Canadian Expatriates: The Expat Blog: The Importance of Bilingualism in Canada


| |   Main   | |   Expat Blog   | |   Message Board   | |   Guest Map   | |   Contact   | |

About this Blog

A collection of articles and observations written by Canadian Expatriates from around the globe.

Traduisez en Français

About the Bloggers

Anna
Bethanie
Canuck Abroad
Dean P
Edward
Expat
mare ad mare
Nicole

Are you a Canadian living abroad? Interested in contributing to this blog?

Please email us and your profile will appear here!

Recent

Cent Symbol Buffoonery
Holy Macaroni!
Every Time a Gas Tank is Filled...
Delusional
The "Pop" vs. "Soda" Debate
The Illinois Virtual Reality Tour
Need Another Reason to Love Canada?
CKA Hacked!
Expat Exclusive: The Elite Canadian Forces Reveale...
Canada's Secret Mission

Archives

March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
October 2006
April 2007
November 2007
March 2009
April 2009
June 2009
November 2009
February 2010

Can't find it?
Search the Expat Blog

Blog Bling

Support Canadian Expatriates by snagging some of the following bling and linking to us!

Like the Expat Clock?


Here is the script.






We can also design a button to match the colour scheme of your site!

Refer a Friend
Blogroll Me!


Expat Blogs

Absent Canadian
Adventures in Asia
Adventures in Tajikistan
Ahab's Whale
Anatomy of Melancholy
Angry Little Lady
Anna Overseas
As Canadian as Possible
Babble and Buzz
Backwardsfish
The Blog Pound
Blue Lotus
Canadian Bacon
The Canadian Beaver
Canadian California Girl
Canadian Content
Canadian Down Under
Canadian Gyopos Tour of Duty
A Canadian in Guayaquil
A Canadian in Heidelberg
Canadian in Mexico
A Canadian in Sao Paulo
A Canadian Student in London
Canuck in Asia
Cookie Crumb Kids
A Day in the Life of Bolivia
Deanna In Uganda
Digital Ed
The Displaced Canuck
Emma in London
Empires Fall
Gyopo Life
I have Seoul
In Search of the Perfect Noodle
Jason Does Asia
Jim's Korea
Junicus
Korea Bound
Lady Jane's Japanese Adventures
Letters From Africa
Life in Ithaca
Living La Vida Loca in Japan
The Lonely Canadian
Macvaysia
Mark Base: Views & News
Maticito's Crazy World
Mausi
Mike and Dean's Cross Border Tagteam
Mommy Abroad
Notes from a New Country
Odd Muse
Off on a Tangent
Outlaw Liss
Pipedreams
A Prairie Girl
Puns, Politics, and Pericles
Queen for a Year
Rooxy [French]
Sharp Mama
Somena Media
Somewhere Under the Bulgy Bit
Steel White Table
Stepping Stones
That Canadian Girl
Transplanted Canadian
Up Late In Wonju
Vu Deja
Words to Live By
The Young Man from Canada

« ? Canadian Expats + »
« Expat Express »

Expats in Canada
- or soon to be -

Being American in T.O.
California Girl in PEI
Canadian Musings
The Canadian Perasma
Expat Travels
Life Without Borders
Teri and Tom's Blog
We Move to Canada

Canadian Blogs

All Things Canadian
The Amazing Wonderdog
Angry in the Great White North
Average Guys
Bacon and Eh's
Bite Me
Brain Poop
Canadian Cynic
Canadian History News
Canadian Tanstaafl
Canuck Flack
Canucklehead
The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns
Daveberta
Dust My Broom
Federal Election Canada
Five of Five
FreeThought.ca
Funcentral
The Gods of the Copybook Headings
Heart of Canada
Hellsza Decent Blog
Hockey Nation
I am (also) Canadian
Journey of a Transplanted Seed
A Little Bit Left
The Maple Lounge
The Mildly Annoyed Canadian
Mitchieville
My Blahg
Nuclear Moose Candy
Ordinary Joe
Poop'd Culture
Postcards from the Mothership
The Poutine Diaries
Rants, Raves, Reviews of a Proud Canadian Surfer
Raridayar
Rick Mercer's Blog
Simply Coll
Small Dead Animals
That's My Stapler
The Toque
Turning 30 and a Half
Your Moosey Fate
110 Lines of Longitude

