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February 20th 2017

Are you bilingual? That depends on the level required…

By Katherine d’Entremont, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

In this commentary, the Commissioner of Official Languages, Katherine d’Entremont, discusses the topic of second language competency levels. The Commissioner urges the provincial government to publish the required levels of language competency in all job postings for bilingual positions.

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November 14th 2016

Commissioner of Official Languages’ Role Explained

Commentary by Katherine d’Entremont
Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

In 2002, Members of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick unanimously adopted a new Official Languages Act. This Act created the position of Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, and confers on me as Commissioner a dual mandate. First, I must investigate, report on, and make recommendations with regard to compliance with the Act. Second, I must promote the advancement of both official languages in the province.

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October 18th 2016

Language obligations of professional associations

Fredericton, October 18, 2016 – As of July 1, 2016, over 40 associations that regulate a profession in New Brunswick must provide their services in English and in French. A new factsheet by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages describes the language rights of people who communicate with these associations. 

“Professional associations play a fundamental role: they protect the public by regulating and supervising the exercise of professions”, said Official Languages Commissioner Katherine d’Entremont. “In a province with two official linguistic communities, professional associations must carry out this role in both official languages. That is why members of the Legislative Assembly decided to subject professional associations to the Official Languages Act.”

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March 2nd 2016

Publication of the investigation report on security services in government buildings

March 2, 2016 – The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Katherine d’Entremont, published an investigation report today on security services in government buildings. The report highlights several examples of non‑compliance with the Official Languages Act. It also reveals that the contract between the provincial government and the security company, the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, does not contain a provision on the obligation to provide bilingual services. 

 

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November 6th 2015

Statement by the Commissioner Katherine d’Entremont on the investigation of security services in governmental buildings

Friday, November 6, 2015

In 2002, the members of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick adopted a new Official Languages Act. That is when the Commissioner’s position was created. 

Members of the Legislative Assembly have given the Commissioner two roles: to protect the language rights of Anglophones and Francophones of this province; and to promote the advancement of our two official languages.

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November 3rd 2015

Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick in relation to the investigation pertaining to security services in provincial government buildings

Fredericton, November 3rd, 2015

As Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, if I become aware of a potential significant violation to the Official Languages Act of New Brunswick (the “OLA”), I must take action. The purpose of an investigation is to shine a light on the root cause of a violation to the OLA and to find ways to correct the situation so that it does not repeat itself.

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September 22nd 2015

The Commissioner of Official Languages recommends expanding and strengthening the role of the New Brunswick Translation Bureau

Fredericton, September 22, 2015 – The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Katherine d’Entremont, suggests that all organizations subject to the Official Languages Act (OLA) be encouraged to use the services of the New Brunswick Translation Bureau. According to the Commissioner, this would allow for better quality assurance of documents published by government and public agencies. In addition, by translating a greater volume of words, the Bureau could increase its financial autonomy. It could therefore play an enhanced role in encouraging a more balanced use of the two official languages across government.

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June 18th 2015

The Commissioner of Official Languages presents her second annual report

Fredericton, June 18, 2015 – Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Katherine d’Entremont, is recommending that starting in 2020, bilingualism be a requirement for appointment to a senior public servant position in New Brunswick. In the meantime, the Commissioner recommends that a unilingual person appointed to a senior public servant position be required to attain an advanced level of proficiency in the other official language.

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April 10th 2015

The Official Languages Act and municipal and regional services

Fredericton, April 10, 2015 – In New Brunswick, all cities and some municipalities and regional service commissions must offer services to the public in both official languages. These services are outlined in a new factsheet published by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick.

“Local government is closest to citizens,” said Commissioner Katherine d’Entremont. “The Legislative Assembly recognized this in extending the application of the Official Languages Act to portions of the local government sector in 2002.”

