• N.B. parents grapple with prospect of early French immersion

    Monday marked the final day for New Brunswick parents to decide whether they want their children in French immersion in Grade 1. It's been a polarizing discussion since Premier Brian Gallant revealed French immersion would return to the first grade earlier in the fall. Mother of four Connie Wheaton has two of her children in […more]
  • Justin Trudeau admits bilingual comments were ‘cheeky’

    OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he may have been a little “cheeky” when he made a comment last week on bilingualism. When questioned by a Radio-Canada journalist if he supported the idea of Ottawa being designated a bilingual city, Trudeau asked whether the western Quebec town of Gatineau was ready to do the […more]
  • Nova Scotia and Quebec sign agreement on promoting the French language

    The governments of Quebec and Nova Scotia have signed a co-operation agreement aimed at preserving Canada’s French-speaking communities. This agreement is the first of its kind for the two provinces. It commits Nova Scotia and Quebec to increase funding for projects aimed at ensuring the vitality of the French language. The two provinces have also […more]
  • Quebec Teachers on list to fill void in NB Classrooms – Higgs (Paid Subscription)

    New Brunswick teachers should not be sitting at home while Quebec teachers are called to fill in at NB classrooms, says leader of the Opposition. Blaine Higgs says there's a shortage that needs to be addressed before even more french immersion teachers are needed next fall when the program is reinstated at grade 1. He […more]
  • Anglophone adults in Bathurst forge ahead en français

    Pauline Armstrong grew up in Bathurst and can understand her friends and neighbours when they speak French, but has a hard time having a meaningful conversation in the language, even after years of retail work. "It's in my head somewhere but some of the new words, I need to keep it fresh in my head," […more]
  • SANB calls on New Brunswick government to better defend Francophones

    The Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) proposes to Brian Gallant's government to take certain measures to better defend the Francophone community. The SANB will publish on Thursday a brief containing several proposals, including a proposal to increase funding for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. "We saw a loosening of the Gallant […more]
  • Francophone teachers association sues government

    The Association of Francophone Teachers of New Brunswick, which represents 3,000 public school teachers, is taking the provincial government to court over what it sees as grossly insufficient funding for French schools. "We're not asking for icing on the cake, we're asking for the full meal deal. We're asking for equality," said Lucie Martin, vice […more]
  • Gallant government abandons school bus duality court case

    The Liberal government is abandoning its constitutional court case on dual school busing and will instead leave decisions on student transportation to individual district education councils. It's a stunning reversal for a government that said last year it wanted the New Brunswick Court of Appeal to clarify whether dual bus systems for English and French […more]
  • Base has 90 civil service positions unfilled due to bilingualism requirements

    OROMOCTO: Recruiters at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown are looking for some good men and women. But not ones who wear uniforms. Base commander Col. Dan MacIsaac said the huge military training facility is searching for talented individuals to fill civilian positions. MacIsaac said the base has around 900 non-military workers and a 10 […more]
  • At the express request of New Brunswick

    At the express request of New Brunswick, sections 16 through 20 of the Charter apply to that province; however, for section 20, an important exception applies, i.e., the right to receive communications or services from any office of an institution of the Legislature or Government of New Brunswick in English or French is not subject […more]

    It's no secret to most people that, in this province, language issues have come to trump all else, including literacy and common sense. Judging by the recent spate of newspaper articles from our language commissioner, and our premier's calls for 'tolerance and respect' of our bilingual status, it seems the government knows it's failing the […more]
  • New Brunswick School Transportation Sputtering

    Almost two years after the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) report Education on Wheels was released, New Brunswick decision-makers are still spinning their wheels. Few among the New Brunswick political class noticed that our report, released in January 2015, was subtitled Seizing Cost and Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Student Transportation. Instead of seizing the […more]

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