The late Dr. Victor Goldbloom was someone who could rightly be called a great Montrealer. Sylvia Martin Laforge speaks to Camille Ross about his career and what it meant to society. Watch the video
QUEBEC — Freshly back from fighting a flu-like virus, Education Minister Pierre Moreau found himself Tuesday fending off attacks from all sides, as he launched public hearings into his government’s proposed school board reform.
Bill 86 aims to eliminate province-wide school board elections and replace elected councils of commissioners, which currently oversee school board operations, with school councils made up of six parents, one teacher, one non-teaching staff, two principals, and six community members. Each school board’s director-general would also sit on the council, as a non-voting member. The goal, Moreau said, is to give parents and teachers greater control over their schools… Read more
The doctor, MNA, and former commissioner of Official Languages, Victor Goldbloom, has died of a heart attack.
Goldbloom was born in Montreal in 1923 and followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a pediatrician in the 1940s.
He worked in New York at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre before returning to Canada and joining politics in the 1960s. Read More
The Quebec government should open its upcoming hearings into school board reform to include as many voices as possible, said the head of the Quebec Community Groups Network.
“I think it’s always important to hear as many people who might have a good idea, an evidence-based idea, on what should be happening,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge of the QCGN, which links more than 45 English-speaking community organizations across the province… Read more
MONTREAL – Committee hearings examining Bill 86, the proposed law designed to do away with school board elections, get underway at the National Assembly in Quebec City on Jan. 28.
While the committee has agreed to hear from two school boards it initially excluded, the English-speaking community said it’s still not enough… Read more
MONTREAL – The English Montreal School Board, the largest English board in the province, announced Friday that it was pleased with the decision to be included in the parliamentary hearings surrounding Bill 86.
The bill aims to modify the organization and governance of school boards in the province by granting more control to parents. Earlier in the week, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), called for the Minister of Education, to step down over his handling of bill 86… Read more and watch video
Parti Québécois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau spoke out Thursday against the government’s handling of Bill 86, the proposed legislation that would abolish school board elections in the hopes of giving parents more control. Global’s Elysia Bryan-Baynes reports… Read more and watch the videos
The Liberal government cozies up to anglophones when it needs their votes, but the rest of the time is ready to trample all over their rights, Pierre Karl Péladeau says.
Switching to English at a news conference on Thursday, the Parti Québécois leader said he was “completely flabbergasted” to learn the Couillard government is refusing to hear what two of the province’s largest school boards, including English Montreal, have to say about its proposed school board reforms… Read more
Based upon what was said at last week’s special information session, the EMSB is getting set to lead the fight against the Couillard administration’s Education Minister in order to preserve and protect Quebec’s English-speaking communities and their rights to maintain and manage their own school boards. Aside from EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini, former federal Liberal MP Marlene Jennings shared the speaker’s table with Montreal lawyer Michael Bergman and Sylvia Martin-Laforge — the QCGN’s executive director — as they all condemned the new bill as an assault upon the province’s English-speaking communities and their right (as defined in the Canadian charter) to an English education…Read more
People representing English-language communities across Quebec met in Montreal Wednesday to denounce proposed legislation to abolish school board elections and overhaul the way schools are run.
At issue, they said, is the constitutional right of Quebec’s English minority to control and manage its schools.
“The right to school governance is fundamental,” said the former federal commissioner of official languages, Victor Goldbloom, referring to Section 23 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms… Read more
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