« ? Blog Canada + »
« Letter Zed »
« ? Proud Canadian + »

Expat Sympathizers
- Friends of the Expat Blog -

Ask Flippy

Canadian Content
- Affiliations -

Blogs Canada
Canadian Conversation
Progressive Bloggers
TLB Canadian Community

Progressive Bloggers


A Canadian Lefty in Occupied Land
A Class Act
A Little Bit Left
A Socialist In Calgary
A wave of alternative mandate
Accidental Deliberations
adrienne jennifer
Adventures of a Winnipeg Girl

Agitprop
Ahab's Whale
Automatic Thought
Average Guys
Before Dawn
Beyond the Pale
Blue Grit
Bouquets of Gray
Bowie Call

breebop
Buckets of Grewal
CalgaryGrit
Canada2
Canadian Cynic
Canadian Expatriates: The Expat Blog
Canadian Liberal @ Penn
Canadian Polemic
Canuck Attitude

Capitalist Pig vs. Socialist Swine
Cathie from Canada
Cerberus
Cherniak on Politics
CMM NDP
Craig Cantin
criminalize the symptoms
daveberta
Dawg's Blawg

Doucheblog
EarnedMedia.ca
Far From 'Right'
Five of Five
Flash Point Canada
Free Dominion Watch
freethought.ca
From A Different Viewpoint
From the Heartlands

funcentral
Going Green in Alberta
HaldenJohnson DOT net
Heart of the Matter
Holy Beaver!
I, Doughbot
Idealistic Pragmatist
Impetus Java House
In the Footsteps of Chrétien

Indiescribe
Island Chick
Jaded Reality
JimBobby Sez
John Murney's Blog
Keegan's Blog
Kick at the Darkness
Kyle's Modern Life
Le Revue Gauche

Liberal For Life
Liberal Underground
LiberAlberta - The Calgary Observer
Lord Kitchener's Own
Marc Emery is a Political Prisoner
Maritime Liberal
marmalade.ca
Matthew Good
Media, Technology and Society

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks
MisterBryans
Moldy Peaches
MurkyView
My Blahg
N.M Du Cap
No BMD, eh?
No Turner Left Unstoned
Nunc Scio

Only A Madman Can Draw a Perfect Circle
OPUS Canada
Out from under a Rock
Pacific Tribune
Pample the Moose
Paranoid Left-Wing Ranting
Peace, order and good government, eh?
Points of Information
Polackoworld

Politblogo
Political Commentary From 21 Fathoms
Political Commentary from a Nobody
Political Write
Progressive Calgary
Random Noise
Rational Reasons
Reason Before Passion
Red Bewtween the Lines

Red Vs. Blue
Right of Center Ice
Scruffy Dan’s “Words to the Wise”
Section 15.
Silly Conservatives
Simon Pole.ca
Stuff and Nonsense
taracool
Tasteful Future

TDH Strategies
Terminal Velocity of Sausage
The Actual Story
The Amazing Wonderdog
The Canadian Perasma
the catalytic corral
The Coast of Bohemia
The Coyote Howls
The Digital Memoirs Of An Old Soul

The Dominion Weblog
The Doors of Perception
The Green Knight
The Green Lantern
The Hive
The Liberal Grit
The Maple Lounge
The mass is secretly obsessed with nipple dream
The Muck Shoveller

The Progressive Right
The Robert Bond Papers
The Sask Pogressive
The Skwib
The Turkey Shoot
The View Out West
The Wingnuterer
They Hate Us For Our Freedoms
Tory Red

Trickle Down Truth (TDT)
Trudeau Generation
Two Shots in the Dark
verbena-19
Views from the Left
Vijay Sappani
Vive le Canada.ca
Voice in the Wilderness
Vox Noxi

What the Deuce?
Windy Weather
Words Without Walls
Youth in Canada
Zaphod's Heads

Blog Directories

Blo.gs
Blogarama
Blogazoo
Blog Clicker
Blog Explosion
Bloggernity
Blog Hop
Bloghub
Blog Soldiers
Blog Street
Blog Universe
Blogwise
Blogxchange
Expat-Blog
Get Blogs
Globe of Blogs

Syndication

Atom
Bloglines
Feedburner
My Yahoo

Tag Board
The Expat Poll
- Updated Monthly -

Don't forget to cast your vote in this month's Canadian Expatriates Feature Poll!

