UN Security Council permanent member– # of peacekeepers.


“(current UN Secretary-General) Ban Ki Moon expressed his gratitude on behalf of the United Nations and said that China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is fully committed to undertaking its international responsibilities: indeed, among the five permanent members of the Security Council, China is the country that deploys the most peacekeepers”

Reading this article (link above), I was surprised by this little piece of trivia.  As it happens, it turns out to be quite true; however, looking into some of the available UN stats, I was dumbfounded by the disproportionately large number of peacekeepers that are deployed from countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Ethiopa.

I had to scan pretty far down the list to find Canada, and that made me sad:(


Studying French (DELF) in Canada—why aren’t you watching the Charbonneau Commission?

“Two more bureaucrats admit accepting gifts from construction companies”

Reading the headlines about the ongoing Charbonneau Commission in Quebec, it occurred to me that the commission was probably available as a live stream in French.

Much to my surprise, I easily found the public page for the Commission, which not only includes video archives, but also transcriptions of testimony.

Allegations of public servants unabashedly taking bribes for years and years?  Accusations of politicians and mafia in cahoots? It’s almost too much to believe.

But there it is— probably much more engaging than your current French textbook– why not study something like this instead?

Instead of paying money to study, all you have to do is pay *attention*:)

homepage of archive: https://www.ceic.gouv.qc.ca/audiences/repertoire-des-audiences.html

Commission d’enquête sur l’octroi et la gestion des contrats publics dans l’industrie de la construction – Gouvernement du Québec.

Suspended City of Montreal engineer Yves Themens testifies at the Charbonneau Commission (click for Montreal Gazette story)