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A private member’s bill encouraging the change was defeated by the Liberals, NDP and Green MPs.
Kids just want to fit in and speak English, like their peers do. How can parents bridge the divide and give their kids the best of both worlds?
This past July 1st few people celebrated the deal that was struck in 1867.
It affects how we interact with the world.
From the late 19th century on, Laurier's sunny ways emerged as a euphemism for finding the political middle ground or compromise when addressing complex issues. The specific compromise in question was on the thorny issue of Catholic and French language education in Manitoba.
You may think you have forgotten an additional language that you learnt as a child, but it has left a lasting effect on your
As a former teacher I remember shortening kids' names, thinking I was giving them a special nickname. Now, as a parent, I cringe that I once did that. It wasn't up to me to change the name they were given.
Can you speak two or more languages? If so, you'll be pleased to know your brain is reaping some serious benefits. In a recent
An international team of researchers based in Singapore says the cognitive advantages of exposure to two languages are significant
As a relatively young nation, Canada is certainly still learning from its elders, but that doesn't mean the country hasn't
The idea that dozing off with a textbook under one's pillow enables "learning by osmosis" may be nothing more than a running
A study from the University of Edinburgh suggests that being bilingual may help slow our rate of cognitive decline. The research
The National Capital Region will soon welcome a new CFL football club. At the time, Franco-Ontarian football fans (and those in nearby Gatineau, QC) expected a club in financial trouble would make efforts to reach as many supporters as possible, including 250,000 Francophones in the region. Fat chance. The Renegades even failed to include French on their official website.
In the aftermath of the publication of my most recent editorial -- "Let Them Learn French": Canada's Bilingual Elite Hold All the Power" -- I've been widely denounced by all manner of pundit, much of Quebec, and even our old pal Gilles Duceppe. On the other hand, I've also heard from numerous Canadians applauding me for finally confronting one of this country's most sacred taboos head-on.
OTTAWA — The Conservative government is chipping away at official bilingualism, the NDP charged Tuesday, pointing to the
2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg To be prime minister of Canada you have to know French. To be governor general of Canada you have to know French. To be chief justice of the Supreme Court you have to know French. This is an awful lot of power to concentrate in just 17 per cent of the population. There is a Marie Antoinette-like bit of victim-blaming ("Let them learn French!") popular with segments of the Canadian elite who simply can't fathom why more peasants can't find the time to study an exotic dying language utterly irrelevant to their daily lives.
In a country as enormous as Canada, it's difficult to know what's going on in every area even without the added complication
The last time the Canadian Forces made a huge effort to integrate a minority, there were serious concerns. There was a demographic forming 28 per cent of the Canadian population, which was said not to fit into the traditional military mould. They were seen as too "different", too "rebellious", too contrary to ever enter the fold of the military elite. They were French-Canadians.
It was revealed by confused Liberal party members that Ontario's premier-designate Kathleen Wynne's campaign sent letters in foreign languages to would-be supporters. In a gauche effort to connect with the ethnic vote, the Wynne campaign combed through membership lists and divvied them up based on perceived cultural origin. The Ontario Liberal Party's federal cousins have progressively lost their grip on traditional liberal-leaning communities by ignoring them or taking them for granted. History could repeat itself if the Wynne team fails to take corrective measures.
This feature was produced in 2012 by Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge, a student in Ryerson University's School of Journalism, in