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Vancouver 2010

Photo: Cendrine Marrouat

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics may have been a success medal-wise for Canada. In the linguistic department, there was something clearly missing during the opening ceremonies: French.

In a report released on December 14, 2010, Graham Fraser, Canada’s Official Languages Commissioner, spoke of “cultural insensitivity,” hence reopening the sensitive debate over the status of French in Canada. ”Most of the difficulties encountered were due to VANOC officials having insufficient knowledge or a misunderstanding of the official languages requirements, to which they were bound by the multiparty agreement,” he said.

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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com

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