Category: Canadian Francophonie

Cultural blending north of the 60th parallel

On this snowy winter day, my virtual trip to meet with provincial and territorial coordinators of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) brings me north of the 60th parallel, the Northwest Territories (NWT). “Today, it’s minus 31 degrees and minus 42 with the wind”, says the coordinator Émos Dumas from Yellowknife. While speaking with him

A Dubious Title, n’est-CE pas?

This morning’s Ottawa Sun’s front page featured a title for an article regarding the price of French-language services in Ontario: “C’EST CHER, N’EST PAS?”. In addition to containing a grammatical error as big as the title itself, it sends a thinly disguised message that bilingualism expenses are too high. One can debate the relevance of

Our Accents Broadcasted on TV

Francophones and Acadians from all around the country may soon see themselves on TV. A TV channel project dedicated to these communities is now in the works. The new pan-Canadian channel Accents will highlight the realities of Francophone and Acadian communities. The Web will be also used and will promote the new channel as well

The Butterfly Effect

It is said that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can trigger a tornado at the other end of the globe. According to the theory of the butterfly effect, small actions can have great impact. When I saw the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s (RVF) new poster I thought to myself; the French language has become

2012: Common Passion and Mutual Respect

If we rely on the news the last weeks of 2011, it safe to say that the year 2012 will bring a few hot topics for the Francophonie. Since the creation of this blog, many issues have arisen in the media. These highlight the importance played by the French language here and elsewhere in the

“The Acadians of New Brunswick love to celebrate French!”

Not long ago I presented on this blog the work of provincial and territorial coordinators for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF). So here we are just a few weeks later, at the beginning of a long journey that will take us across the country where I will meet each of the coordinators who will

JESSICA HOLMES and BOUCAR DIOUF will Blow Your Mind Over La Francophonie !

The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue is proud to announce that it has enlisted two “lovers of French”, Jessica Holmes and Boucar Diouf, as the official spokespersons for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), which will run from March 9 to 25, 2012. Every year, the RVF celebrates French by highlighting on its Web site

French: Difficult Language?

We often hear that French is a difficult language. But is it just a difficult language to learn or is it also difficult to love? Its many exceptions, complex grammar, reformed spelling and difficult punctuation scare quite a few. However there are many, who like me, love the French language in all its complexity. “Exception:

Social Media: Threat or Opportunity?

At a time when Facebook has become the most popular social media with about 800 million users, one can wonder what place the French language and culture can occupy in this new virtual world. Should we be wary of new media or should we believe in its potential to reach the world with just a

The Organisation Behind the Celebration

The Rendez-vous de la Francohponie (RVF) is a huge celebration that brings together Francophones, Francophiles, Anglophones and Allophones from all over the country. Every year during the two weeks surrounding the Journée internationale de la Francophonie (March 20th), hundreds of activities are organised throughout the provinces and territories of Canada. People gather together to share