The Liberals are urging the federal government to translate H1N1 pamphlets into dozens of languages, but local public health officials say Ontario is already reaching out to linguistic minorities.
“Across the country, we are hearing again and again (about) the lack of information in languages that Canadians can understand, in the 60, 70, languages that need to be there (and) that it is folly to just hand a press release or an information package out to ethnic media, (expecting) them to do the translation,” Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett said yesterday.
Bennett called on the federal government to take on translation so that local public health units can concentrate on administering the H1N1 vaccine.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Bennett said, adding that it would also avoid a duplication of efforts and ensure accuracy. She could not provide any specific examples of these problems.