Thursday, May 09, 2002
And I'm still waiting for my Landed Residence (a Canadian Green card) to come through!
I guess if Canada has no problem with fundraising by Hezbollah, then it shouldn't have any problem with Hamas and Al Aqsa terrorists either.
The U.S. argued its position as part of a negotiating group with Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan and the Vatican's Holy See, according to officials from aid organizations and national delegations.
Who says there's a clash of civilizations?
The Quebec government is plugging a major loophole in its language law to prohibit parents from sending their children to some private English-language schools in order to gain access to English-language public education.
The province's French Language Charter allows only children of parents who have been educated in English schools anywhere in Canada to attend English-language public schools in Quebec. Children of immigrant families and those of francophone families are required to attend French schools. However, the current law does allow for some exemptions.
To get around it, a growing number of immigrant and francophone parents who want their children educated in English have been sending them to private non-subsidized English-language schools for a year or two and then gaining access to English public schools....
Rich immigrant families have been the principal users of the loophole, paying as much as $10,000 a year to avoid sending their children to French schools.
I understand the benefits to requiring immigrant students to learn in the new country's language -- that seems to be the basis for criticism of bilingual education in the U.S. But somehow, when a province opts for heavy-handed regulation to prevent its citizens from learning in one of the two national languages (while in other provinces we see anglophones freely sending their kids to French immersion programs in the public schools), something seems wrong about this.
And when you see this happening, it suggests that the Quebec government is whistling into the wind:
The trend [of using this loophole] has grown to include upper-income francophone families. Once a child is admitted to an English public school, all brothers and sisters and their offspring are allowed to follow suit.