$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 […]

Fallout over faulty census figues

Sylvia Martin-Laforge of the QCGN speaks about the Stats Can admission that its Quebec language numbers were wrong. Watch the interview on CTV News Montreal

StatsCan admits error led it to overestimate number of anglos in Quebec

Statistics Canada has recognized it made a mistake in its recent calculations on the number of English-speaking Quebecers and will correct the data. But the fallout from the incident continues with representatives of the English-speaking community saying such “alternative facts” have likely already done lasting damage to their efforts to shore up a fragile minority […]

StatsCan blames computer error for spike in number of English speakers in Quebec

“Statistics Canada is blaming a computer error for results that indicated a surprising increase in the number of English-speaking people in Quebec. The agency said roughly 61,000 people were misclassified when the results of the 2016 census were compiled.” English-language groups alerted Statistics Canada to possible discrepancies earlier this week. Most errors were found on a local level […]

Statistics Canada to re-examine mystery surge of anglophones in Quebec regions

The group that represents Quebec English-speaking community groups says it’s shocked by and skeptical of new Statistics Canada numbers that show a surge in the number of people who speak English as a mother tongue. “It was a surprise,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge. She said the QCGN was anticipating very little growth in the number of anglophones and was […]

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 […]