- April 28, 2017 The QCGN announced the selection of 10 projects that will improve employability or secure basic socioeconomic security for vulnerable youth, seniors/caregivers or newcomers in Quebec's English language communities. These projects will be financed under the Community Innovation Fund (CIF), which will invest $1 million in federal funds between May 2017 and March 2019 for social initiatives that build job skills and develop partnerships across the non-profit and private sectors. "These projects will help build sustainable partnerships that will improve the vitality of our English-speaking communities right across the province, by ensuring employability of (vulnerable Anglophones), ensuring they are connected to their communities and have the kinds of opportunities they need to ensure they are not isolated," said QCGN board member James Hughes.
Quebec Anglophone community groups get $1M in federal funding - Global News
Feds give $1M to Quebec groups serving English-speaking community - CTV
Ten projects selected
- April 27, 2017 Sam Hamad, a former cabinet minister and Liberal MNA for the Quebec City riding of Louis-Hébert is leaving politics. Hamad was first elected to in 2003 and was instrumental in the leadership campaign of Premier Philippe Couillard. Hamad is quitting politics to pursue a career in private business.
Sam Hamad: an immigrant success story overshadowed by scandals - Montreal Gazette
- April 27, 2017 The head of Montreal's police union has thrown Philippe Couillard’s government into another corruption crisis after he alleged political interference blocked criminal charges against a current Liberal caucus member. Yves Francoeur, president of the Montreal police union, alleged law-enforcement officials asked him "to do something" after a person he did not identify blocked some 2012 criminal cases from going to court. The cases involved a current sitting Liberal member of the National Assembly and another who since resigned, Francoeur said.
Corruption: dure journée pour le PLQ - Le Devoir (sub. req.)
- April 28, 2017 A video created to celebrate Montreal's identity is being criticized for only featuring what appear to be white people. Posted to the city's Facebook and YouTube pages, the two-minute video is part of a campaign to get Montrealers to propose people, places and organizations they believe are vital to the city's cultural heritage. The city did not immediately return a request for comment, nor has it responded to the criticism on its Facebook page.
- April 27, 2017 Ontario Francophones have mixed reactions to the province's latest budget. A Franco-Ontarian university is mentioned in the budget, but with no specific commitments aside from the formation of a committee to advise the government on costs and conceptual aspects of the facility. Supporters of the institution were hoping to have a start-up fund of $60 million dedicated to the project. [Translated from French]
- April 28, 2017 For its 29th season, Repercussion Theatre will be presenting Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The free outdoor shows typically reach more than 10,000 people, with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group's goal is to give every neighbourhood the chance to explore the Shakespearean world. Select dates will also have pre-show activities open to the public, including workshops for kids and teens, and a panel discussion. A free app is available for Francophone audiences who would like to follow along with a French script during the show.
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- April 26, 2017 QCGN President James Shea penned this opinion piece for the Gazette in which he says the organization accepts the sincere apology Martin Coiteux issued. He says it is a step that QCGN greets with an open mind and an open spirit, but notes that forgiveness should not and cannot be equated with forgetfulness. By taking the no-English path, Shea says Coiteux gave credence to the myth that English speakers have somehow been relegated to the sidelines in the democratic arena where our provincial laws are publicly debated and set into stone. The scarcity of English-speaking MNAs and government bureaucrats in Quebec City is an ongoing, serious issue and we need our leaders to understand and speak for our community. The scarcity of English-speaking MNAs and government bureaucrats in Quebec City is an ongoing, serious issue, Shea says, and English-speaking residents of the province need leaders to understand and speak for our community.
- April 26, 2017 Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux has apologized for not talking English in the National Assembly. Earlier this week, Quebec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir asked a question in English about political financing in the Liberal party. Khadir prefaced his question by saying he was asking it in English because it was a topic he said Quebec Anglophones don't hear enough about. Coiteux replied to the question in French, a move that drew criticism from the QCGN, which pointed out legislation passed by the National Assembly must be both in French and English. The president of the QCGN, James Shea, said Coiteux's action was "an affront" to all Anglophones, especially those in the West Island riding that Coiteux represents. The Coalition Avenir Quebec's Eric Caire said that Coiteux demonstrated a lack of respect with his response. Jean-Francois Lisée, leader of the Parti Québécois, said it was up to the people involved to speak
- April 26, 2017 Townshippers' Day, known as one of the largest events for the English-speaking community in Quebec's Eastern Townships, has been cancelled for 2017. "The conditions when it comes to planning have become increasingly difficult," Townshippers' Association spokesperson Corrinna Pole said. This is the first time the festival has been cancelled since its founding in 1979. Pole explained the group hopes this hiatus will allow them to "look at the bigger picture and figure out a way to better celebrate our community," and is hoping to bring the festival back in 2018.
Lack of venue, support cancels Townshippers' Day for first time - Montreal Gazette
"It's not going to happen this fall" Townshippers' Day cancelled in 2017 - Sherbrooke Record