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Manitoba Justice has sent letters to francophone ticket-holders who were in limbo after a 2005 court case found the photo radar tickets werent fully bilingual.
Crown prosecutors are appealing the verdict, and the tickets caught in the middle of the dispute have now been stayed.
According to the City of Winnipeg charter, residents of the Riel district, which includes St. Boniface, St. Norbert and St. Vital, have the right to receive bilingual city documents.
Daniel Boucher, president and CEO of the Société franco-manitobaine, said he isnt sure why an appeal is necessary for such a black and white case.
The matter was settled. If they had read the law and their obligation under that law, this wouldnt be an issue in the first place, Boucher said.
I think theyre more worried more about the scope of the decision.
In 2005, the six plaintiffs in the Remillard case won a battle against the province over the traffic tickets.
While the print on the original tickets was bilingual, the information added, such as the colour of the ticketed car, was only in English.
Obviously the Crown is not satisfied and there is the issue of how far (the ruling) could extend, said Jacqueline St. Hill, director of Winnipeg prosecutions.
St. Hill explained that all the tickets in question pre-date October 2005, the date when the City modified the tickets to be fully bilingual.
These are old tickets. It doesnt apply to someone who got a ticket two weeks ago, she said.
The court date for the appeal is yet to be scheduled with the Manitoba Court of Appeal, the highest court in Manitoba.