Township of Russell posted the following Press Statement on their website:

“In light of the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in regards to the leave of appeal from Galganov / Brisson versus Russell in the matter related to the Bilingual Sign Bylaw, we are extremely pleased that the plaintiffs were denied the hearing” said Mr. Jean Paul St-Pierre, Mayor for the Township of Russell. “It finally brings closure to the legal proceedings that were, in all instances, decided in favor of the Municipality by the court. The Court reiterates the fact that the Township was in its legal rights to adopt such bylaw and that Mr. Howard Galganov, a non-resident of the municipality, was in no position to contest the bylaw. We now can move forward for the benefit of our communities” concluded Mayor St.Pierre.”

How ironic that some Franco businesses and municipal agencies choose not to adhere to the bylaw.  The municipal Fire Hall in Embrun boasts a unilingual sign which reads:  “Poste de Pompiers”.


Russell Township imposes bilingual sign requirements on private businesses, yet displays French only signs on Township buildings like this one.

And, as we reported recently, the Francophone cultural/entertainment centre recently replaced its sign with a high tech version, but still in French only.  An employee of La Maison des Arts told us that they were zoned differently (institutional/non-profit), then said that it’s because they provide French education.  Apparently the centre previously had posted a small sign which explained that rationale. A member of the local community informed us that La Maison des Arts provides day care service for the French Catholic School across the street; would one not think that to be considered a business venture?

Pierre Leroux ran for and became a Russell Councillor two years ago; he told CFN that it’s widely known that one of his motivating forces in running for Council was the fact that he didn’t feel it right the way that bilingualism was forced upon local businesses.  As for today’s Supreme Court announcement, as a member of Council he’s happy that the Township will not have to pay for an expensive legal battle (which he feels could have been avoided), but as a person he feels that the decision is wrong.


Here are the old and new versions of the hard-to-miss, La Maison des Arts outdoor sign. Staff claim to be exempt from the Russell Township bylaw because they provide French education.

So, what about everyone else?  People are asking ‘What’s the problem with being fair and allowing everyone a similar degree of freedom of expression?’  That’s a great question!

In our short clip, viewers can plainly see that the animated sign is unilingual and hear for themselves the explanation we received from a staff member of the arts centre.

Galganov was among the presenters at the recent annual Christmas Luncheon hosted by Canadians for Language Fairness at an Ottawa area restaurant.  At the gathering, Galganov told the crowd:

 If the Supreme Court decides that they’re not going to hear the case, then it becomes the law of Canada.  Any municipality can legislate, not just on issues of language and culture, but on any of the guarantees in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The Charter is essentially a Charter of Suggestions.  Any time a judge or group of judges of one mindset or the other can decide what is to be protected and what is not to be protected it means we have no guarantees.  Freedom of Expression is the foremost guarantee we have in any free society.”

In our highlight video clip (unedited footage provided by Danno Saunt) each of the key presenters at the CLF Luncheon (Beth Trudeau, Howard Galganov, Nick Vandergragt, Brian Lilley, Ron Barr and Jack MacLaren) shares an update on their involvement in the ongoing struggle to preserve basic human rights here in Canada.


It is anticipated that Galganov as well as Language Fairness for All and Canadians for Language Fairness will step up their efforts locally and nationally.


Part of an attractive new brochure being distributed to small town Ontario business

Don Smith reports on a variety of topics, notably good news items as well as social justice issues.

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Edudyorlik
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Bilingualism is a — temporary condition — of a particular area or entity. It is a smokescrene and while the smoke is there, the area or entity are in transition from English to French.

J.V. Andrew

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leo
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Hey, eddy baby, nice to see you gat reined in, not so mouthy now are you?

Helga
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Why should Canada be only English? From the horse’s mouth:

7% of Anglophones outside of Quebec are bilingual.
84% of Francophones outside of Quebec are bilingual.

http://www.ocol-clo.gc.ca/newsletter_cyberbulletin/12_09_2012/content_contenu_e.htm

Pat
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“Interestingly, (in 1969, during Parliamentary debates) both Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield and the New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis expressed concern, right from the start, that the Official Languages Act not result in reverse discrimination that might permit the creation of new inequalities in Canada” and that it be “achieved without discrimination and without compulsion, without creating some new injustice.”
(Mr. Stanfield) Hansard 28(1) p.1484.
(Mr. Lewis) Hansard 28(1) p.1486.

Interestingly, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

Rosie
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@ Pat thanks for that. Hope you don’t mind if I post it again. This needs to be reposted over and over again.

