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

  1. Highlander   December 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    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 the facts therefore target individuals and people.

    Now show us substance rather then misinformation and propaganda stella,that is you actually have factual information.

    Once again this remains a government policy issue please do not create hate propaganda this is not French against English,for its Government discriminatory hiring policy that is the true problem.

    Its only Human nature to take advantage of a situation ,but its government policy that has created the situation!

  2. edudyorlik :-)   December 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    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.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2DS6eiAiVLk/UL1dbaDjeoI/AAAAAAAAASg/_9fueJ7phlU/s720/Labatts+Blue+-+No+Canadian+flag.bmp

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

  3. Highlander   December 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    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.

  4. John Macdonald   December 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    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.

  5. stellabystarlight   December 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    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 he hangs on……the harder he hangs on, the more excited he dogs gets. Comprends tu?

    You see, the french that post here have to keep coming back because of the fabrications and exagerations that comes from your gang and we must keep things on the up and up to even up the playing field.

    You of all people have the audacity to accuse others of targeting individuals………LMAO…….not that is funny!!!

  6. Edudyorlik   December 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    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 those so called radicals are the ones running the show. Yes, in high enough positions to push this cr@p through.

    Like in Bonnhomme Shikelgrouber starting at 00:20 seconds of this video say’s.
    Bonhomme say’s to Bouchard, “It’s only a few radicals.” Bouchard replies, “Yes but thank goodness — I ham one hov dem.”

    https://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=GOFj5A4yC2I

    Besides, I have a STRONG feeling that there are plenty of those in the background who silently applaud whenever another flag is stomped, or milestone is reached that affords them more respect and more inflated chest “FRENCH POWER dominant.”

    PS
    There is also another video where they show a defaced British statue in front of Mcgill university, with the word “independence” written on the statue in red paint. .
    If anyone requests it I can post it later this evening as I am not at my own computer right now.

  7. Edudyorlik   December 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    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 🙂

  8. Highlander   December 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    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 well as freeloader and many others -a troll is a troll.

    Edudyorlik-And yet some on here with their delusional thinking Quebec has nothing to do with it – Either medications need to be changed or started .

  9. Ed   December 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    “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.

  10. Edudyorlik   December 4, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    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 French powers that be” just like the French are forcing their language upon all of the rest of the majority English Canadians. These are also likely the same ones that are running the show in THAT “province” that is not all growed up and a country of it’s own yet. Quebec. 🙂

  11. Rosie   December 4, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Ken et al includes Ed.

  12. c`est drole   December 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    @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!!

  13. stellabystarlight   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**

  14. Highlander   December 4, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    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.

  15. stellabystarlight   December 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    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 over and over again. Get a life or meds for your addiction…..thinking

  16. concerned citizen 2   December 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    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 body guards for many years, to make light of this is beyond ignorant. Quebec has a militia that has threatened many activists, do you see your kind being threatened in such a way. Absolutely not, so crawl back under your rock & do us all a favor!!!

    Yes, our groups do have to raise $, we don’t get it dolled out like your ETHNOCENTRIC groups do. In fact, we get NO funding…
    Kapish, ca vas, got it!!!!

    Lastly, to compare Howard to our Lord Savior Jesus Christ is insulting to ALL Christians & is sacrilegious!!!

  17. edudyorlik :-)   December 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    RE: POST ON December 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm
    by concerned citizen 2 …

    I second and third that one. 🙂

  18. stellabystarlight   December 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    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 and what he stands for. Does that not speak volumes about the savior. Good God….Hello!!!! Did the majority bow down to his views at election time and think his agenda was great? Joyeux Noel a touts les anglophones **smile**

  19. bella-b   December 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    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!!

  20. edudyorlik :-)   December 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    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. They would tell you what to do with your stupid laws and pressure groups.

    Howard just happens to be one of the folks we admire for standing up and actually doing something. We don’t have to agree with everything he stands for to agree with him on this topic/message. And though it may just be be Howard and a handful of others right now, “the wave” is coming so, grab your favorite drink, a bag of snacks and pull up a comfy seat.

    Things are in for a change in this COUNTRY.

    “A PEOPLE” cannot be kicked around and taken advantage of forever. They have had it up to hear…
    At some point it begins to directly affect TOO MANY of em and that’s when they stand up and take a stand. You and your ilk have GONE TOO FAR now with taking away hard working good unilingual English Canadians’ opportunity to earn a living within their own country.

    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 🙂

  21. Highlander   December 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    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 of those policies.

