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End the unfairness of official bilingualism. Stop wasting our tax dollars.

Why should the Official Languages Act concern us?

What do you know about the Official Languages Act?

The Official Languages Act (OLA), passed in 1969, is a Federal law which is enforced at the federal level and one other province i.e. New Brunswick. The province of Quebec has passed several anti-English laws (Bills 22, 178 & 101) that effectively make French their only official language. The provinces of Nova Scotia passed the French Language Services Act (2004) as did the province of Ontario (1986), and the province of Prince Edward Island (2013). Limited service in French is offered in each municipality in each of these provinces in varying degrees.

What's wrong with that?

Elevating a minority language to equal status with the majority language is creating an over-emphasis on the minority language, especially when that minority language is concentrated only in the Eastern provinces of Canada, namely, QC & NB. Further using that minority language as the criteria for employment at the federal level and increasingly at the provincial level is creating a work-force which over-represents the French-speakers. French-speakers are the ones most likely to be bilingual as they grow up speaking the language. Non-French speakers do not grow up speaking French and learning it at school does not make them fluent, especially as the educated French is very different from the colloquial French.

The 2011 Census showed that "self-assessed" bilingual Canadians make up 17.5% of Canada's population, the figure of those who can pass the language test is only about 12%. The Treasury Board (2014) showed that 31.9 % of the total Federal Public Service are Francophones in a country that is made up of only 21.3% mother-tongue French-speakers (2011 census). This over-representation of French-speakers in our public service concerns us greatly.

The limited supply of bilingual Canadians & the over-emphasis on a minority language as a criteria for employment has resulted in a lowering of academic & professional standards in our governments. Many high-level positions are filled by people with just secondary school certificates or equivalent.

As French is spoken widely only in Eastern Canada, this has led to Western Canadians being left out of the picture. The division and disunity brought about will eventually destroy Canada.

This is why you should be concerned.

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14 January 2017

English Schools Being Hollowed By French Immersion

The question of turning some of our English-language kindergartens into French Immersion kindergartens is the subject of Kate Jaimet's article in the Ottawa Citizen, published on December 19, 2016. 

Beginning September 2016, all kindergarten programs will be 50% English and 50% French. The entry point for Early French Immersion will move to grade 1.  All students in grades 1 through 3, enrolled in Early French Immersion, will have math instruction in English beginning in September 2016.

Apparently, this is being done to save money as Education, like Health, is suffering from lack of money.  This is just one of the ways for the Ministry of Education to save money.  Ms. Jaimet says that this is not just discriminatory but is not allowed by the Ministry's policy.  English is still the official language of Ontario & English-speakers (whether or not English is their mother-tongue) still make up the majority of Ontarians.  Why would we force people, who want their children taught in the majority language, to take their children out of their communities & bus them somewhere else just because some parents have been frightened into believing that bilingualism is an achievable goal?  The actual rate of success is very low & Margaret Wente's article, below Kate Jaimet's, will list all the reasons why this policy is not a good one.  Follow all the links in that article - they are all relevant to her message. 

Another article by Caroline Alphonso (Education reporter) - The Globe and Mail, Monday, Jan. 09, 2017 12:25PM EST) gives you the rate at which English-language schools are being replaced by French Immersion schools in Alberta, Ontario & BC.  These tables cannot be reproduced here so please link to the article or contact me.

If you live in the Ottawa area, please try to attend the next OCDSB meeting on January 24th at 133 Greenbank Road, starting at 7:00 pm.  Even if you don't make a submission, just showing up to protest this threat to our English-language education will be enough.

This is not just happening in Ontario.  I just received an article from Victoria, BC, where Canadian Parents for French are pushing for more resources to expand French Immersion Schools.  That organization is very well-funded by the Federal as well as provincial governments & they are very active in promoting French.

Kim McConnell


http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/jaimet-cutting-the-english-stream-from-ottawas-english-public-schools-is-discriminatory

Jaimet: Cutting the English stream from Ottawa's English public schools is discriminatory

Published on: December 19, 2016 | Last Updated: December 19, 2016 1:32 PM EST 

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is wrestling with language education. Errol McGihon / SunMedia 

It seems too illogical to be true: Ottawa’s English public school board is proposing a policy that would cut English-language instruction out of some elementary schools – barring kids from attending those neighbourhood schools unless they’re able, and willing, to learn in French.

It is a travesty for an English-language school board to prevent small children from attending their local, walkable public school, simply because those children need or want to study in their native language: English. It shouldn’t be necessary to point out that English is one of Canada’s two official languages; the official language of Ontario; and the operating language of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board itself.

Yet buried within the board’s blandly titled “school framework proposal” is a recommendation that would have the effect of turning some elementary public schools into French Immersion-only schools, if there are not enough children in a school’s English stream to form 1.5 classes per grade level. In these schools, all students from grades 1 to 6 would learn every subject – except for English and math – in French.

The proposal will be debated by the Board on Jan. 17, 2017, and come to a vote Jan. 31.

Let’s leave aside the question of how many children constitute “1.5 classes” – a number not defined in the document. That’s a technicality, and there’s no point wasting time in debating technicalities, when the whole principle behind this proposal is wrong-headed and legally questionable.

The Ontario Education Act does not give an English school board any legal mandate to create French Immersion-only schools.

The Act states that there are four types of schools: English-language public schools governed by an English-language public district school board; as well as French-language public schools,  English-language Roman Catholic schools, and French-language Roman Catholic Schools (all governed by their respective school boards).

There is no such thing in the Act as a French-language school governed by an English-language school board. And make no mistake: a school in which all children must learn all subjects except math and English in French is – from the point of view of the child’s learning experiences – a French-language public school.

The Act does state that the education minister may “permit” an English board to establish French-language programs for English-speaking pupils. But the Board can only do so “provided that programs in which English is the language of instruction are made available to pupils whose parents desire such programs for their children.”

In other words, the Act explicitly protects the rights of English-speaking children to go to school in English. The board needs to take its role as protector of English-language education more seriously, especially in schools where children in the English stream are now in the minority.

Data from Statistics Canada and the Toronto District School Board show that if English-language students are excluded from their neighbourhood public schools, the impact will be greatest on certain groups of children: boys, new immigrants and children from families of lower socio-economic status.

Excluding these children from their neighbourhood school contravenes the Ontario Education Act which states that “Every board shall … promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including pupils of any … place of origin (or) sex.”

The OCDSB’s own 2014-2015 annual report states that “there is a drop in the retention rate by Grade 8 for the Early French Immersion program, primarily due to students moving over to the English program.”

If the board creates exclusive French Immersion schools, children who do not thrive in French Immersion will be forced to change schools midway through their elementary education, and transfer to English-stream schools outside of their neighbourhoods, severing ties of friendship and community.

This is too high a price to make an English-speaking child pay for the perfectly reasonable desire to go to school in English.

 Kate Jaimetis an Ottawa writer.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-follies-of-french-immersion/article30259804/

Margaret Wente

There's just one problem with French immersion ... well, several, actually Add to ...

Margaret Wente

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Jun. 04, 2016 8:00AM EDT

Last updated Monday, Jun. 06, 2016 10:05AM EDT

Nothing is cuter than tiny tots speaking French. Their accents are impeccable. Their vocabulary is much larger than mine. I took French for years, and I can barely order lunch. These children are formidable! No wonder Canadian parents have gone crazy for French immersion. Who wouldn’t want to raise a bilingual kid? Across the country, demand is soaring through the roof. Schools are scrambling to cope. In some districts, 25 per cent of the primary-school kids are in French immersion. School officials say there would be far more if they could only find more teachers.

Just one problem. Well, several, actually. For many parents, French immersion is a way to game the system. It filters out the kids with behavioural problems and special needs, along with the low achievers. In short, it’s a form of streaming. Most French-immersion students are from affluent, high-achieving families that work hard to give their children an edge. And who can blame them? It sure beats forking over $27,220 a year for the Toronto French School (and that’s for kindergarten).

Unfortunately, this selfish but entirely natural parental tendency is at total odds with the gospel of the Canadian school system, which strives to be equal and inclusive above all else. For schools, “streaming” is a dirty word. We are constantly assured that high-performing kids actually do better in classrooms that include all those other kids. And vice versa.

This tension between the school boards and the parents has created an impossible dilemma. Some schools’ English-language programs are being hollowed out. In dual-track schools, they now have a much bigger ratio of disadvantaged, behavioural, etc. kids than the French programs do. The schools are being accused of entrenching inequality. As one immersion advocate told Maclean’s, “If we’re going to offer this program, how can we justify it if we don’t give kids – from whatever background – the tools they need to succeed?”

What to do? Some school boards (Ottawa-Carleton, for example) have decided that the answer is to give everybody a little bit of French immersion in kindergarten, to see if they like it. The students will be only semi-immersed. But at least everyone will be equal.

French immersion was born during the age of Trudeau the First. The vision was of a bilingual nation, where citizens would be fluent in a second language. It was both inspiring and patriotic – part of a nation-building effort that would bind us together and broaden our horizons. Most Europeans manage to speak at least two languages, so why can’t we? On top of that, research seemed to show that speaking a second language has significant cognitive benefits. Bilingualism makes you smarter! Today, the idea of French immersion as a magic smart pill is virtually unquestioned.

Sadly, there’s not the slightest shred of evidence that French immersion has accomplished any of its lofty goals. After 40 years of ever-expanding immersion programs, the percentage of Canadians who can speak both official languages has dropped. At two of the Greater Toronto Area’s largest school boards, half of French-immersion students bail out by Grade 8. By the time they graduate high school, only 10 per cent achieve proficiency in French (which is not the same as fluency).

The reasons for this miserable success rate are no mystery. Their entire world outside the classroom immerses kids in English. They play in English. They live in English. Everybody they know speaks English. If you want them to be bilingual, you’d better take them to live in France or Quebec – or at least make sure you’re married to a French speaker.

The downsides to French immersion, though seldom mentioned, are also real. Kids who struggle with English will also struggle with French – and who needs that? Dual-track schools create separation, not cohesion – immigrant kids (who normally do not enroll) against Canadian-born ones, girls against boys (many of whom drop out). For an unvarnished account from a parent, read what Emma Waverman (who also writes a cooking column for The Globe) had to say in Today’s Parent. Among her discoveries: The programs aren’t very good. In the early years, they focus on rote memorization of vocabulary lists. Brighter kids are likely to get bored. Not all the teachers are terrific either.

Yet the dream lives on. As enrolment shrinks, school boards are desperate to keep parents happy so that they don’t defect from the public system. Like all-day kindergarten – which was also supposed to make kids smarter – French immersion turns out to be too good to be true. But too many people have too much invested in it to say so.


