May 18, 2013
Language, News clip, Published Opinion, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw, Traffic / Parking
Bernard Drainville, Christmas, French language, National Post, parking tolerance, Parti Québécois, Reasonable accomodation
How lucky we are that the PQ isn’t in charge of parking.
That didn’t stop PQ Democratic Institutions Minister Bernard Drainville from coming up with the latest moronic notion of what parking rules would look like in an independent Quebec where the PQ would control everything from pasta on menus to the language kids may use while playing in the schoolyard.
PQ parking rules would never accommodate any Jew whose religion prohibits him or her from driving on a holiday. But G-d forbid that Quebec would ever remove the display of Christmas trees, or close roads for a Santa Claus parade or remove the crucifix from the National Assembly. Not to mention other tolerances such as road closures for the St. Patrick parade or Italian festival or any number of multi-cultural or religious festivities enjoyed by hundreds of thousands across Montreal. Secularism in the PQ’s Quebec is one way, against “les autres”.
The PQ doesn’t miss a chance to insult or denigrate one minority or another in its pursuit of linguistic purity and uni-culturalism. Whether it’s parking, playgrounds or pasta this mean-spirited and ill-advised government has shone a light on itself for the world to see.
Does parking tolerance here or there threaten the French language any more than a christmas tree threatens Judaism?
The vast majority of Quebecers know that accommodation is reasonable, that tolerance is welcoming. The PQ should figure it out too. Live and let live. Park and let park.
PQ minister takes aim at Jewish ‘parking tolerance’ in apparent attempt to inflame Quebecers | Full Comment | National Post.
May 14, 2013
Public Security, Resolution / Bylaw, Safety
Dog licence, Dog Park, Mike Cohen
Cote Saint-Luc Dawn Mirsky was so pleased with her chance encounter with the city’s Public Security department last week that she felt compelled to send the following email (reprinted with permission) to her councillor, Mike Cohen:
Yesterday morning, as I was walking Artie (that’s my dog), a CSL Public Security van pulled up next us. He rolled down his window, we exchanged pleasantries (“Good morning, how are you doing?” etc…) and then he asked, nice as can be, “Is your dog registered with the city?” He was preaching to the choir here, Mike. Haha! I said, “Of course he is!
And you know the whole poop issue, the agent asked? I’m the one who spoke with Mike and…” He laughed and laughed and told me, “We’re on it! We’re completely on it!” Such a nice, nice, NICE guy.
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that your guys are great. Not just because of this — is this a small issue (except to me) — but because they obviously take their jobs seriously and do it well.
It so happens that Dawn spoke with Councillor Cohen a few days earlier commenting on the amount of doggy doo left behind (ie. not scooped). This is a significant complaint received by the city each year.
All dog licenses expired on April 30 and must be renewed. Please remember to renew your dog license at City Hall.
City bylaws require that all dogs must be on leash, are not allowed in parks and city land owners must pick-up after their dogs. Only licensed dogs are permitted in the Dog Park.
So thanks to Dawn and to those residents (and of course their obedient dogs) who follow the rules to make Cote Saint-Luc a cleaner and safer community. And to those of you who allow your pet to run around off leash and who don’t pick up after them, please save yourselves the aggravation of your neighbours and an unwanted ticket. The regulations apply to all pets (and their owners) and can be consulted on the city’s website.
And congratulations to the mystery Public Security agent who received the admiration of an appreciative resident (and her dog!)..
April 29, 2013
Ambulance, Citizens on Patrol (vCOP), Fire, News clip, Police, Public Security, Resolution / Bylaw, Safety
emergency lane, parking tickets
The Free Press. April 23, 2013. Click to enlarge.
April 26, 2013
En français, Language, Montreal, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
bilingual status, Bill 101, Bill 14, Charter of the French Language, CRITIQ
An open email from CRITIQ:
[La version française suit.]For A Bilingual Montreal
A Movement for Bilingual Status
One of CRITIQ’s founding principles is the recognition of English and French as official languages in Quebec. We see no better place to start than on the island of Montreal. As such, CRITIQ has drafted a resolution (below) for you to forward to Montreal municipal councilors.
We request that you visit our website and…
- Email the Montreal City councillors
- Call their offices and urge for change
- Attend council meetings and gain support
We have simplified the process for you on our website (http://critiq.ca/en/montreal).
