Barry Artiste Op/Ed
Regardless that Canada's Official Languages are English and French, Media reports of frustrated parents who are tired of long lineups trying to enroll their kids into French immersion in schools, and with little Success. Now it seems that some are trying to persuade BC Schools to take a look at Mandarin for Kids, in what many see as a replacement for French.
Wonder how many parents will be lining up at the crack of dawn to enrol their kids in Mandarin Immersion courses? How about None!
And ya know, ya wonder why Quebec is so pissed at Canada when all Quebec wants is their own Gateway for the last 400 years into Canada and Confederation as a Founding Father and French Culture. Once again it seems Quebec would be pushed aside by their "Cullottes" by Miss "Let's all Live in Peace and Harmony's" Pamela Drakos, who is spearheading this impending political disaster, who takes it upon herself to be BC's Spokesperson for Culture, just not our Canadian Culture, mind you, but a Gateway of Culture some 10,000 friggin miles away! I ask you, "Did we just Lose a Friggin War"?
I have a spear for Ms. Drakos and invite her to sit on it~!
Lower Mainland school boards mull inclusion of MandarinCheryl Chan, The ProvincePublished: Friday, September 26, 2008
Some kids in the Lower Mainland could be learning pinyin along with their ABCs should proposals for a bilingual Mandarin language program for primary school kids push through.
Parent group Mandarin for B.C. Schools has submitted two separate proposals to the North Vancouver and Vancouver school boards for a 50-50 Mandarin and English program for kindergarten and Grade 1 and 2 students.
"There is no Mandarin at this level in all of B.C. and that's really embarrassing because we are the gateway to the Pacific," said Pamela Drakos, who is spearheading the initiative in North Vancouver.