“Interestingly, (in 1969, during Parliamentary debates) both Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield and the New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis expressed concern, right from the start, that the Official Languages Act not result in reverse discrimination that might permit the creation of new inequalities in Canada” and that it be “achieved without discrimination and without compulsion, without creating some new injustice.”
(Mr. Stanfield) Hansard 28(1) p.1484.
(Mr. Lewis) Hansard 28(1) p.1486.
Interestingly, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED”

Rosie
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@ Stella “If the child really had a problem with french, the principle would request that the child be changed schools. It has been done many many times……that I know for a fact”

I’m going to agree with you somewhat but fact also is, many, many parents do not remove their children from the immersion program for the simple fear their children will never be successful in the job market. They realize only when it’s too late.

Helga
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Why should Canada be English only? Because Canada IS English! Population by Language Spoken Most Often at Home, Canada Less Quebec, Provinces and Territories, Census 2001: ———–English %—–French % Canada – 86.6 ———–2.7 Nfld—— 99.2 ———–0.2 PEI —— 97.4 ———–2.1 NS ——- 96.2 ———–2.2 NB ——- 69.0 ———-30.3 ON ——- 82.7 ———–2.7 MB ——- 89.1 ———–1.9 SK ——– 95.2 ———- 4.3 AB ——– 91.2 ———- 0.7 BC ——– 84.8 ———- 0.4 YT ——– 95.8 ———- 1.5 NWT —– 89.9 ———–1.1 NT ——– 41.5 ———- 0.8 Census 2011 shows even less percentages for French. It’s ABSURD to suggest Canada is or… Read more »
concerned citizen 2
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Stella said “If the child really had a problem with french, the principle would request that the child be changed schools. It has been done many many times……that I know for a fact” FYI: Why would a child change schools, said child could change to core English, not immersion. Rosie said,”many parents do not remove their children from the immersion program for the simple fear their children will never be successful in the job market. They realize only when it’s too late.” Exactly!!! Why are we forced to jeopardize our children’s education for the sake of of forced Frenchifcation. Social… Read more »
highlander
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Helga January 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Thanks Helga ,proving once again that fair hiring advocates backup thier statements.

Now if only the English haters could do the same!

Thanks Pat for the Hansard report ,that once again backing up your statement.

Thanks Helga for your link to once again back up what you say.

See Stella,Pierre the separatist ,ed ,Pj (English haters) this is how when you have a statement and a point to prove you provide the source ,otherwise All you have is what Stella writes PROPAGANDA.

stellabystarlight
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Rosie wrote: “I’m going to agree with you somewhat but fact also is, many, many parents do not remove their children from the immersion program for the simple fear their children will never be successful in the job market. Exactly Rosie…..those parents are doing their child a favor. Anyone with half a brain would admit that 2 or 3 or 4 languages is a benefit in life and it doesn’t necessarily have to be french, however, being this country has two official languages French and english, common sense would dictate that French would be an asset when looking for employment.… Read more »
leo
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Helga, you are a gem. of course it will be viewed by THE FRAUD SQUAD as propaganda and skewed numbers. When they are hit in the face with real honest to goodness proof, they fold like cheap deck chairs. They have absolutely no crediable comeback or valid arguments to back up anything they say. I challenge them to refute these numbers and put forth any crediable argument that would remotely contrdicte these facts. Now ,why should 97% of English taxpayers pay for forced bilingualism when the percentages listed above doesn’t justify one red cent to pay for this divisive ,costly… Read more »
leo
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@ Helga,

So to me , it makes sense to get quebec OUT OF CANADA

It is to our advantage to get them out.

In the last quebec election , a full 66% voted for parties that are separatists

33% P.Q.

33% CAC

the CAC is a separatist party. headed by former P.Q. minister F.Legaultst.

So, lets support quebec separation and let them be gone

Who cares? And we will only have 4% french in the remaining 9 provinces, try justifing bilingualism then

As for quebec, good riddance

concerned citizen 2
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OK, I have tried to be nice, but I have to ask Stella do you actually understand the English language??? Do you not understand that public schools offer CORE English or French Immersion!!!! WTH does the child need to as you say “change” schools. Better take a refresher English course in your spare time Stella!!!! Stella Said, “cc2 wrote: FYI: Why would a child change schools I can’t believe this!!! If the principle or teacher sees that a student is struggling and falling behind and there is no hope, rather then have this child struggle, facing humiliation and losing his/her… Read more »
leo
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@ CC # 2 You are far too knid to stella. If that is who she/he says he/she is. If you have read stellas posts you will know she NEVER EVER BACKS anything up with fact. She went so far in one post as to say looking things up on the net etc. is a waste of time, or something to that effect. So to take her seriously, in any way is a mistake. Your are absolutely corrrect in your assessment regarding your child. People here know that. The french zealots will say anything to discredit us in our quest… Read more »
Ken
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In the early forties Pierre Trudeau was fully determined to find a way to separate Quebec from Canada, make it totally French and an authoritarian state. He was secretly planning a coup. Yes, it is true and an established fact. Later he learned there is never peace and harmony for a government after a coup; so he abandoned his plan. Notwithstanding ( how useful that word is) the problem of a coup, Trudeau figured out a way to provide advantages to Quebec, and to Francophones in ROC in pursuit of something much greater. He allowed the “Notwithstanding” clause in the… Read more »
concerned citizen 2
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@ leo
January 13, 2013 at 12:32 am

Thanks Leo for your above post!