Please note that this initiative will not be limited to Montreal. This is merely the beginning, we call on all municipalities in Quebec that desire to officially recognize the equality of French and English as official languages to follow suit.
Resolution for Bilingual Status of Montreal
Whereas Montreal is a truly unique City in North America where its bilingual nature and multi-cultural character constitute part of its richness and part of its essence;
Whereas French and English speaking Montrealers in all walks of life historically get along and often communicate in each other’s language;
Whereas Montreal is by fact and has always been by fact a bilingual city and a multicultural city;
Whereas Article 1 of the Charter of the City of Montreal which affirms that “Montreal is a French-speaking city” (“Montréal est une ville de langue française”) negates this aforementioned positive reality;
Be it proposed that the City Council of Montreal adopt a resolution calling on the Quebec government to amend Article 1 of the Charter of the City of Montreal and designate the City as an officially bilingual municipality, recognizing the historical alliance of French and English speaking communities and the rich diversity of cultural communities and languages.
Be it proposed that all Quebec municipalities that desire to officially recognize the equality of French and English as official languages in their jurisdiction follow suit.
Pour un Montréal bilingue
Un mouvement pour le statut bilingue
Un des principes de base de notre groupe est la reconnaissance du français et de l’anglais en tant que langues officielles du Québec. Nous ne voyons pas de meilleur endroit que Montréal pour débuter notre démarche. CRITIQ a rédigé l’ébauche d’une résolution à faire parvenir à tous les conseillers municipaux de Montréal.
Nous vous demandons…
- d’envoyer un courriel aux conseillers municipaux
- de téléphoner à leurs bureaux
- d’assister aux réunions du conseil de ville de façon à pouvoir intervenir et discuter
Nous avons simplifié le processus pour vous sur notre site web (http://critiq.ca/fr/montreal).
Veuillez noter que cette initiative ne se limitera pas uniquement à Montréal. Ceci n’est que le début, nous demandons à toutes les municipalités du Québec qui désirent reconnaître officiellement l’égalité du français et de l’anglais comme langues officielles d’aller de l’avant.
Résolution visant à obtenir le statut bilingue pour la Ville de Montréal
Considérant que Montréal est une ville unique en Amérique du nord ou’ sa nature bilingue et son caractère multiculturel constituent en partie et sa richesse et son essence;
Considérant que les montréalais francophones et anglophones de toutes les conditions sociales s’entendent bien et communiquent souvent entre eux dans les deux langues;
Considérant que Montréal est de fait et a toujours été de fait une ville bilingue et multiculturelle;
Considérant que l’Article 1 de la Charte de la Ville de Montréal affirme que « Montréal est une ville de langue française» niant ainsi la réalité quotidienne mentionné plus haut;
Vu ce qui précède il est proposé que le Conseil de la Ville de Montréal adopte une résolution demandant au gouvernement du Québec l’amendement de l’Article 1 de la Charte de la Ville de Montréal afin que la désignation officielle de la ville soit celle de municipalité bilingue, reconnaissant l’alliance historique entre les communautés francophone et anglophone ainsi que la richesse de la diversité de ses communautés culturelles et langues.
Vu ce qui précède il est proposé que toutes les municipalités du Québec qui désirent reconnaître officiellement l’égalité du français et de l’anglais dans leur juridiction puissent y donner suite.
April 24, 2013
Police, Public Security, Resolution / Bylaw, Safety, Traffic / Parking
Cote Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal Police Department, School zone safety, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, tickets
Cote Saint-Luc Public Security officer Jean-Noel Champagne
While I’m often asked about the issuance of tickets in Cote Saint-Luc it can be said that many of thee are a voluntary tax. If motorists respect the bylaws that are in place for the safety and security of all there would hardly be a need to issue a ticket in the first place.
That said, the CSL Public Security department issues hundreds of tickets each month for vehicles parked in handicap spots without the required permit, parking in emergency lanes (the area marked as no parking in reserve for fire trucks and other emergency responders in front of buildings), parking in bus stops or otherwise blocking traffic.
CSL PS routinely patrols school zones (in fact they’re at a different local school every morning) along with the Montreal Police Department. Day in and out there are parents illegally parked in front of schools making it more dangerous for all the kids going to and coming from school. The schools as well as parents and local residents regularly ask for increased patrols and enforcement in these important spots.
