MCIS & Pii Introduce: Language Policy Hackathon

By Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager In 2019, Canada will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first Official Languages Act of 1969. To ensure that the language rights are guaranteed (as outlined in the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms), the Act has undergone revision, albeit only one, and that was 20 years ago. The Government recognized the need for modernizing the policy. So in 2018, public consultations on the…

A Magical Experience – Volunteering at the Salvation Army Community Christmas Dinner

by: Shash Anand, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of MCIS Language Solutions “What a magical experience I had volunteering during the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army!” “Last year I joined the MCIS team and helped prepare and serve Christmas Dinner to over 50 people. It was such a wonderful experience seeing the smiling faces and serving the community that I made sure to come back again this year with MCIS and…

MCIS connects at Homeless Connect Toronto

By: Alanna Quinn, RFP Coordinator and Sanah Matadar, Social Media Coordinator  Winter is coming, but not everyone welcomes the snowy months. In fact, it’s estimated that over 5000 Torontonians will be forced to sleep outdoors or at some shelter facility as we reach freezing temperatures. Last year, the city was in crisis, as shelters reached their capacity and there was no plan in place to deal with the overcrowding. And while city council aims…

Growth centric cultures, partnership opportunities and more: ED Latha Sukumar talks about her ATC conference experience

I was at the Association of Translation Companies (ATC) conference in London, while there on a personal visit.  Seemed like a worthwhile event to spend 2 days at.  It was held at the Holiday Inn in Fitzrovia on September 20th and 21st and a much smaller affair than I had thought it would be, attended mostly by UK based translation and interpretation companies.   There were about 150 people in attendance and the schedule allowed for…

MCIS’ Language Impact Grant Opens Today!

Do you have an advocacy aptitude?  Are you passionate and informed about language rights?  Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for an the MCIS Language Impact Challenge grant ($25,000)! We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots…

Language Rights Matter!

  Hello readers, hope you are all doing well. A couple of days ago we published our 2017 (un)Conference Report summarizing conversations from the July event at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. We discussed the challenges in the language industry, the gaps in the current language service system, funding, viable business models and the role of tech/ digital tools in serving vulnerable sector better. We were also very much interested in how to…