Canada's bilingual population on decline for first time in 50 years

Canada's bilingual population on decline for first time in 50 years

The bilingual English-French portion of Canada's population is on the decline, as the number of immigrants whose first language is neither English nor French grows, the country's statistics agency said.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 4:55am

Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay resigns amid graft allegations

Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay has resigned after witnesses linked him to illegal party financing skimmed from city construction contracts as part of an alleged mafia scheme.

Tremblay, 70, has led Canada's second-largest city since 2001 and would not have faced re-election until the end of his latest mandate in 2013.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Quebec separatists' win marred by shooting

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois is whisked off stage after a gunman disturbs her victory rally speech. Photo: AP

One person was killed and another seriously wounded when a gunman tried to storm the victory celebrations of Quebec's newly elected premier, Pauline Marois, whose separatist party is projected to win polls in the French-speaking province.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:51am

One killed in Quebec election speech shooting

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois (centre) is surrounded by police after shots rang out during her victory speech in Montreal on Wednesday. Photo: AP

A masked gunman shot dead one person inside a Montreal theatre where the leader of Quebec’s separatist Parti Quebecois was celebrating a narrow election win in the Canadian province, police said on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Normand Laprise

You were using seasonal ingredients long before 'farm-to-fork' was a buzz phrase in the world of haute cuisine. How deep are your roots in that philosophy? 'I grew up on a farm. Forty years ago in rural Quebec, Canada, there was no such thing as a supermarket, so I'm used to preserving and storing things for the winter months.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

A chance for a Chinese indie band to shine at festival in Quebec

One of Hong Kong's biggest champions of indie rock music, Chris B, is at it again. This time she's negotiated with the Quebec government to secure a slot for a Chinese band in its alternative music festival, Envol et Macadam.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Greatest show on earth set to rock city

Quebec City is celebrating the 400th anniversary of its founding and the birth of modern Canada with a new challenge for the title of 'The Greatest Show on Earth'.

Bells across Canada will ring at the same time on Thursday to mark the fourth centenary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's arrival in 1608.

1 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Rebel poets

For the past 30 years, the independence movement in Quebec has been lit up by the enthusiastic support of many of the province's artists. Their songs, poems, films, plays and books helped knit together a generational consensus that a sovereign Quebec could be one of the world's most dynamic, new French-speaking countries.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Mulroney gets buzz from HK traffic

Everyone knows Chelsea Clinton's parents are Bill and Hillary. Nip/Tuck actor Julian McMahon is the son of former Australian prime minister William McMahon. The Canadian equivalent of such a famous offspring is Ben Mulroney, who has stepped out of the shadow of his famous dad - ex-prime minister Brian Mulroney - to be a TV personality in Toronto.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

A sin too far?

Any political leader with skeletons rattling around in his closet runs the risk of a sudden career change. Even more so if the party he wants to lead is dedicated to a radical reshaping of the political landscape. Pity, then, Andre Boisclair.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Foshan aims to have biggest musical academy in Asia

A summer camp will provide quality training for region's young performers

While the row over the West Kowloon cultural hub drags on, across the border the city of Foshan is launching a musical academy that will enable hundreds of young people to receive tuition from international performers.

25 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Standard-bearer for separatism

Few of the 1 billion people watching the Olympic Games opening ceremony knew it, but when the Canadian team marched into the Athens stadium, a small but important socio-political drama unfolded. It was a piece of irony that should be close to every Canadian heart.

25 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

French past a living present in historic Quebec City

Quebec City - the torchbearer of French civilisation in North America - is the oldest city in Canada and the only walled city north of Mexico.

Narrow winding streets, old stone buildings, ramparts and cannons, copper roofs and graceful architecture all bring to mind the city's European roots.

1 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

48 Hours in Montreal

Why go now? Winter is dead and the wake will last all summer with world-class festivals (jazz, theatre, comedy, film, dragon boats, beer), a Grand Prix and enormous amounts of sun block-slathered flesh.

Beam down. There are no direct flights to Montreal from the SAR. Air Canada has daily afternoon flights to Toronto with connections to Montreal.

13 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Casinos prove big drawcard

Casinos are fast becoming Canada's hottest tourist attraction, drawing millions of visitors every year and earning revenue exceeding the country's film and music industries combined.

1 Jul 1997 - 12:00am