Category: News

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

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

Jocelyne Saucier receives the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie

Congratulations to author Jocelyne Saucier who recently became the first Quebecer to receive the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. Her novel Il pleuvait des oiseaux, published by éditions XYZ, takes place in northern Ontario. The jury, whose assignment was to choose a writer whose work showcased a specific cultural experience that enhanced the

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

When the Francophonie Becomes a Means of Economic Diversification

Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions and Canadian Heritage recently invested thousands of dollars in French cultural projects across Canada. Recent federal contributions will allow Canadian Francaphonie to shine in British Columbia, Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick as well as France and Louisiana. Canada Economic Development’s (CED) Community Diversification program supports the efforts of communities from

National Hockey League Goes French

Maurice “Rocket” Richard can rest in peace! The National Hockey League (NHL) has finally as some would say, launched its website in French ( When I heard the news, I said to myself: “Finally the NHL has realized the importance in offering French-Canadian fans, who number the thousands, a French version of their website.”