Canada Bilingualism

Learn A New Language While Snoozing (No, Don't Leave A Book Under Your Pillow)

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living

The idea that dozing off with a textbook under one's pillow enables "learning by osmosis" may be nothing more than a running joke among chemistry stud...

Another Good Reason To Speak Two Languages

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living

A study from the University of Edinburgh suggests that being bilingual may help slow our rate of cognitive decline. The research aimed to answer th...

RedBlacks, Redskins and Blackface

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

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.

Bilingualism Is a Threat to Canadian Democracy

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

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.

Althia Raj

Tories Chipping Away At Official Bilingualism: NDP

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is chipping away at official bilingualism, the NDP charged Tuesday, pointing to the elimination of bilingual po...

"Let Them Learn French": Canada's Bilingual Elite Hold All the Power

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

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.

Has Bilingualism Really Worked All Across Canada?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Living

In a country as enormous as Canada, it's difficult to know what's going on in every area even without the added complication of two languages. But acc...

When the Canadian Forces Used to Recruit Minorities

Rachel Décoste | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

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.

Kathleen Wynne's Diversity Problem

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

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.

Is Multiculturalism Stifling Bilingualism?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Have the two forces that have defined Canadian culture for the past 40 years — multiculturalism and bilingualism — turned on each other?T...

Bilingualism Hurt By Budget Cuts, Watchdog Warns

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's languages watchdog is raising the alarm about "a language chill" in the way government budget cuts affect the right to work — and ...

Is It Worth The Trouble Of Learning French Anymore?

The Huffington Post Canada | Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada Living

This feature was produced by Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge, a student in Ryerson University's School of Journalism, in partnership with The Huffington P...

The Price Tag For Bilingualism

The Huffington Post Canada | Ilan Mester | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Politics

A new study has found the price tag for bilingualism in Canada is $2.4 billion per year. The report from the Fraser Institute claims the federal go...

Speaking Another Language Could Delay Alzheimer's

CBC | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada Living

Bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a brain scanning study suggests. The study by Canadian researchers in the journal Cortex o...

Air Canada Needs To Improve Bilingual Services: Watchdog

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2011 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The country's languages watchdog says senior managers at Air Canada need to show more commitment to bilingual services at the national airlin...

Why French Won't Matter for Harper's New Spokesman

Peter Worthington | Posted 11.05.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Voters in Quebec wobble all over the place, so perhaps the appointment of Angelo Persichilli, as new Director of Communications, is a message to Quebec voters to make up their minds about where their future lies.

Postcards From the Classroom: What's in a Language?

Zein Odeh | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada
Zein Odeh

Multilingual education is a topic that elicits much discussion and attention. Some believe that growing up in a multilingual setting may temporarily d...