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HOAX – ‘Dorval, Quebec Mayor Refuses to Remove Pork From School Canteens’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating message claims that the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec Canada, refused to bow to Muslim demands to remove pork from local school canteen menus and explained his decision in a strident note sent to parents in the area.

Brief Analysis

The message is a hoax. The Dorval mayor did not write the words attributed to him and made no such comments. A news release on the Dorval City website denounced the message as false. The hoax is an altered version of an earlier piece that claimed that the mayor of a Belgium municipality refused Muslim demands to remove pork from school canteens. The original Belgium version was also a hoax.

Example

Let’s hear it for a Quebec mayor…This guy has it right!

Or as the commercial promoting pork says “put some pork on your fork”

WAY TO GO QUEBEC…….

MAYOR REFUSES TO REMOVE PORK FROM SCHOOL CANTEEN MENU…EXPLAINS WHY

Muslim parents demanded the abolition of pork in all the school canteens of a Montreal suburb.

The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Dorval, has refused, and the town clerk sent a note to all parents to explain why…

“Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate. They must understand that they have to integrate and learn to live in Quebec.

They must understand that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the Canadians who so generously welcomed them.

They must understand that Canadians are neither racist nor xenophobic, they accepted many immigrants before Muslims (where as the reverse is not true, in that Muslim states do not accept non-Muslim immigrants). That no more than other nations, Canadians are not willing to give up their identity, their culture.

And if Canada is a land of welcome, it’s not the Mayor of Dorval who welcomes foreigners, but the Canadian-Quebecois people as a whole.

Finally, they must understand that in Canada (Quebec) with its Judeo-Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches and religious festivals, religion must remain in the private domain. The municipality of Dorval was right to refuse any concessions to Islam and Sharia.

For Muslims who disagree with secularism and do not feel comfortable in Canada, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive them with open arms in accordance with Shariah. If you left your country for Canada, and not for other Muslim countries, it is because you have considered that life is better in Canada than elsewhere.

Ask yourself the question, just once, “Why is it better here in Canada than where you come from?”

A canteen with pork is part of the answer.

If you feel the same forward it on, if not, hit the delete

 

Detailed Analysis

Message Claims Dorval Mayor Refused Muslim Demands to Remove Pork From Schools

According to a message that has been circulating via social media and email for since 2015, the mayor of Dorval, a city in Quebec, Canada refused to give in to demands from local Muslims that pork should be removed from school menus in the district.

Supposedly, the mayor explained the reasons for his refusal via a note sent to local parents by the town clerk. The note states that Muslims in the area need to ‘adapt to Canada and Quebec, its customs, its traditions, its way of life, because that’s where they chose to immigrate’. It also pointedly suggests that, for Muslims who do not feel comfortable in Canada, ‘there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world’ ready to receive them.

The mayor’s supposed stance has been applauded by commentators from around the world, with many criticising their own leaders for not adopting a similar policy. The mayor’s office received calls from across North America congratulating the mayor for his stance on the issue.

Message is a Hoax – Dorval Mayor Made No Such Statement

However, the message is a hoax. The mayor of Dorval did not make the comments attributed to him and has publicly denied the claims in the message via a press release on the city’s website. The press release notes:

The City of Dorval Denounces False News Circulating on the Internet

 

Dorval, January 27, 2015 – For a number of weeks now, false news has been circulating on social networks, as well as via a string of emails, about the Mayor of Dorval having allegedly refused to follow up on a request from Muslim parents asking him to remove pork from the City’s school cafeterias. The story also quotes speculative comments from the Mayor in regards to Muslims.

 

The City of Dorval wishes to denounce this false article and resents this identity usurpation. Internet users across the world have published this false news as it was true, and the Mayor would like to set the record straight by saying that, on no account, he, nor any the City’s representatives, have made such comments.

Derived From an Earlier Hoax Set in Belgium

In fact, the message is just an altered version of an earlier hoax message set in Belgium.

The original hoax claimed that Marc Duvivier, the mayor of the Belgium municipality of Ath, was the one who refused to comply with Muslim demands to remove pork from school canteens. Again, the mayor supposedly sent a letter to parents explaining his decision.

However, the original version was just as untrue as its Canadian mutation. Marc Duvivier never made the comments attributed to him, no such letter was sent to parents, and the municipality never received any requests to remove pork from school canteens in the first place.

Thus it seems some person with an axe to grind has simply adapted the original hoax to suit a Canadian audience and relaunched it anew.

Both versions of the message contain outright lies and deliberately and unfairly misquote people to suit the agenda of their authors. Spreading false information is not an ethical method of promoting a political viewpoint and, ultimately, will backfire when its instigator is exposed as a liar.

If you receive this false message, please do not spread it further. And please take the time to let the sender know that the message is a hoax.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer