Minister Moore before Senate Committee on Official Languages

This morning, the Minister of Official Languages, James Moore, will testify before the Senate Committee on Official Languages around the study on the application of the Official Languages Act and of the regulations and directives made under it. The meeting will particularly look at the English-Speaking Communities in Quebec and other issues

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Commissionner of Official Languages appears before Committee on Official Languages

This morning, the Commissioner of Official Languages will be presenting the second volume of his 2009-2010 Annual Report to the House of Commons Committee on Official Languages.

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2011 National Metropolis Conference to be held March 23-26

The 2011 National Metropolis Conference will focus on the role of immigration in connecting Canada with the rest of the world. The conference will include six plenary panels with distinguished speakers and over one hundred workshop and roundtable sessions on a wide variety of topics related to immigration and cultural diversity. We anticipate that approximately one thousand participants, drawn mainly from Canada but a significant number of international participants is also expected.

A recent report by Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, at least one in four Canadians will have been born in another country. With this remarkable feature of our society as a backdrop, the conference will discuss the scale and nature of Canada’s immigration system and the policies and practices that have emerged to foster the socio-economic inclusion of new Canadians. Immigration and emigration are transforming the populations of most countries, and in this conference we will consider the place of Canada in this global process by asking speakers from elsewhere in the world to explain the migration and integration dynamics of their regions, thereby allowing us to understand better the effects of these trends on Canada.

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Farm Credit Canada Fund Application

The FCC Expression Fund is back and the application deadline is quickly approaching. We invite you to share the good news with official language minority community groups in your area.

The amount of funding available is $50,000 and the 2010 application form is online now and easy to complete. But hurry, the application deadline is December 15.

For more information, here is the link to the news release sent to media outlets on November 1.

If you know a community group that would be interested in applying, please share this link:

Standing Committee on Official Languages publishes third report on immigration

The Standing Committee on Official Languages published today a report which includes recommendations  around the integration of immigrants in Official Languages Community Minorities. The report is the result of a study created by the committee about immigration as a development tool in official language minority communities. To read the report entitled Recruitment, Intake and Integration: What does the Future hold for immigration to official language minority communities?, click here.


MCDC launches celebrations for its 10th anniversary

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) is proud to announce the celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Established on November 24, 2000, MCDC serves the English-speaking community living in the MRC des Appalaches, MRC de l’Érable and MRC de Lotbinière.  Historically, this territory was known as Megantic County.  MCDC also works in partnership with community organizations and public health institutions in the other regions of Chaudière-Appalaces to facilitate access to health services in English.  Read more…

MCDC honours Walling with Honorary Life Membership

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this November, held a community supper and celebration on Saturday, Nov. 6. For the occasion, MCDC awarded its first-ever Honorary Life Membership to Richard Walling in recognition of his loyalty, devotion and commitment to the organization.

Along with Aline Visser and Jennifer Johnson, Walling initiated a community project in the Thetford region that eventually led to the creation of MCDC of which the mission is to develop and implement activities, services and programs that serve the English-speaking population of the Lotbinière, L’Amiante and L’Érable regions.

Walling has been, and continues to be, involved and the award was meant as a thank you from MCDC and all the community. Walling received the award from MCDC president Ann Marie Powell.

Anglo business owners decry lack of resources

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

English-speaking small business owners across Quebec are speaking out about the lack of resources to help them develop and grop their businesses and contribute to their local economies.

The Conference Board of Canada reported in 2008 that the creation of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in cultureal or linguistic monirity communities is a powerful catalyst for economic diversification and an important vehicle for job creation. The success of businesses in any community is based on the strength and determination of the individuals behind them, but the extent of success is influenced by the ability to obtain support and aid from external resources.  Read more…

A journey from streetwise to sonnets : Poetry helps at-risk kids express themselves

The Gazette, By Peggy Curran

Fresh from the basketball court at Mountainview High, two youths are having trouble getting their heads around this sonnet business.
“Can I go wash my face? Man, sweat is like drying on my face.”
Montreal poet Larissa Andrusyshyn leads this workshop for troubled and at-risk kids, sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation and the Centre for Literacy of Quebec, and she isn’t letting them off the hook that easily. Read more…

Du bilinguisme à la dualité

Le Droit, Pierre-André Doucet

D’emblée, le bilinguisme outille considérablement des communautés à surmonter l’hétérogénéité, notamment en permettant aux individus qui le pratiquent de s’imprégner de deux langues, en plus de deux cultures et conceptions du monde. D’ailleurs, par sa facilitation de l’acquisition d’une citoyenneté véritablement mondiale, il est encore plus pertinent dans un xxiesiècle globalisé. Le Canada doit délaisser le bilinguisme au profit de la dualité linguistique. Certes, les deux concepts se ressemblent beaucoup: pourtant, les débats houleux opposant présentement la Société des Acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick à leur gouvernement provincial (la première craignant une «rebilinguisation» menaçant l’autonomie de la communauté francophone et acadienne, témoignent d’une différence notoire.[…] Read more…