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Watchwords: Calling new Rihanna song 'gibberish' uses a word with a racist history

Rihanna, one of the top-selling musicians of our time, released a new song in late January, Work. It drew immediate attention, though not always for the right reasons. 643 more words

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At the risk of sounding gross...

I’m here today to share with you this less-than-appetizing creation by Pizza Hut that I saw advertised today:

The pizza roll doesn’t sound that bad in and of itself. 14 more words


Celine Cooper: How should Quebec balance language and job skills in selecting immigrants?

Public consultations on the reform of Bill 77, Quebec’s Immigration Act, made waves last week. No surprise, the big issue was language.

Quebec is seeking to modernize its immigration process in a way that matches the province’s need for labour, rather than relying on the current “first come, first served” model, with its bureaucratic tangles. 593 more words


Trustees recommend controversial changes to kindergarten and French immersion

Ottawa public school board trustees have recommended adopting controversial changes to French immersion and kindergarten programs.

Trustees at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board made the decision Tuesday while sitting as a committee of the whole, and will take the final vote Feb. 689 more words

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Immigrants should be selected based on labour market needs: board of trade

QUEBEC — Whether or not you excel in French shouldn’t matter if you’re an immigrant with the right job skills, the Montreal board of trade told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. 427 more words


Consultation on future of Cree bilingual school draws hundreds

Discussions about the future of Saskatoon’s St. Frances Cree Bilingual School drew a large crowd earlier this week.

According to school division staff, a community consultation held at St. 370 more words

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Watchwords: 'Totesing' really isn't tradge

This month the Washington Post ran an article that attracted a good deal of annoyed attention. Under the headline “The totes amazesh way millennials are changing the English language,” the article explored how young American adults are systematically shortening words — “totesing,” as two linguists call it — with the desire, supposedly, “to effect a certain tone.” “Bluebs in yog are my favourite snack:” that’s one example given in the article. 600 more words

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