LRSP Live - June 2016

Your constitutional language rights. Know them. Use them!

The past, present and future

The LRSP is pleased to announce that its 7th Annual Meeting will be held on October 24th, 2016. This year, speakers will reflect on “The past, present and future of language rights in Canada”.

Language rights experts will address the evolution of language rights from 1867 to 2006, the litigation cases since the abolition of the Court Challenges Program in 2006 and over the course of the LRSP's mandate until 2016, as well as the important legal issues for the future of language rights in Canada.

The LRSP will welcome lawyers Ron Caza, François Larocque and Michael Bergman, who will present on the state of language rights from 1867 to 2006. Lawyers Paul Marshall, Roger Lepage and Michel Doucet will discuss litigation cases from 2006 to today. To close the event, lawyers Mark Power, Pierre Foucher and Nicolas Rouleau will reflect on the future of language rights in Canada.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sala San Marco Banquet Hall, located at 215 Preston Street, in Ottawa.

To register for the event, please contact Ms. Aminata Barry by email at or by phone at (613) 562-5702.

For more information, please visit our website.

We hope to see you there!

Madeleine Meilleur, Geneviève Boudreau, Marie-France LalondeOpening event of the
Festival franco-ontarien

On June 16th, the LRSP’s Director attended a reception during the 41st Festival franco-ontarien, organized in collaboration with the Office of Francophone Affairs in Ontario.

This event kicked off the festival which featured Francophone artists and activities for children from June 16th to the 18th, in Ottawa. During the reception, the Director of the LRSP met with Ms. Madeleine Meilleur and the newly appointed Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in Ontario, Ms. Marie-France Lalonde.

In the photo, from left to right: Ms. Madeleine Meilleur, Ms. Geneviève Boudreau and Ms.  Marie-France Lalonde. (Photo courtesy of Mathieu Girard Photography / Studio Versa)
Update on funding applications 
submitted to the LRSP

The members of the Panel of Experts received and processed 21 funding applications on June 13th, 2016. After a thorough analysis of the applications, the Panel decided that:
  • 9 funding applications are accepted;
  • 4 analyses are carried forward;
  • 1 eligible application is refused due to the number of applications received, priorities and budgetary limits; and
  • 7 applications do not meet funding criteria.
As a reminder, information about applications remains strictly confidential and will not be reported in this newsletter or on the LRSP's website unless the applicant has formally authorized the LRSP to do so.

For more information on funding offered by the LRSP, visit our website.
Genviève BoudreauCall to the bar
On June 15th, the Director of the LRSP, Geneviève Boudreau, was called to the Ontario bar during a convocation ceremony at the National Arts Centre, in Ottawa. Geneviève Boudreau is the Director of the LRSP since 2010. She has an LL.B. from the University of Calgary, a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. 

The LRSP team congratulates Geneviève on this great accomplishment!

Multiple choice question4 speech bubbles containing question marks

Constitutional documents

Among the following choices, which one is a constitutional document?

a)    The Official Languages Act
b)    The Constitutional Act of 1867
c)    The Quebec Charter of the French Language 

To find out more about constitutional language rights, visit our website.

*The answer is at the end of the newsletter.
on language rights

The LRSP provides a press review and/or studies from different research institutes and universities on constitutional language rights and on official language minority communities.


Mentions of the LRSP

Constitutional language rights

Legislative rights

June 28 - Des sénateurs forcés de renoncer au français (available in French only)
June 28 - Une sénatrice manitobaine dénonce l'absence du français au Sénat (available in French only)

Judiciary rights

June 6 - Justice en français: le ministère ouvre la porte (available in French only)

June 10 - Vers plus de juges bilingues au Nouveau-Brunswick? (available in French only)

Education rights

June 2 - Les conseils scolaires francophones veulent leur juste part (available in French only)
June 15 - Dual busing court case is latest stop in twisting legal road
June 22 - School boards dismayed by revised reforms 
June 28 - How a community pulled together to save Lakeside Academy 

Rights to services and communications

June 1 - Un « bon départ » pour favoriser l’immigration francophone (available in French only)
June 1 - Des fonctionnaires fédéraux ont décrié la traduction automatisée avant sa mise en service (available in French only)
June 15 - Dialogue de sourds avec Air Canada (available in French only)
June 15 - Français à la GRC : 10 ans après son arrestation, Justin Bell prêt à soutenir la cause (available in French only)
June 16 - Huit recommandations pour le Bureau de la traduction (available in French only)
June 21 - Langues officielles au N.-B. : des progrès à faire selon la commissaire d'Entremont (available in French only)
June 22 - Langues officielles: des consultations en question (available in French only)

June 24 - Des avancées mais encore des attentes (available in French only)

Language rights

June 1 - Le CSF de l’Ontario veut une «refonte complète» de la Loi 8 (available in French only)
June 2 - Refonte de la Loi sur les services en français : la ministre Madeleine Meilleur ouvre la porte (available in French only)
June 2 - Hearst veut le bilinguisme de son détachement de la PPO (available in French only)
June 3 - Quebec's top court will hear Bill 101 sign law case 
June 6 - Suicide assisté: «N’oubliez pas l’aspect linguistique» (available in French only)
June 7 - Bilinguisme à Air Canada : le commissaire aux langues officielles presse Ottawa d'agir (available in French only)
June 9 - Air Canada: les députés haussent le ton (available in French only)
June 14 - Francophone bill spurs consensus 
June 16 - Quebec's Public Safety emergency alert message broadcast in French only 

June 24 - Centres scolaires communautaires : pour rassembler les anglophones (available in French only)
June 29 - Les défis et projets de la francophonie de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (available in French only)
June 29 - Le projet de loi 5 au Manitoba : en route vers une troisième lecture (available in French only)
June 30  - La petite enfance, une priorité (available in French only)
Next meeting of the Panel of Experts

* October 21st, 2016 *

Please be advised that funding applications submitted 
after FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th will not be studied during the
October 21st, 2016 meeting, without exception.

For upcoming meeting dates, visit our website.
Answer to the multiple choice question:

b) is a constitutional document.
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