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March 25th 2015

Two Languages: It's Good for Business

Fredericton, March 25, 2015 – Thanks to its two official languages, New Brunswick has a customer contact centre and back office industry generating $1.4 billion worth of export revenue annually for the province. It is estimated that this sector generates more than 15 000 jobs. In addition, both unilingual and bilingual New Brunswickers benefit from this economic activity given that the firms attracted to the province by the bilingual workforce have created two unilingual jobs for every bilingual job.

Those are some of the findings of a study co-authored by economist Pierre-Marcel Desjardins and economic development specialist David Campbell and commissioned by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick.

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February 25th 2015

Justice and language rights

Fredericton, February 25, 2015 – English and French are the official languages of the New Brunswick courts. What does this actually mean for New Brunswickers? A new factsheet from the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick answers that question.

In New Brunswick, all individuals have the right to use English or French before a court. “Whether an Anglophone has to appear in Caraquet or a Francophone has to appear before a court in Woodstock, every person has the right to use the official language of his or her choice before the provincial courts,” explained Commissioner Katherine d’Entremont. “Moreover, the Official Languages Act (OLA) stipulates that no person shall be placed at a disadvantage by reason of his or her choice of language.”

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January 21st 2015

Linguistic obligations of policing services explained

Fredericton, January 21, 2015 – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick is releasing today on its website a new factsheet on the linguistic obligations of police forces in the province.

“All police forces in New Brunswick, whether municipal, regional, or the RCMP, are required to serve citizens in the official language of their choice,” reminded Commissioner Katherine d’Entremont.

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December 18th 2014

Language rights in health care

Fredericton, December 18, 2014 – Language rights as they relate to health care are the subject of a new factsheet released today by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick.  

“Access to care in the official language of one’s choice is not just a constitutional right,” said Official Languages Commissioner Katherine d'Entremont. “It is one of the most important factors in the quality of care. In fact, communication is at the heart of the helping relationship between the health professional and the patient.”

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November 20th 2014

Language rights of New Brunswickers explained

Fredericton, November 20, 2014 – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick is releasing today on its website the first in a series of factsheets on the language rights of New Brunswickers. This first factsheet describes the linguistic obligations that provincial departments and Crown corporations have towards citizens.

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October 30th 2014

Language commissioners urge governments to increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec

Ottawa – Fredericton – Toronto – OCTOBER 30, 2014 – The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, his New Brunswick counterpart Katherine d’Entremont and Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau are pressing the federal and provincial governments to step up their efforts to increase immigration in Francophone communities outside Quebec. They are also pushing for the adoption of four guiding principles to ensure immigration contributes to the development and vitality of these communities.

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June 17th 2014

2013-2014 Annual Report

Commissioner of Official Languages Proposes Measures for Improving Delivery of Bilingual Services

Fredericton, June 17, 2014 – In her first annual report, the Commissioner of Official Languages, Katherine d’Entremont, presents five recommendations for improving the delivery of government services in both official languages. Specifically, d’Entremont proposes that the required levels of second-language proficiency for bilingual positions be more clearly defined and better monitored.

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April 24th 2014

Ambulance New Brunswick – New Brunswick’s Official Languages Commissioner urges the Department of Health to step in to ensure compliance with the Official Languages Act

Fredericton, April 24, 2014 – New Brunswick’s Official Languages Commissioner, Katherine d’Entremont, is urging the Department of Health to assume its responsibilities and require that Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) comply with the Official Languages Act. That is the first recommendation made by the Commissioner in an investigation report following an incident which occurred in September 2013. Ambulance NB has acknowledged that neither of the two ambulance attendants dispatched to assist a Dieppe resident was able to speak French.

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April 3rd 2014

Immigration to New Brunswick - Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick urges the provincial and federal governments to protect the vitality of the Francophone community

Fredericton, April 3, 2014 – New Brunswick’s Official Languages Commissioner, Katherine d’Entremont, is urging the governments of New Brunswick and Canada to adopt a framework agreement on Francophone immigration in order to maintain the demographic weight of this province’s Francophone community.