CSL PS only issues tickets for non-moving violations and other municipal bylaws. The police are uniquely mandated to enforce moving violations under the Quebec Highway Safety Act.
For more information on municipal bylaws including parking, traffic and public safety, click here. Obey the signs and rules of the road and save yourself the cost of an unnecessary ticket.
April 19, 2013
Language, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, Bill 101, Bill 14, Charter of the French Language, English-speaking, William Steinberg
On April 10 Samuel Ezerzer of the Money and Business Show on Radio Shalom 1650AM in Montreal hosted Dr. William Steinberg, Mayor of the Town of Hampstead and Anthony Housefather, Mayor of the City of Cote Saint-Luc. They discussed the proposed Bill 14 and how it will affect the English-speaking communities.
April 17, 2013
Health, Resolution / Bylaw
dog bylaw, Mike Cohen
Councillor Mike Cohen blogs about piles of poop! Dog owners: Be sure you have a bag (preferably compostable) and shovel in hand when you walk your K-9 on a leash. Public Security will be enforcing bylaws to ensure public safety and cleanliness.
- All dogs must…
- Have a license
- Be on a leash when outdoors (except for your own fenced in backyard or the CSL dog run)
- Not be in parks or playgrounds, city fields, school fields or anywhere else where signs are posted
- Be scooped after they poop
Please refer to the City Bylaws for full details. Thank you for your cooperation.
Read Councillor Cohen’s blog:
MikeCohen.ca: CSL Pooper scooper patrol will be out in force.
April 2, 2013
Canada, Police, Press Release, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw, Traffic / Parking
American Automobile Association, CAA-Quebec, Florida, International Driving Permit, Sunshine State
International Driving Permit (IDP) in Florida: CAA-Quebec confirms the law’s repeal
QUEBEC CITY, April 2, 2013 – Now that Florida authorities have finally set aside the new requirement for all foreign drivers to hold a valid International Driving Permit (IDP), CAA-Quebec is pleased and relieved to see that the efforts of recent weeks have paid off. In fact, the Governor of Florida signed just today the document officializing the legislative changes.
“We welcome this return to normal and wish to inform all Quebecers who are preparing for a stay in Florida that there is no longer a legal obligation to have an IDP to drive there,” says Sophie Gagnon, Assistant Vice President, Public and Government Relations, for CAA-Quebec. In February the organization learned, to its great astonishment, about the quiet introduction of this measure effective January 1, 2013, with no prior announcement.
CAA-Quebec quickly reacted, joining forces with the Canadian and American Automobile Associations (CAA/AAA) to condemn this measure and have it changed. Today, it is delighted with this turnabout, which demonstrates that Sunshine State authorities are giving due consideration to the importance of the many visitors — including hundreds of thousands of Quebecers — to its large tourism industry.
“The adoption and implementation of this legislative change creates a much clearer and more reassuring context than the tolerance that local authorities had been asking for, up to now, from those responsible for enforcing the law,” Ms. Gagnon explains. “The CAA in fact reported some isolated cases of people having had problems because of this situation. So we are very satisfied and can assert that CAA-Quebec contributed to this happy outcome by taking part in the decisive joint action of the CAA and AAA.”
The IDP is a piece of identification that complements a local driving licence and that serves essentially as a recognized official translation in some 10 languages. It is very useful — and even mandatory — for many destinations. CAA-Quebec is the organization authorized by the government to issue IDPs in Quebec.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges to its 1,210,000 members.
March 12, 2013
Language, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Alliance Quebec, Anthony Housefather, English-speaking Quebecer, Language rights, Philippe Roy, Quebec National Assembly, Town of Mount-Royal
Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather will be among the first to present a brief to the National Assembly commission reviewing the odious Bill 14 that gets started this morning.
Housefather, a lawyer and former president of the English language rights lobby Alliance Quebec will press for status quo for the 85 bilingual municipalities and boroughs in Quebec who already enjoy relative language peace in civic matters.
Housefather will be joined by town of Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy. The two mayors will be representing the Association of Suburban Municipalities , the group bringing together the demerged cities on the island of Montreal.
Bill 14 is a shameful piece of work introduced by the PQ government. Ultimately, the law would punish Anglo Quebecers by further restricting their rights and freedoms. The bill, if adopted, would create more anxiety and discomfort not only among English speaking Quebecers but would do the same to small business owners and even to military families who’s children would no longer benefit from the exemption from attending French language schools since they constantly move around the country.
