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Quebec to create committee overseeing anglos’ access to health services

It’s good to have screaming rights, but it’s better to have suing rights, lawyer Eric Maldoff joked following an announcement Monday that the government will create an official English-language committee responsible for maintaining access to health and social services.

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and Kathleen Weil, the minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, announced new regulations creating a provincial access committee.

Barrette said problems for English speakers in health care existed long before he enacted Bill 10, which abolished local boards at various institutions.

“I’m announcing a solution to a problem that already existed,” he said. “I understood that the community wanted to have a voice in one, clearly established way, through a provincial committee on access.”

How much money will be set aside for the committee will be made public at a later date, Barrette said.

Maldoff, who heads the Quebec Community Groups Network health and social services committee, praised Barrette for following through on a commitment.

Maldoff said the rights of English speakers cannot depend on the good will of the government.

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Quebec adopts new regulation to improve access to healthcare in English

Quebec’s health minister was at the Lakeshore General Hospital on Monday to unveil a new regulation that aims to improve access to healthcare for the province’s English-speaking minority.

The regulation creating a provincial access committee is the product of a three-year collaboration between English-language rights advocates and the health minister.

“At the end of the day, the only rights you ultimately have is if it’s written in an access plan you can sue on it because it’s a real right,” lawyer Eric Madoff said.

Maldoff heads the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) Health and Social Services Committee, one of the two groups who helped draft the new regulation.

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CTV News Interview with Eric Maldoff, QCGN Health and Social Services Committee Chair

QCGN Health and Social Services Committee Chair, Eric Maldoff, comments on newly revamped regulations that will ensure English-speaking Quebecers have a voice in the accessibility and quality of health and social services in their own language. The regulation was announced by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, and Kathleen Weil, the Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers on Monday.

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Anglos must ensure their rights are respected

Fighting for the survival of its institutions is of key importance for the vitality of English-speaking Quebec, QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge said in an interview with CTV Montreal. Alliance Quebec founder Eric Maldoff said English-speaking Quebecers suffer from “benign neglect” on the part of government. Maldoff, Martin-Laforge and Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser contend Anglophones must get involved and fight for their rights. They also said the Quebec government needs to create a structure to look out for the interests of its minority language community.

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Majority of Quebecers want curriculum to include history of minorities

“Almost 80 per cent of Quebecers believe it is important to learn about the role of minorities in Quebec history, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.”

Michelle Lalonde reports on a survey conducted by the QCGN and the Association for Canadian Studies. From this survey, which you can find a Powerpoint of the results here, almost 80 per cent of Quebecers believe it is important to learn about the role of minorities in Quebec history. Jack Jedwab comments on the survey and about the nationalist focus taken by the new history curriculum. Eric Maldoff also commented the survey by discussing the role school boards have to intervene for a curriculum that reflects the lingustic minority of Quebec, amongst the minorities underrepresented.

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Prix Goldbloom 2014 – Eric Maldoff

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) est fier d’accorder son sixième Prix Goldbloom à James Hughes, Eric Maldoff et Marjorie Sharp, trois individus qui ont amélioré la vie des Québécois d’expression anglaise en tant que bénévévoles dévoués ainsi que dans le cadre de leur carrière professionnelle respective. Vous pouvez lire notre communiqué de presse ici.

Les Prix Goldbloom 2014 seront présentés dans le cadre d’une soirée de reconnaissance communautaire au Club Saint-James de Montréal, le jeudi 23 octobre. La soirée sera animée par Mutsumi Takahashi de CTV tandis que le volet divertissement sera assuré par Lorne Elliott, qui est à la fois humoriste, musicien et dramaturge primé. 

Pour regarder le reportage de CTV Montreal au sujet du lauréat d’un Prix Goldbloom 2014 Eric Maldoff, cliquez ici.

2014 Goldbloom Awards – Eric Maldoff feature

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is pleased to bestow its sixth annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards on James Hughes, Eric Maldoff and Marjorie Sharp, three individuals who have improved the lives of English-speaking Quebecers both as dedicated volunteers and in their professional careers. Read press release here.

The Goldbloom Awards will be presented during a community recognition evening at Montreal’s St. James Club on Thursday, October 23. The evening, which begins with a cocktail at 6 p.m., will be hosted by Mutsumi Takahashi of CTV Montreal and will include entertainment by comedian/musician Lorne Elliott

To see a short CTV Montreal feature on 2014 Goldbloom Awards winner Eric Maldoff, click here.