It’s very disheartening when the English Hater’s will not even try to understand the plight of a small child. I guess I should expect nothing less from “them”.

I thought human kindness might prevail, but sadly, I was wrong…

peter
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@ Ken, Good post, Ken. In all honesty I don’t see bilingualism being accepted west pf prescott with the fevor it has been in easter Ontario. I travel extensively in canada. Believe me the french are HATED. The feds may try to force bilingualism on Canada regarding the powers they oversee, but that’s it, It has not been embraced or accepted anywhere else. There may be pockets that spring up here and there, but for the most part it is moot. loomat even prescott, not too many french sins or talk for that matter ther. Kingston , even less french.… Read more »
peter
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@ Ken

To finish my thought on my last blog;

This the canadian people will NEVER stand for.

Regards

Peter

Sorry, hit a wrong key

peter
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@ Ken

Sorry about the poor English here Ken

I have a terrible keyboard and I have a tendency to type faster than my mind thinks

I’ll try to be very, very vigilant in future

Peter

Rosie
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@Concerned Citizen 2 When you mentioned that this child would not have to change schools but rather the program am I to understand that they run both immersion and core in the same school? @ Stella.” I can’t believe this!!! If the principle or teacher sees that a student is struggling and falling behind and there is no hope, rather then have this child struggle, facing humiliation and losing his/her self esteem because they can’t keep up, it is in the child’s interest that this child be moved to another school where the curriculum is easier. ” STELLA WHAT DO… Read more »
edudyorlik
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ON January 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm leo wrote, “@ Helga, So to me , it makes sense to get quebec OUT OF CANADA It is to our advantage to get them out. In the last quebec election , a full 66% voted for parties that are separatists 33% P.Q. 33% CAC the CAC is a separatist party. headed by former P.Q. minister F. Legault.” Another thing to note about the Mr. Legault’s CAC party is his blatant statement while the campaign was running. Something to the effect, “we should put separation of the back burner for 10 years and… Read more »
edudyorlik
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Speaking of discrimination and slippery slopes …

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concerned citizen 2
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Rosie asked,
January 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm
“@Concerned Citizen 2
When you mentioned that this child would not have to change schools but rather the program am I to understand that they run both immersion and core in the same school?”

Yes, Rosie that is correct.

Rosie
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@ concerned Citizen 2 Wow, so even if you excelled in the Core program you would never be regarded as a high achiever in that kind of dual tracking now would you. So happy my children didn’t have to go through that. Core program was all that we wanted; it was all the school offered, they were very successful in that system, award winners in high school and recipient of university prize. They never had to deal with humiliation or loss-of self-esteem that goes along with the comparison of immersion vs core. Thankful that these schools still exists.
Rosie
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@ Stella, please answer my question to you regarding you views on the CORE program. Why do you think it has an easier curriculum

edudyorlik
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Ken
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@ Peter First let me say it’s a nice change to hear from someone presenting an intelligent post for a change. One gets so fed up with the idiots who simply particpate in futile name calling and even profanities. Thank you for the stats and I fully understand what you are saying. I accept that opposition to French across Canada is as you have found. However, one must recognise the power rests with the government. Currently under P.M.Harper there might be a bit of protection but there are times when because of how he turns to speak in French so… Read more »
Highlander
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Ken January 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm “For me, the sooner they separate, the better for both sides. The country won’t fall apart with a wall around Quebec and border guards.” Like the Berlin wall as the Quebecers try to climb the wall to the promised land(Canada) their own will shoot them . “I sincerely hope you are right and I am over re-acting, but I will continue to fight on nevertheless. Unfortunately I don’t have enough years left to see the final outcome, maybe you do.” -Ah Ken its already starting many believe that this will end up in… Read more »
Edudyorlik
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ON January 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm Ken Wrote, “Before I would say, “It will never happen” I look to history for examples. The French occupied Algeria, Arab speaking at the onset, outlawed the Arabic language, and 100years later, Algeria’s common language is French. I learned that from an Arab living in Canada, and have also been to Algeria where I HAD to speak French.” Wow!! That’s interesting Ken. I didn’t know that. So, they stole the Arabic language from Algeria as they are trying to steal the English language from Canada. – AND YES, I DID take note that… Read more »
David Oldham
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While there might well be a case to support that most of Canada would be better off with one less province this is not likely a situation that will occur in a peaceful manner. Apathy has brought us to where we are. Democracy is suffering in that all levels of governments with few exceptions are elected by a majority of a minority of voters. When finally a population has been delivered that final straw the result usually is violence and extremism. But then who says history has to repeat itself?

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