Highlights / english

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

One PhD chapter in English prevents French woman from immigrating to Quebec

Immigrating to the French-speaking province of Quebec is a dream for many French citizens. To achieve this, some start by studying in the province before deciding to stay longer. That’s what Emilie Dubois did. A French citizen, she did her »

Society

Funding for minority language training announced

English and French are the official languages of Canada and the federal government has announced $34.6 million will be spent to promote their use. There are three initiatives. The government will partner with an association of French colleges and universities »

Politics, Society

Official languages act to be modernized

This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Language Act which recognized the equal status of English and French and gave all those who spoke English or French the right to communicate with the federal government and receive services »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

English has some funny words, and science has rated them

Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly. some of the words rated as among the funniest What makes a word funny? Well, its form partly, partly what it means, and partly the image it implies among »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

English and French minority schools get funds for cultural activities

The government of Canada has many projects to promote the country’s two official languages, English and French. As part of that it will provide up to $7.5 million starting in 2019-20 for cultural activities in schools where the language is »

Society

Oldest English book in Canada proudly displayed

The University of Toronto is celebrating the acquisition of what is thought to be the oldest English-language book in Canada. The book, referred to as the Caxton Cicero, was printed in 1481 and is the library’s 15 millionth item. The »

Society

Outrage in Canada over pronunciation of names at Olympics

The uproar over the pronunciation of the names of some of Canada’s hockey players at the Olympics speaks volumes about English French language tensions in this country. High-level politicians expressed outrage that a play-by-play announcer was told that some of »

Society

Cultural divide in Canadian broadcasting: F-word OK in French

Complaint about the F-word on French media denied  (! Warning STORY CONTAINS CONTROVERSIAL LANGUAGE) It’s the “F-word”. It’s been feared by broadcasters and print media since, well, forever. At least in English. Though standards have relaxed and it does on »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Documentary: Quebec- My Country/Mon Pays

It’s perhaps hard for those in countries outside Canada to understand why a significant segment of the population in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec want the province to become its own sovereign nation. It’s actually hard for most Canadians »

Politics, Society

Language watchdog to investigate complaints about leader

Canada’s commissioner of official languages will investigate thirteen complaints against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because he answered English questions in French only at a town hall meeting in the province of Quebec. By law, the official languages of Canada are English »