Subject: Mississauga school mulls conversion to French immersion, forcing English students elsewhere - The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/mississauga-school-mulls-conversion-to-french-immersion-forcing-english-studentselsewhere/article33544187/

The French immersion program at Mineola Public School caters to families looking to give their children a competitive edge or fluency in a second language

Caroline Alphonso

EDUCATION REPORTERThe Globe and Mail Last updated: Monday, Jan. 09, 2017 12:25PM EST

Mariana Taylor, a mother of two young children, has attended school meetings and has spoken to neighbours and parents rallying to their common cause. She has posted a sign on the front lawn of her Mississauga home: “S.O.S. SAVE OUR SCHOOL.”

But her school is not being closed.

Instead, Ms. Taylor is facing down the possibility that Mineola Public School could be converted into a French-immersion-only school, meaning her children – students in the regular English stream – would have to go elsewhere and would no longer be able to walk to their neighbourhood school.

“I think it’s alarmed a lot of parents, because we have all this uncertainty of what the future holds,” she said.

Her worries are felt by other families in many parts of the country.

French immersion is popular – enrolment climbed about 41 per cent between 2004-05 and 2014-15, according to Statistics Canada. It is also a continuing challenge for school boards, who have been overwhelmed by the interest. The New Brunswick government recently announced that it would move early entry into French immersion to Grade 1 from Grade 3, fulfilling an election promise. In some districts in British Columbia, parents line up outside school doors to ensure that their children can get a spot in the program. And some Ontario boards have put a lottery system in place to contain the exploding growth, with the unlucky forced to spend the school year in English-only classrooms.

French immersion enrolment levels by province

Ontario

British Columbia

Alberta

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: Canadian parents for french; note: by academic year end

Year

Ontario

British Columbia

Alberta

2011-01-01

7.9

8.3

5.9

2012-01-01

8.5

8.2

6.6

2013-01-01

9.1

8.5

6.7

2014-01-01

9.8

9.0

6.6

2015-01-01

10.5

9.2

6.7

French immersion enrolment levels by province

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But as the program has become the preferred destination for families looking to give their children a competitive edge or fluency in a second language, it has also gutted the regular English program.

Mineola is a small school. About three-quarters of its students are enrolled in French immersion, 60 of them in Grade 1. There are only two students in the Grade 1 English stream. One of them is Ms. Taylor’s son, six-year-old Cameron. He’s in a split classroom, sharing space with Grade 2 and 3 students. Ms. Taylor said Cameron struggled in reading and writing and staying in the English program has benefited him.

Minneola Public School enrolment, incl. 2017-21 projections

French immersion

English track

Year

French immersion

English track

2012-01-01

311

113

2013-01-01

353

95

2014-01-01

352

94

2015-01-01

328

105

2016-01-01

313

101

2017-01-01

312

95

2018-01-01

312

84

2019-01-01

296

72

2020-01-01

295

73

2021-01-01

293

67

Minneola Public School enrolment, incl. 2017-21 projections

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One Ontario school board trustee says the problem is so acute that the provincial government needs to step in. Unlike most other provinces, Ontario allows school boards to decide when to start French immersion. Most boards offer it in kindergarten or Grade 1.

Minneola Public School, Grade 1 enrolment, incl. 2017-21 projections

French immersion

English track

Year

French immersion

English track

2012-01-01

73

5

2013-01-01

83

9

2014-01-01

60

6

2015-01-01

60

4

2016-01-01

60

2

2017-01-01

60

2

2018-01-01

60

3

2019-01-01

60

3

2020-01-01

60

3

2021-01-01

60

3

Minneola Public School, Grade 1 enrolment, incl. 2017-21 projections

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But the Halton District School Board, west of Toronto, recently voted to delay entry to Grade 2 so parents can take an extra year to decide if it’s the right fit for their child. The board also hopes the move will help manage the growth over time.

Joanna Oliver, a trustee in Halton, says the Ministry of Education could create policy on when the program should start and how it should be delivered. As it stands now, principals struggle to find experienced teachers to satisfy the demand while trying to keep the English program viable.

“The Ministry of Education is responsible for development of the curriculum, including how much time is spent on numeracy and literacy per day. I think there is a role and opportunity for the Ministry of Education to set out a framework for French immersion,” Ms. Oliver said.

But Heather Irwin, a spokeswoman for the ministry, said the government has no plans to get involved.

“When it comes to making decisions about optional programming, including the provision of French immersion, we believe our school boards are in the best position to make decisions that support local needs,” she said in an e-mail.

The lack of provincial direction has resulted in school districts being left to “experiment” with how to deliver the program, Ms. Oliver said.

The Peel District School Board, to which Mineola belongs, took the controversial step four years ago to cap French immersion at 25 per cent of Grade 1 enrolment and to use a lottery system when the number of students applying for the program exceeds the available spots at a particular school. The measures were put in place because the board struggled to find enough French-speaking teachers to meet the high demand.

Janet McDougald, the board chair and school trustee for Mineola, said Peel is reviewing the policy, with a report expected at the end of 2017.

The review could affect Mineola, she added.

Ms. McDougald said she understands that parents want to keep their neighbourhood school, but with so few families choosing the English stream, the board struggles to provide staffing and resources for such a small number of children. School boards receive per-pupil funding from the government, and it’s more difficult to bring English resources into a school that has a large French-immersion population.

“I was hoping Mineola … parents would choose the English program to save the neighbourhood school, but currently this does not seem to be the case,” Ms. McDougald said.

This concerns Ms. Taylor. She attended Mineola and wants her children to walk to school, as well.

“It does appear that the community is speaking and we do want French. But there are a very few of us who know it’s not suitable for our children,” she said. “And I’m really alarmed by the fact that my two children may be displaced because of the issue.”


COMMENTS FROM READERS

Thanks Kim,

Whenever I meet a parent who has enrolled his child in FI, I tell him flat out that I think it's a terrible idea. Believe me, this sure gets his attention. I proceed as follows:

  1. The French language is of little practical use anywhere in the country outside Quebec, and there its use is artificially propped up by fascist nationalists. Who needs a language that cannot stand on its own?
  2. French is in decline around the world as more and more people wake up to the notion that the universal language of business is English. Not French, not Italian, not German - English.
  3. If the child intends to stay in Canada and make a success of his life, he would be far better to learn Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, or even Russian as a second language, the better to reach beyond our borders to maximize his business/financial interests. 
  4. The language issue has always been about politics and was never about the best interests of the children: PET wanted to colonize the West and viewed the gradual imposition of bilingualism as the most practical means to do so.
  5. Bilingualism is supposed to be utilitarian; in Canada, and especially in Quebec, it is totalitarian. In my opinion, for what it's worth, more parents need to be educated about FI from this angle, as expressed in the four points above. 

Barry J.


The French realize that “bilingualism” sounds a lot less threatening to the “gullible L’anglais” and can even be stretched to the point of sounding like “fairness/equality”. Do not be fooled. It is just another way for French to dominate every waking moment and be an “essential skill” that is leveraged for economic and political control. Look at New Brunswick if you want to see what it leads to.

Neil


Comrade Unjust-in Zoolander, during his "Just Look at Me" Canadian tour, has interfered with City of Ottawa politics by saying that bilingualism SHOULD be made official in Ottawa.

MP


beyondthenews@cfra.com

I was told about your show last night (Friday 13th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm).  I just heard the podcast with the link below:

http://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra

Podcast - hour 2 & 3:

Brian Lilley reported that Justin said, when asked by an attendee at his meeting in Peterborough with the Liberal-supported public, that Ottawa should be made OB.

It appears that Justin is in the habit of changing his mind whenever he's confronted on any contentious issues.  The person who asked Justin that question was probably a Francophone or Francophile, one of the French minority that wants unlimited access to privilege.  Confronted by this person, Justin was unable to stick to his original statement:

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1006318/reactions-reponse-justin-trudeau-bilinguisme-ottawa-gatineau  

"Any decision about whether Ottawa should become officially bilingual needs to be made by municipal leaders and not by the federal government, said Trudeau."

It appears that this weak-minded "pretty boy" is unable to stay constant on any topic.

Your comments on the air about a reasonable approach to OB is worth listening to.

If you have time to reply with a short comment, I'll circulate that to the Ontario list that CLF has.  It may alert more people to tune in to your shows.

Kim


I am not bi-lingual; however, I can read road signs & make out a menu if needed. Cannot converse in French at all.

Both my children went through the French Immersion in Halton region here in Ontario. My thoughts at the time was to provide an opportunity for them should they want to work in the government.   Our Daughter went through K to Grade 12 and did quite well.  I was able to help early on with my limited French.  Her math won honors.  Today she works in a bank and has not used her French since she left high school.   I don't think she has retained much use of the language.

My son started in K but we decided to take him out for High school as he struggled with it.  He now works with me in the family business.

I would prefer to have my taxes go to better health care, education and infrastructure.  I totally agree that too much money has been wasted over the years satisfying Quebec language requirements.

It would be great if more businesses would get involved and I think they would if better informed.  We are a member of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and they have a network of businesses across Canada. Maybe you can connect with them if you haven't already.

Good luck and Keep Up the Good Fight!!

Rick - business owner


Hi Kim,

It still gets down to how useful is French to the average Canadian? and if the governments of all levels want to talk nonsense about “bilingualism”, which means two, then where are the schools in Quebec where children are taught in English only?  I can guarantee 100% that it is more beneficial for those kids to know English to function in today’s world than it is for the ROC’s students to know French.  We have so many languages here, and it is good to be able to speak more than one, that promoting only 1 language, which is a minority and a proven failed social engineering experiment, is a waste of our education dollars;  a waste of value regarding outcomes for our students;  a failure to recognize that it is time for some common sense.  The pushers and followers of french immersion are not showing much intelligence themselves but rather an agenda regardless of its success.  That makes no sense.  

When Wally, my husband, was teaching in the 70’s in Calgary the french teachers arrived, schools were given more money to teach french, and the staff rooms were divided.  The french were so uppity and would not rub shoulders with the other teachers.  Only the brightest were accepted into the French classes leaving the English speaking classes with the problem kids, the learning disability kids, the average kids.  It was divisive and discriminatory and still is.  With our health care the unions don’t want any 2-tier deals going on but they sure don’t mind dividing our education levels. 

It blows me away that NB functions the way it does.  They are broke but spend money on french while 70% are English speaking.  They have 2 systems for bussing students.  A bus will go by carrying one student and refuse to pick up another standing in the cold because he/she is from the other system.  Ridiculous.  The french have lost it, they are imbeciles at this point.  Regular people do not act this way.

