Fifty years ago, Prime Minister Lester Pearson rose in the House of Commons to articulate his government’s language policy. It was a remarkable statement, delivered a year before the first volume of the report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism was published and three years before the Official Languages Act was passed. 612 more words
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Wanted: Public servant. Required qualifications: Experience or education in a related field. Required language skills: Bilingualism.
Added bonus: $800 annually for fulfilling the bilingualism requirement. 412 more words
Good initiative and equally good debate about its utility (I had tried equally to institute the Google 20 percent time set-aside – without much success): 702 more words
What not to say when tragedy strikes
Re: Panning for consolation in homicide: What’s happened to us? Feb. 28.
As a former resident of Britannia Woods, I was saddened to hear of the passing of 20-year-old Taylor Morrow-Flint – another young man’s life lost to another act of senseless violence. 1,096 more words
I feel compelled to respond to Randall Denley’s column on bilingualism in the federal public service.
To begin with, bilingualism is not now and never has been “a primary criterion for hiring and advancement.” It is not a criterion at all for hiring – although, thanks to the popularity of French immersion programs and the fact that many young people recognize the importance of bilingualism, some 40 per cent of new recruits to the public service are already bilingual. 635 more words
There could be no more apt description of Victor Goldbloom’s life than the title of his recent book, Building Bridges.
A pediatrician and politician, a Jew who was honoured by the Catholic Church for his efforts to build interfaith dialogue and an anglophone with deep roots in francophone Quebec, Goldbloom was the quintessential Montrealer, Quebecer and Canadian. 1,229 more words