Third place languages?

Today, the provincial government announced "the BC HealthGuide handbook will now be available in Chinese and Punjabi to enhance access to health information for B.C.'s diverse and multi-lingual communities." In a news release, Health Minister George Abbott said, "We are meeting our throne speech commitment to translate the BC HealthGuide into Chinese and Punjabi and to give families in these communities better access to health information in their mother languages." Huzzah! Truly, the Campbell administration is showing its commitment to British Columbia's Chinese and Indo-Canadian communities - more than two years after the government released a French translation of the handbook.

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Not exactly new news. The books have been out for
several months.

Just a dry spell in news, so the taxpayer funded news release scribes have to keep cranking those things out like a mimeograph machine.

It's time to relax, Sean, the issue lies elsewhere. While the Campbell Govt may have done a French translation first, the Federal Govt is for the most part pretty much stuck on providing literature in official languages only. Sometimes small brochures will make it into a non-official language as part of some outreach exercise, but the idea that, say, Health Canada, would print thousands of copies of a book of a few hundred pages in Punjabi or Chinese is simply not on. It has never happened.

For the Federal Govt, the issue is still bilingualism for Canadians, not multi-lingual services for immigrants.

Did you hear about the plaque the Premier gave to the members of the Sikh community at the Parade in Surrey?

Maybe the BC Liberals are trying to court the East Indian community...maybe bring back Gulsar Chemma

"Did you hear about the plaque the Premier gave to the members of the Sikh community at the Parade in Surrey?

Maybe the BC Liberals are trying to court the East Indian community...maybe bring back Gulsar Chemma"

That's Gulzar Cheema.

The Premier gives out plaques all the time. Not
exactly big news.

A Gulzar Cheema reattachment. That would be an interesting operation to watch.

Did you read Kim Bolan's article in the Sun on Monday? There are serious questions about the person that received the plaque...he has ties to the Khalistan movement in Canada...

Google Khalistan and let me know if you think the Premier should handing out plaques to them?

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