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  • Access the QCGN portal

    August 22, 2017 The Daily Briefing is archived on the QCGN Daily Briefing Portal. The Portal provides access to back-issues, research reports and offers a fully-searchable index. To access the Portal, simply click on the My Portal link included at the top right-hand corner of today's Daily Briefing. Your email and a password are required. To obtain your password, click here. If you do not have an account, click here to subscribe.
  • Census data error exposed deeply-rooted insecurities about French language: Opinion

    August 19, 2017 This opinion column suggests the Statistics Canada census error that showed the French language in decline actually helped reveal deep anxiety among francophones about the continuing viability of French in Quebec and doubts about whether the language charter does all that it might. It notes that because Statistics Canada's findings often influence policy, the agency's rare blunder has exposed a shift in the debate, including concern about the public usage of French has been overtaken by worries about the more private relationship francophone Quebecers have with their language.
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    'Extraordinarily painful': How Statistics Canada recovers when a major data error gets discovered - National Post
  • Philippe Couillard insists Bill 62 law will apply to all municipalities

    August 18, 2017 The law on the religious neutrality of the state will apply in Montreal and in all municipalities of Quebec, even if it displeases Mayor Denis Coderre. Premier Philippe Couillard made the statement in Montreal after speaking at a conference on sexual diversity and gender plurality in the Francophonie. Couillard is open to discussions, but not to the point of compromising on principles. 
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    Don Macpherson: The Couillard government's anti-niqab bill gets worse - Montreal Gazette
  • Opinion: Quebec Liberals in a vulnerable position in run up to provincial election

    August 21, 2017 With approximately one year to go before the next Quebec election, Globe & Mail columnist Konrad Yakabuski believes Philippe Couillard is looking vulnerable, in part because of anglophone antipathy. In spite of a much-improved economy, poll after poll shows the opposition Coalition Avenir Québec moving into first place in the polls among francophone voters, while non-francophone voters are increasingly defecting from the Liberals.
  • Montreal's Parc de la Cité-du-Havre renamed in honour of Dieppe raid

    August 21, 2017 Montreal's Parc de la Cité-du-Havre was renamed Dieppe Park in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe raid, a deadly World War II battle that set a record for the number of Canadian soldiers killed in a single day, when 907 were killed, another 1,154 were wounded and 1,946 were taken prisoner. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said the park's renaming "reinforces the historic link between Montreal and the deployment of the troops during Operation Jubilee."
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    Dieppe: 584 Fusiliers Mont-Royal went in, 125 got out - CBC
  • Reflections on the 40th anniversary of Bill 101

    August 21, 2017 As part of its coverage leading up to the 40th anniversary of Bill 101 on Aug. 26, Le Devoir offers insight from a number of guest writers who offer their perspective on the law and what it has meant. This column is written by Guy Rocher, one of the co-authors of the bill. [Translated from French]
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    Camille Laurin voulait que la loi 101 soit un choc - Le Devoir (sub. req.)
    Il y a 40 ans, la loi 101 - Le Droit 
  • More than 450 proposals up for debate at PQ congress

    August 21, 2017 More than 450 proposals are up for debate at the upcoming Parti Québécois congress. In addition to a leadership confidence vote for Jean-François Lisée, the party is also expected to vote on policies including strengthening Bill 101, tax exemptions for religious organizations and more. [Translated from French]
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    Plus de 450 propositions à débattre au prochain congrès du PQ - Journal de Montréal
  • Gazette examines growing trend of anglophones choosing French universities

    August 19, 2017 The Gazette examines the growing trend of English-speaking students choosing to attend French univerisities. A study released by the OQLF found Quebec students whose mother tongue is English are choosing to study at French universities in greater numbers. In 2002, just 5.9% of the Quebec-born students who listed English as their mother tongue opted to attend a French university. By 2014, that number had risen to 9.5%. Although the numbers of anglophone students enrolled at French universities are still relatively small compared to the inverse (roughly 20% of McGill University students and 23% of Concordia students list French as their mother tongue), the rate of increase is not. The number of anglophones choosing to study in French rose by 83% in just over a decade.
  • Opinion: Acadians have it 'right' when it comes to differences

    August 21, 2017 This column looks at the cultural differences between Quebecers and Acadians, with the author noting that Acadians are driven by an innate sense of pride that celebrates differences, rather than letting them come between them. [Translated from French]
  • Quebec 4-H Association seeking executive director

    August 21, 2017 The Quebec 4-H Association is seeking a candidate to fill the role of executive director. Further details on the position are available in the job posting