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"I would like to express my sincere regrets."
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In politics, it is useless to cast off on others the responsibility for failure, retreat or tragedy. On the contrary, it is necessary to always and without complacency ask ourselves, each one of us and together, what we could have done otherwise to avoid such a tragedy and what could be done to prevent it from happening again.
Learning a new language can be inspiring, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes downright embarrassing. But there are many good reasons to learn a new language. The more languages we know, the more people we can communicate with. It adds depth to our creativity. Best of all, it helps build overall self-confidence.
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Canada does not appear to possess a definitive or authoritative narrative that properly connects when and by whom the country was founded. While surveys reveal that most Canadians believe that 1867 is the founding date of Canada many of those same people think the First Nations are amongst the founding peoples.
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At 21 years old, I was a summer student at the University of Montreal. The end-of-semester French exam was looming, and I was on the bubble, grades wise. I desperately needed to do well, so I hunkered down.
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If you do want to spoil yourself with lavish eats, I recommend any of the specialty meals at Café Boulud, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel. Crafted by Chef Sylvain Assié and overseen by Chef Daniel Boulud himself, you may have a difficult time returning to your regularly scheduled meal times afterwards.
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These sites of free thought threaten Islamo-fascists as much as the well-armed armies of their enemies do. And the Taliban's reasons for bombing the French Institute are the same as the Islamic State's reasons for targeting a concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants in Paris.
April and The Extraordinary World (Avril et le Monde Truque, 2015, Belgium/France) isn't anime, but it is an excellent example of the power of animation to unite reality and fantasy in a colorful whirlwind of intrigue and adventure.
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For an authentic French Canadian experience, take a step off the overly beaten path, and let trivago.ca guide you to five of the most beautiful towns and areas in La Belle Province where you can embrace our French and Acadian culture.
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You know the winds of food change are upon us when a man known for his extensive ways with foie gras is changing his menu to be primarily vegetarian. French chef Alain Ducasse, who holds a total of 21...
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.
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?
Cheticamp, at the southwestern entrance of the national park, is the most eye-catching community on the Cabot Trail because the colourful houses, many of them painted in the blue, red and white symbols of the Acadian people, stand out and invite you to stop.
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 after 40 years of growth, Statistics Canada said to...
MONTREAL - The quest to make Quebec independence a key part of the public debate hit what one of its supporters calls a familiar roadblock Monday: low media interest.A pro-independence organization he...
OTTAWA - Have the two forces that have defined Canadian culture for the past 40 years — multiculturalism and bilingualism — turned on each other?The final release of 2011 census data this week will of...
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."
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.
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?
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 government spends approximately $1.5-billion each year...
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?
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.
An NDP MP is calling for Quebec’s French language protection to extend to the province’s workers who fall under federal jurisdiction. Robert Aubin has tabled a private member’s bill that would extend...
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Two young women are unfolding a blanket, preparing to enjoy the warm afternoon rays. They reach into their bags, search a few moments, and pull out -- what? An iPod? iPad? iPhone? Laptop? No, to my surprise each reaches into her bag and pulls out a paperback book and begins to read.
To enforce the Languages Act, the Canadian government created the position of "Language Commissioner," a job that requires one essential skill: unhinged bureaucratic zealotry.
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!