Bishop’s to hold civic engagement forum for English-speaking Quebecers

“As the month of August signals the end of vacation for many university students across Quebec, students may be looking to squeeze in a last-minute vacation before hitting the books this fall.” Some students were selected to partake in the Bishop’s Forum Youth civic institute which is designed to educate self-identified English-speaking Quebecers about civic engagement […]

Bishop’s University Hosting Civic Leadership Institute for Quebec’s English-speaking Youth

Sherbrooke – August 10, 2017 – Next week, between August 13 and 18, Bishop’s University will host 50 young leaders at the inaugural Bishop’s Forum – a week-long conference where young English-speaking Quebecers will engage in discussions about Quebec society. “The Bishop’s Forum aims to give young English-speaking Quebecers an enhanced understanding of how Quebec […]

Explosion in number of English-speaking residents in rural areas raises doubts

An unexplained increase in the number of English-speaking Quebecers in the regions has raised doubts about the reliability of the 2016 census numbers released last week. The population with English as their mother tongue, or as language spoken at home, exploded in cities across Quebec according to the 2016 census data analyzed by Montreal researcher […]

Skepticism, ‘shock’ surrounds 2016 census language findings in Quebec

More results from the 2016 census were released last week, and some are finding the Quebec language results hard to believe. One of them is Jack Jedwab, executive vice-president for the Association for Canadian Studies. Jedwab wasn’t surprised to see a 10 per cent increase in the number of mother tongue anglophones in Quebec over the […]

New High School History Course Approved

The saga surrounding Quebec’s history course for Secondary 4 and 5 students is drawing to a close. Education minister Sébastien Proulx has just approved the final version which will be mandatory in the fall. According to Raymond Bédard, president of La Société des professeurs d’histoire du Québec, the reform was well received by the majority […]

Plan for hearings on ‘systemic racism’ in Quebec divides province’s political left

Some critics say the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist. MONTREAL — Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province. Forgotten in the upcoming discussion is Quebec’s […]

Newly revised history course to be taught in schools this fall

The provincial government has approved a controversial new high school history course following what is being described as minor changes to the curriculum. The new course was launched by the Parti Quebecois government of 2014 and was supposed to be a more inclusive look at how people of all ethnicities built Quebec. Instead the course rarely […]

2016 census reveals anglophone population in Quebec rising despite language laws

Quebec’s English-speaking community has grown more in the past five years than during any census period over the last four decades, says the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies. While anglophones might be more numerous in Quebec, the Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, Sylvia Martin-Laforge told the Canadian Press that our community is still worried […]

Census shows more anglo, allophones living in Quebec

The number of bilingual Canadians is at an all-time high, and some people are worried about that. The 2016 Statistics Canada census shows 18 percent of Canadians speak both official languages –with the lion’s share of those bilingual citizens living in Quebec. The Quebec Community Groups Network says while more people may be speaking English at […]

Barrette agrees to consult with union leaders, patients’ group on future of MUHC

“Faced with an outcry from patients’ groups and union leaders, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette has backed off plans to appoint within days more than half the board of the McGill University Health Centre.” Health Minister hopes to name members to the MUHC board by the end of the summer, although he will continue to consult […]

Gaétan Barrette calls emergency meeting with unions amid turmoil at MUHC

“Health Minister Gaétan Barrette will hold an emergency meeting early this morning with unions representing workers at the McGill University Health Centre amid an administrative crisis at the province’s largest hospital” Following the departure of MUHC’s 10 independent board members, Barrette said he will hold a meeting at 7:30 a.m. to discuss with unions and the patients’ […]

Health minister to meet with MUHC workers, committees this morning

“Health Minister Gaetan Barrette has called a meeting for Thursday to deal with the administrative problems at the MUHC.” In the wake of this week’s mass resignation, Gaetan Barrette will meet unions repesenting employees and with members of various committee at the Glen Site. Meanwhile, the English-speaking rights group QCGN said it is ready to […]

What is the QCGN, the anglophone-rights group working quietly to reshape MUHC?

“Montrealers learned this week that the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has been quietly working behind the scenes with Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to reshape the leadership of the embattled McGill University Health Centre” This article features the key elements of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), such as their source of funding, their member groups and […]

Anglo-rights group working with Barrette to replace MUHC board

“Quietly behind the scenes, a prominent anglophone-rights group has been working with Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to reshape the leadership of the McGill University Health Centre, the Montreal Gazette has learned.” The involvement of the QCGN has rankled some managers of the MUHC who fear that the QCGN might have grown too close to Barrette. […]

MUHC board resignations leave ‘1st-class institution’ facing leadership void

“Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s top-down management style is coming under scrutiny following the resignation of more than half the board members at the McGill University Health Centre.” The resignation of 10 independent board members reflects the counterproductive approach Barrette takes with health care institutions. Board members have complained about ignored meetings and failed correspondence. However, it was the revealed reports on […]