The government ought to have learned something from the recent Pastagate disaster that created international embarrassment for Quebec. Major world media outlets are now tuned in to the mean-spirited and repressive language laws in this province.
How can Canadians continue to tolerate this infringement on rights for other Canadians? If they can rally around Idle No More protests what about speaking out for English-speaking Canadians here in Quebec?
If students can continue to rally, clanking their pots and pans, protesting against a tuition increase of pennies a day what about their sense of social justice against the suppression of their fellow citizens’ rights?
Montrealers protest against real and perceived human rights violations all over the world. What about the human rights violations against fellow Quebecers?
The spotlight should shine upon these Bill 14 hearings and Quebec should be shamed yet again for the abuse of rights and freedoms here at home. The opposition parties ought to vote down the bill, in its entirety.
February 27, 2013
Language, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, bilingual status, Bill 14, Language rights, Steven Erdelyi
Free Press. Feb. 26, 2013. Click to enlarge.
Cote Saint-Luc Councillor Steven Erdelyi gives an excellent summary of why we must oppose Bill 14 and actively campaign to defeat the proposed legislation.
February 24, 2013
Language, News clip, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, bilingual status, Bill 14, Charter of the French Language, Philippe Roy
The Suburban, February 20th, 2013
Côte St. Luc mayor Anthony Housefather, who launched the campaign against the proposed PQ language law Bill 14, said last week he is pleased that more than 50 municipalities and boroughs across Quebec have passed resolutions asking to retain their bilingual status.
Eighty-three municipalities and three boroughs have bilingual status in Quebec, according to a City of Côte St. Luc statement.
The municipalities aspect of the proposed law calls for a review every time a new census comes out to determine if a municipality has 50 percent or more English mother tongue residents and the government could take away that status if it falls under that percentage. The current rule is that bilingual status could only be removed if a city council votes to do so. A vote on the law is expected in the spring in the National Assembly.
“The speed at which municipalities have adopted and continue to adopt these pro-bilingual status resolution illustrates how important this issue is to the cities, towns, and boroughs concerned,” Housefather said. “We’re optimistic that these resolutions along with calls to Members of the National Assembly from mayors, councillors, and the general public, is having an impact. We intend to present them at the public hearings.”
The hearings in question take place beginning in March, and Housefather and Town of Mount Royal mayor Philippe Roy will speak on behalf of the Association of Suburban Mayors, as well as “represent the position of other municipalities and boroughs with bilingual status, including parts of the south shore of Montreal, the north shore of Laval, the Eastern Townships, the Gaspé, the Magdalen Islands, the Laurentians and the Outaouais.”
Housefather encouraged members of the public to “e-mail or tweet their Member of the National Assembly and, in particular, the leaders of the Liberal Party of Quebec and Coalition Avenir Québec. These e-mail and Twitter addresses are listed at BilingualStatus.com and StatutBilingue.com.”
February 13, 2013
Language, Montreal, Press Release, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, bilingual status, Bill 14, Charter of the French Language, Philippe Roy, Quebec National Assembly
Côte Saint-Luc, February 13, 2013 — The city councils of more than 50 municipalities and boroughs with bilingual status have adopted resolutions stating their desire to keep their bilingual status irrespective of whether their mother tongue English-speaking population falls below 50 percent.
Each resolution declares the city or borough’s opposition to the provisions set out in the Parti Québécois’ proposed Bill 14 which would allow for the status to be removed against the will of the local elected council.
“The speed at which municipalities have adopted and continue to adopt these pro-bilingual status resolution illustrates how important this issue is to the cities, towns, and boroughs concerned,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, who has played a leading role in this movement together with his fellow mayors at the Association of Suburban Municipalities, or ASM. “We’re optimistic that these resolutions along with calls to Members of the National Assembly from mayors, councillors, and the general public, is having an impact. We intend to present them at the public hearings.”
Bill 14, or An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of human rights and freedoms and other legislative provisions, was tabled by the Parti Québécois minority government in December. The National Assembly Committee on Culture and Education will be holding hearings starting in March. Mayor Housefather and Town of Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy will speak on behalf of the ASM, but will also be representing the position of other municipalities and boroughs with bilingual status, including parts of the south shore of Montreal, the north shore of Laval, the Eastern Townships, the Gaspé, the Magdalen Islands, the Laurentians and the Outaouais.
