Marian Scott, The Gazette
Laval’s English-speaking population grew by 35% from 1996 to 2006 – a notable exception to Quebec as a whole during that period, when the anglophone population dropped by half a percentage point from 1996 to 2001, and rose by a quarter of a percent from 2001-06. Services for Laval’s multicultural English-speaking population have not kept pace with its increasing numbers, says Luigi Morabito, coordinator of the Laval Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI-Laval). Organizers are inviting English-speaking Laval residents to two public meetings to discuss concerns like access to health and social services, housing, education, employment and community life. The goal is to create a portrait of the changing face of the anglophone community and devise ways to address its needs. Two forums will be held: Nov. 19 and Nov. 26.