• Jasmine Heesaker

October 2019 Edition

October's language news stories were interesting and engaging. A lot of good things are happening to keep Canada's language diversity alive and well.

1. Partnerships to help save Indigenous languages lauded with humanities research award

(Oct 9, 2019)

A Simon Fraser University professor’s decades-long journey to document and preserve British Columbia Indigenous languages and create the partnerships and tools to keep those languages alive is being honoured by Canada’s social sciences research community

2. Yukon First Nations aim to preserve, revitalize their languages through video

(Oct 11, 2019)

A project is underway to help preserve and revitalize the languages of Yukon First Nations, entailing the production of 280 videos recorded in the territory's 14 First Nations.

3. Keepers of the Language: 'If you don't use it, you lose it,' says Tlicho host

(Oct 6, 2019)

Cecilia Boyd, host of Tide Gode, CBC's Tlicho-language program, says adults shouldn't be discouraged from learning their language, but it takes work.

4. 'Underfunding' remains big issue for P.E.I. French Language School Board

(Oct 15, 2019)

The French Language School Board on P.E.I. says it's dealing with a deficit of more than $253,000 from the 2018-19 fiscal year. Talks are underway with the province on required funding and levels of service as enrolment continues to grow.

5. 'Cree is my language': School janitor says she was told not to speak Cree

(Oct 12, 2019)

A school division in northern Saskatchewan is investigating after a staff member says she was told by a principal not to speak Cree.

6. Canada Post's English-only URL violates language rights: Commissioner of Official Languages

(Oct 28, 2019)

The Commissioner of Official Languages ​​has ruled that the Canada Post Corporation is not fully respecting the linguistic rights of Francophones by using only an English-language URL for its website.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • Jasmine Heesaker

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

Why having a pet may just be one of the best things for your freelance career.

As I sit by my computer with my two cats sleeping nearby, I can't help but wonder how many other freelancers out there are joined everyday by a "furry" colleague or otherwise. And then it got me thinking about how my day would be a lot harder to get through without them...

Here are 4 reasons why having a pet just might make you a better freelancer:

1. Balance

Whether you have a dog, cat, fish, bird, hamster or snake...whatever it may be, all animals love and appreciate routine. There is nothing quite like begin woken up a 6 AM to a meowing cat or being cuddled off the bed by man's best friend. When your pets expect a certain routine from you, you have to deliver. Pets are the best alarm clocks and reminders. They wake you up every morning to feed them, bug you in the afternoon to walk them or play with them and have you looking forward to the evening when you can cuddle with them. As creatures of habit, our pets can help us fall into a steady daily routine framed by habit, helping to draw the line between when you work and when you play.

2. Excuse for a break

Pets give you an excuse to take a break. Plain and simple. The cat is hungry, the dog is restless, the bird needs playing with, the rabbit needs to be let out, the list could go on. As freelancers, we can often go hours without leaving our computer desk. Pets magically know when it’s time to get up and go out, reminding you that you need to do a little leg-stretching yourself. They give us that push for a much needed break from the computer, which can in turn, improve your overall productivity. I know I magically form new thoughts and get clearer ideas after coming back to my computer after a 30-minute break.

3. Stress relief

It is a well-known fact that animals can help with stress relief. We have all heard about animals being brought into nursing homes and hospitals to help people with numerous things. Increasing self-esteem, reducing feelings of anxiety and isolation and decreasing blood pressure and heart rate are just a few of the benefits of enjoying the companionship of a pet. As freelancers, many of us work from home day in and day out. Having a pet to help pass the day can make all the difference in staying happy and healthy.

4. Curb loneliness

Many freelancers struggle with feelings of loneliness when working from home. Interacting with people over the computer just isn't the same as having them there in person. Pets can help ease loneliness as they are perfectly happy to just hang out and share their lives with us. Having a pet can break up the cycle of the same slog day after day.

Do you have a pet? If so, let me know in the comments below!

  • Jasmine Heesaker

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

April 2019 Edition

I don't even know if I can really say, "better late than never" this time. The fact is, it's here now. So please, enjoy!

1. As native speakers decline, Indigenous languages fight for survival

(Apr 28, 2019)

This article explores the fight for Indigenous language survival.

2. ‘I have a new life, a dream’: New Canadians celebrate first ESL course at Perth library

(Apr 23, 2019)

This article talks about how the Perth Library opened its doors in order to help ESL students continue learning.

3. Loss of Indigenous languages is Canada’s shame

(Apr 28, 2019)

This article examines the issue of Indigenous language revitalization.

4. B.C. students compete to preserve Halq’eméylem language

(Apr 29, 2019)

This article celebrates the 6th annual Halq’eméylem language translation contest.

5. Michif app aims to inspire people to learn the Métis language

(Apr 8, 2019)

This article shares how the Northern Michif To Go app aims to increase the number of Michif speakers.

6. French language use in the workplace is on the decline

(Apr 12, 2019)

This article relates the sad reality that French is still not the commonly-used language in the workplace in Quebec.

7. How Charlottetown police are bridging language gaps in their community

(Apr 26, 2019)

This article delves into how Charlottetown city police are taking steps to bridge language barriers with new immigrants.

8. Kelowna residents say nĭ hăo to Mandarin language program

(Apr 21, 2019)

This article celebrates how a new language class launched at the Okanagan Regional Library in Kelowna has become one of the library's busiest programs.

9. Indigenous languages should be part of early childhood education, professor says

(Apr 11, 2019)

This article looks into some of the barriers that Indigenous languages could face if Bill C-91 were to go forward.

10. Teepee going up at UNB to honour Indigenous language teachers

(Apr 8, 2019)

This article talks about how a new teepee being put up at UNB will honour the International Year of Indigenous Languages, will be used as a learning lodge for students and faculty, as well as for traditional sunrise ceremonies and sweat lodges.

Find any other noteworthy language news stories this month? Let me know in the comments!

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