The Gaspe Spec
November 17, 2011 – CBC has teamed up with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and community groups in Quebec to sponsor a video contest that encourages English-speaking high school students to discover the history and heritage of their families and communities.
”As the country’s public broadcaster, CBC is committed to connecting people and telling their stories, ” said Pia Marquard, managing director at CBC Quebec. ”Our history and traditions are incredibly rich here. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos these students produce.”
Co-sponsored by the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the ‘My Quebec Roots’ video contest is designed to highlight the vibrant stories of their communities through pictures, sound and spoken word, exploring their past through the traditions of oral history and recording the stories of their community and family elders.
CBC has teamed up with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and community groups in Quebec to sponsor a video contest that encourages English-speaking high school students to discover the history and heritage of their families and communities.
”As the country’s public broadcaster, CBC is committed to connecting people and telling their stories, ” said Pia Marquard, Managing Director of CBC Quebec. ”Our history and traditions are incredibly rich here. I’m looking forward to seeing the videos these students produce.”
Anglophone community leaders from across Quebec gathered in Montreal on Oct. 22 to honour the 2011 winners of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards. The awards, given by the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella organization for anglophone community groups across the province, are named for a couple well-known for their own community service: Victor Goldbloom has served as an MNA, head of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, and federal official-languages commissioner, while Sheila Goldbloom is a professor of social work, founding board member of the Foundation of Greater Montreal, and in 2008 was co-chair of a provincial commission on the living conditions of Quebec seniors. Both have a long history of charitable and volunteer work. The three winners of the 2011 Goldbloom awards recently spoke to The Gazette’s communities editor, David Johnston, about their own work.
Marian Scott, The Gazette
Laval’s English-speaking population grew by 35% from 1996 to 2006 – a notable exception to Quebec as a whole during that period, when the anglophone population dropped by half a percentage point from 1996 to 2001, and rose by a quarter of a percent from 2001-06. Services for Laval’s multicultural English-speaking population have not kept pace with its increasing numbers, says Luigi Morabito, coordinator of the Laval Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI-Laval). Organizers are inviting English-speaking Laval residents to two public meetings to discuss concerns like access to health and social services, housing, education, employment and community life. The goal is to create a portrait of the changing face of the anglophone community and devise ways to address its needs. Two forums will be held: Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.
Par Michaël Nguyen, Journal de Montréal
Après toutes les discussions sur la place du français et de l’anglais dans l’affichage, des patients de l’Hôtel-Dieu ont été étonnés de constater qu’une affiche les prévient maintenant du temps d’attente aléatoire au centre de prélèvement dans les trois langues, l’espagnol s’étant ajouté aux deux langues officielles.
« Il est clair que nous ne rendons pas service aux Québécois issus de l’immigration en ne leur demandant pas d’adopter la langue commune », a réagi par courriel le député péquiste Yves-François Blanchet, porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière d’immigration, communautés culturelles et langues.
The Sherbrooke Record
Well known community activist Aline Visser was one of three recent recipients of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Visser, a Thetford Mines native, is a lifelong volunteer with an extensive list of involvements in the fields of education, health and community development in her local community. Active in women’s, youth and mental health issues, the indefatigable Visser is a founding member of the Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), has sat on the boards of both Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) and Townshippers’ Association, and has served as vice-president and as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). She also sits on the baord of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Chaudière-Appalaches, is president of the Thetford health and social service center (CSSS), and sits on the provincial committee that advises the government on access to health and social services in English.
BY PHILIP AUTHIER, THE GAZETTE OCTOBER 17, 2011
Anglos, anglos, where are the anglophones?
For a movement that fancies itself inclusive and sells an idea that should be popular among federalists – shelving all talk of referendums or constitutional reform – the coalition has a dearth of non-francophones in its ranks, which now number about 5,000.
Beyond business tycoon and coalition co-founder Charles Sirois, who has links to the provincial Liberals, not been many federalists have come forward to get involved in this coalition.
He has yet to meet the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group for 32 English-language community groups across Quebec, but network spokesperson Rita Legault (no relation) said there have been discussions about having one.
The West Quebec Post, Julie Murray
English high school students from West Quebec traveled to Pointe-Clair for the annual Concours d’art oratoire, or French-language debate contest, held May 14. The Concours d’art oratoire is a French-speaking contest for secondary students organized by Canadien Parents for French […]
Better French skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s English-speaking youth, as highlighted in the Quebec Community Groups Network’s report, Creating Spaces. The Concours d’art oratoire program, now in its ninth year, helps fulfill that aspiratin by giving youth a meaningful forum in which to practice and develop their French-speaking confidence.
”It was a very informative day” says Cheryl Henry-Leggo
The Gaspé Spec, Thierry Haroun
PERCÉ – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Montreal recently to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. SPEC spoke with Cheryl Henry-Leggo, Seniors Coordinator at Vision Gaspé-Percé Now. She was the only Gaspé representative at the Forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network.