Try to enjoy your day

Kathy in Red Deer


Thanks, Kim, this is very timely for us. French Immersion is returning to Grade 1 and is being PUSHED by the Gallant government. Enrollment is down over 30% from last year and a Protest is planned at the Legislature Building in Fredericton on January 31st to “take Education back from Politicians”. Teachers, retired teachers, parents (and the Opposition Leader and People’s Alliance are all against it) … but Gallant pushes on! We’re hoping we can shame them with statistics, etc. to change their mind!

Claire

 

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27 December 2016

PM Trudeau says NO to French activists

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our readers!! 

December 23, 2016

With Christmas just two days away, I'm glad to be able to send you a message of hope - hope that we might be encountering a Prime Minister who is willing to stand up to the French-language extremists.  Many of our readers caution us about being too optimistic saying that PM Justin Trudeau is not being sincere.  I prefer to look upon this gesture as a recognition that our PM realizes that there is a limit to the French demands.  The language of operation at the City of Ottawa is a municipal prerogative & the City does not want to lose control over the level of bilingualism they can accept.  They know it will cost more to have everything translated into French, it will cost more as bilingual employees can command a higher rate of pay & the city will be forced to hire more people from Quebec. 

The articles printed in the Ottawa Citizen & the Ottawa Sun, written by Joanne Laucius, are reproduced below.  There is a slight difference in the two articles.  Anyone who notices the difference can get a free copy of Jim Cougle's new book, "The Great Divide - Understanding the Language Issue".

The link from Radio Canada is in French.  We have the Google translation if you wish to read that.

In the meantime, we reproduce below our message of thanks to PM Trudeau. 

Kim McConnell


December 22, 2016

The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Sir:

The link below reported that you have not capitulated to the demands of local francophone groups that the City of Ottawa accept official bilingual status for Canada's 150th birthday next year. 

Ottawa City Council recently decided that the City's official bilingualism By-law 2001-170 is working adequately and does not require further "strengthening" as requested by groups such as The Association of Francophone Communities (ACFO).

We would like to thank you for your decision that official bilingual status should not be recommended or imposed on Ottawa by the federal government just as it is not proposed for Gatineau that is also part of the National Capital Region.

It may need repeating that the official language of Ontario is English, just as the official language of Quebec is French and we thank you for recognizing and acting on those facts.

We take this opportunity to wish you & your family a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

On behalf of the

The Board of Directors

Canadians for Language Fairness

Sincerely,

Kim McConnell

President

p.s Link to the article from Radio Canada:

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1006318/reactions-reponse-justin-trudeau-bilinguisme-ottawa-gatineau 


http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/trudeaus-cheeky-quip-stirs-up-city-of-ottawas-bilingualism-debate

Trudeau's 'cheeky' quip stirs up City of Ottawa's bilingualism debate

Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen  on: December 20, 2016 | Last Updated: December 20, 2016 5:14 PM EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he may have been a little “cheeky” when he made a comment on bilingualism last week.

When questioned if he supported the idea of Ottawa being designated a bilingual city by a Radio-Canada journalist, Trudeau asked if Gatineau was ready to do the same.

Trudeau said Monday he was fully aware the comment would get him in trouble.

“I knew it,” he said in an end-of-year-interview with The Canadian Press. “I was being cheeky, I admit it.”

Trudeau said, however, he was not questioning or criticizing Quebec’s law making French the sole official language in the province.

“Not at all, not at all,” insisted Trudeau, who said he is an ardent defender of linguistic duality. “Quebec has to be French in order for Canada to be bilingual.”

“I taught French in Vancouver,” he said. “I know how important bilingualism is.”

Any decision about whether Ottawa should become officially bilingual needs to be made by municipal leaders and not by the federal government, said Trudeau.

The bilingualism debate resurfaces periodically and was rekindled this year due to the focus on plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

This summer, a francophone group called the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada launched a campaign to change the provincial City of Ottawa Act to recognize the city’s bilingual character and status as the capital of Canada. The group also urged the the city to amend the current bilingualism bylaw to recognize the change in the provincial act.

Members of the group said they didn’t want the federal version of official bilingualism in Ottawa because the existing municipal policy works well.  The changes they are promoting would make bilingualism in Ottawa “official,” the group said.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson opposed the idea.  The city’s level of bilingualism is already “exceptional,” he said.

“I don’t believe it’s necessary to have another level of government come and dictate and tell us what to do.”

Coun. Mathieu Fleury, who supports the campaign, said on Tuesday that Gatineau is part of the national capital region, but it’s not the capital city.

He is still behind the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada campaign, arguing that the changes the group wants would ensure that the city’s policy, which already works well, is not at risk of being rolled back.

Claims that jobs for unilingual anglophones would be lost if Ottawa were to make these changes are a myth, said Fleury.

“It’s not meant to be a divisive issue. It’s more to showcase our inclusivity and diversity.”

Fleury doesn’t want to take the matter to city council unless he has the support of a strong majority. Right now, that stands at between nine and 13 councillors, and he’s looking for the support of 17 members of council.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced a series of consultations and hearings on updating the Official Language Regulations, which outline where the government provides services in both official languages. The consultations will take place over the next two years, with revisions to be released early in 2019.

Beth Trudeau, a spokeswoman for Canadians for Language Fairness, said she “almost fell off my chair” when the prime minister suggested Gatineau should also be bilingual if Ottawa is designated a bilingual city. “We congratulate him on his bravery.”

If bilingualism is such a benefit for Ottawa, Gatineau would benefit as well, she said. “What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. There are anglophones on the Quebec side.”


http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/12/20/trudeaus-cheeky-quip-stirs-up-city-of-ottawas-bilingualism-debate

By Joanne E. Laucius

First posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 05:02 PM EST | Updated: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 05:50 PM EST

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the WE Day celebration in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

SEAN KILPATRICK / AP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he may have been a little “cheeky” when he made a comment on bilingualism last week.

When questioned if he supported the idea of Ottawa being designated a bilingual city by a Radio-Canada journalist, Trudeau asked if Gatineau was ready to do the same.

Trudeau said Monday he was fully aware the comment would get him in trouble.

“I knew it,” he said in an end-of-year-interview with The Canadian Press. “I was being cheeky, I admit it.”

Trudeau said, however, he was not questioning or criticizing Quebec’s law making French the sole official language in the province.

“Not at all, not at all,” insisted Trudeau, who said he is an ardent defender of linguistic duality. “Quebec has to be French in order for Canada to be bilingual.”

“I taught French in Vancouver,” he said. “I know how important bilingualism is.”

Any decision about whether Ottawa should become officially bilingual needs to be made by municipal leaders and not by the federal government, said Trudeau.

In a statement, Kim McConnell, the president of Canadians for Language Fairness, said she was pleased with Trudeau’s responses in the Radio Canada interview.

“The City of Ottawa is part of the NCC, and as such, the request for the City of Ottawa to become officially bilingual should also be made to Gatineau,” she said. “Whoever is advising PM Trudeau to take such a wise decision should be heartily congratulated.”

The bilingualism debate resurfaces periodically and was rekindled this year due to the focus on plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

This summer, a francophone group called the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada launched a campaign to change the provincial City of Ottawa Act to recognize the city’s bilingual character and status as the capital of Canada. The group also urged the the city to amend the current bilingualism bylaw to recognize the change in the provincial act.

Members of the group said they didn’t want the federal version of official bilingualism in Ottawa because the existing municipal policy works well.  The changes they are promoting would make bilingualism in Ottawa “official,” the group said.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson opposed the idea.  The city’s level of bilingualism is already “exceptional,” he said.

“I don’t believe it’s necessary to have another level of government come and dictate and tell us what to do.”

Coun. Mathieu Fleury, who supports the campaign, said on Tuesday that Gatineau is part of the national capital region, but it’s not the capital city.

He is still behind the Movement for an Officially Bilingual Capital of Canada campaign, arguing that the changes the group wants would ensure that the city’s policy, which already works well, is not at risk of being rolled back.

Claims that jobs for unilingual anglophones would be lost if Ottawa were to make these changes are a myth, said Fleury.

“It’s not meant to be a divisive issue. It’s more to showcase our inclusivity and diversity.”

Fleury doesn’t want to take the matter to city council unless he has the support of a strong majority. Right now, that stands at between nine and 13 councillors, and he’s looking for the support of 17 members of council.

Meanwhile, the federal government has announced a series of consultations and hearings on updating the Official Language Regulations, which outline where the government provides services in both official languages. The consultations will take place over the next two years, with revisions to be released early in 2019.


COMMENTS

Some quotes and my comments:

"Trudeau asked if Gatineau was ready to do the same." That's not cheeky. To say it is only reveals that he's afraid to speak plainly to Quebecers.  AGREED!!

"Trudeau said, however, he was not questioning or criticizing Quebec’s law making French the sole official language in the province." Well he should criticize it.  AS SAID ABOVE, HE'S AFRAID OF THE FRENCH & ACTUALLY AGREES THAT QUEBEC SHOULD BE FRENCH ONLY.

"the federal government has announced a series of consultations and hearings on updating the Official Language Regulations". I expect the OB regulations will get more strict. They can only go one way.  THAT ACTUALLY DEPENDS ON CANADIANS.  IF WE SIT BACK & DO NOTHING BUT ACCEPT IT, IT WILL GET WORSE!!   OUR MISSION IS TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO FIGHT BACK!!!  THE CITY OF OTTAWA IS WILLING TO FIGHT BACK SO THAT'S A GOOD SIGN!!

Good for Beth for speaking out.

Thanks for sending the article.

Paul


Justin Trudeau appointed a federal committee months ago to travel Canada to meet with the public and francophone organizations to come up with programs to make Canada more bilingual and to boost the number of bilinguals in Canada. This has always been a precursor to bilingualizing more of the civil service both federal and provincial even when it defies common sense. NB is a perfect example of where the governments have been overzealous. The results have been a very costly language program with poor results. The number of bilinguals in the English speaking population has increased only marginally over the past 30 years. There are many communities in NB that operate totally in English and only a few that operate totally in French. Keep an eye on Trudeau and the recommendations of his language committees.

Michael

Yes, Michael, you are correct.  Justin has not given up on his mission to make Canada totally bilingual but he won't succeed because Canada will be broke very soon.  The country's national debt is growing exponentially & this cannot continue for too much longer.  The French have won in Quebec, NB is still a battle ground & we have to keep encouraging the English-speakers to fight.   Complacency will not help so it is up to the English-speakers to understand & not give up.  Ontario is fighting back & we have a chance to win because the province is going bankrupt & the municipalities cannot afford bilingualism.  The provincial govt. cannot afford it either.  Sad to say it but the depreciating economy is the only way we can force people to fight back.

