Entries by Catheline Moreau

Is it time to give more teeth to Canada’s Official Languages Act?

Is it time to give more teeth to Canada’s Official Languages Act? Many experts think so, and some suggest the creation of an administrative tribunal. The Fédération canadienne des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) disagrees. “The history of this Act is the story of half a century of infractions and of an incomplete implementation”, commented FCFA President Jean […]

QCGN honours French immersion pioneers

Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, two of the parents who pushed more than 50 years ago to establish French immersion in St. Lambert, are getting recognition for their efforts with a prize from the Quebec Community Groups Network. Listen to the interview on a All in a Weekend Montreal with Ainslie MacLellan

Quebec ban on religious symbols would be ‘catastrophic’: anglo groups

Disturbing, disruptive, divisive, catastrophic. Those are some of the words the head of a network of Quebec anglophone groups used Friday to describe the incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government’s plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols on the job by public employees in positions of authority. Under Premier-designate François Legault’s proposed new law, which […]

QCGN to Pay Tribute to Four Remarkable Community Leaders at 10th Anniversary Community Awards Gala

John Rae, Murielle Parkes & Olga Melikoff, and Hayley Campbell to be honoured. MONTREAL, September 24, 2018 – Four inspirational leaders of the English-speaking community are being celebrated by the Quebec Community Groups Network, with this year’s 10th anniversary of its Community Awards. Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, known to many as the mothers of […]

Opinion: An election agenda for English-speaking Quebecers

By Geoffrey Chambers QCGN President Monday’s first-ever English-language televised leader’s debate was a watershed moment and evidence of a heightened willingness across Quebec’s political class to reach out to English-speaking Quebecers in their own language. It also signalled acknowledgement by all parties that none can afford to ignore our community of more than one million. The […]

Anglo groups say English debate offered ‘clear options’ on issues affecting voters

Leaders of English-language lobby groups across Quebec breathed a collective sign of relief when all four party leaders committed to keeping the province’s Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers. “It’s a useful tool, especially for some of the communities that are really at a distance,” said Gerald Cutting, president of the Townshippers’ Association, which represents anglophones in […]

Anglo community the big winner after English-language debate

The first English-language television debate in Quebec history prompted viewing parties at several locations across Montreal, including the offices of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). The people who gathered there let out a cheer towards the end of the debate when all four party leaders pledged to maintain the Anglophone Secretariat if elected to […]