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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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