When things get too comfortable, people tend to be complacent.  That's why this cancer has grown over the last 40+ years.  People have not suffered enough to care.

Kim

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Hi, Kim

The difference I see is that the Ottawa Citizen failed to acknowledge your statement about Trudeau's comment. Go figure!!

Best wishes for the holidays and keep up the good fight.

Regards

Rick B.

Thank you, Rick.  The Citizen acknowledged Beth's comments & the Sun acknowledged mine.  It was kind of you to take the time to respond & for that I will send you a copy of Jim Cougle's book (review attached).

As a business owner in Burlington, you might be able to give us advice on how to proceed with building our readership so that we can reach more people who are not aware of how Canadians are being coerced into accepting official bilingualism.  You are too far away from the parts of Ontario that have a lot of French speakers & therefore the businesses in your area have not felt the pressure to bilingualize.  How do we reach out to English-speakers to warn them that this is coming?  The French activists are very smart - they have plenty of money to build activist groups & they go out to all the centres & start pressuring them.  The English-speakers are too polite to say NO or maybe, they're too scared to say NO.  In the Ottawa area, the city had set up several French activity areas but had to close them because of lack of participation.

Any ideas to share about how to reach more people?

Kim

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Hopefully Conservative Politicians will get a clue as well and quit listening to the Conservative Media like the Sun who are afraid to say anything that would offend a few entitled Bilingual Francophones, and bilingual Anglophones who would not get jobs without bilingualism requirements, that the public does not give a darn, given the replies in the Citizen standing up to them

It is time people like Councillor Fleury were informed and not allowed to invoke language policies other than for serving the linguistic needs of the people, and not to serve politician designated, not voter decided, official language, capital city or bilingual country status in order to serve a few entitled, privileged or bigoted bilingual persons who do not want anyone employed who can’t speak French and use such politician decided terminology to excuse excluding the unilingual Anglophone majority from employment.

Applicable since no Quebec Francophone politician would put up with similar nonsense from bilingual Anglophones wanting to deny jobs to unilingual Francophones unless for merit reasons of providing needed service, and only needed service.

- does Fleury actually think jobs would not be lost for unilingual Anglophones with more bilingualism, like many jobs were lost with the current bilingualism policy?

- they can only come up with comments like - Ottawa is the Capital City, French is an official language, Canada is a bilingual country, or "showcase our inclusivity and diversity.” but can never come up with a pragmatic reason why these bilingual Francophones want more of something they do not need, thereby not being inclusive and respective diversity by taking away needed second language services for other linguistic minorities.

SM

The councillor quoted is a liar - he only has 5 councillors supporting the French demands.  Their usual pleas for diversity is no longer working - people know that this is just a ploy to create more jobs for French speakers.  Canadians are no longer buying into their pathetic plea - good!!!   Even Justin realizes the change in public opinion on this issue & is willing to incur the "wrath" of the French!!!

Kim


I came across this article last night and thought I had dreamt it in my sleep. Some of the comments are very good following the story. What an idiotic statement to say  "Quebec has to be pure French to make Canada Bilingual"!!  Unbelievable.

Merry Christmas

John

Yes, John!!  J. Trudeau is still trying to appease the French extremists!!  We, in Ottawa, are grateful that he is supporting the Mayor & the majority of the city councillors in Ottawa by refusing to meddle in Ottawa's affairs.  Councillor Fleury is lying when he said that there are between 9 & 13 councillors supporting the French demands.  They really only have 5 councillors.  I sent an article from the French media with details on where the councillors stand - I will forward that article.

Kim


For him to say it will not cost Anglos jobs is wrong. Just like when they first rolled out official bilingualism, it ended up costing Anglos lost job opportunities plus extra costs and the right for Francophones to be spoken to in French at work. 

Just like JT middle class tax break , it ended up NOT being revenue neutral. Plus, JT said modest deficit promise....look how that has turned out to be  false - huge deficits with no end in sight. 

Airbus

Absolutely true!!  JT is a fraud like his father & it is a bloody shame that Canada is now under the control of this Socialist fraud.  The English-speaking majority has suffered long enough because most of us are not willing to use violence like the Separatists are.  I want to know how far they are willing to be pushed before they act.  We should at least stop voting for the left-wingers like the LIB+NDP.

You are absolute right!!  English-speaking Canada made the mistake of allowing Trudeau Sr. to manipulate our Constitution in 1982 to give the French the opportunity to reverse the Conquest of Canada.  It didn't occur to the Premiers of the English-dominant provinces what was going to happen.  The French took advantage of the anti-colonialism era & the English-speakers fell on their swords.

Justin is playing games with us - he knows that the French are strong (they are well-known to be great warriors in times of peace, not so good in war) & we have nobody willing to do battle for English-speakers because the courts will always interpret the constitution to favour the French.

On this issue, I am pleased that he admits that language is the prerogative of the provinces & that he will not interfere in the decision made by the City of Ottawa which has decided not to surrender the power of the councillors to decide on the degree of bilingualism they wish to accept.  Once OB is put into law - the courts can force the City to comply with every demand made by the French groups.  I am sending you below the French article wherein Justin understands that municipalities should control the language of operation & the Feds should stay away from interfering. 

Kim


If Trudeau came out in support of OB for Ottawa, it would only hasten the break-up of Canada and with it the goose that lays the golden eggs that pay for all those socialist initiatives the libs are so famous for. As long as we have Kathleen Wynns and Rachael Notleys we need money - lots of it and badly. An officially Bilingual Ottawa would mean Canada's capitol city would now be under French control. And the West would want to be part of that? Trudeau may not be the smartest person in Ottawa but he's no fool either....

-Als

We know Justin is no fool so he's doing this knowing full well that it would be the right thing to do.  To interfere with the right of the City of Ottawa to decide on this issue would be very foolish as he would be annoying a lot of people & costing the city a lot of money.  He is confident that the French zealots would not vote against him just on this issue when they know they are winning on so many other issues.

However, it is still good for us to acknowledge that he's doing the right thing.  I'll draft a simple letter which anyone can edit till we get the right tone.  Then you can all vote on it.  I'd like to send the message on Thursday so that we can include our Christmas greetings.

Kim


Hello Kim/Beth,

I would like to thank you both for the great work you have both done during the past year.

It would seem that slowly, slowly, catch a monkey is beginning to have results in the fight against bilingualism

Patrick Brown has been, is, a very big disappointment and the sooner we can dump him, the better.

A very Merry Christmas and healthy, successful New Year to both of you and your families.

Best wishes,

Ken

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Thank you, Ken.  Yes it is a long haul for our issue to get some notice from the media - at least both Beth & myself are getting some recognition in the Citizen & the Sun & more ordinary citizens are now hearing about the organization who had never heard of us before.  I take this as a positive sign for the coming year.

You are correct - Patrick Brown has been a huge disappointment.  Who can we get to replace him is the big question.  All politicians are so scared of the French - none of them dare to say anything.  It takes someone like Justin who is a Francophone to dare to say NO to the French zealots - mainly because even he realizes the French are being disingenuous in demanding OB for Ottawa but not for Gatineau


If I'm not mistaken, the sun version is the only one to mention Kim's comments. (Interesting considering the citizen and sun are both now owned by postmedia and effectively run out of the same building, iirc.)

Oliver

Citizen quotes Beth & the Sun quotes Kim.   You.won a book by Lim Cougle - see attached write-up.  Send your last address.

Kim

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Justin Trudeau says that Canada has NO "core identity"

Candice Malcolm's article high-lights the fact that Canada has been deliberately converted into a multi-cultural society by the Liberals, from way back in P.E. Trudeau's days.  The 1982 Constitution which superseded the BNA Act of 1867 brought in the idea that all cultures are equal and all cultural values are equal.  That of course does not include the French language & culture as that is deemed too important & has to be protected and preserved from being assimilated.  As Justin Trudeau said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDNKcLea8Cw

Canada belongs to Quebec!!   By keeping the Liberals in power, this is what will eventually happen.

Kim McConnell


http://www.torontosun.com/2016/09/14/trudeau-says-canada-has-no-core-identity

Trudeau says Canada has no ‘core identity’

By Candice Malcolm

First posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 09:23 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 09:33 PM EDT

Governor General David Johnston, left to right, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau dance during the noon hour entertainment during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Friday, July 1, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Who would have thought Canadian values could be so controversial?

Plenty of ink has been spilt in the past few weeks over the suddenly taboo topic of promoting Canadian values.

The consensus from Canada’s elites has been to condemn the very idea of listing our values, let alone asking newcomers to respect and adhere to them.

But a far more controversial idea about Canadian values and identity was recently proposed by our very own prime minister. And the media barely batted an eyelash.

Late last year, Justin Trudeau told the New York Times that Canada is becoming a new kind of country, not defined by our history or European national origins, but by a “pan-cultural heritage”.

“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” Trudeau said, concluding that he sees Canada as “the first post-national state.”

Even the New York Times called the suggestion “radical.”

Despite Trudeau’s bizarre musings, Canada has a proud history and strong traditions.

Canada has never been a homogeneous society — defined by a single race or ethnicity — but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a distinct culture and identity.

Our identity is rooted in our history, and it’s impossible to divorce the two.

Canada’s democratic values and traditions date back over 800 years, to the signing of the Magna Carta by our political ancestors.

That document helped enshrine our natural rights and freedoms, and limited the government’s ability to impose its powers.

Canada, perhaps more than any other Western country, is a living manifestation of that great document.

We live in the greatest country in the world. My biased opinion aside, the Reputation Institute ranked Canada as the most admired country in the world.

Our peaceful, free, fair and just society is the envy of the world. That is why so many people around the world want to come to Canada. They want to adopt our values.

But Trudeau takes this all for granted.

He doesn’t think there is anything special about Canadian history or traditions.

Instead, he suggests Canada is nothing but an intellectual construct and a hodgepodge of various people, from various backgrounds, who just happen to live side by side in the territory known as Canada.

Trudeau seems embarrassed, even ashamed of our Western culture and values.

Far from standing up for Canada and promoting our core principles at home and abroad, Trudeau frequently apologizes for Canada.

That’s why he feels no shame in speaking at a segregated mosque, where women and girls are forbidden from entering through the front door, or sitting in the main hall.

He can call himself a “feminist” while also tolerating the subjugation and segregation of women, when it suits his political interests.

