29 December 2017
Infighting among the French for control of French-language education? The two following articles show very clearly that the 3.69% (Mother-tongue - 2016 census) French-speakers are getting more than their share of Ontario's taxpayer dollars. They don't think that's enough.
We are very fortunate that we have an excellent researcher who takes time to go through the French media & find these items that the English-language media seems to avoid. Is this fear of the growing French power in Ontario (they're in total control in Quebec & New Brunswick is under serious threat). How has this happened in the course of the last half century? Answer: Political Correctness where small but very organized groups have decided that they must not be criticized or risk censure from the PC media. The French-language groups have managed to convince Canadians that "assimilation" into the English-speaking majority must be avoided, at all cost.
Three French-activist groups (Ontario Francophonie Assembly (AFO), the Franco-Ontarian Student Group (RÉFO) and the Franco-Ontarian Youth Federation (FESFO) would like bilingual Glendon College (part of York University) to stop offering French-language classes when the proposed all-French University is operational in 2020.
Article #2 tells us that Glendon College is refusing that request. Good for Principal Donald Ipperciel for resisting!! Why is the idea of "a bilingual education" suddenly no longer considered favourably? Are we going to see the situation similar to New Brunswick where the Duality policy dictates that public institutions (Health & Education) must be all-French for the French-speakers but bilingual for the English-speakers? Reason given: the Assimilation Factor. The only way to avoid assimilation is to have separate institutions? Is this what bilingualism really mean?
The PANB (People's Alliance of New Brunswick) under the leadership of Kris Austin is gearing up to fight the next provincial election in 2018. The Duality Policy is what this party will challenge. In Ontario, we have heard from the Trillium Party & the Libertarians - both parties are willing to stand up for the English-speaking majority.
In Quebec, the desperation to restrict French-speakers from learning English is failing big time!!
More Francophones are enrolling in English CEGEPs - they know the value of an English education.
November 21, 2017
TORONTO - Glendon College is set to stop offering language classes in French in 2020 to leave the field open to the new University of Ontario, demanding key players in Ontario's Francophonie. According to them, the success of the new Francophone institution depends on it.
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"It is a priority for the UOF to receive, as soon as it opens in 2020, the exclusivity of university education in French in Toronto," said the Ontario Francophonie Assembly in a joint statement ( AFO), the Franco-Ontarian Student Group (RÉFO) and the Franco-Ontarian Youth Federation (FESFO).
The three organizations target Glendon College, a bilingual campus of York University. They refuse to offer Glendon French courses after 2020, fearing that they will compete with French-language programs at the new university.
Jocelyn Leblanc, Co-Chair of the RÉFO is categorical: we need governance "by and for" Franco-Ontarians and that means exclusive program management.
"The message we have from the beginning is that the Franco-Ontarian university must have a provincial mandate managed by and for francophones. So we have to give the management of all the programs to the francophones. " - Jocelyn Leblanc
In comparison, the co-chair of the REFO recalls that when Franco-Ontarians obtained the management of school boards, the exclusivity of education in French was obtained. For him, it is a question of resisting the assimilation of the French-speaking minority by the English-speaking majority.
"We do it for the Ontario Francophonie, it is not a competition that there must be. If the best choice was to have a bilingual campus and be assimilated all day long, we would support it, but that is not the solution to help Ontario's Francophonie, "he says.
Jocelyn Leblanc argues that this is a right for Franco-Ontarians to access and manage post-secondary education in French.
"It's a concept that works well and that's one of the reasons why francophone communities across Canada are alive," he says.
Same story at AFO: "The two can not compete. The idea has always been to rep-triate French programs to the new university. I do not think it's a surprise request, "says President Carol Jolin in an interview with #ONfr .
In their letter, the organizations call on Deb Matthews, the Minister of Higher Education and Vocational Training, to meet with them as soon as possible. They say that the Franco-Ontarian university project "not only aims to create new campuses, but also the re-appropriation of all university programs in French in the province."
Glendon has built on its bilingual character and is one of its selling points when recruiting students.
Is it conceivable that the establishment abandons French, a central feature of its identity? "We will have to look seriously at the issue and look for solutions off the beaten path. The best thing is that classes in French are offered in one place, "says Carol Jolin. "If it's in two places, it will have to be under the governance of the Franco-Ontarian university," he added, opening the door to pursuing courses in French at Glendon, if York University no longer manages them.
Not in the plans, according to the Department of Francophone Affairs
A spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Francophone Affairs assured that the desire was more to increase the number of courses in French, rather than reduce it.
"This is the goal of this project and it will not take this (other) direction," she said.
