Exceptional Quebec leaders fêted at annual QCGN banquet

By Irwin Block For the Quebec Community Groups Network Activists and supporters of Quebec’s English-speaking community, including politicians from three levels of government, gathered Thursday evening to pay tribute to five people for their extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of community members and the broader society. Clifford Lincoln, Sid Stevens and Earl De La […]

Waiting for nomination of Canada’s next commissioner of official languages

“Qui succèdera à Graham Fraser à la tête du Commissariat aux langues officielles (CLO) du Canada? Quasiment trois mois jour pour jour après avoir relancé le processus à la suite de la nomination avortée de Madeleine Meilleur, le gouvernement n’a toujours pas annoncé le nom d’un nouveau commissaire aux langues officielles.” Trudeau’s government are saying that the […]

Strong, resilient, tireless: Quebec awards celebrate engaged citizens

“Claudia Di Iorio, an advocate for road safety, won the Young Quebecer Leading the Way Award in 2017.  She is only 23, but Montrealer Claudia Di Iorio has known more pain than many.” After her near-fatal collision, Claudia Di Iorio marshalled remarkable strength and resilience and now serves as a spokesperson for Cool Taxi while […]

Goldbloom Awards: Honouring the men behind Sun Youth

“Sun Youth is an organization most people know, however they may not know that the two men behind it knew each other as children, and built it up together. Sid Stevens and Earl De La Perralle are recipients of the Goldbloom Awards being handed out next week. The awards honour leaders in Quebec.” Sid and […]

Former Quebec environment minister honoured with Goldbloom Award

“It’s been 13 years since Clifford Lincoln retired from politics, but the former Quebec environment minister has never given up working on causes he cares about.” Clifford Lincoln will receive one of the QCGN’s Goldbloom Award on October 26 for his contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community. Clifford marked the provincial politics after being elected in […]

Right on the mark, Clifford Lincoln remains a man of principle

“Politics is the art of the possible, but for people of principle it can also become the art of the impossible.” In December 1988, Clifford Lincoln resigned from Bourassa cabinet which had decided to invoke the notwithstanding clause to override the Supreme Court judgement favouring bilingual signage. He is praised for being a “bridge-builder and […]

Sun Youth: Sid & Earl parlayed one-time read into a humanitarian empire

“Life in the crowded Plateau Mont-Royal in the post-war years was a time of modest beginnings and big dreams, including those of a young Sidney Stavitsky, aka Sid Stevens, and his friend Earl De La Perralle.” Sid & Earl’s Sun Youth first started with a local newspaper called the Clark Street Sun, and evolved to […]

New secretariat for relations with English-speaking communities welcome by CAMI

“Dans la foulée du dernier remaniement ministériel du gouvernement de Philippe Couillard, la ministre Kathleen Weil hérite du nouveau secrétariat dédié aux Relations avec les communautés anglophones du Québec.” In this radio interview to CFIM, Helena Burke, director general of the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI), presented her beliefs that the new Secretariat will […]

Kathleen Weil has long history of serving English-speaking Quebecers

“For Kathleen Weil, it was one of those ‘Mom would be proud’ moments of her life. The mother who made her daughter wear green ribbons in her hair to school on St. Patrick’s Day was very proud of her family’s Irish and Scottish roots, Weil said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette.” Following the […]

Quebec champion for English healthcare to be honoured

“Carter has devoted the last thirty years to championing the rights of English-speaking Quebecers to receive care in English” CTV’s Caroline Van Vlaardingen interviews James Carter, winner of the 2017 Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Carter has been a tireless and effective advocate for improved access to health and social services in […]

Montreal woman recognized for leadership after near-fatal accident

“Later this month, Claudia Di Iorio will be honoured by the Quebec Community Groups Network for her leadership in road safety education and the work she’s done to enact change in Montreal.” Seven years after being injured from a high-speed collision, she shared her story in the documentary “Dérapage”. She also served as spokesperson for […]

QCGN seeks Coordinator for Community Innovation Fund Project

The QCGN is seeking a bilingual, dynamic, results-oriented individual with a strong background in community development, project management, and business development to manage the second year of a social financing partnership initiative for English-speaking organizations across the province.  The QCGN, funded by Economic Social Development Canada (ESDC) and acting as intermediary between the English-speaking Community […]

New Anglo Minister says changes to Bill 101 not forthcoming

“Quebec’s new minister for relations with anglo Quebecers says don’t expect her to spearhead changes to Quebec’s language law.” Kathleen Weil spoke with Leslie Roberts on CJAD 800 on Thursday morning for the first time since being given the job in Wednesday’s cabinet shuffle. Read the article on CJAD’s website

Cabinet shuffle: Couillard hopes fresh blood helps rejuvenate Liberals

“Premier Philippe Couillard’s Wednesday cabinet shuffle, designed to give the aging Liberal regime a mix of new youthful panache and sage management, is in reality a calculated attempt to put out the numerous brush fires endangering the Liberal brand.” Quebec’s anglophone lobby, the QCGN, wanted a greater direct voice in decision-making. They now have a […]

Kathleen Weil’s task is to mend disconnect between government and Anglo communities

“Kathleen Weil is calling her appointment as minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers ‘historic.’ “ Premier Philippe Couillard had already promised to create a secretariat to deal with English-speaking Quebecers’ issues. Now, following his latest cabinet shuffle, the government will have a minister dedicated to the task. Kathleen Weil, of Scottish-Irish descent, studied at McGill University. […]