Elimination of census long form prompts QCGN complaint

Ken Schankler, The Chronicle-Telegraph The federal government’s decision to discontinue mandatory completion of the long form in the Canada’s next census has drawn widespread opposition, provoking an investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, a complaint from a high-profile Quebec organization, and even inspiring a song from a Toronto-based volunteer social services […]

The QCGN files complaint with Commissioner of Official Languages over the Canadian government’s decision to scrap mandatory census long form

Dismayed by the Federal Government’s decision to make completion of the long form in the 2011 National Census voluntary, the Quebec Community Groups Network this week filed an official complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, asking him to use his powers to investigate.  QCGN President Linda Leith said that information collected during […]

CBC interview with new elected President of the QCGN, Mrs. Linda Leith

With CBC Host Jacquie Czernin To listen to the interview, click here.To read Linda Leith’s bio and to learn more about the QCGN’s Board of Directors, click here.

QCGN seeks Community Service Award candidates

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Pierre Little The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the award […]

QCGN opposed to changes in Census data collection

The Quebec Community Groups Network is opposed to plans by the federal government to do away with the mandatory long Census form and replace it with a voluntary national household survey.  Our Network, which represents 36 English-language groups in Quebec, is concerned this change will make it more difficult to obtain reliable, detailed information that […]

QCGN launches call for nominations for the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom distinguished community service award

The Gaspe Spec MONTREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made sgnificant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the […]

QCGN launches call for nominations for the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.  Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the Award was instituted to honour […]

Fears of unity crisis, not anglo MNAs, swayed Charest

Don Macpherson, The Gazette  On Friday afternoon, Premier Jean Charest assured an English-speaking reporter in Quebec City that he doesn’t take the support of anglophones for granted.  Really?  While Charest was giving this assurance, elsewhere in the provincial capital, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), composed of English-language community groups from across the province, was […]

Francophone Quebecers still earn less than anglophones, Mouvement Montréal français claims

The Montreal Gazette, Monique Muise MONTREAL – Francophone Quebecers are still making less than their anglophone counterparts, says a local French-language organization, despite recent reports that the reverse is true. In a release issued Tuesday, the Mouvement Montréal français (MMF) claims the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) erred recently when it stated that francophones make […]

AGM Wrap Up

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), which gathered in Quebec City this past weekend, honoured the founding fathers of the organization, Hugh Maynard and Martin Murphy, and elected its first woman president, literary festival organizer Linda Leith, founder of Blue Metropolis Foundation. Dr. Victor Goldbloom was also on hand for the official launch of the […]

And another thing… Concise comments on some current topics

Editorial Page, The Gazette  A calculated snub.  The Quebec Community Groups Network, meeting this weekend in Quebec City, has a strange problem. This loose federation of anglophone groups and institutions exists for mutual support while carefully avoiding almost any activity anyone could call political. The list of member groups shows the diversity: the Canadian-Italian Business […]

Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) launch Canadian Diversity issue exploring Deep Diversity of English-speaking Quebec

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to launch the fruit of a major collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies as well as a handful  of dedicated community leaders, activists and researchers.  This special issue of Canadian Diversity is a follow-up to a two-part symposium entitled “Exploring Diversity in English-Speaking Quebec” organized by the QCGN, […]

Anglos struggle to get premier’s ear: Seeking input on bill 103. Quebec Community Groups Network taking less aggressive stance than Alliance did

Philip Authier, The Gazette  They are not as lonely as the Maytag repairman, but the president of an umbrella group representing Quebec’s English-speaking community says anglos want more face time with the provincial government.  “We are going to be upping our requests,” said Robert Donnelly, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “We need more […]

Youth push for anglo school funding

The Low Down English-speaking youths have a strong sense of attachment to Quebec and to the English-speaking community and they wish to remain in the province. But to do so they require strong schools and strong communities. ”English-speaking schools are critical in forming our identity,” said Nicola Johnston, co-chair of the Quebec Community Groups Network’s […]

QCGN wants Official Languages Act protected and preserved

The Quebec Community Groups Network shares many of the concerns expressed by the Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser in the first volume of his annual report (http://www.officiallanguages.gc.ca/) released Tuesday.  In his report entitled Beyond Obligations, Commissioner Fraser spoke about the importance of leadership in promoting linguistic duality and the values contained in the Official […]