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February 19th 2014

Official Languages Commissioner announces a contest for youth

Fredericton, February 19, 2014 – New Brunswick’s Official Languages Commissioner, Katherine d’Entremont, is inviting young New Brunswickers under the age of 19 to take part in a contest on the twotalk.ca website. Eligible participants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five 16-GB Apple iPad Air tablets.

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August 16th 2013

Access to justice in both official languages: The commissioners urge the federal Minister of Justice to take action

Access to justice in both official languages: The commissioners urge the federal Minister of Justice to take action

Ottawa, August 16, 2013 — The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada and his counterparts from Ontario and New Brunswick are recommending that the federal Minister of Justice take 10 measures to ensure Canadians have access to justice in both official languages. These recommendations are the result of a joint study on the bilingual capacity of Canada’s superior courts, which was released today by the three commissioners.

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June 10th 2013

2012-2013 Annual Report

Commissioner Carrier presents his final annual report

Fredericton, June 10, 2013 – The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, tabled his final annual report today. As he completes his second mandate, Mr. Carrier believes that the Legislative Assembly and the provincial government need to do more in order to preserve the vitality of the French language in New Brunswick.

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March 12th 2013

Commissioners Boileau and Carrier sign a cooperation agreement

March 12, 2013 — The French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario, François Boileau, and the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, today announced the signing of an agreement that will help their offices improve the protection and promotion of language rights.

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March 6th 2013

Graham Fraser and Michel Carrier mark the 20th anniversary of the recognition of the principle of equality of both official language communities in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Fredericton, March 6, 2013 – Today, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, and his New Brunswick counterpart, Michel Carrier, marked the 20th anniversary of the amendment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include section 16.1. This section recognizes the equality of New Brunswick’s two official language communities and gives both communities the right to their own educational and cultural institutions.

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November 20th 2012

Duality in Education or Assimilation, by Michel A. Carrier, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

What at first glance appeared to be a positive news item about bilingualism in New Brunswick Seeking Bilingualism (Telegraph Journal, October 15), turned out to be a dismissal of the most fundamental part of the vitality of the Francophone community in New Brunswick: duality in the school system. Indeed, while reading the article, we learn that a prominent Canadian business leader, Mr. Richard Currie, says it is time New Brunswick did away with separate school and health systems in English and French.

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October 24th 2012

Statement by the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick regarding the data from the 2011 Census of Population covering Canada's language diversity

It is with great interest that we started reviewing today Statistics Canada’s census results regarding linguistic characteristics of Canadians. The analysis of this data takes time and it is therefore not possible for me to offer any detailed comments at this time. However, here are my initial observations.

The data from Statistics Canada with respect to language in New Brunswick is a source of concern for me. While there has been a slight increase of persons speaking French in the province, the proportion of Francophones in New Brunswick has diminished.

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October 11th 2012

2011-2012 Annual Report

COMMISSIONER OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES FOR NEW BRUNSWICK
News Release

2011-2012 ANNUAL REPORT
Commissioner calls on government to improve Official Languages Act

Fredericton, October 11, 2012 – Michel Carrier, the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, is calling on the provincial government to improve the Official Languages Act in order to achieve greater progress towards the equality of English and French in New Brunswick. In his 2011-2012 annual report, Carrier again proposes a series of amendments to the Act.

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December 2nd 2011

Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick regarding the launch of the New Brunswick Government two-year official languages plan

Fredericton, December 2, 2011 - “For many years, I have been recommending that the provincial government adopt an official languages plan to ensure that provincial departments comply fully with their linguistic obligations. I am pleased to see it becoming a reality through this two-year official languages plan. I thank the previous government for initiating this project and I congratulate Premier David Alward for proceeding with it. I believe this plan will make it possible to renew the momentum towards linguistic equality.

