Richmond rejects calls to limit Chinese-only signs
Published Monday, March 18, 2013 7:02PM PDT Last Updated Monday, March 18, 2013 7:03PM PDT
Richmond city councilors have rejected a call to crack down on local businesses for using exclusively Asian-language signs.
The issue was raised by a pair of residents who spent the last two years documenting non-English signs in the city, which has a predominantly Asian population.
The residents also gathered more than 1,000 signatures on a petition demanding at least one of Canada’s official languages be represented.
Campaign supporters argue Chinese-only signs are non-inclusive, and leave large sections of the community feeling unwelcome.
The arguments were presented to council on Monday, but overwhelmingly voted down.