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Quebec election 2012: Premier Jean Charest says language laws don’t have to be divisive

Quebec election 2012: Premier Jean Charest says language laws don’t have to be divisive | French- Quebec | Scoop.it
Quebec Liberal Leader Jean Charest’s recent comments about expanding the province’s language laws left many wondering if his message got lost in translation.

SAINTE-JUSTINE, QUE.—It’s being seen by some as a last-ditch bid to attract francophone votes, but Quebec Liberal Leader Jean Charest’s recent comments about expanding the province’s language laws left many wondering if his message got lost in translation.

The premier was forced to explain throughout the day Tuesday what he meant when he said at a campaign stop on Monday that he hopes to convince the federal government to apply Bill 101 — French-language legislation — to federal institutions within Quebec such as post offices and banks.

The move would mean federal workplaces and public servants working in Quebec would have to follow rules governing French-language signage and the use of French in the workplace.

Following confusion about how he would achieve this, Charest back-pedalled Tuesday, saying he was not calling for legislative changes but wanted to discuss with the federal government what can be accomplished to further protect French in Quebec.

“We don’t need to reopen Bill 101 for that, we don’t need to change the Official Languages Act to incorporate Bill 101 in the act either — that’s not what this is about,” he said.

“What it is about is actually treasuring what we have as a society and working on these issues, not as a source to divide us, but as something that unites us.”

Monday’s statement about the language law was made in the home stretch of a campaign that has seen his incumbent party sink in popularity, including among the province’s French population.


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That is good that someone is standing for Quebec. Not all of them can speak English so it wouldn't be fair to have English things around French speeking people.

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Prayers to Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment - #TarSands Solutions Network #IdleNoMore

Prayers to Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment - #TarSands Solutions Network #IdleNoMore | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

A train carrying crude oil derailed overnight in the heart of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec's Eastern Townships, sparking a major fire that led to the evacuation of 1,000 people from their homes.

 

Witnesses reported between four and six explosions overnight in the town of about 6,000 people. The derailment happened at about 1 a.m. ET, about 250 kilometres east of Montreal.

 

It is not yet known if there are any casualties, but according to Radio-Canada 60 people have been reported missing.

 

'Total mayhem'

Zeph Kee, who lives about 30 minutes outside of Lac-Mégantic, said he saw a huge fireball coming from the city's downtown early Saturday morning.

 

He described one of the local bars, where people were enjoying their drinks on the outside patio at the time of the explosion. That bar is now gone, Kee said.

 

Kee said several buildings and homes were flattened by the blast.

Continue reading article on originating site, CBC news.

 


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That would be very scary. Of such a small town (a little smaller than mine) that was very major for them. I can't believe something like that can happen to a town. 

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Prayers to Quebec town rocked by explosions, fire after derailment - #TarSands Solutions Network #IdleNoMore | 

Robert Sales's comment, October 2, 2013 3:43 PM
That is crazy. I am suprized beacuse canada has lots of oil so they should have precautions or safety rules on transporting oil. Or sadly like is an eye opener to Canada to look into oil production safety.
Robert Sales's comment, October 2, 2013 3:43 PM
That is crazy. I am suprized beacuse canada has lots of oil so they should have precautions or safety rules on transporting oil. Or sadly like is an eye opener to Canada to look into oil production safety.
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Quebec aerospace industry welcomes Technology Demonstration Program

Quebec aerospace industry welcomes Technology Demonstration Program | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

MONTREAL - Quebec’s aerospace industry celebrated Ottawa’s decision Wednesday to fund technology viability projects, a step it had been seeking for years.

 

The Technology Demonstration Program was recommended by former cabinet minister David Emerson in his 2012 report after a 10-month strategic review of Canada’s aerospace, defence and space industry, a sector deemed key to Canada’s industrial health.

 

Although the program is broadly backed in principle by the federal government in its economic action plan, Industry Minister James Moore gave precise figures and specific procedures to follow Wednesday.

 

The program sets aside $110 million spread over the next four years, doubling that to $55 million annually thereafter.


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It's good that they are trying to develope into technology. It is very expensive to do this. It's good that their Government backs them 100%.

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Chuck Black's curator insight, September 9, 2013 11:01 AM

An interesting contrasting viewpoint to my article "Emerson Update: Aerospace is Go but Space Still Stalled"at http://acuriousguy.blogspot.ca/2013/09/emerson-update-aerospace-is-go-but.html.

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Quebec dogsled operator adds sport of canicross, stages 5-km races

Quebec dogsled operator adds sport of canicross, stages 5-km races | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

A Quebec dogsledding operator has added the growing sport of canicross to its offerings.The sport involves running with dogs. A leash attached to the participant's belt connects to a harness worn by the animal. A bicycle version of the sport is called bikejoring (caniVTT)

Pascal Lottin, owner of Aventures Nord-Bec near Stoneham, a half-hour drive north of Quebec City, said he operates about 45 kilometres of trails for dogsledding in winter, using 140 malamutes, huskies and greyhounds.

