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#1 DonLever

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:52 PM

Kerry Starchuk and Ann Meridinyen will present a peition to Richmond City hall on Monday saying there are too many Chinese only signs. They want one of the official languages to be place on the signs.

http://www.theprovin...4309/story.html
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:56 PM

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I agree with this. It's exclusive.

I was in my bank and they had a display of coffee, cookies, etc. and only Chinese signs on the table. It ticked me off, as there were other things and I wasn't clear on what the deal was. So I asked for the branch manager and told her that, since I could not read the signs I presumed they said "take all of this home, Deb". I picked up an entire pack of cookies and walked out, just to make my point. Which likely translated to "Deb's an ass". Whatever, it irked me.

I believe one of two official languages should always be displayed with prominence.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:57 PM

I agree with this. It's exclusive.

I was in my bank and they had a display of coffee, cookies, etc. and only Chinese signs on the table. It ticked me off, as there were other things and I wasn't clear on what the deal was. So I asked for the branch manager and told her that, since I could not read the signs I presumed they said "take all of this home, Deb". I picked up an entire pack of cookies and walked out, just to make my point. Which, mostly, likely translated to "Deb's an ass".

I believe the two official languages should always be displayed. Period.


I agree it's getting way outta hand here in Vancouver.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

Same here. While I believe that people can keep and celebrate their culture, they must utilize the official languages at all times. This is Canada not China.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

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I agree with this. It's exclusive.

I was in my bank and they had a display of coffee, cookies, etc. and only Chinese signs on the table. It ticked me off, as there were other things and I wasn't clear on what the deal was. So I asked for the branch manager and told her that, since I could not read the signs I presumed they said "take all of this home, Deb". I picked up an entire pack of cookies and walked out, just to make my point. Which likely translated to "Deb's an ass". Whatever, it irked me.

I believe one of two official languages should always be displayed with prominence. Period.


Wait, if these signs gets me cookies I'm all in favour now.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:01 PM

Quebec has the strict language laws so I don't see why we can't stop all these Chinese signs.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:01 PM

We need to take a stand. I can't learn another language guys
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

Richmond BC ?
most dangerous place in north america if you're on a motorcycle.
like a different country.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

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Yea it's the same with street signs in Surrey.i don't want to come across as a racist but Chinese and punjabi are not official languages
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

Richmond BC ?
most dangerous place in north america if you're on a motorcycle.
like a different country.


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:12 PM

Yep. I'm Chinese and I sometimes feel out of place in Richmond.

It also annoys me when I'm at a bubbletea place in Richmond and I ask one of the servers a question in English and they just stare at me blankly.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:17 PM

Should have been done ages ago.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:18 PM

It got out of hand 20 years ago with Aberdeen Centre.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:28 PM

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don't want to learn english? then don't come to Canada
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:29 PM

I agree with this. It's exclusive.

I was in my bank and they had a display of coffee, cookies, etc. and only Chinese signs on the table. It ticked me off, as there were other things and I wasn't clear on what the deal was. So I asked for the branch manager and told her that, since I could not read the signs I presumed they said "take all of this home, Deb". I picked up an entire pack of cookies and walked out, just to make my point. Which likely translated to "Deb's an ass". Whatever, it irked me.

I believe one of two official languages should always be displayed with prominence.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:33 PM

Probably gonna need that petition written in more than English....
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:39 PM

i find it intimidating when they have chinese only signs, i usually dont enter or buy anything from a business like that. Its like they are saying "unless you speak chinese stay out!"

good on them for starting a petition.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

It is too much I would say. I live in Surrey but I have always seen signs first in English and then in Punjabi. But in Richmond in so many places it is only in Chinese. I once went to a Chinese restaurant and had to come out without eating as I could not read Chinese and many things on menu were only in Chinese. It is ok to like your own native language but respect your country’s national language and please use it.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

We need to take a stand. I can't learn another language guys

i agree. when i talk to someone who's not native to this country, I have to repeat myself 3 or 4 times, slowly and talk with my hands as I go. I don't want to fix something that's not broken
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

Quebec has the strict language laws so I don't see why we can't stop all these Chinese signs.


nothing wrong if they want to have signage in chinese but they should be required to have it in english or french as well.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:54 PM

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Personally I have no problem with Chinese only signs on private property.

The last thing I agree with is anything that smacks of government intervention in this area. I have been completely opposed to what Quebec has done and IMHO this has the same sort of unneeded intervention. Let the free market determine the signage.

As Pierre Trudeau noted when Canada adopted an official multicultural policy "there is no official culture, nor does any ethnic group take precedence over any other."
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

The politicians will do nothing because they don't want to upset any ethnic group. Didn't we just had the scandal with the Liberals pandering to ethnic minorities?

This is an issue politicans will treat with kid gloves.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

This is the People's Republic of China B.C. Special Economic Zone, learn the language or go home, foreign devil!!!
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

I would have said "if you're a dog"


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

Personally I have no problem with Chinese only signs on private property.

The last thing I agree with is anything that smacks of government intervention in this area. I have been completely opposed to what Quebec has done and IMHO this has the same sort of unneeded intervention. Let the free market determine the signage.

As Pierre Trudeau noted when Canada adopted an official multicultural policy "there is no official culture, nor does any ethnic group take precedence over any other."

Turdeau then went and ensured that his own ethnic group took precedence over the others, while the Chinese would become the most favored of the immigrant groups.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:44 PM

If it's on private property I think the owners can put whatever they want on their signs. We don't have any right to tell them what to put on their signs. Possession is nine tenths of the law, right?

If there were road signs in Mandarin then I would be up in arms about it.

And Deb, as awesome as your story was, no one forced you to choose that bank. I would put banks and restaurants in the same boat.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:48 PM

Personally I have no problem with Chinese only signs on private property.

The last thing I agree with is anything that smacks of government intervention in this area. I have been completely opposed to what Quebec has done and IMHO this has the same sort of unneeded intervention. Let the free market determine the signage.


Insular ghettos have nothing to do with business or the market. Its bad for society. It fosters division, exclusion and mistrust.



As Pierre Trudeau noted when Canada adopted an official multicultural policy "there is no official culture, nor does any ethnic group take precedence over any other."


This is such a bull argument If there is no official culture then why do born and raised canadians feel they are not being respected.. I guess they are just imagining something that doesn't exist. Why are canadians recognized by others as being distinct from the english, australians, russians and to a a lesser degree americans. I like Trudeau, but his OPINION is not sacrosanct .. its just his opinion and many many canadians do not agree with it.
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:58 PM

Oh dear, this thread is making me laugh!

Hilarious that people will call down Quebec Nationalists for wanting language laws and police, but when it happens to them they are all for it. BC Nationalists!! haha :lol:
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:58 PM

Personally I have no problem with Chinese only signs on private property.

The last thing I agree with is anything that smacks of government intervention in this area. I have been completely opposed to what Quebec has done and IMHO this has the same sort of unneeded intervention. Let the free market determine the signage.

As Pierre Trudeau noted when Canada adopted an official multicultural policy "there is no official culture, nor does any ethnic group take precedence over any other."


We may not have an official culture but we do have official languages.

Big difference, IMHO.
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