Over a fifth of all Montrealers speak at least three languages.
Let's embrace our "bonjour" because it is the only metropolitan in North America where you will get it.
It affects how we interact with the world.
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
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.
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.
The proportion of Canadians able to conduct a conversation in both English and French declined for the first time between
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."
OTTAWA - Canada's languages watchdog is raising the alarm about "a language chill" in the way government budget cuts affect