That is also why, while in China, Trudeau told the one-party authoritarian state that Canada, too, is imperfect when it comes to human rights.

Trudeau blurred the distinction between Canada’s peaceful, free society and that of a communist dictatorship.

He equated Canada — a democratic country that always strives for peace, justice, liberty and equality — to a closed regime with a sordid history.

Trudeau is wrong when it comes to our values and our identity. And his ideas are far more controversial than the proposed vetting of newcomers.

Candice Malcolm is the author of Losing True North: Justin Trudeau’s Assault on Canadian Citizenship. Readers are invited to attend her Toronto book signing event, at 5:30, Friday, Sept 16. Please register at: www.LosingTrueNorth.ca  


 

 

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Canada's Public Servants Stressed By Language Tests

Canadians for Language Fairness is an organization whose mandate is to speak against the policy of Official Bilingualism.  We have public servants in our readership & we hear from them constantly about the unfairness of the policy.  Most of them complain to us in confidence because they are too afraid of speaking up publicly.  They suffer in silent frustration whenever they are denied well-deserved promotions for which they know they have the skills but are denied because they cannot get the creditation of CCC/CBC.  Very few English-speakers can attain those levels, apparently, even after years of practise at French-speaking classes.  Many people believe that even French-speakers find it difficult to pass those language tests.  This is the cause of a lot of frustration & mental stress in the PSC.  We have come across one person who is not afraid to take on the challenge to expose this travesty of justice.  Krishan Kumar decided to respond to a message from PM Justin Trudeau about the increasing occurrence of absenteeism in the PSC & directed it squarely at the policy of Official Bilingualism.

Read the message from the PMO first & then read Krishan's excellent response.  Thank you, Krishan, for your great courage.

Kim McConnell    

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From: PMO - CPM [mailto:pm@PM.GC.CA]

Sent: May 2, 2016 2:05 AM

To: ALLNEWS_BE@LSERV.PMO-CPM.GC.CA

Subject: Statement/Déclaration

From the Prime Minister's Web Site

(http://pm.gc.ca/)

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Mental Health Week

May 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Mental Health Week:

'This week is Mental Health Week, an occasion for all Canadians to have a candid discussion about mental health and wellness and help put an end to the stigma around mental illness once and for all.

'In Canada and around the world, many suffer in silence with an illness that is invisible to others. One in five Canadians will struggle with mental illness at some point in their lives. Too often, they hesitate to seek the help and support they need out of fear of discrimination or shame.

'We all have a responsibility to raise our awareness about mental health. We must actively encourage honest and open conversations - in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities - about what mental health is and what we can do to increase our collective well-being. We must listen to our loved-ones, our colleagues, our friends, look out for signs and offer them support and advice in times of need. It can be a challenge for all of us to cope with the fast pace of life, daily stresses, and obligations. We all need to stand strong together.

'This week, we also thank those who have publicly shared their personal struggles with mental health - including my own mother, Margaret. They are true examples of courage, bravery, and resilience. Their stories help us all become more understanding, more compassionate, and more empathetic.

'Let us use our voices this week to help change the way society views mental health issues and those living with them. Now is the time to GET LOUD   for mental health.'

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Reply from : Krishan Kumar

08  May 2016 04:59:19 PM   >>>

Subject : Causes of Mental Health issues in the Federal Public Service and possible solutions. 

The Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

As you may be aware, the disability claims in the federal government have increased 37 per cent since 2006 i.e. since the 2005 coming into force of the 2003 Public Service Modernization Act. Mental health related disability claims accounted for more than 48 per cent of all claims filed in 2011.

Health Canada's Employee Assistance Program, which puts federal government workers in touch with mental health professionals, saw a huge spike in calls in 2012. By late summer of 2012 more than 150 callers had been identified as at risk for suicide.

"The government workplace is especially toxic. Public servants are off work due to diagnosable mental disorders at a rate 300% higher than the general workforce." - Bill Wilkerson, co-founder of the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health

The main causes of poor workplace mental health are lack of recognition at work, harassment and discrimination in hiring and promoting qualified applicants to director and above levels.

A selection process in the federal government is anything but merit-based.

Jobs and promotions are for those who have some previous connection with the selection committee. This faulty recruitment process informally comes to light when an unsuccessful candidate challenges at the first/second/third step of screening in a selection process, and s/he is presented with faulty, unacceptable and unjustified reasons as to why s/he was unsuccessful in the process. Since this inquiry process is informal, the unsuccessful candidate cannot challenge further due to some peculiar HR and privacy laws restricting the disclosures of the marks given to successful candidates in the written test and at the interview in a selection process. Though there may be logistic challenges, the interviews should be videoed and used in case of official and justifiable complaints.

In almost all selection processes, applications are vetted by HR officers who are surprisingly not qualified to judge who is qualified for the job and who is not. The role of HR thus becomes oxymoronic.  In fact, the HR officers often do not have a college degrees and lack proper knowledge about job-fitness. This should be stopped.

Many times, jobs are advertised as an eye-wash. Basically, the incumbent is already working in the job. A part of his/her CV (qualification portion) is copied onto the job posting, and then the advertisement is made public.

Selection of that person is predetermined and the selection process is evidently fixed.

Directors are informally involved in the recruitment/promotion processes, and they play a big role invisibly by asking his/her "confidante" to run a selection for a candidate. Later, the director reciprocates. It's a pure case of nepotism. It is an open secret. HR knows about it.

A new trick being played in these processes is to ask for the professional references first i.e. before the written test and interview. This way, the applicants are screened-out based on what the referee says or does not say exactly what the hiring Manager/Director wanted. Sometimes, the HR advisor or the hiring Manager / Director doing the reference checks, puts the words in the mouth of the referee by asking as to why s/he has not mentioned anything negative about the applicant.

There is NO priority given to the people with disabilities, visible minorities, or the Aboriginal community, let alone qualified immigrants.

Also, there is NO serious consideration given to the PSC Referred Priority/Surplus Candidates who do not even have a right to any recourse and hence they are intentionally screened-out during the first or the second step of the process.

Additionally, being not bilingual is used as another tool to keep an otherwise highly qualified candidate even from the jobs in non-Anglophone or non-Francophone countries. Not being perfectly bilingual i.e. CCC or CBC is used to deprive a deserving candidate. By such practices, we are not building an inclusive competent public service. As such, being not bilingual should not be a criterion to hire public servants especially when technology is available for simultaneous interpretation from one language to another i.e. English to French and vice-versa.

Canada is one of the major G-7 countries and the international community looks at Canada in terms of any global decision-making process. There is evidence that the qualified candidates are not offered the right job simply because they are not perfectly bilingual i.e. they may not have CCC/CBC.

Also, PSC language testing centre should not have a monopoly in language testing because in the Oral proficiency test, a qualified candidate is not given the needed "C" or "B" even if s/he already received a "C" in Reading and a "B" in Writing test, because the Oral test is subjective.  In addition, to review the recording of the Oral test, the department/agency is asked for more than $1,000 that it will not pay and hence there is no Appeal process for the candidates to overcome this hurdle.

The most informal hiring takes place at the Global Affairs - the place which is the face of Canada to the entire world. The Canadians  posted abroad to work in Canadian Missions and to work/participate in Canadian Delegations to United Nations and International Organization are selected based on being bilingual and not on the basis of their education and experience and hence spoiling the image of Canada abroad. This also negates the rest - majority of Canadians from public service employment and/or representing not only in the international for a but also at the country or bi-lateral levels.

Recently, our government rightly announced a competitive process for getting a top bureaucrat in the federal administration. Same is justified for the federal public service to use Merit-based processes nationally, without creating artificial barriers and unreasonable discretion, to an efficient Merit-based twenty first century Canadian Public Service.

Also, there should be opportunities for employees' personal growth and development, and the federal departments/agencies must protect workers from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. The Managers/Directors should be trained in Talent Management and they should not only think of the immediate needs in their division but for long term needs of the Federal Public Service as a whole. Also, PSC should be given more resources and the powers to audit the selection processes and investigate the complaints seriously.

In addition, the PCO and the Treasury Board Secretariat should lead by example by hiring / promoting qualified Visible Minorities, Aboriginals and the people with disabilities.

Finally, I apologize for sending this long e-mail consolidating the issues raised by many in the Federal Public Service and request your immediate intervention to improve their Mental Health.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Krishan Kumar

M.A. (Econ.), M.Com.

LL.B., M.B.A., C.P.A., C.I.A.


COMMENTS from readers

December/29/16

Kim,

Krishan has described the situation exactly!! This is exactly my experience with government. For all the years I've been in government and for all the positions I've competed for this is exactly how it played out. The result, for me, was to give up on the grounds of fixed and totally unfair system that I won't subject myself to anymore. I stopped applying for internal positions back in 2009 or so.

This guy has nailed it on the head.

Thanks for sending Kim

R.


Beautiful.

Thanks Kim.

Another obvious. My immediate supervisor has been de throned as my supervisor after 10 yrs.  He is not bilingual.  His wage is the same, they named a position for him that will likely never be refilled after he retires. Sent to pasture. He is very frustrated and working in futility to get his french.  He has only a few yrs to go before retirement and he wants to contribute - I see his health being compromised.  The 3 people under him were English only.  We are all secluded and generally only work and interact for the most part, amongst ourselves. 

In another department beside ours a similar situation. The supervisor there is also non-bilingual and interacts with many departments. That supervisor is a great guy, we are friends, he is non bilingual ‎. He is also a visual and verbal minority. He is not alone in hanging onto his position, mamagement " afraid" to remove his status as a visible minority.

The pecking order is obvious. French/bilingual, visible minority bilingual‎, bilingual, English white males at the bottom.

In the end, credible applicants for jobs offered are overlooked all of the time.  We keep our head down, whisper our complaints amongst ourselves and pray that we are able to HANG IN until retirement. 

Tom, stories from public servants, suffering from this policy, should be posted on our web-site, leaving out your contact information.  It is time that we let the world know how Canada treats its English-speaking majority. Kim

Tom

 

I agree and I am glad that Mr. Kumar came forward. For Mr. Kumar, his ‎concerns that he reveals do not come without protection for him. He has exposed himself by bringing forward concerns that we all have and good for him, our government is more likely to show concern for him and others in his similar situation.  Some of us here are damned by the bilingual laws, some are helped.  Kumar would not receive the "same" wrath the bilingual laws are able to apply. 

No- one talks about this stuff loudly. They are bothered by it and live with it. Our unions are not sympathetic to the problem and in fact support the law. ‎What Kumar is pointing out is a real problem and I hope the PM moves on it, but I have my doubts. The PM is non sympathetic to the people at the bottom of the pecking order. We are where he wants us. 