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October 20th 2011

Move Forward or Lose Ground

Official Languages Commissioner for New Brunswick releases his 2010-2011 Annual Report

Fredericton, October 20, 2011 – The Commissioner of Official Languages, Michel A. Carrier, today released his eighth annual report, entitled Move Forward or Lose Ground. 

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April 1st 2011

“My first passion is writing” – Vincent Bossé

Vincent Bossé is bilingual. His first language is French, and he’s proud of that. “French is such a rich and highly developed language. It’s important to celebrate and promote it if we want to preserve it.” He also believes that learning English opened doors for him and will enable him to go farther later on in life. “English classes started in Grade 3 at school. At first, I found it hard to learn a second language, but listening to English-language programs helped me. I also joined a writing club in Grade 10.”

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March 28th 2011

Publication of the brochure Living Together with Two Languages

Fredericton, March 28, 2011 – A brochure on official languages and linguistic duality is being distributed this week in New Brunswick’s daily newspapers and some of its weeklies. Published by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the document provides answers to many questions asked about these two issues.

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May 26th 2010

Michel Carrier reacts to adoption of Dieppe's commercial signage by-law

Fredericton, May 26th 2010 – The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, believes that the Dieppe City Council has adopted a balanced commercial signage by-law. “The by-law ensures that French is given its rightful place, reflects the city’s Francophone character, and respects the principle of equality of our two official languages, declared the Commissioner.”

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March 12th 2010

Message from the Commissioner in recognition of Provincial French Pride Week

FREDERICTON – Message of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel A. Carrier, in recognition of Provincial French Pride Week being held from March 15-19, 2010.

Provincial French Pride Week is a time to celebrate not only the French language but also the rich culture associated with it. And the slogan for the 21st annual French Pride Week reminds us of that: Partons à l’aventure, fêtons notre culture! (Let’s discover; let’s celebrate our culture!)

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January 19th 2010

Signage By-law in Dieppe: Comments from the Commissioner

External commercial signage by-law in Dieppe

Comments from the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

On November 9, 2009, the Dieppe City Council proceeded with the first reading of municipal By-law Z-22, which regulates the language of external commercial signage in Dieppe. This is a first in New Brunswick: no municipality has ever legislated in this area before.

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November 23rd 2009

Official Languages Conference in Fredericton

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

Press Release

Official languages conference in Fredericton

Fredericton – A conference on official languages will be held on November 24 and 25 in Fredericton. Nearly one hundred persons from a wide range of backgrounds have been invited to this meeting organized by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick.

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October 6th 2009

Submission of New Brunswick Official Languages Commissioner's 2008-2009 Annual Report

Commissioner of Official Languages Advocates More Generous Vision of Official Languages

Fredericton, October 6, 2009 – In the view of Michel Carrier, the Commissioner of Official Languages, real equality between New Brunswick’s two linguistic communities is contingent upon a more generous vision of official languages. His remarks were made on the occasion of the submission of his 6th Annual Report.

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May 6th 2009

Message from the Commissioner of Official Languages on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the adoption of the first Official Languages Act

An anniversary to celebrate our two official languages… and to inspire further progress

It happened in 2004 at the launch of Louis J. Robichaud’s biography. The book signing was coming to an end, and I went up to the former Premier. He congratulated me on my appointment, and before long, we were discussing the state of bilingualism. He told me that the progress achieved since the passage of the first Official Languages Act went beyond anything he could have imagined back in 1969. He was visibly proud and delighted by what he was seeing and hearing.

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April 6th 2009

Future ad execs drive off with the prize

Closing the gaps in marketing

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mary Teresa Bitti,  Financial Post

Matt Daigle and Elizabeth-Anne McCleave are, well, thrilled. The University of New Brunswick MBA students have just won two Volkswagen Golfs thanks to the ad campaign they created to promote Volkswagen's new Routan. More important than the prize -- perhaps the richest of any university competition in Canada -- is the exposure it has given them.

