Bishop’s University to host first civic leadership forum

“Working together with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Bishop’s University (BU) has organized a week-long forum gathering nearly 60 English speaking students and over two dozen guest speakers set to start this Sunday night. During the forum, the youths will be learning about the type of society they live in and how to get […]

Fallout over faulty census figues

Sylvia Martin-Laforge of the QCGN speaks about the Stats Can admission that its Quebec language numbers were wrong. Watch the interview on CTV News Montreal

StatsCan admits error led it to overestimate number of anglos in Quebec

Statistics Canada has recognized it made a mistake in its recent calculations on the number of English-speaking Quebecers and will correct the data. But the fallout from the incident continues with representatives of the English-speaking community saying such “alternative facts” have likely already done lasting damage to their efforts to shore up a fragile minority […]

StatsCan blames computer error for spike in number of English speakers in Quebec

“Statistics Canada is blaming a computer error for results that indicated a surprising increase in the number of English-speaking people in Quebec. The agency said roughly 61,000 people were misclassified when the results of the 2016 census were compiled.” English-language groups alerted Statistics Canada to possible discrepancies earlier this week. Most errors were found on a local level […]

Statistics Canada to re-examine mystery surge of anglophones in Quebec regions

The group that represents Quebec English-speaking community groups says it’s shocked by and skeptical of new Statistics Canada numbers that show a surge in the number of people who speak English as a mother tongue. “It was a surprise,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge. She said the QCGN was anticipating very little growth in the number of anglophones and was […]

Bishop’s to hold civic engagement forum for English-speaking Quebecers

“As the month of August signals the end of vacation for many university students across Quebec, students may be looking to squeeze in a last-minute vacation before hitting the books this fall.” Some students were selected to partake in the Bishop’s Forum Youth civic institute which is designed to educate self-identified English-speaking Quebecers about civic engagement […]

Bishop’s University Hosting Civic Leadership Institute for Quebec’s English-speaking Youth

Sherbrooke – August 10, 2017 – Next week, between August 13 and 18, Bishop’s University will host 50 young leaders at the inaugural Bishop’s Forum – a week-long conference where young English-speaking Quebecers will engage in discussions about Quebec society. “The Bishop’s Forum aims to give young English-speaking Quebecers an enhanced understanding of how Quebec […]

Explosion in number of English-speaking residents in rural areas raises doubts

An unexplained increase in the number of English-speaking Quebecers in the regions has raised doubts about the reliability of the 2016 census numbers released last week. The population with English as their mother tongue, or as language spoken at home, exploded in cities across Quebec according to the 2016 census data analyzed by Montreal researcher […]

Skepticism, ‘shock’ surrounds 2016 census language findings in Quebec

More results from the 2016 census were released last week, and some are finding the Quebec language results hard to believe. One of them is Jack Jedwab, executive vice-president for the Association for Canadian Studies. Jedwab wasn’t surprised to see a 10 per cent increase in the number of mother tongue anglophones in Quebec over the […]

New High School History Course Approved

The saga surrounding Quebec’s history course for Secondary 4 and 5 students is drawing to a close. Education minister Sébastien Proulx has just approved the final version which will be mandatory in the fall. According to Raymond Bédard, president of La Société des professeurs d’histoire du Québec, the reform was well received by the majority […]

Plan for hearings on ‘systemic racism’ in Quebec divides province’s political left

Some critics say the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist. MONTREAL — Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province. Forgotten in the upcoming discussion is Quebec’s […]

Newly revised history course to be taught in schools this fall

The provincial government has approved a controversial new high school history course following what is being described as minor changes to the curriculum. The new course was launched by the Parti Quebecois government of 2014 and was supposed to be a more inclusive look at how people of all ethnicities built Quebec. Instead the course rarely […]

2016 census reveals anglophone population in Quebec rising despite language laws

Quebec’s English-speaking community has grown more in the past five years than during any census period over the last four decades, says the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies. While anglophones might be more numerous in Quebec, the Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, Sylvia Martin-Laforge told the Canadian Press that our community is still worried […]

Census shows more anglo, allophones living in Quebec

The number of bilingual Canadians is at an all-time high, and some people are worried about that. The 2016 Statistics Canada census shows 18 percent of Canadians speak both official languages –with the lion’s share of those bilingual citizens living in Quebec. The Quebec Community Groups Network says while more people may be speaking English at […]

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 […]