More "should" speak up. Retired people, ones that have seen it, been thru it. 

I had a career before coming to the FEDS. I got in here because they needed a particular expertise.  I filled that and that is as far as I go.  Until I retire.  I don't leave here with a lucrative pension.  I am here happy to be putting money away for my retirement, aside from the "lucrative" govmnt pension, I may get 20k/per year before taxes. 

Bilinguals also have the option to advance to get their last 5 yrs of a raise in pay along with their bonus every year to help stash away for that pension . That advantage is for a select few. Stress?  Animosity?  ‎It's here. Not because the job or because work itself is taxing, I guess some may disagree.  No the government policy has created it.  And they were trying to remove sick benefits, adding more fuel to the trapped feeling.  You "learn" to accept and live with it, don't rock the boat. 

We also see the lack of talent and expertise at the top making the decisions and at times wasting a lot of money and time due to ineptitude.  And they give themselves bonuses for a job well done.  When the real talent is stymied.

I can go on. Someday I'll retire.  Then I can speak.  In the meantime we just whisper amongst ourselves and go to work, where I am headed right now.

Thanks again for what you do.

Tom


Response to reply from the PSC to Krishan's letter of complaint

Great to see Krishan received a prompt reply to his excellent letter. As far as I can tell, the individual replying to him just danced around the issue. In the end she just reiterated government policy on hiring practises and bilingualism.  I doubt if the hiring practises that favour French speakers and special interest groups in the public service will ever change. If they do, it won't be done to enhance fairness.  I noticed that her title and department which followed her signature placed French before English.  I guess that should tell us something.  Nothing is going to change as long as the French are allowed to run this country and we keep electing French speaking Quebeckers as Prime Ministers. It is that simple. As long as the majority of Canadians do nothing and accept the status quo we are lost. At my point in life it really doesn't matter, but future generations will be the ones to suffer. Electing Trudeau was a very big mistake.

 Orlin 

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What a perfect letter. I can relate. Thank you for posting this. 

G&C

If you have co-workers who want to be kept informeded in our battle to make language testing fairer, please tell them about our work.  Krishan says:

If we can break the monopoly of PSC on language testing, we can demand that job interviews are recorded to stop the examining body from using purely subjective assessments.  Currently, they take notes during the process and then decide to fail the candidates without any analysis given as to the actual reason for failure.  There is NO recourse for the candidates & the dept. sending the candidate must pay $1000 for a review - so they don't bother.

We need more public servants to help raise awareness of what is wrong in the PSC.

Kim

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02 December 2016

CLF thanks the Ottawa City Council

We would like to express our gratitude to all the councillors & Mayor Watson for continuing to resist the call for the City of Ottawa to be made "Officially Bilingual" & to surrender Council's prerogative to decide what the city can afford in providing services in both languages (English & French).

We are very fortunate to have a very active supporter who is an excellent researcher who knows how to access the French media.  It gives us the ability to keep an eye on what the small group of activist Francophones are doing & we get a lot of very useful information that we don't have the resources to obtain otherwise.  In the following link:

Councilors were contacted by #ONfr to rule on the question: "We would like your answer" yes "or" no "to the question: Would you support official bilingualism in the City of Ottawa if the approach does not impose additional costs and does not cause job losses? "The elected were free to respond by email or by phone.

That question refers to the greatest threat to increased bilingualism, additional costs, especially if the policy is entrenched in law & can be enforced by the courts.  The cost of bilingualization will obviously increase as everything is duplicated so common sense will tell you why it is being resisted by councillors who are worried about the cost of ALL services to be provided by the city.  The following will show you how the cost of bilingual service has doubled since the passing of by-law 2001-170:

1.       Cost of FLS in 2005 was $1.75 M (for copy of message from Andre-Cadieux, please contact Kim at clf1@bellnet.ca)

2.       Cost of FLS climbed to $ 2.6 million in 2014  http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/06/23/119-complaints-in-2014-about-citys-french-language-services

2.       Cost of FLS in 2016 was $3,064 M (for page from adopted budget 2016, please contact Kim at clf1@bellnet.ca)  )

The next important point is that, no matter what they say, it will cause job losses to the majority unilingual English-speakers as more positions will be required to be bilingual.  Surely, none of you would be so naive as to believe the lie that OB will not cost jobs to English speakers?  We already know that many city employees come from Quebec to take jobs from residents who live on this side of the river & pay taxes to the city.  Do those Quebecers help pay for the upkeep of the city?

We wish to thank the councillors who said a firm, "NO" but also the ones who are "undecided but favourable to the status quo" & the two councillors who are did not like the question.  These are all councillors who have not been intimidated by the powerful French lobby.  We will keep your names on our list of councillors to promote in the next municipal election.

Kim McConnell

BTW, an item just forwarded by a reader says that several recreational French/bilingual programs, paid for & set up by the City at the insistence of the French pressure groups, will be cancelled.  Reason?  Insufficient response!!!

The article is available in French here:

http://www5.tfo.org/onfr/ville-dottawa-50-des-programmes-de-loisirs-en-francais-annules/

OTTAWA - Half of French activities offered by the City of Ottawa must be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


Finally, we wish to express our best wishes to the Councillors for the upcoming festive season with a hearty:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

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Here's how Justin Trudeau's government will ensure that French-speakers (whether they are mother-tongue French-speakers or not) will be able to demand French-language services right across Canada. 

"Where numbers warrant" will be met by boosting the numbers artificially.  You'll note that the English-speakers in Quebec will still have to live under the French-language zealots who want the French language dominant in Quebec.

Folks, Bill S-205 died on order table when Harper govt fell. It was tabled again as Bill S-209 in December 2015 when Trudeau came to power. It aims to amend Part IV (Service to the Public) of the OLA, changing the definition of "francophone" a la Ontario FLSA.

http://www.officiallanguages.gc.ca/en/publications/annual-reports/2015-2016#fnbtbl1***

Issues related to implementing the Official Languages Act

Commissioner lends his support to Bill S-205

In April 2015, the Commissioner of Official Languages presented his position in support of Bill S-205, which aimed to update Part IV of the Official Languages Act. In his briefFootnote 11 to the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, the Commissioner gave three reasons why Part IV needs to be updated.

First, he noted that the criteria set out in section 32(2) of the Act to assess potential demand for services in the minority language are not inclusive, because they do not take into account all of the people who use the minority language in the public or private sphere. For example, the current criteria as they are applied exclude people whose first official language spoken is not the language of the minority but who:

  • speak the minority language at home (as can be the case for francophiles, anglophiles and newcomers);

  • speak the minority language in the workplace; or

  • receive their education in the minority language.

Second, he pointed out that significant demand is defined in relation to the proportion of the minority population (i.e., the 5% rule). However, the chief factor to be considered in determining significant demand in a region served by federal offices should be the presence of an official language community that shows signs of vitality. (It means presence of even one French school, according to their previous discussions - E.B.).

 

Third, he stressed that Bill S-205 is important because it codifies the principle of substantive equality by explicitly imposing on federal institutions the duty to provide service of equal quality in both official languages and to consult with the English and French linguistic minority population concerning the quality of those communications and services.

The Bill died on the order table after the federal election was called in August 2015 and was tabled again in December 2015 as Bill S-209. The Commissioner reiterated that this bill makes an undoubtedly significant contribution to fulfilling the purpose of Part IV of the Act and helps official language communities to strengthen their identity, to develop and to thrive.

Analysis needed of the impact of the Official Languages Regulations on the vitality of official language communities

In 2013, the Société franco-manitobaine made public a complaint that had been filed with the Office of the Commissioner concerning the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations.Footnote 12 The complaint alleged that the method used to determine the first official language spoken in order to establish what constitutes significant demand does not take into account large segments of the population that speak the minority language and would want or be likely to use it in federal offices.

The objective of the investigation was to determine the nature of the obligations incumbent upon the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat under Part VII of the Act in the context of the Official Languages Regulations Re-Application Exercise. The exercise seeks to review and update federal institutions’ language obligations every 10 years using census data: in this case, data from the 2011 Census.

In the spring of 2015, the Commissioner released his final investigation report to the parties involved. The Commissioner concluded that the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat had to identify the impact of the results of the re-application exercise on the vitality of official language communities that would no longer be receiving bilingual services because of changes in the linguistic designation of some federal offices. The Commissioner also concluded that the institution should present options to the President of the Treasury Board to mitigate the negative impact of these results.

Because the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat had stated that it did not intend to conduct an analysis on the impact of the results, the Commissioner concluded that it had not met its obligations under Part VII of the Act and that the complaint was founded.

The Commissioner therefore recommended that the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat undertake a thorough review of the impact of the Official Languages Regulations on the development and vitality of the official language communities affected by the results of the re-application exercise. He also recommended that the findings of the analysis be shared with the President of the Treasury Board, along with opinions and advice on solutions to be considered in order to mitigate any potential negative impact of the Regulations.

A follow-up is under way to determine whether the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat will be taking the appropriate steps to implement the Commissioner’s recommendations.

Société franco-manitobaine takes case to court

In February 2015, the Société franco-manitobaine applied for a court remedy in Federal Court under Part X of the Act. The Société petitioned the Federal Court to find that parts of the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations are inconsistent with section 20 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (and with several provisions of the Act) and to order the government to amend the Regulations. The Société maintained that:

  • the Regulations contain an unduly restrictive definition of the word “Francophone,” i.e., they do not make allowances for the recent expansion of the Francophone space to include mixed families, newcomers, people who are bilingual and people who are able to converse in French;

  • the use of formal numerical thresholds is inconsistent with the objectives of the Act; and

  • the Regulations were adopted without consulting the French-speaking minority, and they have not undergone any significant review or consultation since they came into force in 1992.

The objective of Senator Maria Chaput’s Bill S-209 was to correct the very shortcomings cited by the Société franco-manitobaine in its court remedy. The Commissioner strongly urges the government to update Part IV of the Act and to review the criteria for defining significant demand.

Recommendation 2

The Commissioner of Official Languages recommends:

  • that Parliament make Bill S-209 a priority so that the parliamentary committees examining it are able to conduct a diligent review; and

  • that, by March 31, 2017, the Treasury Board undertake an evaluation, in consultation with official language communities, of the effectiveness and efficiency of its policies and directives for implementing Part IV of the Official Languages Act.