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April 1st 2009

Commissioner Michel Carrier calls upon senior civil service to show leadership with regard to language of work

New Brunswick Official Languages Commissioner Michel Carrier today called upon the senior provincial civil service to exercise strong, sustained leadership with regard to language of work to ensure that all provincial government employees are able to work in the language of their choice. Commissioner Carrier made this statement on the day on which the provincial government’s revised language of work policy comes into force.

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March 12th 2009

Message of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, in recognition of Provincial French Pride Week (March 16-20)

Fredericton - This year marks the 20th edition of Provincial French Pride Week. For two decades now, this colourful event has enabled New Brunswick francophones and francophiles to celebrate the French language and their membership in the extended family of the Francophonie, which takes in 200 million persons in 33 countries.

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May 9th 2008

MPs, law profs call for more bilingual judges

OTTAWA - Every judge the federal government appoints in officially bilingual New Brunswick and to the Supreme Court of Canada should be bilingual, a Commons committee was told Thursday.

Official languages commissioner Graham Fraser and two Université de Moncton law professors told MPs too few judges in superior courts and courts of appeal are bilingual, and that shortcoming is denying a significant number of francophones equal access to justice.

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April 1st 2008

Health Reform: Letter from the Commissioner to Minister Murphy

In response to your department’s recent decision to transition from eight Regional Health Authorities to two, some have been promoting the idea of identifying the two RHA’s along linguistic lines. I have been provided with a copy of the March 17th, 2008 letter addressed to the Premier by the Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB) in which it is recommended that these designations be formally added to the new legislation. Specifically, the Société recommends that the legislation designate RHA “A” a francophone institution and RHA “B” an Anglophone institution. The recommendation clearly states that these designations must be subject to the obligation for both RHAs and the health establishments within those RHAs to deliver all services in conformity with the Official Languages Act

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March 20th 2008

FSL Review: Comments by Commissioner

Fredericton, March 20, 2008 – The Official Languages Act of New Brunswick states that it does not apply to the Department of Education. This in fact limits the power of the Commissioner of Official Languages to investigate complaints with respect to the operation of the education system. The Act, however, does provide him with the authority and the responsibility to promote the advancement of both official languages. It is based on this part of his mandate that Commissioner Michel Carrier became involved with FSL reform in the province, beginning with his own review, the details of which were included in his 2005-2006 annual report.

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December 3rd 2007

Prime Minister Announces Bernard Lord Will Lead Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointment of former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord as Special Advisor for the Consultations on Linguistic Duality and Official Languages. The appointment fulfills the Government’s commitment to conduct public consultations on the future of minority language policy as part of its strategy to update the Action Plan on Official Languages. In the 2007 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada affirmed its commitment to the principle of linguistic duality and highlighted the importance of promoting the two official languages.

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November 9th 2007

Push in on for bilingual Vancouver Olympics

Source: Globe and Mail

VICTORIA -- Just months after praising organizers of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games for its commitment to bilingualism, Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages is launching a probe to ensure the 2010 Games doesn't shortchange francophone culture.

From sports commentary to cultural showcases, from Internet sites to athletes' chauffeurs, commissioner Graham Fraser wants to guarantee that the Games are fully bilingual.

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September 24th 2007

Government announces official languages amendment to New Brunswick's RCMP agreement

(Source: Province of New Brunswick, CNB)

New Brunswick's agreement with the RCMP will be amended to include the province's Official Languages Act. Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran, and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Hédard Albert, made the announcement at the New Brunswick Acadian Society's annual general meeting on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Miramichi.

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September 21st 2007

Voisine at home with diverse crowds

(Source: Regina Leader-Post)

New Brunswick-raised Roch Voisine looks forward to playing in Regina promising the audience a rare concert.

