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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 role as a builder of bridges between Quebec’s divided communities. For this role, in 2012, she received a Goldbloom Award for distinguished community service.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN, incensed Chambers’ accomplishments and said she embodied what was needed in Quebec to bridge both linguistic communities.

Read the article in the Montreal Gazette

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 first English-speaking journalist to write extensively about French-speaking Quebec before becoming the first female chancellor of McGill University.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, DG of the QCGN, which awarded Chambers with a Goldbloom Award in 2012, said that Gretta was a pioneer and role model for women, and for the English-speaking community.

Read the article on CTV Montreal’s website

Anglophones are helping English-speaking newcomers integrate and that’s good for Quebec: QCGN

“Efforts by Quebec’s anglophone communities and institutions to help English-speaking newcomers successfully integrate into Quebec society should be financially and politically supported by the Quebec government, the director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network said Wednesday.”

English-speakers are seen like the poster children of integration in Quebec by Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN. During the one-day conference hosted by the QCGN and sponsored by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, she also mentioned the Quebec government do not help English-language institutions and groups from helping newcomers integrate.

The conference hosted three panels that addressed how faith-based organizations and municipalities among other institutions helped welcoming English-speaking newcomers. Most of the discussion revolved around the understanding that Quebec was a French-speaking province, but that groups can help newcomers grasp that diversity in a country that recognizes linguistic duality.

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette.

Lisée wants to impose more French on English universities and CEGEPs

“Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée wants English CEGEPs and universities to beef up their French, even proposing exit exams for graduates. As Global’s Anne Leclair reports, some worry it’s another way to make anglophones feel like outsiders.”

The debate to include stricter rules for French-language in CEGEPs dates back. If elected, Jean-François Lisée would like English institutions to add more French courses, to offer students the opportunity to do a semester in French institutions, and to make it mandatory for English students to pass a French proficiency exam. While the idea can be welcome on English campuses, adding a condition to get their diploma might challenge students graduating from those institutions.

On that note, QCGN DG Sylvia Martin-Laforge says that the PQ proposal could backfire and push more people to leave the province, the very effect Lisée wants to stop with his proposal. Adding a mandatory French exit exam could mean another hurdle for English-speaking Quebecers, comments Martin-Laforge.

To watch the interview made by Global Montreal.

La directrice générale du QCGN Sylvia Martin-Laforge en entrevue à CTV

La directrice générale du QCGN Sylvia Martin-Laforge était en entrevue à CTV afin de discuter de l’importance des commissions scolaires en ce qui a trait à la vitalité de la communauté d’expression anglaise. Pour regarder la vidéo, cliquez sur ce lien.

QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge on CTV

QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge was on CTV today to discuss the importance of school boards for the English-speaking community’s vitality. Click here to view the full clip.

Les jeunes Québécois aux commandes en route pour les commémorations du cent cinquantenaire

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À l’approche des commémorations du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération, plus de 75 jeunes Québécoises et Québécois d’expression anglaise et française se sont réunis au Centre historique Morrin à Québec cette fin de semaine afin de réfléchir sur les enjeux de l’histoire du Canada et de leur rôle dans le passé et le futur de leur pays.

Des jeunes de toute la province ont participé dans le premier des trois forums annuels organisés par le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) en partenariat avec l’Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) et l’association des études canadiennes (AEC). Le forum fut organisé par Les jeunes Québécois aux commandes, un projet de trois ans financé par le programme Les jeunes s’engagent du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

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Quebec youth lead the way to Sesquicentennial celebrations

Montreal, March 3 2015 –

Heading into celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, more than six dozen English- and French-speaking young Quebecers gathered at the historic Morrin Centre in Quebec City this past weekend to reflect on Canada’s history and their role in the past and future of their country.

The youth from across the province were participating in the first of three annual forums organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) in partnership with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). The forum is part of Young Quebecers Leading the Way, a three-year project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Youth Take Charge program.

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Le QCGN confiant que les compromis reflétés dans la version finale du projet de loi 10 protègeront les droits des communautés d’expression anglaise

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Après des mois de négociations intensives et délicates avec le ministre de la Santé du Québec, Gaétan Barrette, la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec a obtenu des modifications importantes au projet de loi 10. Ces changements apportés au projet de loi sur la réforme de la santé protègeront un grand nombre de nos établissements, et ce, malgré la perte de leur conseil d’administration. Ils permettront de créer de nouvelles opportunités importantes pour la participation et l’engagement significatif des Québécois d’expression anglaise qui veilleront à ce que le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux réponde aux besoins de leur communauté.

« En septembre, lors du dépôt du projet de loi 10, le ministre de la Santé du Québec, Gaétan Barrette, a déclaré que son objectif consistait à améliorer l’accès au réseau de la santé et des services sociaux par une meilleure intégration verticale, et ce, afin de faire en sorte que les patients cheminent plus facilement au sein du système ainsi que de réduire les coûts, a souligné Sylvia Martin-Laforge, directrice générale du QCGN. Notre désaccord quant à l’élimination de nos conseils d’administration est bien connu et fut exprimé publiquement. Il s’agit d’une mesure que nous ne considérons pas nécessaire à l’atteinte des objectifs énoncés. Cela dit, nous avons été confronté à la réalité d’un gouvernement ayant décidé que l’élimination de ces conseils d’administration s’avérait, par principe, un élément central à sa réforme et nous avons aussi été confronté à la dure réalité qu’un gouvernement majoritaire pouvait adopter son projet de loi avec ou sans notre appui. »

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Blue Met Meets QCGN’s Nancy Drew

Recently, Blue Metropolis collaborator Shelley Pomerance met with QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge for a feature article for the Foundation’s newsletter. Blue Met, which works with some of our members, is a not-for-profit organization that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing, and encourages creativity and intercultural understanding.

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