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Historical Overview of French-Language Services in Ontario

Introduction

More than 40 years ago, the Government of Ontario recognized the need to provide French-language services to the province's Francophone community. The right to French-language services contained in the French Language Services Act came into effect on November 19, 1989. It gives all citizens who request French-language services the right to be served in French:

* in any head office of a provincial government ministry or agency;

* in most provincial ministry and agency offices that serve or are located in the 25 designated regions.

Today, about 80% of Ontario's Francophone population has access to these services.

The following is a chronology which highlights some of the major advances in French language services in Ontario. You can sort the achievements by year and by sector for easier reference.

 

2011

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Adoption of a Regulation on the provision of French language services by third parties on behalf of government agencies.

32 new public service agencies were designated under the FLSA since 2003, which brings the total number of designated agencies to 222. These agencies provide health services and support services for children, youth and women who are victims of violence.

EDUCATION

The total funding for French-language boards for the 2010-11 school year was $1.24 billion, the largest investment in French Language education in the history of the province.

Ontario puts in place a French language policy framework for postsecondary education and training. The goal is to help provide Ontarians with more opportunities to study and train in French.

Substantial additional investments in infrastructure in the primary, secondary and postsecondary francophone educational sectors:

$248.9 million worth of construction was undertaken under the French Capital Transitional Funding component of the Grant for New Pupil Places in the primary and secondary school systems.

$84.8 million was invested in the postsecondary sector as well as in training for Francophones.

2010

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Adoption of the Franco-Ontarian Day Act. The Province of Ontario officially recognizes September 25th of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day as well as the contribution of the Francophone community of Ontario to the social, economic and political life of the Province and the communitys importance in Ontarios society.

Adoption of a new directive for Communications in French by the Ontario Government. Ministries and classified agencies are required to consider and incorporate the Franco-Ontarian communitys specific needs when developing and implementing communications strategies and tactics.

EDUCATION

Creation of 266 new child-care spaces in French language schools.

CULTURE

Official launch of TFO in Manitoba.

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture launches two three-year pilot programs to address the needs of Francophone visual artists, arts organizations and collectives in Ontario.

HEALTH

Adoption of the Francophone Community Engagement Regulation under the Local Health Integration Networks Act. Establishment of 6 French language health planning entities (1 in Northern Ontario, 1 in Eastern Ontario and 4 in Southern Ontario) in order to provide advice and input on French language health services in their communities.

Inauguration of the new Montfort hospital.

SERVICES FOR WOMEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Announcement of a $5.2 M investment for the construction of Torontos first Francophone womens shelter.

Opening of a 10-bed womens Francophone Shelter in Timmins.

2009

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Adoption of a new more inclusive definition of Francophone (DIF): 50,000 more Francophones identified, bringing the total Franco-Ontarian population to over 580,000.

Addition of a Youth Francophonie Award as part of the Ontario Francophonie Awards.

Release by the OFA on its website of a new General Statistical Profile of Ontarios Francophone Community in December 2009.

EDUCATION

NewAmnagement LinguistiquePolicy whose goal is to help the provinces French language educational institutions and settings optimize the transmission of the French language and culture among young people, to help them reach their full potential in school and society, and to breathe new life into the francophone community.

MUNICIPALITIES

As part of the provinces Accent on Youth Strategy, launch of a new initiative developed by the OFA in partnership with theAssociation franaise desmunicipalits de lOntario(AFMO) which aims to encourage young Francophones to learn more about municipal affairs.

2008

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

The firsttats gnraux de la francophonie de Sudburywere held in November 2008. Bringing all sectors of the Sudbury community together in a planning exercise, this event made it possible to lay a foundation for setting priorities for the regions economic, cultural, community, social, and artistic development.

Each of these milestones has enabled Francophones to face the future with optimism and to focus their efforts on training the next generation of Francophone leaders. With its community partners and with private companies that have roots in the community, OFA launched itsAccent on Youth Strategyin 2008 to encourage young Francophones to socialize, work, and live in French.

CULTURE

TFO becomes an independent and self-governing organization with its own budgets, its own board of directors and its own offices.

TRANSPORTATION

Another milestone in the recognition of the French fact in Ontario was reached in 2008, with the introduction of French license plates for personal vehicles.

2007

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Creation of the Office of French Language Services Commissioner. Reporting to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, but independent of the OFA, the Commissioner is responsible for handling complaints relating to the FLSA, conducting investigations to ensure compliance with the FLSA and submitting special reports as well as an annual report to the Minister that is tabled in the Legislative Assembly.

Development of a French services accountability framework to be integrated in the annual planning process of each ministry.

EDUCATION

Investments in the education sector are now making it possible to expand York University,Universit de Hearst, andLa Cit collgiale, and to expand French-language postsecondary program offerings in Ontario.

2006

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

The year 2006 marked the 20th anniversary of theFrench Language Services Act. To celebrate this milestone in the history of French Ontario, the Government of Ontario created the Ontario Francophonie Awards as a way to honour Francophones and Francophiles who have made a valuable contribution to the vitality and well-being of Ontarios Francophone community. The OFA also created a travelling exhibition on the history of French Ontario, entitledLa francophonie ontarienne : dhier aujourdhui.

Francophones in eastern Ontario rallied around the project to create monuments to Ontarios Francophonie. On September 25, 2006, the 31st anniversary of the Franco-Ontarian flag, the first of six monuments in Ottawa was unveiled. It is a giant Franco-Ontarian flag symbolizing the history and contribution of the regions Franco-Ontarian community. This initiative has since spread to other Ontario communities, including Casselman, Rockland, and Sudbury.

Designation of Kingston under theFrench Language Services Act.

Signing of the Ontario-Quebec Cooperation Protocol on Francophone Affairs.

EDUCATION

The growing number of French-language schools gives rights holders increased access to French-language education across the province.

Launch of thePolitique damnagement linguistique de lOntario, a language planning policy to promote the French language and culture, improve student achievement, and help keep young Franco-Ontarians in French-language schools.

Creation of an advisory committee on French-language postsecondary education.

Establishment of a permanent Elementary and Secondary French-Language Education Task-Force.

CULTURE

Establishment of an improvement program for French-language, rural, Northern, and First Nations libraries.

JUSTICE

Implementation of the first phase of theStrategic Plan for the Development of French Language Services in Ontarios Justice Sector, in partnershipwith the francophone stakeholders, which aimsto improve, modernize and expand access toFrench Language Services in the justice sector.

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Support for French-language school boards to plan for the provision of child care services under the Best Start Plan.

HEALTH

Unprecedented commitment of $125 million to expand Montfort Hospital co-funded with the federal government.

Establishment of a Francophone working group on health care reform, headed by the CEO of Montfort Hospital.

Inclusion in the preamble of Bill 36 on local health system integration of recognition that the requirements of theFrench Language Services Actmust be respected. The Bill also requires that the Francophone community be consulted both in the development of a provincial health system plan through the establishment of a French-language health services advisory council, and at the regional level by local health integration networks.

MUNICIPALITIES

Creation of a website,Centre darchives des rglements municipaux, whichprovides the English and French versions of municipal by-laws.

2005

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Signing of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on French-Language Services providing $1.4 million per year over four years to increase the capability of the Government of Ontario to deliver French-language services and support the development and vitality of the Francophone community of Ontario.

Designation of five new agencies under theFrench Language Services Act. Since 1988, 201 agencies have been designated to provide services in French.

EDUCATION

Commitment of $140 million to contribute to the development of French-language schools.

Signing of the Provincial-Federal Funding Agreement for French-Language Education and French-as-a-Second-Language Instruction, providing $301 million over four years for minority and second-language instruction at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, as well as an additional $30 million to recognize that Ontario has the largest minority French-language community in the country.

Establishment of a permanent Elementary and Secondary French-Language Education Task Force to advise the Minister of Education on unique Francophone matters such as promoting French culture, reducing assimilation and helping to retain Francophone students.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE

Distribution of a Resource Guide for immigrant entrepreneurs to all the Canadian Embassies and high commissions abroad.

MUNICIPALITIES

Adoption of anAct to amend the City of Ottawa Act, 1999, recognizing the bilingual character of the City of Ottawa. The amendment requires the City of Ottawa to adopt a policy respecting the use of the English and French languages in all or specified parts of the administration of the city and in the citys provision of all or specific municipal services.

Provision of $700,000 over four years to translate municipal by-laws and other key documents into French, cost-shared with the federal government.

POSTSECONDARY

Commitment of targeted funding to promote access to postsecondary education for Francophones as part of the $6.2 billion to be invested in response to the Rae Report.

Creation of an advisory committee on French-language postsecondary education charged with advising the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on improving access to French-language postsecondary programs.

SERVICES FOR WOMEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Creation of a help line for Francophone women who are victims of violence: 1 877 FEMAIDE (1 877 336-2433). Francophone women across the province can access this dedicated toll-free line anytime.

2004

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Creation of a Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs. The committees mandate is to advise the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs on how to best meet the needs of the Francophone community.

Participation of Ontario at the Xth Summit of the Francophonie in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Designation of the City of Brampton and the municipality of Callander under theFrench Language Services Act. After an implementation period of two years, provincial government offices located in Brampton will offer their services in French. Because there are no offices of the provincial government located in the municipality of Callander, French-language services will be available at government offices in the City of North Bay.

EDUCATION

Funding of $30 M allocated to the provinces 12 French-language district school boards as a first step in the implementation of the French-Language Education Strategy.

To help strengthen French-language education in Ontario, the Government launches thePolitique damnagement linguistique 2004. This plan is designed to help promote French language and culture, improve student achievement and self-esteem and help keep young Franco-Ontarians in French-language schools.

SERVICES FOR WOMEN WHO ARE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

The Government adopts a Domestic Violence Action Plan. One of the objectives of this Plan is to improve access to French-language violence prevention programs and services in accordance with theFrench Language Services Act.

The Centre Victoria pour femmes and the Timmins and Area Women in Crisis announce the creation of a new Francophone Sexual Assault Centre.

Holding of tats gnraux sur le dveloppement des services en franais en matire de violence contre les femmes (conference on the development of French-language services in the area of violence against women). The purpose of the conference was to discuss issues related to French-language violence prevention programs and services, to discuss best practices and explore models for improved service delivery.

Investment of $1.9 million to support sexual assault centres across the province offering French-language services or serving Francophone communities.

JUSTICE

Creation of a French Language Institute for Professional Development through which professionals in the justice system can increase their French-language abilities.

SENIORS

Creation of a Francophone Advisory Committee by the Seniors Secretariat in order to develop, implement and evaluate a series of information tours for Francophone senior citizens across Ontario.

2003

CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION

A federal-provincial-community committee is set up to discuss Francophone immigration.

