Category: News

Carbon-neutral maple syrup, anyone?

Categories: News

AFKO, the Francophone organization in my community, just finished celebrating their annual sugar shack celebrations, which happened virtually for the second year in a row. I wrote about these celebrations last year in my blog post “The cabane à sucre must go on”. This year I thought I’d look into the maple syrup industry.  Did

Federal budget 2021: will it move Canada’s official languages closer to equality?

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented Canada’s long-awaited federal budget earlier this month. Titled “A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience”, the budget extends COVID business and health support, proposes a national child-care plan based on Quebec’s model, increases the federal minimum wage, and invests in green initiatives.  Canada’s Action Plan

Celebrate Francophone and Acadian culture with the Festival du Bois!

It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s coming to your hometown. It’s the 2021 Festival du Bois.  This year’s (online) festival features a variety of music and entertainment, ranging from the Québécois podorythmie of Genticorum to the electrifying zydeco of Montreal’s Le Winston Band.  Organized by the Société francophone de Maillardville with support from l’Association Francophone

Language duality in Canada: the power of French immersion

A text from Jill LeBlanc, French Immersion Language Arts Leader, Grades 7-12 for the Prince Edward Island Department of Education When we speak about linguistic duality in Canada, we acknowledge its value as “a cornerstone of our national identity” (OCOL). It represents both a great source of pride and a significant growth opportunity for each

Contests: RVF 2021 winners!

APF-RVF 2021 Affiches-Toi contest 1st prize: Train trip for 4 people with VIA Rail Mme Claire T. Forcier (Hearst, ON)  2nd prize: IPAD Manon Lily Gaillard  (Winnipeg, MB) Jocelyne Lalonde (Hawkesbury, ON) Linda Legere, Saint John, NB) Tania Villeneuve (Hearst, ON) Kitchen Party « Young Chef » Category Winner : Carrot cake – Chloé Gauvreau (Edmonton, AB) Prize: Train trip for

Common Law and Civil Code: Canada’s legal system

  I’m taking a law course at the University of Calgary and am learning more about Canada’s legal system, which is based on both English and French systems, brought to Canada in the 17th and 18th centuries by colonists.  Common law is law that is not written down as legislation. It has evolved into a

My colleague, Vanessa, writes about Acadia

My RVF blogging colleague, Vanessa Lisabelle, has written some great posts about Acadia during this month of the Francophonie so I wanted to share an English description of them.  Her latest blog, Les Acadiens, pas juste en Acadie! (Acadians, not just in Acadia!)  describes how, after the Great Upheaval of the 1750s, Acadians settled in

The future belongs to those who struggle: A history of Le Droit

This week I decided to delve into Franco-Ontarian history. 108 years ago this week, the Ottawa-based newspaper, Le Droit, published its first issue. The paper was started by Charles Charlebois, Arthur Joyal, and a group of Oblate and Dominican priests calling themselves the “Association d’Education d’Ontario”. They were responding to a crisis; the imposition of

Spend your weekend with the RVF

The RVF is hosting two web events this Saturday to celebrate the International Day of the Francophonie. In the afternoon, a free webinar called La Francophonie canadienne à l’international will include a discussion about the Canadian Francophonie and how it participates in the Francophonie internationally. Many people are aware that Quebec is very active internationally,

Stand out!

We’re all looking for ways to stand out, whether at work or at school. Deepening your knowledge of your mother tongue and improving your second language skills will make you an integral part of any organization and improve your chances of getting your dream job or a promotion. While writing may seem like something minor,