Opinion: Improve school language learning

Ask anyone what the best way to learn a language is, and you’ll hear things like, ‘immersion,’ ‘find someone who speaks the language and practice,’ and ‘get an app, and practise speaking.’ The common denominator with all these techniques is speaking. The most natural way of learning a language is hearing it spoken, then repeating what you have heard. Carleton University, and the schooling system at large needs to emphasize a more speech-based approach into language classes. I have taken both Spanish and French at Carleton. Spanish I took as an elective in second year for interest’s sake, with a desire to learn, but I took Intermediate French this past year as part of my genuine efforts to reach fluency. […]

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Bill-62 legitimizes Islamophobia, creates fear

It might have popped up on one of your social media feeds that women in Quebec who wear the niqab, the Muslim face covering, aren’t allowed access to any public services while wearing it. Yes, Bill 62 is a thing, and yes, people in 2017 still aren’t over the fact that women can dress however they please. Officially, the bill does not explicitly ban Muslim women who wear the niqab—that is against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms—but it bans anybody wearing any face covering altogether. However, it is obvious that the Quebec government has endured a great deal of trouble to bypass the charter to pass this bill in the name of provincial security. Despite a recent stay […]

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In-depth: religious freedom on Canadian campuses

The issue of religious freedom has come to the forefront in recent years, particularly on university campuses. Bill 62, a new Quebec law that bans receiving or providing public services while wearing the niqab, a face veil a minority of Muslim women wear, has some students reconsidering pursuing a post-secondary degree in the province. This comes on top of multiple instances of Islamophobia at universities, with anti-Muslim posters being put up at schools such as the ones found at Memorial University’s Newfoundland campus last month. In addition, an Ottawa teen was recently sentenced to three months in the youth justice system after vandalizing two synagogues, a Jewish prayer house, a mosque, and a church with racist slurs and white supremacist symbols […]

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Opinion: Bill 62 is against Canadian rights

Quebec’s Bill 62 is discriminatory. It is specifically targeting the minority of Muslim women that cover their faces with a niqab, normally accompanied by other garments, which cover the body, excepting the eyes and usually the hands. If it was not arguable whether or not Bill 62 is discriminatory, this conversation would not even be happening. But under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, discriminatory laws are null and void. Furthermore, Canada’s Human Rights Code protects Canadians from religious discrimination in five distinct areas, one of them being services. Bill 62 bans covering of the face while receiving or giving public services, so a niqab-wearing woman as well as Canadians with scarves and hoods obscuring their identities cannot work […]

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Give la bonne musique a chance

If you’ve been trying to find a way to sit down and relax with some bonne musique, look no further. Here’s a list of some of my all-time favourite French musicians, in no particular order. Coeur de pirate There’s no way this list would be complete without Coeur de pirate, in my opinion. Originally from Quebec, Coeur de pirate—also known as Béatrice Martin—releases music mainly in French and occasionally in English. The first song I ever heard from her was “Comme des enfants” way back in Grade 8 and it’s been one of my favourites for years. I recently re-fell in love with Coeur de pirate over the summer, after I bought Blonde, her second album. Her lyrics are what […]

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