A national controversy ignites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The City adopts a municipal resolution, declaring itself to be unilingual English.

The resolution was passed in response to a petition submitted by The Alliance for the Preservation of English in Canada, which was spreading rumours that the French Language Services Act would force Ontario municipalities to provide services in French. Dozens of other municipalities in Ontario declared themselves unilingual, as well.

The resolution was struck down by a court ruling in 1994, and in 2010 Sault Ste. Marie Mayor John Roswell officially apologized to the French-speaking community for the resolution.