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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.
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.
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.