    For its only human nature that people take advantage of a situation ,but its the Government that has created it.

    So stella spreading hate messages in any regard is wrong***S***.

  22. Eric   December 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    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?

  23. Highlander   December 5, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    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 vas?

    You see folks this is about the Government not a culture ,yet that some from that culture would prefer to paint it the other way for advantage -well racism /discrimination should never be used as advantage no matter the circumstances.
    Hate is still hate no matter the context.

  24. Ken   December 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    @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 say,
    she simply has no class.

    @bella b
    Your’re right, I doubt she will get anything else in her stocking LOL

    @edudyorlik
    No point trying to educate Stella, she doesn’t want to be. She has blinders on and to concede to understanding anything about CLF would be to concede she has an advantage that got her the job where language was more important than merit.

  25. concerned citizen 2   December 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    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 ignore!

    LFA supports Howard’s fight for Freedom of Expression, plain & simple. At the same time LFA fights for fair government hiring policies, plain & simple.

    We have completely detracted from the subject of Heather Villeneuve’s language discrimination at CCH. This is what we should be discussing, ways to help our young people gain employment in their own community. English is the common language & ALL other languages should be considered an asset.

    Why is language trumping education & experience????
    I think we should be protesting again soon at CCH, anyone else wanna join me????

  26. c`est drole   December 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    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 begged for by CLF and LFA . no surprise here when the court will decide . no where does the by-law say no other language is permiteed.. just respect the 2 official languages of Canada… that is the worst part for this small group accepting that Canada actually has two official languages …tomorrow`s ruling by the court will change nothing..because it will go nowhere.it will be decided but will that put an end to the bickering nope..!!

  27. c`est drole   December 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    @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…

  28. Highlander   December 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    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 education or experience of those other uni-lingual individuals -therefore language is superior to education-Its really that simple -think about this .

    Christopher Cameron a Registered Nurse who has a specialty in his field as well as certification had applied for a position in that field was passed over for an individual who had no experience in that field because he was not bilingual and the hospital had to send those 2 individuals to be trained in that field for a cost to taxpayers for the cost of over $15000 each minimum and yet they still had no experience .

    So therefore language is deemed more important then Education.

  29. edudyorlik :-)   December 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    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 to be French to work there now too. Slowly but surely they are taking as much of this country as seem to be willing to let them have.

    WAKE up folks…

  30. c`est drole   December 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    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!..

  31. 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..

  32. Highlander   December 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    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 is to give business owners their own choice.

    “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…”

    They can not give receipts as they are classified as non profit and are not a charity.

    Oh by the way its only the 200+francophones groups that get taxpayers money-many are double /triple dipping in various government sponsored programs .

    Not one English rights groups get sponsored,so where is the two official languages “sponsored”-There is only one Official language group sponsored by the taxpayers.

  33. Christopher Cameron   December 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    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 fact was for other workers to tow the line and be quiet on the situation.

    As for myself c`est drole – I have been asked :Don’t you feel at times for giving up ?
    I have repeated this many times ,Every day it would be far easier to give up then continue ,but what drives me is how I felt and continued to feel being discriminated against by my own Government.

    I and others in Cornwall Dialysis (CCH) and my own unit at the Civic know the reality of the situation,many at both hospitals encourage that I continue to bring the Justice of equality to the system .

    Merit should always be first !But because I am not” classified ” bilingual my vast experience and education will never be considered.
    That Sir is discrimination by language ,not recognizable in Canada but is by the United Nations,discrimination by language was intentionally omitted in the charter of rights,but why one must ask?

    Thanks you fine folks for taking the time to read this,with hope and determination we all can make a difference.

    Thanks

    Christopher Cameron

  34. Cory Cameron   December 5, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    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 begin with.

    Thanks everyone,

    Cory

  35. Cory Cameron   December 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    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 Township and the fact that non-Francophones continue to head for the Western provinces is due to the fact that bilingual policies are forcing citizens from their own areas where they once lived to escape this policy for a better life. We have no other choice in the matter. For, by just being born and raised non-Francophone, we are not part of that promised tribe that all levels of government cater to so blindly…

    People that support these unfair policies are so disingenuous about the subject matter that either they sincerely think that the problem is not how we define it or that we’re out to stir trouble. What they seem not to comprehend about all of this is that we all have families, friends and lives outside of this whole matter. We would be a sorry lot if indeed we had nothing better to do with our lives 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. It may be argued that the non-Francophones don’t work (and we can see that this is the fact and increasingly so due to these laws of bilingualism), but it’s not for lack of trying. Don’t believe me? Ask Heather Villeneauve, Chris Cameron, Darlene Walsh, etc. who have all stated on camera at what time or another how desperate the situation really is.

