Ensuring English-speaking Quebecers’ voices are heard, heeded

By James Shea and Geoffrey Chambers English-speaking Quebecers have long been striving to convince successive Quebec governments to acknowledge and help mend a gaping democratic deficit — one that for decades has quietly been hindering our community and our province. We have long called for a mechanism for the voice of our linguistic minority community […]

Community Leaders Ready to Assist Kathleen Weil, Quebec’s new Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers

Montreal – November 6, 2017 – Kathleen Weil, the new Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, expressed her commitment to making a difference for the province’s minority community and the Quebec Community Groups Network stands ready to work with her. To engage with the English-speaking community, the provincial government must make investments in policy […]

Goldbloom Awards celebrate achievements of English community leaders in Quebec

“Sun Youth founder Sid Stevens was one of five members of Quebec’s English-speaking community recognized at the Goldbloom Awards. The annual event is organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network.” The annual event established by the QCGN is meant to honour individuals who have made an impact on Quebec’s English-speaking community. Clifford Lincoln, James Carter, […]

Exceptional Quebec leaders fêted at annual QCGN banquet

By Irwin Block For the Quebec Community Groups Network Activists and supporters of Quebec’s English-speaking community, including politicians from three levels of government, gathered Thursday evening to pay tribute to five people for their extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of community members and the broader society. Clifford Lincoln, Sid Stevens and Earl De La […]

Waiting for nomination of Canada’s next commissioner of official languages

“Qui succèdera à Graham Fraser à la tête du Commissariat aux langues officielles (CLO) du Canada? Quasiment trois mois jour pour jour après avoir relancé le processus à la suite de la nomination avortée de Madeleine Meilleur, le gouvernement n’a toujours pas annoncé le nom d’un nouveau commissaire aux langues officielles.” Trudeau’s government are saying that the […]

Strong, resilient, tireless: Quebec awards celebrate engaged citizens

“Claudia Di Iorio, an advocate for road safety, won the Young Quebecer Leading the Way Award in 2017.  She is only 23, but Montrealer Claudia Di Iorio has known more pain than many.” After her near-fatal collision, Claudia Di Iorio marshalled remarkable strength and resilience and now serves as a spokesperson for Cool Taxi while […]

Goldbloom Awards: Honouring the men behind Sun Youth

“Sun Youth is an organization most people know, however they may not know that the two men behind it knew each other as children, and built it up together. Sid Stevens and Earl De La Perralle are recipients of the Goldbloom Awards being handed out next week. The awards honour leaders in Quebec.” Sid and […]

Former Quebec environment minister honoured with Goldbloom Award

“It’s been 13 years since Clifford Lincoln retired from politics, but the former Quebec environment minister has never given up working on causes he cares about.” Clifford Lincoln will receive one of the QCGN’s Goldbloom Award on October 26 for his contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community. Clifford marked the provincial politics after being elected in […]

Right on the mark, Clifford Lincoln remains a man of principle

“Politics is the art of the possible, but for people of principle it can also become the art of the impossible.” In December 1988, Clifford Lincoln resigned from Bourassa cabinet which had decided to invoke the notwithstanding clause to override the Supreme Court judgement favouring bilingual signage. He is praised for being a “bridge-builder and […]

Sun Youth: Sid & Earl parlayed one-time read into a humanitarian empire

“Life in the crowded Plateau Mont-Royal in the post-war years was a time of modest beginnings and big dreams, including those of a young Sidney Stavitsky, aka Sid Stevens, and his friend Earl De La Perralle.” Sid & Earl’s Sun Youth first started with a local newspaper called the Clark Street Sun, and evolved to […]

New secretariat for relations with English-speaking communities welcome by CAMI

“Dans la foulée du dernier remaniement ministériel du gouvernement de Philippe Couillard, la ministre Kathleen Weil hérite du nouveau secrétariat dédié aux Relations avec les communautés anglophones du Québec.” In this radio interview to CFIM, Helena Burke, director general of the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI), presented her beliefs that the new Secretariat will […]

Kathleen Weil has long history of serving English-speaking Quebecers

“For Kathleen Weil, it was one of those ‘Mom would be proud’ moments of her life. The mother who made her daughter wear green ribbons in her hair to school on St. Patrick’s Day was very proud of her family’s Irish and Scottish roots, Weil said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette.” Following the […]

Quebec champion for English healthcare to be honoured

“Carter has devoted the last thirty years to championing the rights of English-speaking Quebecers to receive care in English” CTV’s Caroline Van Vlaardingen interviews James Carter, winner of the 2017 Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Carter has been a tireless and effective advocate for improved access to health and social services in […]

Montreal woman recognized for leadership after near-fatal accident

“Later this month, Claudia Di Iorio will be honoured by the Quebec Community Groups Network for her leadership in road safety education and the work she’s done to enact change in Montreal.” Seven years after being injured from a high-speed collision, she shared her story in the documentary “Dérapage”. She also served as spokesperson for […]

New Anglo Minister says changes to Bill 101 not forthcoming

“Quebec’s new minister for relations with anglo Quebecers says don’t expect her to spearhead changes to Quebec’s language law.” Kathleen Weil spoke with Leslie Roberts on CJAD 800 on Thursday morning for the first time since being given the job in Wednesday’s cabinet shuffle. Read the article on CJAD’s website