August 2014

Marie-Danielle Smith, in the Ottawa Citizen, gives us an overview of the objective of the Movement for an officially bilingual capital of Canada: Group wants Ottawa to be officially bilingual city: Movement pushes for official bilingualism of City of Ottawa

 According to David Reevely, of the Ottawa Citizen, Official bilingualism for Ottawa is off the table, because the idea has no support among the politicians who’d need to back it.

According to John Trent, senior fellow of the Centre on Governance of the University of Ottawa, the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, is having trouble thinking like a Canadian: Eight reasons Ottawa should be officially bilingual

In a letter to the Citizen after reading the views of John Trent, Jacques Roy, former Canadian ambassador to France, writes that Mayor Watson does not realize that giving services at the pleasure of the municipal council is not the same as providing them on the basis of equal rights: Ottawa will be officially bilingual

Letter to Ottawa Sun re poll on bilingual status for City of Ottawa

Gilles LeVasseur, in Le Droit, gives some legal context to official bilingualism for the city: Bilingualism and the Law in Ottawa

According to Kelly Egan, of the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa is a government town where thousands have been forced to drink the Kool-Aid: How the feds poisoned the well of official bilingualism

Pierre Jury, in Le Droit, explains that an officially bilingual status for the City of Ottawa has two intertwined levels of impact, principles and services to citizens: A Dialogue of the Deaf