    We are fed up of this whole issue and especially for being painted by are so-called fellow Canadians as being anti-French. We’re not anti-anything, we just believe in the inherent right of having equal access to jobs and the opportunity to also provide for our families. Some of these bloggers on here are painting us as being anti-French but I would like to inform other new bloggers here that most of us have French relatives and/or are married to a French spouse. I myself am married to a wonderful Francophone lady and I am bilingual, speaking French 55% of the time at home. Now tell me, if I hated the French I would be hating my own mother and wife, the two most important women in my life!

    The other side’s argument simply doesn’t hold water. What I find so absolutely frightening about all of this since I started doing this over a year ago is the backlash we’ve all received from our so-called fellow Canadians. I used to be a proud Canadian, but my experience over the last year is indicative of something I would rather not get into today. I am becoming increasingly disappointed with how this is all being handled and I think it’s a shame that private Canadian citizens have had to spend so much time and money to try and bring attention to this matter.

    As of today, we still have hundreds of qualified nurses in Cornwall alone who still cannot work full-time in their own communities due to language discrimination. And, what’s more, the management of CCH and various health clinics won’t even acknowledge there’s a problem to begin with and actually actively supports the status quo.

    We’re non-Francophones, but we’re still Canadians and more importantly, should be treated as equal people too.

    Cory

  36. John Macdonald   December 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    “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.

  37. Christopher Cameron   December 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Well said Cory ,

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

  38. Rosie   December 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    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.

  39. Ken   December 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    @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 like may one day thank us for hopefully getting the bilingual issue resolved.
    The problem for non believers is they haven’t been personally touched up to this time. Until such time arrives, and it will the way things are going, they will neither appreciate nor want to have anything to do with this contraversial issue.
    @Non believers, try to get an English Christmas Card in Jean Coutu!

    @John MacDonald
    go bury your head in the sand John, why do you bother to join in debate when you are so negative. I think you will accept anything.
    You remind me of King Canute who had a chair put on the beach because he thought he could stop the tide coming in. His feet got quite wet of course.

  40. stellabystarlight   December 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    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 time nursing was not available in Cornwall nor Ottawa.

    So maybe the above would explain why people had to leave Cornwall. Many students and full time workers had to leave the area. Take Domtar for instance. Many of their employees left Cornwall and headed west and elsewhere because there was no good paying jobs to be found here. Yet this group keeps claiming it’s because of language……NOT SO. There is no such thing as job guarantees anymore, yet if one doesn’t get hired…..it’s because of language.

    Now…..to say the english will all end up in concentration camps is foolish, absurd and borders on insanity. Pathetic…………one almost has to feel sorry for someone who makes those type of comments.

    As for being anti french, they are, no if, ands or buts about it. The original pamphlets, that were recently changed says it all. Tell me now dear readers, would a signs on highway 11, written in french first change your life? What about the language on signs outside a business, would that matter to your well being? What about where communities that never had a problem with signage like SG for example….does it really matter to you in what language the business has on their signs? This group failed on their attempt there. I could on for days about this nonsense.

    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.

  41. Highlander   December 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    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 french.

    So what our hateful individual is doing in not only spreading hate propaganda but mis- information.

    Stella still waiting for an intelligent debate on the subjects -well I guess that will mean when hell freezes over.

    Many have been waiting years for fulltime in the hospital -now its only bilingual staff that receive that privilege.

  42. Ed   December 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    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.

  43. concerned citizen 2   December 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    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

  44. concerned citizen 2   December 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    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!!!

  45. Debbie Cameron   July 24, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    “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 has 91.74 per cent English-only, 10 people who are French-only, 45 who speak neither French or English, and eight per cent bilingual.

    So in essence, the government is saying we have too many English-only workers, and all positions that come open are being posted as bilingual-mandatory. Most of our eight per cent bilingual population are English mother tongue, and when tested for these jobs are being told they are not ‘bilingual enough.’

    So here we sit, almost 100 per cent of our county’s population unable to be hired or advance in government jobs.

    Meanwhile, those jobs still need to be done, so the current staff who are English-only are filling those hours, usually at overtime pay.

    Regardless of what our government or Michel Carrier says, this is indeed discrimination. This is 2013; with the technology we have, no one should be denied a job just because we speak English only.

    Joyce Wright
    Heathland, N.B.

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