Francophone Ontario is the barometer of francophone communities in Canada. What happens if the wind changes direction or if a low-pressure system moves in?
A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. It is a gauge of the environment and weather systems. Official language minority communities in Canada know all too well how much environment plays a role in the expression of identity and collective aspirations. These systems, which come and go, can often hinder development (low pressure) or, in some cases, facilitate positive actions (high pressure).
Currently, there is a fast moving low-pressure system that seems to be threatening Francophones in Ontario and elsewhere. Canadians, and especially those who believe in linguistic duality, should be very concerned. The very fabric of the country might be tearing at the seams.