It is encouraging to see that a provincial government often rightly accused of taking near-blanket electoral support from anglophones for granted has come across with funding for a major initiative in aid of English-speaking seniors.
The minister responsible for seniors, Marguerite Blais, announced on the weekend that the Quebec Community Groups Network will be granted just shy of $275,000 to fund a three-year research undertaking that is projected to lead to the establishment of a provincewide advocacy network for anglophone seniors.
Such a group has been under discussion and its need evident for some time. French-speaking seniors outside Quebec already benefit from such an organization in the form of the Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada.
Linda Gyulai, The Gazette
Quebec’s minister responsible for seniors, Marguerite Blais, announced Sunday that 73 community-based projects aimed at helping seniors become autonomous will split $5.8 million in Quebec government funding. Photograph by: Dave Sidaway , Gazette file photo MONTREAL – Quebec seniors need services and support to help them stay active and remain at home, and, if they’re English-speaking older Quebecers, they also need a voice in this province. That’s the premise of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group of English-speaking community organizations that serve all age groups in the province. It will embark on a three-year research project to identify problems that inhibit access to government services, continuing education, housing, leisure activities and other types of services for Quebec’s 132,485 English-speakers over the age of 65.
A Quebec community organization is calling on English-speaking high school students in the province to share their heritage on film.
The Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents English-speaking groups across the province, has teamed up with CBC to sponsor a video contest to learn about the history and heritage youth across Quebec.
The My Quebec Roots Video Contest aims to highlight the stories of English-speaking communities across the province through pictures, sound and spoken word, while exploring communities’ traditions through family elders and oral history.
Journal de Québec, Jean-Nicolas Blanchet
Si les groupes de soutien des communautés anglophones estiment injustifiée l’attitude des protestataires à propos de l’embauche d’un entraîneur unilingue anglophone à Montréal, l’organisation du Canadien a continué de recevoir son lot de critiques, dimanche.
L’entraîneur du Canadien par intérim, Randy Cunneyworth Porte-parole de l’opposition en matière de langue, d’immigration et de communautés culturelles, le député péquiste Yves-François Blanchet juge que le Canadien se fiche carrément de ses partisans puisqu’il est en situation de monopole.
Directeur général au groupe Voice of English Quebec, affilié au réseau de soutien aux groupes anglophones Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Jean-Sébastien Jolin-Gignac se montrait mal à l’aise avec la vague de mécontentement suscité par l’embauche de Randy Cunneyworth.
« On vit dans un monde basé sur des résultats. Si le Canadien gagne la coupe Stanley, les gens vont s’en ficher qu’il ne parle pas français, indique celui qui rappelle que tous ses membres sont invités à apprendre le français. C’est la première chose qu’on leur dit. Et demandez à tous les anglophones si le nouvel entraîneur doit apprendre le français. Ils vont dire oui, c’est sûr, c’est juste normal, c’est le Canadien. » « Je pense qu’on a fait un peu trop de vagues. Engager quelqu’un qui ne parle pas français, ce n’est pas l’idéal, mais s’il dit qu’il veut l’apprendre, ce n’est pas problématique », conclut-il.
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.