Digital steps offer renewed vitality for media serving Quebec’s English-speaking minority

Montreal – April 12, 2016

A series of pragmatic, cost-effective steps designed to rapidly help restore the vitality of news media serving the province’s English-language community was presented to federal Members of Parliament today by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

The scope and size of the federal government’s Canadian Periodical Fund should be substantially enlarged to actively embrace community-based initiatives in new media and online-only media, said Walter Duszara, secretary of the QCGN’s Board of Directors. The Fund is currently focussed almost entirely on support mechanisms that benefit non-daily print periodicals and their offshoots, but recently took a modest initial step toward support for digital-only pilot projects.

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Bill 86 tramples on minority rights and should be scrapped

Montreal – March 24, 2016

Bill 86 violates the constitutional rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community to control and manage its own schools and it must be scrapped, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) told the National Assembly on Thursday.

Quebec’s English public school system is a key institution of the English-speaking community of Quebec. The educational experience of children attending English schools must be of meaningfully similar quality to the educational experience of majority language students, QCGN told the Committee on Culture and Education that is examining the school board reform bill. QCGN invited the government to work with Quebec’s English-speaking community to achieve a model that will ensure substantive equality between the province’s minority school system and that of the majority.

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Quebec Youth to Discuss Their Place in Canada at Second Annual Youth Forum

Montreal – March 1, 2016

Dozens of youth from throughout the province have been taking part in regional workshops to prepare for the second annual Young Quebecers Leading the Way provincial forum which will take place next week at Montreal’s Concordia University.

 Led by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), in partnership with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), Young Quebecers Leading the Way is a three-year project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Youth Take Charge program. The project, which involves youth in celebrations around Canada’s 150th anniversary, encourages participants to reflect on Canada’s past, present and future and develop a stronger attachment to their country through civic engagement.

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QCGN Mourns the Loss of Community Advocate Dr. Victor Goldbloom

Montreal – February 17, 2016

The Quebec Community Groups Network and Quebec’s English-speaking community were greatly saddened by the news of Dr. Victor Goldbloom’s passing this week.

“Dr. Goldbloom was a passionate ambassador for our community and a diplomat who spoke wisely and with great authority on our behalf,” commented QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

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NFB Deal a First for a Federal Cultural Agency in Quebec

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), and the Quebec English-language Production Council (QEPC) have just signed a three-year co-operation and collaboration agreement that will help strengthen Quebec’s English-language audiovisual sector and culture, building on the NFB’s commitment to official-language minority communities across Canada…

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Bilingualism essential for evolution of our laws and access to justice for English and French-speaking minority communities

Montreal – October 22, 2015

The Bar of Montreal laments the fact that Quebec’s jurisprudence is seldom integrated into our national jurisprudence because of language – a gap that is worrisome and a serious failure of our legal system.

“The Bar of Montreal strongly believes that one must not only read the laws that are adopted, but it is essential to question how they are adopted,” stated Madame la bâtonnière Magali Fournier in the course of a conference entitled “Language of Statutes and Judgments” organized by the Bar of Montreal, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Language Rights Support Program and the Quebec Community Groups Network. One of the objectives of the event was to identify solutions to improve access to justice for Quebec’s minority English-speaking communities.

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Jennings report validates minority community position on the right to management and control of school boards

Montreal, September 16, 2015 –

The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the English Parents Community Association (EPCA) and the Quebec Federation of Home and Schools (QFHSA) are pleased with the findings of the Elections Systems Study Panel which aim to protect the constitutional rights of English-speaking Quebecers and to protect the integrity of our educational institutions which are key to the vitality of our communities.

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Always Leading From the Front, Alexander Gordon Wins Youth Leadership Award

Montreal – September 8, 2015

The Quebec Community Groups Network, the Fondation Notre Home Foundation and CBC Quebec are pleased to announce that Alexander Gordon is the first ever winner of the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award which recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of young English-speaking Quebecers who are engaged in innovative initiatives that create change in our communities.

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Goldbloom Award Winners Bechervaise, Briand, Gatre Guemiri and Orr Know How To Get Things Done

Montreal, August 26, 2015 –

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is pleased to announce the winners of its seventh annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Among them are two regional pioneers of Quebec’s English-speaking community’s advocacy movement, Lynden Bechervaise and Gary Briand, as well as two proponents of English community diplomacy, former Alliance Quebec president Royal Orr and Fatiha Gatre Guemiri, the multicultural, multilingual director of the East Island Network for English-Language Services.

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New award to recognize up and coming community leaders

Montreal, June 11 2015 – 

The Quebec Community Groups Network, the Fondation Notre Home Foundation and CBC Quebec are pleased to launch the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award which recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of young English-speaking Quebecers who are engaged in innovative initiatives that create change in our communities.

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Quebec Community Groups Network celebrates 20th anniversary

Montreal, June 12 2015 – 

The Quebec Community Groups Network celebrated 20 years of leadership as a strong voice of Quebec’s English-speaking community as its representatives from across the province gathered Friday in Montreal.  As part of the anniversary celebrations, the QCGN inducted Ann Marie Powell from the Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC) as a new honorary member, and launched the Young Quebecers Leading the Way award to celebrate up-and-coming community leaders who do just that.

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Quebec’s English-speaking Communities Need Support to Integrate Newcomers

Montreal – May 7, 2015

Quebec’s English-speaking minority community and Francophone minority communities outside Quebec need the support of the federal government to ensure they take full advantage of the positive impacts that immigration can have on them, said Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, as he delivered in his 2014-2015 Annual Report released earlier today.

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QCGN Seeks Exceptional Individuals who Contribute to Vitality of English-Speaking Community

Montreal, April 20, 2015 – 
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is welcoming nominations of individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec for recognition with a Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. The award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to strengthening the English-speaking community and to building bridges between Quebecers of different backgrounds, was established by the QCGN in 2009 to celebrate individuals who, like Dr. and Mrs. Goldbloom, have dedicated themselves to ensuring English-speaking Quebec remains a vibrant community within Quebec and Canada.

Quebec youth lead the way to Sesquicentennial celebrations

Montreal, March 3 2015 –

Heading into celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, more than six dozen English- and French-speaking young Quebecers gathered at the historic Morrin Centre in Quebec City this past weekend to reflect on Canada’s history and their role in the past and future of their country.

The youth from across the province were participating in the first of three annual forums organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) in partnership with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). The forum is part of Young Quebecers Leading the Way, a three-year project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Youth Take Charge program.

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QCGN satisfied Bill 10 compromises will protect the rights of English-speaking communities

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After months of intense and delicate negotiations with Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, Quebec’s English-speaking community obtained important changes to Bill 10. These changes to the health reform legislation will preserve many of our institutions despite the loss of their individual boards of directors. They create significant new opportunities for meaningful participation and influence of English-speaking Quebecers in our institutions, and will help ensure that the health and social service network is responsive to the needs of our communities.

When he tabled Bill 10 in September, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette stated that his goal was to improve access to health and social services through better vertical integration, to enable patients to move through the system more easily, and to reduce costs,” said QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge. “It is well known that we disagreed with the elimination of our Boards, which in our view was not necessary to achieve the Minister’s stated objectives. We had to face the reality that the Government had decided that eliminating boards was central to its reform. We were confronted with the hard fact that a majority government had the power to enact its legislation with or without our support.”

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