Wynne to apologize for 1912 regulation banning French in Ontario schools

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne is willing to apologize to Ontario Francophones for a 1912 regulation that prohibited teachers in elementary schools from speaking with students in French.

See Full Article

Wynne says it would be "very appropriate" for her to offer an official apology on behalf of the Ontario government to acknowledge that the province's bilingual heritage wasn't always respected in the past.

Sudbury Liberal backbencher Glenn Thibeault moved a motion last week asking that the government issue an official apology for Regulation 17, which was enforced for 15 years and finally fell into abeyance by 1944.

Thibeault says an official apology would demonstrate that the government recognizes its past errors and is serious about growing the Franco-Ontarian identity and culture.

Timmins-James Bay New Democrat Gilles Bisson says his party will vote in favour of the apology because "it doesn't hurt," but he calls it much ado about nothing because the ban on French in schools hasn't been enforced in 70 years.

Thibeault says his request for an official apology came from his work with the Francophone community in Sudbury.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Canadian class action proposed over alleged carcinogenic herbicide

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO - Lawyers for a group of Canadians who blame their own or their loved ones' cancer on exposure to a herbicide have filed a series of proposed class-action lawsuits against the product's manufacturer. The untested statements of claim filed in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia allege that Monsanto, and its new owner Bayer, acted with reckless disregard for the safety of Canadians by selling Roundup. Source
  • A brief history of Lowe's experience in Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    Lowe's announced the closure of 34 stores in Canada Wednesday. Here is a brief overview of the U.S. company's history in Canada. North Carolina-based Lowe's bought into a long retail tradition when it purchased Quebec-based Rona for $3.2 billion in 2016. Source
  • Canadian family describes their mother's 'terrifying' escape from Iran

    World News CBC News
    Ramin Seyed-Emami screamed for joy when his mother's plane took off from the airport in Tehran. He and his brother Mehran were in Vancouver, listening intently on the phone as their mother Maryam Mombein went through airport security, her cellphone tucked into her pocket. Source
  • Astronomers believe we could be in for a rare meteor storm

    Canada News CBC News
    There's a chance a rare meteor "storm" will occur Thursday night, and eastern Canada might be able to catch it. Meteor storms can be defined as a substantially higher-than-normal outbursts of meteors entering our atmosphere, and occur when Earth sweeps through a dense cloud of leftover cometary debris. Source
  • At least 8 dead as Bolivian security forces clear protesters' blockade at fuel plant

    World News CBC News
    The death toll from an operation by Bolivian security forces to clear the blockade of a fuel plant by anti-government protesters has risen to at least eight, officials said Wednesday. The public defender's office and the state Institute of Forensic Investigations announced the casualty figures, a day after the violence in the city of El Alto, near La Paz. Source
  • Canada-wide warrant issued for federal offender known to frequent parts of Ontario

    Canada News CBC News
    Police are asking for the public's help to locate a federal offender. Toronto police say the provincial parole-enforcement squad has issued a Canada-wide warrant for 34-year-old Chibuike Nwagwu. They say Nwagwu has allegedly breached his statutory release. Source
  • Uber to let users record audio of rides in Brazil, Mexico

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image. The ride-hailing company plans to pilot the feature in cities in both countries in December. Source
  • Missouri police: Mother took daughter from nursing home, killed her

    World News CTV News
    ST. LOUIS -- An elderly woman who feared she was developing dementia removed her mentally disabled adult daughter from a nursing home, then fatally stabbed her in a suburban St. Louis hotel before attempting to kill herself, police and relatives say. Source
  • Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley not ready to apologize for remarks that got her kicked out of legislature

    Canada News CBC News
    Opposition leader Rachel Notley is still refusing to apologize for remarks that got her kicked out of the Alberta legislature Tuesday. Speaking to reporters Wednesday after addressing a rally of nurses on the legislature's steps, Notley said she and her NDP colleagues are busy working on "other strategies" to stop the contentious Bill 22. Source
  • Death toll in violence at Bolivian fuel plant rises to 6

    World News CTV News
    LA PAZ, Bolivia -- The death toll from an operation by Bolivian security forces to clear the blockade of a fuel plant by anti-government protesters has risen to six, officials said Wednesday. The public defender's office announced the casualty figures, a day after the violence in the city of El Alto, near La Paz. Source