Five Inspiring Community Leaders to be Honoured by QCGN

MONTREAL, September 20, 2017 – Remarkable members of the English-speaking community will be honoured in late October for their singular contributions and outstanding community leadership, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) announced Wednesday. Clifford Lincoln, Sid Stevens and Earl De La Perralle, as well as James Carter have been named winners of QCGN’s ninth annual […]

QCGN Congratulates New MUHC Board and Pledges its Support

Montreal – September 18, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network welcomes the appointment of a new Board of Directors at the McGill University Health Centre. We strongly hope that this will allow the resolution once and for all of systemic issues and the ongoing standoff between one of our most important institutions and the […]

French-speaking Canadians are waiting for Trudeau (FR)

“Les députés fédéraux reprennent le chemin de la Chambre des communes, ce lundi 18 septembre. La Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada prévoit un automne mouvementé et attend un geste de la part du premier ministre en matière de langues officielles.” FCFA’s president, Jean Johnson, is asking for a meeting with Trudeau […]

Allison Hanes: Ready for a reset at the MUHC

“The dust has settled since 10 independent members of the McGill University Health Centre’s board of directors quit in disgust two months ago, leaving a gaping hole in the governance of one of Montreal’s most important hospital networks and a major political problem for Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.” After the mass resignation of 10 board members […]

Trailblazing journalist Gretta Chambers bridged Quebec’s two solitudes

“As a journalist, a committed federalist and the first female chancellor of McGill University, Gretta Chambers was a multitasking trailblazer. Opinionated, forthright and gracious, this tiny, elegant woman bridged Quebec’s two solitudes effortlessly, explaining each group to the other – especially during turbulent times.” This obituary written in the Globe and Mail celebrates Gretta Chambers’ […]

Mayor Coderre wants to withdraw general Amherst name from Montreal (FR)

“Le sort du général Jeffery Amherst, commandant en chef des forces britanniques pendant la guerre de Conquête, revient à l’ordre du jour. Le maire de Montréal, Denis Coderre, confirme son intention de renommer la rue qui porte son nom.” In addition to changing Montreal’s Coat of Arms and official flag, Mayor Coderre wishes to modify street […]

Former McGill chancellor and prominent Montreal journalist Gretta Chambers dies at 90

“Gretta Chambers, the first female chancellor of McGill University and a prominent Montreal journalist for several decades, has died at the age of 90. She passed away Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal after undergoing treatment for a heart condition. “ Daughter of a French-speaking mother and an English-speaking father, she saw her […]

Controversy in Quebec as more French students choose English college

“Simon Berube loves Quebec, its culture, French language and people, but he and his parents decided the best thing he could do for his future was to enrol in one of the province’s English-language junior colleges.” Many French-speaking Quebecers are choosing to attend Quebec’s English CEGEPs, a choice that could be revoked pending Parti Québécois’s […]

QCGN mourns the loss of Gretta Chambers, une Grande Dame of Quebec

“A funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock on Saturday, the 16th of September at Saint Léon de Westmount. In lieu of flowers, donations to Centraide would be gratefully appreciated http://bit.ly/GiveGretta” Montreal – September 9, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of community leader and […]

Gretta Chambers, journalist and former chancellor of McGill University, dead at 90

“Gretta Chambers, a prominent journalist and the first female chancellor of McGill University, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 90 at St. Mary’s hospital in Montreal. “ Born in 1927, and a graduate from McGill in policial science, she married former MP Egan Chambers who died in 1994. She was one of the […]

Chateauguay Toddler Can’t Get English Speech Therapy Via Local CLSC

“A Chateauguay mom will have to spends thousands of dollars a year and commute to Montreal to get private speech therapy for her young son because she was told she can’t get medicare-covered services in English close to home. “ A story sent to CJAD their community e-mail presents an injustice from a mother whose […]

Limits on English CEGEP financing may be necessary, Parti Québécois leader says

“Access to Quebec’s anglophone CEGEP system cannot be an “open bar,” and financial restrictions may be necessary in the future to protect French, Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée said Tuesday” An amendment to a motion up for debate next weekend was brought forward by Eastern Townships PQ members. This measure would affect the anglophone system’s […]

PQ proposal: If elected, cut budgets to English CEGEPs

“As election years near, the Parti Quebecois has a tradition of playing to its hardline base. This time is no different.” Quebec’s separatist party is considering cutting the budgets of English CEGEPs to stem the growing enrolment of French-speaking students. This measure follows a rejection from Lisée to extend Bill 101 to post-secondary education. Commenting […]

Bill 101’s track record is one quiet evolution

This op-ed was published in the Montreal Gazette on August 31, 2017 and co-signed by James Shea, president and Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president. “Bill 101’s adoption 40 years ago marked a milestone in Quebec language politics. To better understand its significance, we must see it as part of a longer continuum. History, nuance and context will […]

‘A breakthrough for anglophones’: Eastern Townships nursing home reaches funding deal with Quebec

“A venerable English-language nursing home in the Eastern Townships that was fighting for its survival has struck a funding agreement with the Quebec government to continue to care for more than 80-long-term residents.” Wales Home will receive $5.6 million a year from the Quebec Health Department which insure the survival of the oldest nursing home […]