"Usually, when I go to English Canada, it's 22 English songs and one French. This time, it's one French set and one English set. Hopefully, we'll draw a little more of the French population who don't often hear me sing French," says the bilingual singer and songwriter from his home in Montreal. "It's also an opportunity for the English audience to hear more of my French music."

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January 26th 2007

Our Rights, Our Freedoms - Our Heritage: Language Rights in New Brunswick

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of nine feature articles prepared for Heritage Week, Feb. 12 - 19, 2007. Entitled 'Spotlight on our Heritage', this series is a reflection upon the people, places, and collections of New Brunswick's past. This article has been prepared by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, a proud partner in Heritage Week 2007. For more information on Heritage Week activities throughout the province, please visit the Heritage Week 2007 website.

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October 17th 2006

Graham Fraser appointed sixth Commissioner of Official Languages

Today, Canada welcomed Mr. Graham Fraser, the new Commissioner of Official Languages.

Journalist, author, professor and lecturer, Mr. Fraser has had, for almost 40 years, a remarkable career which has straddled the language divide. According to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, “Graham Fraser will bring to the position a deep understanding of and sensitivity to Canada’s linguistic duality, a profound knowledge of Canada’s language policy and its impact on minority language communities, as well as the independence of mind of a journalist.”

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October 11th 2006

Announcement of the abolition of the federal Court Challenges Program

Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick announcement of the abolition of the federal Court Challenges Program

Fredericton, October 11, 2006 – New Brunswick’s Official Languages Commissioner has added his voice to those expressing surprise and great disappointment at the announcement of the abolition of the federal Court Challenges Program.

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June 7th 2006

RCMP and Official Languages in New Brunswick - Clarification

For immediate release

Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick
RCMP and Official Languages in New Brunswick - Clarification

Fredericton, June 7, 2006 - The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, has issued a clarification of the current state of language rights in New Brunswick with regard to policing services, including those provided by the RCMP when acting as a provincial or municipal police force.

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January 31st 2006

Commissioner of Official Languages Submits Annual Report 2004-2005

Commissioner of Official Languages Submits Annual Report

Fredericton, N.B., January 31st, 2006 – The Commissioner of Official Languages, Michel Carrier, has submitted his annual report for 2004-2005 to the Legislative Assembly, in accordance with the province’s Official Languages Act (OLA).

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October 26th 2005

Commissioner Issues Final Report Regarding Electoral Process

Fredericton, N.B. - October 26, 2005: The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, Q.C., has issued his final report regarding the province?s electoral process. As prescribed by New Brunswick?s Official Languages Act, the Commissioner has submitted his report to Premier Bernard Lord and Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Annise Hollies, with copies sent to the complainants.

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June 15th 2005

Presentation of Lieutenant-Governor's Dialogue Awards

Dialogue New Brunswick, in partnership with the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, presented the Lieutenant-Governor's Dialogue Award today during a ceremony at Old Government House. The Northrop Frye International Literary Festival, Alex Fancy and Bernard Imbeault received this prestigious award respectively in the community organizations/public institutions, individuals and businesses categories.

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June 7th 2005

Author Amy Cameron: Her life en Français!

What follows is the text of a speech given by journalist and author Amy Cameron during a recent conference for French for the Future in Toronto:

When French isn't your mother tongue, it doesn't come that easy. When you're right in the middle of exams and essays, and your French teacher asks you to participate in forced conversations with your Anglophone friends, French is frustrating. You ask yourself: Why am I learning this language? I live in Toronto. My parents are Anglophone. No one at Starbucks speaks French!

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November 15th 2004

Commissioner of Official Languages Submits First Annual Report

Fredericton, November 15, 2004 - The first Commissioner of Official Languages, Michel Carrier, has submitted his first annual report, for 2003-2004, to the Legislative Assembly, in accordance with the new Official Languages Act (OLA).

In the annual report, which covers the first year of operation of his office, the Commissioner discusses the evolution of official languages in New Brunswick, his mandate and role, the setting up of his office, the establishment of a procedure for filing and handling complaints, and the complaints received.