“We encourage the public to e-mail or tweet their Member of the National Assembly and, in particular, the leaders of the Liberal Party of Quebec and Coalition Avenir Québec,” Mayor Housefather said. “These e-mail and Twitter addresses are listed at BilingualStatus.com and StatutBilingue.com.”
There are 83 municipalities and three boroughs with bilingual status in Quebec, which is just 6 percent of all municipalities in Quebec.
More: Bilingual Status In The News
February 6, 2013
Events, Language, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, bilingual status, Bill 14, Charter of the French Language, Deerfield Beach Florida, English-speaking Quebecer, George Nashen, Language rights, Multilingualism, OQLF, Sidney Margles
Reported by Sydney Margles and George Nashen
The Mayor of Cote Saint-Luc, Anthony Housefather, says the biggest challenge we are facing now is the attempt by the Quebec PQ government to water down the right of many municipalities to remain “bilingual”.
Mr. Housefather was in Deerfield Beach, Florida, today where he addressed the mid-winter luncheon of the Cote Saint-Luc Mens’ Club. He told a capacity audience of more than 200 that Bill 14, tabled by the Parti Quebecois minority government, would allow the PQ government to remove bilingual status from municipalities where the mother tongue English-speaking population fell below 50%. Currently the law only allows bilingual status to be removed at the request of the city council. This has never occurred in any of the 86 cities or boroughs with bilingual status.
Mayor Anthony Housefather
Housefather explained that originally the criteria to obtain bilingual status was that a majority of the residents of the city did not speak French as their main language.
The PQ changed the criteria 10 years ago to make it a majority of residents whose mother tongue was English, using the most restrictive definition of the English-speaking community.
At least half of the cities and boroughs with bilingual status today would be under threat including Cote Saint-Luc where although over 75% of the population uses English as their primary official language and over 66% speak English at home, slightly less than 50% of residents declared English to be their mother tongue. Over 37% of residents of Cote Saint-Luc stated on the census that their mother tongue was neither English nor French with the main languages mentioned being Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew and Romanian. Many of these people use English in the home today and most consider themselves to be part of the English-speaking community.
Mayor Housefather has spearheaded a drive to have all of Quebec’s municipalities that have been declared bilingual to work together to oppose Bill 14. He is also calling on individuals to lobby their members of the Quebec National Assembly. The Quebec Liberal party has already indicated it is opposed to the Bill and he expects the CAQ will also be against it, thus preventing its passage.
The capacity luncheon was held at the Deerfield Buffet on US1. Syd Kronish chaired this event for CSL Mens’ Club with members in attendance from Palm Beach to Hallandale. President Sydney Margles was in attendance along with George Nashen, Jack Margolis, Eli Moscovitz, Eddie Wolkove, Jack Birns and Ron Rush.
February 6, 2013
Language, Montreal, News clip, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, Baie-D'Urfé, Bill 14, English-speaking Quebecer, Gore, Hampstead, OQLF, Pointe Claire, Senneville, Shawville, Town of Mount-Royal, Westmount
The Montreal Gazette is reporting that Cote Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather‘s initiative to solicit support against the PQ’s Bill 14 has picked up major steam with endorsement by the Longueuil borough of (and former City of) Greenfield Park.
About half of the 86 cities, towns and boroughs that currently enjoy bilingual status have already passed resolutions condemning the proposed law, said Côte-St-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, who is co-ordinating municipal opposition to the bill.
They include Hampstead, Montreal West, Town of Mount Royal, Senneville, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Baie d’Urfé, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland and Westmount, along with several towns in the Eastern Townships and other regions, like Ayer’s Cliff, Shawville and Gore.
“There’s nothing good that I can say about this bill,” Housefather said.
“It’s a bill that’s not needed. It simply makes it uncomfortable for the English-speaking community in Quebec,” he added.
Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Greenfield+Park+gears+fight/7922969/story.html#ixzz2K8kHjItg
January 31, 2013
Language, Quebec, Resolution / Bylaw
Anthony Housefather, bilingual status, Bill 101, Bill 14
Mayor Anthony Housefather continues the charge against the odious Bill 14, the PQ draft legislation that would further erode Quebec’s English-speaking community.
Global News interview with Mayor Housefather – Jan. 29, 2013
For more info: www.BilingualStatus.com