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Lac-Megantic Was a PR Lesson in What Not to Do

Jane Shapiro | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Business
Jane Shapiro

There is a consensus among PR commentators that the rail company at the centre of the Lac-Megantic tragedy violated basic crisis communications principles. Among them, executives from the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway failed to: arrive on the scene quickly; empathize with those affected; and, acknowledge responsibility for their role in the tragedy. How could the company have gotten it so wrong?

Bad News For Bilingualism

CBC | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada Living

The proportion of Canadians able to conduct a conversation in both English and French declined for the first time between the 2001 and 2011 censuses a...

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...

For the Royals, Kate Topless Is Child's Play

Tim Knight | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

This family's privacy has survived a princely pater familias reputed to have enjoyed rather frequent romps with ladies who were neither his sovereign nor his wife and a promiscuous princess married to the heir to the throne among other things. After such a history, a little blurry bare breastedness, shot from a great distance, really shouldn't qualify to right-thinking people as either "grotesque" or "totally unjustifiable."

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall: Will Alternative Weeklies Fall?

Will Straw, PhD | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
Will Straw, PhD

When the Mirror was launched in the mid-1980s, it touted its independence and social purpose. I remember going to benefit concerts and parties organized to help it get off the ground and survive. But it's been shut down, and I fear even an online version wouldn't be able to pay even the most abysmal of salaries, or even reassert itself as a go-to source for young Montreal anglos.

Ooh La La, Les French Moms Are Just Like Us

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

I think North American women are ready to put up an "arret" sign against the recent barrage of books by French femmes who are writing about how they simply don't allow pregnancy and childbirth to disturb their bodies, their clothing size, or their lifestyle. But now I put deux plus deux together and come up with this: Could it be that the French are (gasp) sort of like us?

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...

Who Cares if Michael Ferguson Can't Speak French?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As Christmas approaches, what will be the topic of discussion around the kitchen table across Canada? Will it be the language proficiency of the auditor general or will Canadians be ticked off with having to pay far higher prices than Americans for the same items?

En Français, S.V.P.!

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 12.31.2011 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

English-speaking Canada is often guilty of painting Quebec as a tantrum-throwing child. Now, I'm not one to deny that my province can be quite vocal and even unreasonable at times, but asking for important federal positions to be filled with bilingual candidates is not unreasonable.

Push For More Protection Of French Language Rights

CBC | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada Politics

An NDP MP is calling for Quebec’s French language protection to extend to the province’s workers who fall under federal jurisdiction....

Bilingualism Blues

Gerry Nicholls | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada
Gerry Nicholls

To enforce the Languages Act, the Canadian government created the position of "Language Commissioner," a job that requires one essential skill: unhinged bureaucratic zealotry.

Vive le French Beauty

Paul Venoit | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Paul Venoit

So you want to be a French seductress. Simply put, it's all about simplicity. Less is definitely more (except, perhaps, when it comes to champagne and personal grooming). Although restraint is key, a significant effort must be put in at all times, as 'prevention' is always better than a cure!