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  • QCGN finds silver lining in revised census figures

    August 17, 2017 Following revised figures from Statistics Canada which revealed the percentage of English-speaking residents in Quebec dropped from 7.7% to 7.5%, QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge said the numbers are more closely aligned with what the organization has been seeing. "These numbers seem more reflective of what we've been hearing in our community," said Martin-Laforge. The number of English-speakers only went up by about 2,000 people, according to the latest estimate from Statistics Canada. "The vitality of the community is always at risk. This will mean, we hope, the ability to get more funding for for services in Quebec for the English-speaking community."
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  • Former premier Jean Charest tells Quebec English-speakers to show what they 'stand for'

    August 18, 2017 Speaking at a forum on English-speaking youth in the province's Eastern Townships region, at Bishop's University, former Quebec premier Jean Charest shared his experiences with linguistic tension in the province. Afterward, speaking to CBC News, Charest reflected on what it was like for him to jostle between the linguistic divides of French and English, the country's two official languages, as provincial leader. He discussed topics including education, the role of English-speakers in the province and the future of bilingualism in Quebec.
  • PQ leader criticizes Denis Coderre for stance on Bill 62

    August 18, 2017 The leader of the Parti Québécois disagrees with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who says he wants nothing to do with a Quebec religious neutrality bill. In an open letter to the mayor posted on his Facebook page, Jean-François Lisée said Coderre is trying to use Montreal's status as a metropolis to exclude itself from laws being adopted by the National Assembly, and that is not acceptable.
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  • Poll shows non-Francophones believe racism is a problem, Francophones less so

    August 18, 2017 Quebec's non-francophones are much more likely to identify racism as a problem than the province’s francophones, according to a new poll. The poll found that 37% of non-francophones called racism a big problem in the province, compared to 10% of francophones. The survey was done in advance of an upcoming series of public consultations on racism by the Quebec government in September. Most respondents said they believe the consultations will be useful - 24% of Quebecers said they would be very useful, and 33% said somewhat useful. Liberal and Québec solidaire supporters were most likely to identify racism as a problem in the poll, with 19% of Liberal supporters and 20% of QS supporters calling it a "big problem." Nine percent of Parti Québécois supporters said the same, and 53% of this group said racism was "somewhat of a problem."
  • Office québécois de la langue anglaise shutters operations after 21 years

    August 17, 2017 The Office québécois de la langue anglaise, which was founded in February 1996 and has attracted over 20,000 members, is officially closing its operations. The founder of the organization says the reason for closing is not that the need has disappeared, it is more because of apathy on the part of Quebecers.
  • FCFA head implores Statistics Canada to add specific questions to next census

    August 17, 2017 Jean Johnson, president of the Fédération des communautés francophone et acadienne, says that while Statistics Canada corrected incorrect census figures in an impressively quick timeframe, he is asking the agency to consider adding questions to the 2021 survey. He feels the current questions are not precise enough to predict educational needs, among other deficiencies. [Translated from French]
  • Wales Home in Eastern Townships now eligible for government funding

    August 18, 2017

    A long-term seniors' care home in the Eastern Townships is now officially public and eligible to receive government funding. The Wales CHSLD in Richmond struggled financially for years, going into an operational deficit of $1.7 million. The English-only care facility will receive $5.6 million per year from the Quebec government, on a 15-year renewable agreement. Management of the waiting list and available rooms will be handled by regional health authority, the CIUSSS de l'Estrie CHUS. There are 84 rooms now but the facility hopes to expand to 96 rooms in order to meet demand for English long-term care in the Eastern Townships.

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  • Statistics Canada releases revamped language numbers for Quebec

    August 17, 2017 After Statistics Canada was notified of anomalies for various regions in Quebec in the 2016 Census language data, the resulting error led to incorrect allocation of responses to the census language questions for roughly 61,000 individuals, mainly in Quebec, where, for both mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, French declined less than initially reported. After adjustment, the population with French as a mother tongue is 77.1% rather than 76.4%, and the population that speaks French most often at home is 79% rather than 78.3%. In terms of English as mother tongue, there is now a slight decrease instead of an increase. The proportion of the Quebec population with English as its only mother tongue is now 7.5% rather than 8.1% (roughly 55,000 individuals). With regard to English spoken most often at home, there is a slight decrease instead of an increase in terms of single responses (now 9.7%
  • Bishop's University receives $471K to promote civic engagement among young people

    August 17, 2017 Bishop's University received $471,000 in financial support over three years to organize the Bishop's Forum. The event, which runs until Aug.18, is aimed at English-speaking Secondary V, college and university students. It is focusing on the themes of citizenship, community involvement, philanthropy, the environment, the political system, the media, entrepreneurship, the social economy, and parliamentary committees. It falls within the scope of the key objective of The 2030 Québec Youth Policy focusing on citizenship to encourage a commitment by young people to culture, the community and society.