At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to discuss the results with other expats.

Join the Roundup

The Expat Roundup is a aggregated portal designed to raise awareness of Canadian expat bloggers.

If you would like to join the Expat Roundup, please email us your feed url.

In exchange for this service, we ask you to support the Roundup by linking to the portal with one of the following images.







Suggestion Box

Do you have a suggestion for the site or a link that you would like to add?




Expat Search


Expat Announcement Centre

An Invitation from Foreign Affairs Canada [-]

Canadian Expatriates, its contributors, and readers have been invited by Foreign Affairs Canada to participate in a series of eDiscussions. The current topic is “Showcasing Canadian Culture and Know-How Abroad”.

We are asked to consider the following questions:

  • What role does Canadian culture and know-how play in our foreign policy?

  • How might the government best promote Canadian talent and expertise in the world?

    The eDiscussion runs from April 4 to May 6, 2005. At its conclusion, a summary of the discussion will be sent to senior policy planners.

    The Expat admin team encourages its readers to join in the eDiscussion at the Canadian International Policy website.



    Posted by Admin



  • Call for Contributors [-]

    The administration team is currently searching for Canadian expatriates who would be interested in contributing to the Expat Blog. The subject matter is wide open, but must remain family friendly.

    If you are interested in joining our blogging team, please send an email our way!

    Thank you!




    Posted by Admin


    Thursday, August 25, 2005

    The Importance of Bilingualism in Canada
    by Expat

    Today I learned why bilingualism is important to Canadians* - even to expat Canadians. Without an understanding of both official languages, Anglophones are left in the dark when it comes to radio pranks like the following:
    Two popular Quebec radio hosts have interviewed Karla Homolka and her lawyer Sylvie Bordelais in a remarkable prank phone call to be aired today.

    CKOI hosts Sebastien Trudel, 24, and Marc-Antoine Audette, 25 -- known to their listeners as the "Masked Avengers" -- called Bordelais yesterday posing as Quebec's justice minister and his assistant.

    The "assistant" told Bordelais the "minister" wanted to make a statement on the case today and needed to clear up some issues with Homolka and Bordelais.

    The lawyer then contacted Homolka and set up a conference call with Trudel and Audette.
    Read the full story here, Radio Hosts Hoax Homolka. (Love that alliteration!) The prank will be aired this afternoon beginning at 4:20 p.m on www.ckoi.com.

    It will be interesting to see just how rocky my French has become since my university days. :p

    * Disclaimer: This post does not, in anyway, imply that bilingualism is only important in matters of prank calls, nor does it show support for those who wish to prank call Homolka or her lawyer. Stay in school kids. Learn your French (or English - whichever applies). The telephone is not a toy.

    Tip o' the toque to NealeNews.






    Posted by Expat at 11:00 AM







    You know, it really doesn't seem to be a good idea to keep poking and poking and poking at a serial killer. It certainly isn't going to improve the safety of people around her, if that's what anyone is worried about.

    She served her time. What is she supposed to do, beg to go back to prison?

    This post isn't directed at you, but at the radio djs, the guy who hired (and recorded her), the people who are taking pictures of her for national newspapers to make sure that she'll never go unrecognized anywhere, et al.




    I had the same thought when I read yesterday's story, Flippy. (Funny that it didn't stop me from posting about it, heh.)

    It is clear that the fellow who owned the hardware shop was up to some shady business. It seems like that entire situation was akin to entrapment. Who leaves their kids with a convicted killer? The radio DJs were definitely out of line. I can understand pranking celebrities and politicians, but convicts? That is a little far gone.

    At the same time though, I can not help but think that Homolka brought some of this media circus onto herself by making her first stop on the road to freedom a radio interview with the CBC. That certainly is not the move of someone who wants to remain low key. It is as if Homolka does not understand that there are ramifications (right or wrong) to her actions (right or wrong), but I guess that has always been her issue, and is why she finds herself in her current situation.

    Here is an article regarding the media circus that has ensued, An Ugly Side to the Story and another article regarding some of Homolka's recent decisions, [Homolka] Needs a PR Team.







    Seo Blog - free, no ads homepage hosting! Start your website today! Publishing and journaling with ease!