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2017

Letter to the editor – It’s time to talk about bilingualism in the public service

Thursday, October 05, 2017

The bilingualism bonus given to some federal public servants has recently become an issue again, having appeared in one of the recommendations of the report on language of work, which was released on September 14 by the Clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick. The report is not just about... Continue reading Letter to the editor – It’s time to talk about bilingualism in the public service


Letter to the editor - Missed opportunities

Friday, September 29, 2017

When I learned that Governor General Designate Julie Payette spoke mostly in English when she helped to induct Quebec band Beau Dommage into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto on Saturday, I thought about missed opportunities. Continue reading Letter to the editor - Missed opportunities


2016 Census language data: Federal government must renew its support for official language communities in the territories

Friday, August 04, 2017

In response to the release of the 2016 Census data about the linguistic characteristics of Canadians, Interim Commissioner of Official Languages Ghislaine Saikaley urged the federal government to put concrete measures in place that take into consideration all of the data released by Statistics... Continue reading 2016 Census language data: Federal government must renew its support for official language communities in the territories


2016 Census language data

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

In response to the release of the 2016 Census data about the linguistic characteristics of Canadians, Interim Commissioner of Official Languages Ghislaine Saikaley urged the federal government to put concrete measures in place that take into consideration all of the data released by Statistics... Continue reading 2016 Census language data


Ghislaine Saikaley appointed again as Interim Commissioner of Official Languages

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Governor in Council has appointed Ghislaine Saikaley as Interim Commissioner of Official Languages for another six months. Continue reading Ghislaine Saikaley appointed again as Interim Commissioner of Official Languages


Interim Commissioner of Official Languages says federal language regime due for review

Thursday, June 08, 2017

As the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act approaches, Interim Commissioner of Official Languages Ghislaine Saikaley says that it is time to conduct a review of the federal language regime. Continue reading Interim Commissioner of Official Languages says federal language regime due for review


Details on the complaints about the appointment process for the position of Commissioner of Official Languages

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received a number of complaints alleging that the Government did not respect subsection 49(1) of the Official Languages Act during the appointment process for the person who will become Commissioner of Official Languages. Continue reading Details on the complaints about the appointment process for the position of Commissioner of Official Languages


Interim Commissioner of Official Languages Remains Confident CATSA Can Succeed in Meeting its Language Obligations

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An audit report released today by Interim Commissioner of Official Languages Ghislaine Saikaley says that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has the potential to succeed in meeting its official language obligations when it comes to communicating with the travelling public. Continue reading Interim Commissioner of Official Languages Remains Confident CATSA Can Succeed in Meeting its Language Obligations


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