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October 15, 2016

French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario

We hear the constant refrain from the French activists that the minority French are not treated fairly enough.  This message will show you how much it costs Ontarians to comply to their constant demands.  It is quite incredible how much money is given to the FLSA Commissioner's Office to cater to the demands of the approximately 4% French speakers in Ontario.

The power of the French Language Services Commissioner has grown since the office was set up in 2007.  In 2013, the FLS Act was amended to make the Commissioner an independent officer of the Legislature,  just like Graham Fraser (the Federal Language Commissioner is an independent Officer of Parliament who reports directly to Parliament). So, Francois Boileau, Ontario's French Language Services Commissioner, started to report directly to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2014, when the amendment to FLS Act came into force. (Prior to that, he reported to Madeleine Meilleur, who was the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services).

http://csfontario.ca/en/mandat

Mandate - Commissariat aux services en français de l'Ontario

csfontario.ca

Mandate

The French Language Services Commissioner has a mandate to conduct independent investigations under the French Language Services Act, either in response to complaints or on his own initiative, to prepare reports on his investigations, and to monitor the progress made by government agencies in the delivery of French-language services in Ontario.

The French Language Services Commissioner reports directly to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He advises parliamentarians and makes recommendations to them with respect to the application of the Act.

The Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years and may be reappointed for one further term of five years. François Boileau is currently pursuing his third mandate as the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario .


Since acquiring more power in 2014, Francois Boileau has used his power to encourage French-speakers to make all sorts of unreasonable demands, even where the "numbers do not warrant" those demands.  The recreational departments of the City of Ottawa are reporting that 40% of the French programs are being cancelled due to lack of participation.

Does it surprise you to know that French-speakers earn more on average than English-speakers & that the 4% French-speakers in Ontario have more than their share of advantages:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-642-x/2010001/article/section4-eng.htm#a6

Portrait of Official-Language Minorities in Canada: Francophones in Ontario

4.6.3 Income differentials

Table 4.6.2 Average and median income for male and female by first official language spoken, Ontario, 2006 In light of the historical context described above, it is clear that the median income of the two language groups is age-related, with older Francophones having a lower median income than their Anglophone counterparts. The statistics shown in charts 4.6.3-a and 4.6.3-b reflect the fact that among persons aged 65 and over, the median income of Anglophones is higher than that of Francophones, for both men and women. By contrast, among 25 to 44-year-olds, the median income of French-speaking women and men alike is approximately $5,600 higher than that of Anglophones.12

 

It should finally be noted that like median income, the average income of members of the two main language groups varies according to the age of the individual (results not shown here). While the results on the population as a whole showed no disparity in average income, it may be seen that especially for men, Francophones aged 46 to 64 years and those aged 65 or over have lower incomes than their Anglophone counterparts, on the order of $4,000 and $6,000 respectively, even controlling for education level, region of residence, industrial sector and immigrant status. Among 25 to 44-year-olds, it is instead the average income of Francophones that is more than $2,000 higher than that of Anglophones.


We are preparing a comprehensive report on the cost of French-language education which will be circulated in another message. 

For now, we would like to concentrate on the French Language Commissioner.  Read the following article where Francois Boileau insists that French-speakers are at a disadvantage:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Ontario+French+language+watchdog+urges+province+protect/8490354/story.html

Ontario’s French language watchdog urges province to protect vulnerable francophones

By Matthew Pearson, OTTAWA CITIZEN June 6, 2013

OTTAWA — Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner says the province needs to do more to protect its most vulnerable francophones.

François Boileau’s office received nearly 350 complaints last year, but what concerned him even more was the lack of feedback related to key government ministries, including citizenship and immigration, children and youth services, and community and social services.

Boileau said francophones in Ontario are in the same position as many other minorities: They constantly have to assert themselves and claim their place in society. Otherwise, he said, they lose ground.

But not all francophones can be full-time activists, and many hesitate to assert their right to be served in French because they feel intimidated or worry such a request could bring about negative repercussions, he says.

“These are people that will never make a complaint because they are already in a vulnerable state of mind, so they’re not confronting the administration,” he said.

In his annual report released this week — his sixth since being named commissioner in 2007 — Boileau calls on the province to develop an action plan to ensure “disadvantaged populations” have access to French-language services.


Our politicians (both federal & provincial) dare not say anything to point to the above fallacy.  Can anyone explain why?  While we watch from the sideline, the French elite (academics & politicians) get more & more money to pay for surveys that produce unbelievable results.  The latest Nanos poll says that 83% of Anglophones support Official Bilingualism for Ottawa.  As most people in Ottawa speak English, I'm surprised that that percentage is not higher.  Why did Nanos not use the criteria "Mother-tongue" which would have given a more accurate answer.  I guess that wouldn't have given them the answer they wanted.

Another very misleading part of the survey says that there will be NO extra cost involved - does anyone actually believe that?

Look at the tables below - the cost of running the FLSC's office was:

  • 2013-13 -    $4,643,268 (Actual)
  • 2014-15 -    $5,624,600 (Actual)
  • 2015-16 -    $8,428,000 (Estimate)

So do we believe the French groups when they say - the change will be symbolic only - it will not cost any more money to make the City of Ottawa "Officially Bilingual"?  The City Council has wisely decided not to cave to the pressure - why would they give up their power to make decisions on this issue & give it to the courts?

Kim McConnell


http://csfontario.ca/en/articles/5904

Office of the French Language Services Commissioner

Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Presenting the new members of the OFLSC team

20 September 2016

The time has come to introduce the OFLSC team. I left you somewhat in suspense in my last posting, since I think it’s important to introduce the new members of our staff.

As some members of the community and many of our partners know, the Commissioner’s Office has doubled its workforce in the last year. We now have new spaces for this wonderful team, and I can assure you they are eagerly awaiting your inquiries and complaints!

Our existing team – myself, Executive Director Jean-Gilles Pelletier, and investigations staff Mohamed Ghaleb, Jocelyne Samson, Marta Dolecki and Yves-Gérard Méhou-Loko, and also Anne Nguyen, Business Services Coordinator – has been expanded with the addition of an investigator, communications specialists, an analyst and a legal adviser.

The new investigator joining the other four members of the investigations team is Elisabeth Arcila. A native of Colombia, Elisabeth studied law and worked in labour law and arbitration in her country of origin. She immigrated to Canada a number of years ago and completed a B.A. in international studies at the Université de Montréal and a certificate in public administration. Her employment experience includes more than five years of labour relations work for the Government of Quebec, the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail and the Ministère de la Famille.

With a full complement of five investigators, we are ready to receive your complaints! You will undoubtedly have the opportunity to meet the team during our tours of the community and government bodies.

In communications, we have a whole new team! Two individuals who both have very relevant backgrounds. They will be here to field all the inquiries and questions you may have for us.

For the rest of this report, link to:

http://csfontario.ca/en/articles/5904



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