PQ proposal: If elected, cut budgets to English CEGEPs

“As election years near, the Parti Quebecois has a tradition of playing to its hardline base. This time is no different.” Quebec’s separatist party is considering cutting the budgets of English CEGEPs to stem the growing enrolment of French-speaking students. This measure follows a rejection from Lisée to extend Bill 101 to post-secondary education. Commenting […]

Bill 101’s track record is one quiet evolution

This op-ed was published in the Montreal Gazette on August 31, 2017 and co-signed by James Shea, president and Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president. “Bill 101’s adoption 40 years ago marked a milestone in Quebec language politics. To better understand its significance, we must see it as part of a longer continuum. History, nuance and context will […]

‘A breakthrough for anglophones’: Eastern Townships nursing home reaches funding deal with Quebec

“A venerable English-language nursing home in the Eastern Townships that was fighting for its survival has struck a funding agreement with the Quebec government to continue to care for more than 80-long-term residents.” Wales Home will receive $5.6 million a year from the Quebec Health Department which insure the survival of the oldest nursing home […]

Census: revised linguistic profile still worrisome (FR)

“L’erreur de Statistique Canada sur la langue maternelle des Québécois ne doit pas faire oublier que le français est en recul au Québec, même si le phénomène est moins prononcé qu’on ne l’avait annoncé précédemment, disent des organismes de défense de la langue française.” The federal agency has revised their language numbers following their initial […]

Statistics Canada releases revised numbers on Quebec anglophones

“Statistics Canada has published revised Census numbers after admitting an error in language stats for Quebec.” After releasing numbers earlier this month showing a massive spike of anglophones in Quebec, Statistics Canada now presented data which shows only a very slight increase in Quebec since 2011. The Quebec Community Groups Network says the revised data […]

Statistics Canada sets the record straight on language error

“Statistics Canada has officially set the record straight on a computing error that led it to publish false information on the decline of native French speakers in Quebec last year.” An error which impacted a specific subset of questions from the census was corrected by Statistics Canada. The data shows a small decline in native […]

Statistics Canada corrects itself: fewer anglos in Quebec than initially thought

“Statistics Canada has corrected itself when it comes to the linguistic breakdown of Canadians. Earlier this month the agency incorrectly reported that the number of mother-tongue anglophones in Quebec had increased by 57,325 people between 2011 and 2016.” News of the increase inflamed worries among “protectors” of the French language, but the increase was reduced with corrected […]

Anglo group finds silver lining in revised census figures that show declines

“Even though revised census figures show the number of mother-tongue Enlish-speakers in Quebec is declining, a leading Anglo advocacy group has found a sliver of good news in the updated numbers.” The number of English-speakers only went up by about 2,000 people. According to QCGN, these numbers seem more reflective from what we’ve been hearing in […]

Marissa Matthews, Young Quebecer talks about Bishop’s Forum

As the Bishop’s Forum wrapped up on Friday, CBC Sherbrooke’s Alison Brunette caught up with participant Marissa Matthews from the Magdalen Islands. They spoke about the impact the forum had on Matthews. Listen to their interview that aired on Breakaway on August 18.

Quebec AM meets with Bishop’s Forum participants

CBC Sherbrooke’s Alison Brunette spent some time chatting with speakers and youth participants at the Bishop’s Forum on Civic Engagement that took place August 13-18, 2017. Youths said they discovered a lot about Quebec’s English-speaking community as they met with counterparts from across the province. They also had that chance to speak with a wide […]

$471 000 to Promote Civic Engagement Among Young People

Bishop’s University has received $471 000 in financial support over three years to organize the Bishop’s Forum. The event, which runs until August 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 […]

Analysis: Mixed messages for anglos

Watch Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge’s interview at CTV News Montreal at Noon.

James Hughes interviewed by Marika Wheeler

During an interview for Quebec AM with Marika Wheeler, James Hughes talks about Bishop’s Forum.

Status quo as policy (FR)

“Devant les membres de la Commission-Jeunesse de son parti, Philippe Couillard a lancé, dimanche, un appel aux anglophones du Québec. « We need you », a-t-il clamé dans son discours de clôture. Son gouvernement n’a pourtant aucune solution pour contrer le déclin du réseau scolaire anglais. Aux anglophones comme aux francophones, son message est le même : l’équilibre […]

Bishop’s University to host first civic leadership forum

“Working together with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Bishop’s University (BU) has organized a week-long forum gathering nearly 60 English speaking students and over two dozen guest speakers set to start this Sunday night. During the forum, the youths will be learning about the type of society they live in and how to get […]