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French Ontario on the Lookout for African Students
The table is set in Whitby-Oshawa. Voters in the suburban Toronto riding are set to choose their new provincial representative on February 11. It is a test for the new Progressive Conservative Leader, Patrick Brown. But it is also a test for the area´s Francophone community, who wants to designate the City of Oshawa under the provisions of Ontario´s French Language Services Act.
Production year: 2015
The table is set in Whitby-Oshawa. Voters in the suburban Toronto riding are set to choose their new provincial representative on February 11. It is a test for the new Progressive Conservative Leader, Patrick Brown. But it is also a test for the area´s Francophone community, who wants to designate the City of Oshawa under the provisions of Ontario´s French Language Services Act.Post-secondary institutions that offer French-language programs in the province and in the rest of the country are currently on a mission in Africa. They hope to attract Francophone African students to study on Canadian soil. The colleges and universities participating in the mission see it as a win-win situation, even in the case of students enrolled in less-popular programs.
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Vidéo - Ottawa´s Bilingual Designation Off to a Rough Start
An #ONfr report shows that five municipal councillors in the City of Ottawa publicly support the #BilingualOttawa project. The focus of the project is to designate Canada´s capital as an official bilingual city, provided that it does not incur any extr...
Vidéo - 30th Anniversary of a Pivotal Law
Friday, November 18 marks the anniversary of the French Language Services Act (Bill 8). The Act turns 30 at a time when there is talk of revising its text. French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau would like, for example, for Ontario as a...
Vidéo - Difficulties Remain for Francophone Immigrants
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Vidéo - Still Waiting for Electoral Reform
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Vidéo - Situation Critical for Abused Francophone Women
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Vidéo - Spotlight on the Ottawa-Vanier Election
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Vidéo - Celebrating the Green and White Flag
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Vidéo - A Look Back at the First Half of 2016
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Vidéo - Madeleine Meilleur: 25 Years in Politics
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Vidéo - Hearst, Gallic Village in Northern Ontario
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Vidéo - Mental Health: Insufficient Care for Francophones
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Vidéo - Patrick Brown: On a Mission to Woo Francophones
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Vidéo - Ontario: New Plan for Francophone Tourism
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Vidéo - Real Access to Justice for Francophones?
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Vidéo - Centre Jules-Léger: An Uncertain Future
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Vidéo - Political Funding: Queen´s Park Debates
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Vidéo - What Does the Future Hold for Mulcair?
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Vidéo - Shortage of Francophone Doctors in Ontario?
The project of a Franco-Ontarian university is picking up more steam by the month. In February, Francophone groups protested in front of Queen´s Park to draw attention to their plight. Now, it is a document´s turn to be the talk of the town. The report...
Vidéo - Federal Budget: Happy Francophones
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