HEALTH AND LONG TERM CARE

Announcement of a $7.4 M increase to the base funding of Montfort Hospital and a grant of $20.8 M for 2003-2004.

TRANSPORTATION

Citizens can request licence plates with the design of the Franco-Ontarian flag.

2002

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Eleven new transfer payment agencies are designated under theFrench Language Services Actas providers of French-language services. Since 1988, 196 agencies have been designated as providers of services in French. Of these, 66 have been designated since 1995.

EDUCATION

Official groundbreaking ceremony atLcole secondaire de formation professionnelle et techniquein Ottawa.

Official opening ofCollge Boralcampus in Toronto, in the Fall 2002.

JUSTICE

Signature of a memorandum of understanding between Legal Aid Ontario and theCentre mdico-social communautaire de Torontofor the 2003 opening of the first Francophone Legal Aid Clinic in Toronto.

HEALTH

Five-year memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the French-Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario.

SERVICES TO WOMEN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Announcement of funding for Francophone pilot projects in the area of violence prevention.

2001

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Games of La Francophonie 2001, Ottawa-Hull: the Ontario Government participates in the planning of the Games and hosts a pavilion that welcomes many visitors. Some 3,000 athletes and artists from 52 countries compete in these games, 85 of these competitors being from Ontario. In all, Ontario wins 3 medals in the Cultural competitions and 16 medals in the Sports division (8 of which are gold).

The Franco-Ontarian flag becomes an official emblem of the province.

JUSTICE

Additional financing to improve legal aid services in French in Ontario.

TheCourts of Justice Actis amended to improve access to justice and simplify the administrative procedures to request a bilingual trial.

CHILDRENS SECRETARIAT

The Government of Ontario launches the Early Years Challenge Fund. In order to meet the needs of Francophone families, a special envelope 5% of the total Fund is set aside for projects within the Francophone community. Following consultations with Francophone stakeholders, a separate process is put in place to evaluate and recommend projects by Francophone groups.

2000

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Organization of the 4th Games of La Francophonie to be held in Ottawa-Hull in 2001.

HEALTH

128 long-term care beds allocated to Montfort Hospital, as part of the governments commitment to create 20,000 new long-term care beds in the province by 2004.

EDUCATION

$4 million to train specialists to identify young Francophones who need special education services.

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

Five year agreement with the Federal government for the funding of French-language colleges, including some funding for theCollge dAlfred.

Funding toLa Cit collgialefor the development of a bilingual training centre for call services in the high technology industry.

Funding toLe Collge Boralfor the Centre for Excellence in Forestry of Northern Ontario.

TOURISM

The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership (OTMP) develops a tourism marketing strategy specifically for the Francophone community of Ontario and provides tourism information in French to Francophone consumers.

1999

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

The Ontario Government attends the 8th Francophone Summit in Moncton where the Ontario Pavilion showcases Ontario products and services.

JUSTICE

The Ontario Legal Aid, established under theLegal Aid Services Act, must provide services in French.

1998

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Renewal of theCanada-Ontario Agreement on the Promotion of Official Languages.

Five year Federal/Provincial Agreement for the financing of French-language school boards.

JUSTICE

TheProvincial Offences Acttransfers responsibilities for the administration and prosecution of offences to the municipal level. The Act is accompanied by a memorandum of understanding whereby municipalities in designated areas agree to maintain the provision of services in French.

1997

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

After 3 years of implementation, Francophones in the City of London officially have the right to receive provincial government services in French as stipulated under theFrench Language Services Act.

EDUCATION

Creation of 12 French-language school boards (4 public and 8 separate) with funding equivalent to that of English-language school boards.

SERVICES TO WOMEN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

The OFA, together with the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services and the Ontario Womens Directorate, implement an action plan to increase services to help Francophone women victims of violence.

1995

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

Opening of two French-language colleges:Collge BoralandCollge des Grands Lacs, and a permanent campus site forLa Cit collgiale.

Multi-use school facilities are established in Kingston and Brampton.

1994

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Designation of a new area under theFrench Language Services Act. The City of London becomes the 23rd designated area to provide provincial government services in French. These services come into effect on July 1,1997.

Under the Act, another eight agencies are designated to provide some or all of their services to the public in French, bringing the total number of designated agencies to 130.

Provincial Francophone organizations now number 76 in comparison with 31 in 1986.

FINANCE

Amendments to theCredit Unions and Caisses Populaires Actenables the caisses populaires to offer a wider array of financial services and support to their Francophone clients. They can offer preferred shares to members, an important source of revenue to help them expand.

Financing to set up caisses populaires in under-serviced areas.

Amendments to theCooperatives Corporations Actprovides cooperatives with:

easier self-financing and ability to structure themselves as groups of partners rather than members; and improved access to support programs for small businesses.

EDUCATION

First multi-use school facility set up in Longlac. (Fall 1994)

Capital funding for the construction of eight new French-language schools.

Dissolution of theConseil scolaire de langue franaise dOttawa-Carletonand creation of two autonomous French-language boards as of July 1, 1994: theConseil des coles publiques dOttawa-Carletonand theConseil des coles catholiques de langue franaise de la rgion dOttawa-Carleton.

CULTURE

Establishment of an annual Trillium Award to recognize Francophone authors and French-language literature.

A new community radio station for the Cornwall-Alexandria area goes on air.

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES

There are now 52 Francophone daycare centres. In 1986, there were 3.

HEALTH

Establishment of a Francophone medical social services centre in Hamilton-Wentworth.

1993

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Designation of 24 agencies under theFrench Language Services Act(July 1993). (New total: 122)

Renewal of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on the Promotion of Official Languages.

EDUCATION

Announcement of the creation of two new French-language colleges, one in Northern Ontario (Collge Boral) and one in Central/Southwestern Ontario (Collge des Grands Lacs).

CULTURE

Creation of a fund for Francophone cultural centres with the help of the Office of Francophone Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.

The firstSalon du livre de Toronto, a French-language book fair, financed to a large extent by the government, is held in October 1993. It is the first event of that nature in Ontario.

The community radio station for Kapuskasing goes on air with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.

AGRICULTURE

TheUnion des cultivateurs franco-ontariensis recognized as the official union to represent the provinces Francophone farmers.

HOUSING

TheCoalition franco-ontarienne pour le logementis recognized as the official representative for Francophones on housing issues.

JUSTICE

Designation of the first two legal clinics under theFrench Language Services Act; one in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the other in Prescott-Russell.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Establishment of theAssociation des personnes sourdes franco-ontariennes.

1992

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Designation of 12 agencies under theFrench Language Services Act(Summer 1992). (New total: 98)

EDUCATION

Creation of a French-language school board in Prescott-Russell (January 1992).

CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS

Establishment of the Ministers Advisory Committee on a Cultural Policy for Francophones of Ontario as a result of recommendations contained in the report, RSVP!: Cls en mains/RSVP!: Keys to the Future, by the Working Group for a Cultural Policy for Francophones of Ontario. The interministerial committee (Culture and Communications, Office of Francophone Affairs) submits its final report in November 1992.

HEALTH

Establishment of two French-language community health centres, one in Sudbury and the other in Cornwall-Alexandria. A bilingual community health centre is also underway in Longlac.

1991

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Designation of 15 agencies under theFrench Language Services Act(Fall 1991). (New total: 86)

CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS

Creation of a grants program for the development of French-language community radio.

SERVICES TO WOMEN VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

The Office of Francophone Affairs receives an allocation in order to develop a strategic plan for the provision of violence prevention services in French. Emphasis is placed on public education initiatives and on the development of direct services for Francophone women victims of sexual assault.

JUSTICE

The Revised Statutes of Ontario are published in French.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Creation of a program for victims of sexual assault to improve French-language services for Francophone women.

Partir dun bon pas pour un avenir meilleur/Better Beginnings, Better Futures: a provincial project on services for children in difficulty includes a French-language pilot project in Cornwall-Alexandria.

EDUCATION

Re-establishment of the Council on Franco-Ontarian Education (CEFO) to advise the Minister of Colleges and Universities and the Minister of Education on all subjects concerning French-language education programs at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels.

Creation of the Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs (ACFA) to advise the Minister of Colleges and Universities on the issue of French-language postsecondary studies (July 1991).

INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Provisional report of the Select Committee in Ontario on Confederation, which recommends the maintenance of French-language services.

1990

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Designation of 24 agencies under theFrench Language Services Act(December 1990). (New total:71)

EDUCATION

Setting up of the French-Language Education Governance Advisory Group (Cousineau Commission) responsible for recommending criteria for the governance of French-language education in Ontario.

Opening of Ontarios first French-language college of applied arts and technology,La Cit collgiale(Ottawa, September 1990).

Bourdeau Commissions report recommending the establishment of French-language colleges in Northern and Central/Southern Ontario.

TRANSPORTATION

Beginning of the installation of bilingual signage on provincial highways.

JUSTICE

Amendments to article 136 of the Courts of Justice Act provide for other forms of hearings such as pre-trial and pre-motion conferences, as well as the filing of documents in French in certain regions.

1989

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

On November 19, 1989, theFrench Language Services Actcomes into effect.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Creation of the firstCentre mdico-social communautaire(Toronto) that brings health and social services under one roof.

1988

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Designation of the first 47 agencies under theFrench Language Services Act. The first designated agency is the Hospital Notre-Dame in Hearst.

Canada-Ontario Agreement on the Promotion of Official Languages: Cooperation Agreement between the two governments to improve access to French-language services in provincial ministries.

EDUCATION

Setting up of first French-language school boards in Toronto and Ottawa.

LITERACY

Creation of French-language community literacy centres.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Creation of the French-language daycare network,Rseau francophone de services de garde.

1987

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Dissolution of the Council on Franco-Ontarian Affairs and creation of the Ontario French-Language Services Commission.

Development and presentation of each ministrys implementation plans for French-language services for review by the Ontario French-Language Services Commission and the Office of Francophone Affairs.

Establishment of a linguistic evaluation centre by the Human Resources Secretariat.

Establishment and enhancement of the offices of the French-language services coordinators in ministries and certain crown corporations.

CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS

TVOntariosLa Chanebegins broadcasting. (January 1987)

1986

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

Adoption of theFrench Language Services Act. This Act consolidates existing policies and recognizes the right of Francophones to receive government services in French in the 23 designated areas of the province.

Establishment of a simultaneous interpretation service in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

EDUCATION

Enactment of legislation on school governance giving Francophones full and exclusive governance of their French-language schools and instructional units.

1985

FRANCOPHONE AFFAIRS

The Office of the Government Coordinator of French-Language Services becomes the Office of Francophone Affairs.

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