Tuesday , October 29, 2013
Durham Youth Unemployment On The Rise - Durham Region
The high unemployment rate among the young is probably the result of Ontario’s economic malaise - it cannot be tied to the language problem. In fact, a clever leader in the French lobby group would probably point to the fact that many of these unemployed youth are NOT bilingual and therein lies the problem. The article does not mention the language problem at all so we cannot use it to focus our readers’ attention on our issue.
As usual, NO organization or person on the public payroll dares talk about bilingualism and I would not be at all surprised if the people involved in that program “Job Search Workshops” are bilingual and will happily say that they got the jobs because they are bilingual.
What we have to convince people of is the fact that focusing on French through French Immersion is wasting our resources and wasting the time of the students by robbing them of time that can and should be spent on other job skills. We all have limited time to spend on any of our activities and when we spend so much time mastering a language which is spoken & understood by such a small number of people, we are squandering the time that could be spent on perfecting our English language skills, our computer skills, our mathematical skills, our knowledge of so many things that make us knowledgeable & employable people.
Of course it is a well-known fact that F.I. is not just to learn the French language, it is also a brain-washing place for English-speakers to become subscribers to the superiority of the French culture and to become Francophiles. It is also unfortunate that it has also become a method of siphoning off the cleverer children who can handle another language. The Socialist educators in the past have vilified the idea of separating the clever kids from the not-so-clever kids by “streaming” so our kids are forced into classes where the bright kids are forced to slow down for the less-bright kids and many of them either get bored silly or become mischief-makers because they are bored. Now parents see F.I. as a way to get their brighter kids away from the slower, more troublesome kids. This is a quote from an article on F.I. - “French immersion programs become a sort of advanced stream, leaving English programs overburdened with special-needs students and those who simply can't handle the French program” - written in 2002 that talks about the fact that the retention of French as a functioning language is poor among the young graduates of these programs. The link to the article no longer works (probably taken offline) but I still have it if anyone wants to read it. Of course the Francophiles will keep praising the success of F.I. & blame the young for not making the effort to retain what they learned. The way to retain the French language is, of course, to be immersed in the language and culture and become a Francophile.
Many of us understand that French speakers have been in Canada since before we were Canada and before language acts and bylaws CAME along. Over the years since, there have been many changes and accommodations made to provide customer service to this TINY minority. In some areas of the country we see people living their whole lives only in English, French or neither. Ottawa for example, has ALMOST 600 hundred thousand (600,000) unilingual English-ONLY speakers, and just a little over 130 thousand (130,000) French unilingual-only speakers. Durham region has almost 600 thousand (600,000) who only speak unilingual English, and by comparison a tiny population (9,730) of unilingual French only speakers.
This current push to make the Durham region another officially bilingual designated area (already 25 in Ontario) should not be a decision made lightly as the Regional Council is very aware. With the designation, increasingly more jobs will need to be made bilingual. That is great if you are one of the tiny group of 1,670 who are bilingual, but not so good for the majority unilingual English population. If this designation is applied, we will begin to see the same trend that we are seeing in other areas, bilingual people coming from other communities to take the local jobs from those already in the local area. This simply displaces the people living in the area already and forces them into unemployment, thus the local community ends up with higher local unemployment rate and then along with that a higher crime rates and subsequently higher costs for may other things.
Municipal governments can tap into a whole range of funding from Ontario and federal governments that essentially remove funding from core services or increase taxes to further French services, of which we can see, for a very few. We cannot make up for any injustice, perceived or real from years ago, but we can make a better work environment for our kids, currently or in the future.
Census Profile - Durham Region
For those who care enough to contact the Durham councillors:
Region Of Durham involves several towns. Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby. So this issue affects many towns!
Chair - Roger Anderson
Mayor Steve Parish
Mayor W. Terry Clayton
Regional Councillor Debbie Bath
Ward 1 Councillor
Ward 2 Councillor
Ward 3 Councillor
Ward 4 Councillor
Ward 5 Councillor
Mayor Adrian Foster
Mayor John G. Henry
Mayor Dave Ryan
Mayor Chuck Mercier
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor
Mayor Pat Perkins
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