In this research paper prepared for the Quebec Community Groups Network, Michael N. Bergman and Katarina Daniels explore school board rights through a legislative and judicial history of section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and whether austerity measures proposed by Quebec’s Minister of Education are in violation of the Constitutional protections of minority language groups.
This research report by the Quebec Community Groups Network is the most up-to-date and detailed portrait of English-speaking seniors in Quebec. Funded by the Government of Quebec and supported by the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN) at Concordia University, it presents the data collected during a three-year participatory research project where seniors helped define the topics of concern and carry out the research and disseminate the findings.
The 2012-2017 Community Development Plan for Quebec’s English-speaking communities lays out priorities and enabling strategies that were developed by more than 150 community leaders during a Community Priority Setting Conference in 2012. The conference was the culmination of the first phase the Strategic Priorities Forum that included 19 regional and sectoral consultations, five focus groups and an online survey of more than 500 English-speaking Quebecers, all of which sought the community’s input on the priorities for a vital and sustainable English-speaking community.
Part of the New Canadian Perspectives series published by Canadian Heritage, this research report edited by socio-demographic researcher Richard Y. Bourhis documents the challenges and the ups and downs of the demographic and institutional vitality of the English-speaking communities of Quebec. Contributors include Rodrigue Landry, Jack Jedwab, William Floch, Joanne Pocock, Patricia Lamarre, James Carter, Guy Rodgers, Jane Needles, Rachel Garber, Hugh Maynard. The book concludes with essays by Dr. Victor Goldbloom, the former Commissioner of Official Languages, journalist André Pratte, and language commissioner Graham Fraser.
A discussion document based on a consultation of Quebec’s English-speaking population that included 32 focus groups that captured the voices English-speaking people sharing their experiences with the health and social services network and their needs in the future. The document was used to present four priorities for a renewed federal investment in the health of English-speaking communities for the period 2013 to 2018.
This declaration of community priorities was ratified by more than 180 members of the English-speaking community of Quebec at the end of the Community Priority Setting Conference in 2012. The conference was the culmination of the first phase the Strategic Priorities Forum that included 19 regional and sectoral consultations, five focus groups and an online survey of more than 500 English-speaking Quebecers.
The English-speaking community of Quebec faces many challenges, but one of the most significant is renewal. This report notes that immigrants have always played an important role in the vitality of English-speaking Quebec and that our community values the diversity arising from immigration.
This research paper by Richard Y. Bourhis (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Pierre Foucher (Faculty of Law, Université d’Ottawa) for the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities (CIRLM) concludes that key elements of Bill 103 modifying the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms and further restricting access to English schools do not respect the legitimate institutions of the English speaking communities of Quebec.
Stemming form QCGN’s Strategic Plan, this action plan identifies ways to improve the living conditions of English-speaking seniors in Quebec. It aims to increase awareness of existing resources available to English-speaking Quebec and to promote intercommunity and interinstitutional collaboration.
Generated by the QCGN this report was intended as a stepping-stone towards actions that foster identity-building and a sense of belonging within Canada’s official language minority communities, and promoting the contribution of arts, culture and heritage to the sustainable development of official language minority communities.
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