Entries by Catheline Moreau

Should English-speaking Quebecers Care About the Official Languages Act?

Geoffrey Chambers is president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, which brings together English-language community organizations across Quebec. The English and French languages have been at the core of the Canadian experience for centuries. But only with the adoption of the Official Languages Act in 1969 did Canada establish its first national level policy respecting […]

QCGN Asks New Parliament to Deliver Improved Official Languages Act

MONTREAL, December 5, 2019 – Following Thursday’s speech from the throne, the Quebec Community Groups Network trusts that the government will follow through on its pledge to modernize the Official Languages Act early in its mandate. “The throne speech was less explicit on policy matters than we would have wished,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. […]

APPELE-Québec calls for further study of Bill 40

Following a hearing held on Nov. 18 on Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance, APPELE-Québec, a coalition to preserve English school boards, is urging the Quebec Government to delay passage of the bill to allow for further discussion and analysis. Read more

It’s Time to Co-LAB

Co-LAB, a two-day innovation event at Bishop’s University kicked off yesterday afternoon in the Centennial Theatre lobby. Over the weekend, young English speakers, paired up with community organizations, will work to identify employment solutions for Englishspeaking youth in Quebec and come up with ideas for innovative programs to meet the needs of their local communities. […]

Community Innovation Fund offers $1.1 million for vulnerable English-speaking youth and seniors

Quebec’s English-speaking youth and seniors will benefit from $1.1 million to learn new skills, find jobs, and fight isolation thanks to the renewal of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF). This second round of financing will help community organizations across the province pilot socially innovative projects supporting youth and seniors between over the next four years. […]

Rectifying the misrepresentation of Alliance Quebec

Writing in The Suburban, William Johnson says he wants to correct the historical record regarding the circumstances under which Alliance Quebec broke apart. Johnson, a national columnist for The Montreal Gazette in 1998, provides his perspective on the circumstances following Quebec’s 1995 referendum that led him to launch what he calls “a hostile takeover” of […]

Is this the end of public services in English?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers denounces coming changes in language rules announced by Minister responsible for French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette. Chambers says such modifications are discriminatory and will only divide French and English-speaking communities.  Read more (In French only)