Language

Let's Shift Our Language When Talking About Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Epilepsy Ontario

This suggests that simply shifting our language from "epileptic" to "person with epilepsy" can alter the way others think about those living with epilepsy. Employers, colleagues, teachers, and peers may think of their friends differently if we all start referring to "people with epilepsy" instead of "epileptics."

How Social Media Helped Keep This Terminal Cancer Patient Alive

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

In September of 2013, Jocelyn Leda Simard was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and bone metastases. Her family was told that she would likely not survive to see Christmas. Shattered, but strong, her family members refused to give in to despair. It was then that her son, Justin, came up with an inspiring idea.

Learning Side by Side: How my 4 Month Old is Teaching Me Russian

Alona Feroze | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Alona Feroze

By exposing my daughter to Russian I am not only granting her an earpiece to eavesdrop on her distant kin I am also moulding her mind to handle learning differently. But it seems as though the only way to steep my child in the Russian language is if we tackle it together.

Climate Change Narratives Must Speak to the Public

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

Unfortunately, extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as they turn out to be more frequent and furious than ever before. Environmental advocates are quick to point out the "teachable moments" by linking the drastic weather patterns to climate change. However, they need to walk the fine line to ensure that they don't come across as overzealous or self-righteous in their attempts to spur public engagement, as this could turn people off and thwart even their most sincere and genuine efforts.

Idle No More Memes Taking Over the Twittersphere

Tim Querengesser | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Querengesser

#Ottawapiskat has been trending on Twitter with a fervour few other hashtags have generated. Aaron Paquette, a First Nations artist from Edmonton, says he started the hashtag to raise questions about the double standards that First Nations people often face in the media.

Why Language Laws Don't Work

Conrad Black | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

In free societies, people must be free to speak any language they wish. Quebec will not make French stronger by trying to weaken English. All people should be proud of their language and speak it well, and all people should recognize that it is an advantage and an enviable condition to speak more than one language. As Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger put it, "It will not be by laws, regulations, fines, and harassments, that a language is promoted. It is by speaking your language in a way that to hear it, others will wish to speak it also."

Surge Of Tagalog Does Not Equal Filipino Progress In Canada

Charlene Sayo | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

The mere fact that the media has zeroed in on Tagalog as the fastest growing immigrant language, and the public's surprise of this so-called linguistic phenomenon, is telling of the social insignificance of Canada's third largest ethnic group. Sure, Filipinos are common props in fast-food restaurants, hotels and homes, but their lack of political and economic weight renders them invisible despite their large presence and 24/7 work cycles.

Going Solo: Literally Lost in Translation

Lauren Goodman | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Travel
Lauren Goodman

I feel really lucky to have met a bunch of different people in a bunch of different settings since moving here. But now I'm at the point where I'm looking to move forward in these relationships. What's been difficult is that I lack the language skills to communicate with people beyond what I would share with a new person or casual acquaintance. So now I find myself stuck on the surface or obliging other people to speak with me in English.

This Kippa Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

When me and my wife were looking for our seats at a concert, a man approached me, and began to interrogate me on whether I believed in a personal god. To be honest, I did not know how to respond.

Should Sarcasm Have Its Own Font?

The Washington Post | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Living

We need a new font like we need a new Justin Bieber Christmas single. Unless you mistake me for a teenage Bieber fan, you'd probably be able to figure...

Attention Getter: Shit Girls Say Makes Us Laugh And Wince

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Living

You hear it every day. On the subway, in the elevator, on the sidewalk: girls making completely inane statements that are worthy of an eye roll. Until...

That's So Gay

Ben Johnson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Ben Johnson

The word 'gay' gets thrown around so much, there is perhaps a valid argument that most people aren't even fully cognizant that it's homophobic anymore.

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...