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Monday, June 12, 2017 by Randolf Richardson 張文道
On the evening of Monday, June 12, 2017, at a public meeting at Richmond City Hall, I objected to a recently proposed illegal bylaw because it violates our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. After introducing myself and thanking our Mayor and Councillors for the hard work they do, I proceeded to read the following:
The bylaw proposed is illegal because it unjustly restricts and violates our fundamental rights which are protected under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly freedom of expression and the freedom to use signage in so doing. As is the case with any city in any confederated Province, the City of Richmond does not possess the authority to merely dismiss our rights using bylaws or otherwise.
Many other people spoke for or against the proposed illegal bylaw too. Our Mayor also raised an important question about whether the bylaw is needed given that Richmond City Staff reported 100% voluntary compliance by business owners who received suggestions to include English on their signs.
Before the end of the meeting, a motion to remove the wording for the illegal portion of the bylaw was passed by city council (after another vote passed to refer policy considerations to Richmond City Staff).
The motion to remove the unacceptable wording and consequently support our Charter of Rights and Freedoms was carried by Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Councillors Chak Au, Derek Dang, Ken Johnston, Bill McNulty, and Linda McPhail (see pages 14-16 in the minutes) -- opposed were Councillers Carol Day, Alexa Loo, and Harold Steeves.
If you'd like to contact me to share your perspective, I'd be delighted regardless of whether you agree with me. My contact information is available on my contact page.
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