Barrette agrees to consult with union leaders, patients’ group on future of MUHC

“Faced with an outcry from patients’ groups and union leaders, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette has backed off plans to appoint within days more than half the board of the McGill University Health Centre.” Health Minister hopes to name members to the MUHC board by the end of the summer, although he will continue to consult […]

Gaétan Barrette calls emergency meeting with unions amid turmoil at MUHC

“Health Minister Gaétan Barrette will hold an emergency meeting early this morning with unions representing workers at the McGill University Health Centre amid an administrative crisis at the province’s largest hospital” Following the departure of MUHC’s 10 independent board members, Barrette said he will hold a meeting at 7:30 a.m. to discuss with unions and the patients’ […]

Health minister to meet with MUHC workers, committees this morning

“Health Minister Gaetan Barrette has called a meeting for Thursday to deal with the administrative problems at the MUHC.” In the wake of this week’s mass resignation, Gaetan Barrette will meet unions repesenting employees and with members of various committee at the Glen Site. Meanwhile, the English-speaking rights group QCGN said it is ready to […]

What is the QCGN, the anglophone-rights group working quietly to reshape MUHC?

“Montrealers learned this week that the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has been quietly working behind the scenes with Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to reshape the leadership of the embattled McGill University Health Centre” This article features the key elements of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), such as their source of funding, their member groups and […]

Anglo-rights group working with Barrette to replace MUHC board

“Quietly behind the scenes, a prominent anglophone-rights group has been working with Health Minister Gaétan Barrette to reshape the leadership of the McGill University Health Centre, the Montreal Gazette has learned.” The involvement of the QCGN has rankled some managers of the MUHC who fear that the QCGN might have grown too close to Barrette. […]

MUHC board resignations leave ‘1st-class institution’ facing leadership void

“Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s top-down management style is coming under scrutiny following the resignation of more than half the board members at the McGill University Health Centre.” The resignation of 10 independent board members reflects the counterproductive approach Barrette takes with health care institutions. Board members have complained about ignored meetings and failed correspondence. However, it was the revealed reports on […]

Ten independent board members of MUHC resign en masse

“The 10 independent members of the board of directors of the McGill University Health Centre resigned en masse Monday, saying they have been hamstrung by Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette” The board said it cannot function effectively with a health minister who threatens trusteeship, especially since it can’t even name its chair or CEO. This […]

Community looks forward to MUHC resolution

Montreal – July 10, 2017 – The crisis in governance and leadership at the McGill University Health Centre has moved a substantial step closer to being resolved following today’s mass resignation of independent board members, said the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). “Each of these board members deserves to be commended for having done the […]

MUHC independent board members resign, cite conflict with health minister

“Concerns are growing over the future of the MUHC after a mass resignation of the board’s independent members. As Global’s Tim Sargeant reports, union leaders say it’s a sign of bad relation that’s having a negative impact on patient care.” The volunteer members who have resigned cited a lack of dialogue over the last two […]

The fate of English-speaking Quebecers (FR)

“On dirait que les Anglo-Québécois se sont embellis. Les politiciens cherchent à les courtiser. Il y a deux semaines, le premier ministre Philippe Couillard a annoncé que son gouvernement établirait un secrétariat chargé de gérer les relations avec la minorité anglophone.” In this opinion piece, Christopher Neal illustrates how the many mistakes the government has […]

Bell Media Must Restore Local Sports at CTV Montreal: QCGN

Montreal – June 21, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) today called on broadcasting giant Bell Media to reverse its decision to kill local sportscasts on CTV Montreal. Simultaneously, the federally regulated broadcaster on Tuesday eliminated regional and local sportscasting across the country. “This is simply about respect and fair play,” said QCGN […]

Speed Dating Event Creates Links Between Community Leaders and Federal Partners

Montreal – June 16, 2017 –  More than 70 community leaders and 14 federal institutions participated in “Speed-Dating with Quebec’s English-speaking Community,” a three-hour matchmaking event during the Annual Meeting of the Quebec Community Groups Network on June 15. With financial support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), and organizational backup the Community […]

Quebec premier promises Anglophone Affairs Office

Premier Philippe Couillard says he’s changed his mind about creating a special Anglophone Affairs Office. The idea has been floated around by both the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois since the last provincial election and now that the next election is a year away — the premier says it’s coming soon. “John, 75 years old, lives […]

Swift positive reaction to Couillard’s new anglo secretariat

Conceding some of the recent tensions in the English-speaking community over health and education could have been averted, Premier Philippe Couillard has announced plans to put in place a new government secretariat dealing with the minority’s issues. And in a significant shift from his past views, Couillard has not ruled out naming a specific cabinet […]

Secretariat Appointed for Anglos

Geoffrey Chambers, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, discusses what the appointment means for Anglos in Quebec. Watch the video on CTV News Montreal