"We built three other trails this summer for canicross and bikejoring," Lottin said.

Runners can come with their own dogs or use Lottin's. For bikejoring, people provide their own bikes and dogs....


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That is a very good idea for some people that can't afford dogs.  It's a very good off season thing for dogsledders so the person can train and the dogs. It also wouldn't be quite as cold doing this either so you could go longer distances.

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Francophones In Quebec Less Active On Every Social Channel — Except Twitter [STUDY]

Francophones In Quebec Less Active On Every Social Channel — Except Twitter [STUDY] | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

May 2013 research from CEFRIO reveals major social networking differences in English and French speakers in Quebec.

Canada’s second-largest province has lower penetration rates for all social sites among French speakers compared to English speakers, with one exception: Twitter.

 

As eMarketer reports, YouTube showed a 13-point advantage among English speakers vs. French speakers; Pinterest and LinkedIn were both nearly twice as popular among English speakers over French; and Facebook and Google+ penetration were also slightly lower among French speakers.

Yet Twitter displayed a higher popularity among the francophones of Quebec, compared to its English speakers.


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Very interesting. I think that they should make different socail medai sites just for the French speakers. Some of the quebecouis just know French so it it wouldn't be fair to not have things for them. I'm sure that they have language things on games but it's still something to think about.

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Quebec corruption suspects gave $2 million to federal political parties: analysis

Quebec corruption suspects gave $2 million to federal political parties: analysis | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

Dozens of suspects accused of corruption at Quebec’s municipal and provincial levels have also been involved in national politics, giving more than $2 million in donations to federal parties, an investigation by The Canadian Press has revealed.


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That's a lot of money. It's dumb how that stuff happens. Corruptions happen quite often, they should figure the problem out so it doesn't happen again.

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Abandoned Mill. Western Quebec, Canada. [1600x1067]. - Imgur

Abandoned Mill. Western Quebec, Canada. [1600x1067]. - Imgur | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

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That is beautiful. This is one of the really cool things that can be found in Canada. Something that seems like there is nothing left and that people left, turned into something amazing like that.

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Sheri Roslien's comment, October 4, 2013 9:44 AM
This really is beautiful. I looked through all the pictures. What a beautiful showcase of what Canada has to offer in their scenery.
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Quebec's language law to be extended to daycare

Quebec's language law to be extended to daycare | French- Quebec | Scoop.it

QUEBEC — Immigrants to Quebec who want to send their children to daycare will soon have to find a French-language centre, says the province's family minister.

The measure will be part of legislation to be tabled this fall that is aimed at toughening Bill 101, Nicole Leger told The Canadian Press.

"Bill 101 is going to be changed," Leger said.

"I will have plenty of support as family minister to make sure it also extends to daycares."

Quebec has various types of child-care centres and it is not immediately clear whether the new legislation will apply to all of them.

However, later in the day, Karine Doyon, a press aide to Leger, said the minister's priority is to find a spot for every child and she refused to discuss the Bill 101 comment.

And both the opposition Liberals and Coalition Avenir Québec refused to comment on the matter.

There are about 1,000 Centres de la petite enfance in the province, and another 600 private subsidized daycares in addition to many private unsubsidized centres. Currently, Quebec's language law doesn't apply to most of the daycare network.

An official of the Quebec English School Boards Association said on Wednesday that children in daycare at English-language school boards qualify to go to English school under the regulations of Bill 101, so this change wouldn't have much of an impact for anglophone boards.

"We will leave it to Quebecers to decide if four-year-olds should be subject to the law," said the official, who didn't want to be identified.

Premier Pauline Marois has made it clear she intends to strengthen the French Language Charter, which actually falls under the purview of another cabinet minister, Diane De Courcy.

Another possible measure would force companies with between 11 and 50 employees to make French the official language of the workplace. Currently, that provision applies only to those with 50 or more workers.

The PQ has said it will take special aim at Montreal and the Outaouais region in western Quebec where the party believes French is under particular threat.

Bill 101 was passed by the PQ government in 1977 and makes it compulsory for the children of most immigrants to attend French-language schools.

The PQ has also made noise about extending Bill 101 to post-secondary junior colleges.

The law also imposes restrictions on the use of languages other than French on commercial signs.

Leger said in the same interview she wants to create 32,000 new daycare spaces, at $7 a day, to reach a total of 250,000 by 2016.

Immediately after the PQ was elected in September, Marois said the PQ and the opposition parties were in agreement about the need to add daycare places.

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It's a very good idea that they are changing this. It expands the child's language knowledge. It also helps with growing to be more socail so you can still make friends even though you speak different languages.

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