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Languages commissioner says Energy East documents in English will spark complaints

OTTAWA — Canada’s official languages commissioner says he expects complaints galore because of the predominantly English-only documents TransCanada has given the National Energy Board on Energy East. 157 more words


Fraser: Pearson's dream of bilingualism, 50 years later

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


Editorial: Time for the bilingual bonus to go

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

Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Has the PS bilingual bonus had its day?

For years, successive commissioners of official language have urged the government to eliminate the $800 bilingual bonus paid out to employees in bilingual posts and put the money to better use promoting bilingualism. 1,354 more words


Canadian Heritage shows how public service seeks to foster innovation

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


Letters to the editor March 4: What not to say about a homicide

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


Fraser: Dispelling some myths about bilingualism in the public service

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