MCIS introduces – The Polyglot Profiles

Introducing The Polyglot Profiles: why you should consider becoming a language professional By: Sanah Matadar – Social Media Coordinator Attention High School students! It’s that time of year. The deadline for university applications is looming closer and closer and no one doubts that the task of choosing what to pursue for the rest of your life at the age of 18 can be daunting. Let’s be clear about something: it’s completely okay to change your mind…

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…

Keynote speaker for the MCIS Language Solutions 2018 AGM – Shelley Gilbert of Legal Assistance of Windsor

MCIS is honoured to be hosting Shelley Gilbert at our 2018 AGM. Shelley will be speaking on the importance of language access as it relates to her work. A University of Windsor School of Social Work alumni, Shelley is the Coordinator of Social Work at Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW), the southwestern branch of Legal Aid Ontario. With 73 community legal clinics across Canada’s largest province, Legal Aid Ontario is a community service providing assistance…

Accessible civic literacy: Toronto’s efforts in removing language barriers for municipal elections

By: Sanah Matadar, Social Media Coordinator, MCIS Language Solutions With ward divisions causing uncertainty and the accompanying media storm, it feels as though the 2018 municipal election race has been playing out in the background for a very long time. However, there was one thing that stuck out to me during this race, something I had never really questioned before. I was on my way to the bus stop, and as I passed by a…

MCIS 2017 International Translation Day Event – the Future of Work 101.2

As conflicted as we may be about technological disruption in the translation industry, technology is here to stay. So in the second part of our International Translation Day Event, I really wanted to give an opportunity to all translators who had joined us to really voice their concerns and challenges, but also think about ways in which they can embrace technology to make their own work better, more efficient and productive. This had to be…

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…

Lady Justice May Be Blind, But She Can Hear You!

The cover of Ingrid Piller’s 2016 book, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice, features an interesting twist on the iconic image of blindfolded Lady Justice holding her scales while wearing earmuffs because she “would have to be deaf as well as blind to be truly impartial […] As long as Lady Justice can hear, she will be able to form a view of the speaker’s socioeconomic status, their level of education, their ethnicity, their gender, their…

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Constitution Act, 1982, “Charter”) – A Reflection on its 35th Anniversary

As we go about our daily lives we pay scant attention to the laws of this land and the guaranteed rights and freedoms we enjoy under the Charter.  We forget the protection it offers us so we can live our lives with dignity. Critics are quick to point out that the Charter is there in name and not really available to the average person.  Others say it is abused by criminal defendants who use the…

Here is How Our Interpreter Helped Out 10 Syrian Families for Free

Ten Syrian refugee families celebrated Easter at a gathering held at the Tzu Chi Foundation and guess who interpreted for them; our very own interpreter Maisaa Sahloul. Hold on, the best part is yet to come, she did it all for free. She spoke about what motivated her to do this. “Language barrier is a huge challenge for Syrian refugees and I want to help my countrymen, which is why I volunteered to interpret for…