On the other hand, the relationship the Ontario government is considering with other post-secondary institutions in southwestern Ontario would be more of a collaborative one.
Carol Jolin responds to critics
Since the announcement of the tabling of an omnibus bill to unblock several files of the Ontario Francophonie, many have criticized the real benefits of these commitments.
"Sometimes we receive flowers, but the pots are not far," says the president of AFO, Carol Jolin. "Two years ago, the Prime Minister said she did not believe in the need for a building. Things have changed. We could have continued to lobby, but we wanted to make sure we had something in 2020. I'm thinking of students who will have an option in the Center-Sud-Ouest ", he replies to the critics.
The President of AFO, Carol Jolin. Image credit: #ONfr
November, 21, 2017
TORONTO - Glendon College will not transfer its programs in French to the future Franco-Ontarian university, slice the principal of the institution, Donald Ipperciel. Glendon is contributing to the flourishing of French, not the opposite, he says, mourning the letter published by three Franco-Ontarian organizations
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"In the letter circulated, it is said that the Franco-Ontarian university will have to have exclusivity of programs in French in Toronto. It's clear, we're targeting Glendon. We are attacking us. I find this exit very sad, "says Donald Ipperciel. "I do not understand what the Francophone Assembly of Ontario (AFO) wants to do. We are proposing a reduction in the choice of French-speaking students , "he adds.
He fervently defends the possibility for a young person to pursue a course in French, but also bilingual in another institution than the new Franco-Ontarian university. "In Toronto, the vast majority of Francophones want education in both languages. The position of the Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien (RÉFO) is to say: we know better than all Francophones what is good for them and everything must only be in French, "he adds.
The future Franco-Ontarian university and Glendon can be complementary, according to Donald Ipperciel, who recalls his support for the project. They say the two institutions will only have different programs.
Glendon Principal, Donald Ipperciel. Archives #ONfr
The three Francophone organizations require "francophone governance" and "reappropriation" of university programs in French, first in Toronto. "York University does not interfere with programs. There is a lack of knowledge about the functioning of the university. Currently, it is not the English who decide programs, it is our teachers, who are Francophone or Francophiles, "he says. "Glendon is bilingual. If we take away the management of programs in French, Glendon no longer exists, "adds Donald Ipperciel.
According to him, the letter circulated by the three French-speaking organizations gives a bad image to his institution. "We seem to want to devalue the training of thousands of Francophones who have gone to Glendon. I do not understand how AFO can favor a future member compared to an existing member, "says Ipperciel.
In recent days, Glendon College has sent a letter to the Ontario government to share its fears. "What is being said right now is not going in the direction we agreed with the department on wanting to work together. It does not go in the direction of the offer of choice. It goes against the grain of everything that has been discussed, "says Donald Ipperciel.
"Attack" against Glendon, according to Marie-France Lalonde
The Minister of Francophone Affairs, Marie-France Lalonde, did not hide her surprise about the request made by the three Francophone organizations.
"I am surprised by this request, by this attack on a college that offers quality programs to its clients." - Marie-France Lalonde
According to the Minister, the increase in the number of courses in French has always been the goal behind the Franco-Ontarian University project.
"We tabled a bill last week to create a French-language university with governance by and for Francophones to improve the service offer and that's what we've been hearing for several years." says Ms. Lalonde.
Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Francophone Affairs of Ontario. Image credit: Maxime Delaquis
The minister says she supports the project of former Commissioner of Official Languages Dyane Adam, who recommends partnerships with other post-secondary institutions in the Center-Sud-Ouest.
"I want to be very clear, what we want is to be able to increase the number of programs and this is what we hear for several years from these same groups," she says.
Carol Jolin wonders about negative reactions
AFO President Carol Jolin is surprised at the response to the letter. "Following the Estates General of the Francophonie, it was clear that the community wants a francophone university with a provincial mandate that rep-traites all that is done in French. We want to rep-triate everything that is given in French in the province under francophone governance, "he says.
Mr. Jolin says he does not know if this can be done, but a reflection is necessary on this subject. "First, is it possible to do so on a legal basis? Then, if it's possible, what would be the model. We'll have to think outside the traditional box, "he says. "No one has proved to me that you can not do it," says the president of AFO.
As for Glendon's statement regarding the desire of Francophones to study in a bilingual environment, he is surprised. "I did not hear that in the States General, I do not know where they were the people who think that."
Dyane Adam, who should take the reins of the implementation committee of the Franco-Ontarian University, will provide answers, he believes.
This link will give you an idea of how well supported the French already are:
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