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What do puffins, parrots and clowns have in common?

Posted on October 3, 2023

Many animal names are based on amusing images and metaphors. In this blog post, Josée Marie-Lise Robillard explains the origins of a few bird names she learned on a cruise in Minganie, Quebec.

Gender-inclusive writing: A unifying force

Posted on September 18, 2023

You’ve likely heard a lot about gender and gender inclusivity in the news these days. Read on to learn more about what the Government of Canada is doing to support inclusive writing, and the challenges faced along the way.

Indigenous languages: The road ahead

Posted on September 5, 2023

Deputy Minister Gina Wilson explains how official languages are protected in Canada. But what about Indigenous languages? Read her post to see what she has to say about the matter.

The august origins of August: A month and so much more!

Posted on August 21, 2023

You might think the word August refers only to the month of the year, but it can mean so much more. Sophia Désir digs into the history of the word and tells us about its origins, meanings and pronunciations.

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