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May 3rd 2004

Provincial French Pride Week 2004 - Literacy Contest

Congratulations to Mathieu Larocque, of "la Polyvalente Marie-Esther" in Shippagan and to Marie-Christine Arpin, of "l'École Marie-Gaétane" in Kedgwick, grade 12 students who have each been awarded a bursary in the amount of $1,000 from the Université de Moncton during the 15th annual Provincial French Pride Week. Both Mathieu and Marie-Christine were awarded this bursary after winning first place amongst the participants to the literary contest.

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April 1st 2004

THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES FOR NEW BRUNSWICK CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY ON APRIL 1ST, 2004

FREDERICTON, N.B. - April 1, 2004: This Spring day of 2004 marks the first anniversary of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick and of the designation of Michel Carrier as the first Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick. "A considerable part of my time during this first year of operation was taken to set up the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, to establish complaints procedures and to establish a network of cooperation with other organizations and individuals in the area of official languages.

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March 15th 2004

The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick praises the French sector of the Department of Education for organizing La semaine de la fierté française

FREDERICTON (NB) - March 15, 2004: The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick takes advantage of this day of opening ceremonies for La semaine de la fierté française (French Pride Week) at the Centre La fontaine School in Neguac to congratulate the Department of Education for this excellent initiative promoting the French language among the province's French speaking students.

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February 19th 2004

Radio-Canada - 50 years in Atlantic Canada

FREDERICTON, N.B.: - February 19, 2004: The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, takes the opportunity to wish Radio-Canada a Happy 50th Anniversary. On the 20th of February, 1954, the CBC's French network established itself as the first French language radio production centre of Radio-Canada in Atlantic Canada.

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December 22nd 2003

Preliminary Investigation Report regarding Electoral Process

PRESS RELEASE
Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick
Submits preliminary investigation report regarding electoral process

FREDERICTON, N.B. - December 22, 2003: The Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, Michel Carrier, Q.C., has submitted his preliminary investigation report to Premier Bernard Lord and Chief Electoral Officer Annise Hollies, with copies being sent to the complainants.

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October 28th 2003

Dialogue NB Launches My Friend, Mon Ami(e) Pen Pal Program

DIEPPE, NB - Dialogue New Brunswick launched its annual My Friend, Mon ami-e Pen Pal program for students in Grades 3 to 9 today at École Anna Malenfant in Dieppe. The program involves the twinning of Anglophone and Francophone students who are at the same grade level but living in different parts of the province. The students exchange letters as well as a video or scrapbook prepared by each class. Dialogue New Brunswick organizes the twinning process and provides all the necessary material for the program, now in its twelfth year.

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October 27th 2003

Lieutenant-Governor's Dialogue Awards

Official Languages for New Brunswick, receives a souvenir of the first Lieutenant-Governor's Dialogue Award from Anne Soucy and Donald Bonnell, Co-Presidents of Dialogue New Brunswick. The first Lieutenant-Governor's Dialogue Award was presented to the New Brunswick Teachers' Federation.

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September 19th 2003

Senior Investigator Hired

Michel Carrier, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, is pleased to announce the selection of Pierre Beaudoin as Senior Investigator with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. Mr. Beaudoin began work at the Office on September 2.

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September 3rd 2003

Presentation of Framed Official Languages Act Poster

Michel Carrier, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, presented a framed poster version of the Official Languages Act to Bev Harrison, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. It will be displayed in the Council Chamber or in the rotunda of the Legislative Assembly.

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July 3rd 2003

Commissioner of Official Languages Launches Investigation into NB's Electoral Process

Fredericton, NB - Michel Carrier, the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, has launched an investigation into the province's electoral process.

"My office has received a number of complaints from New Brunswickers who were unable to receive service in the language of their choice from election officers during last month's provincial campaign and on election day," said Mr. Carrier.

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