Entries by Joshua Allan

Obituary: Sheila Goldbloom dedicated her life to the community

Sheila Goldbloom, a prominent figure within Quebec’s English-speaking community, passed away at age 96. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge comments: “Sheila embodied civility; she was a person of integrity and honour and a particularly effective advocate. She motivated us to care more, to do more, to make a real difference in the lives [of] all […]

Quebec’s Bill 96 will widen a problematic skills gap – unless province invests in closing it

“A significant portion of Quebec’s labour force suffers from what amounts to a skills gap,” writes Globe and Mail columnist David Parkinson: “The skill in question is French language proficiency. And Bill 96 threatens to widen that gap.” Parkinson adds that anglophone-rights advocates in the province, including the QCGN, are “unsurprisingly, beside themselves” when it […]

CBC can keep its controversial branded content division, CRTC rules

The CRTC says the CBC can keep its controversial branded content advertising, ruling that it “remains pertinent” for the federally funded organization’s budget despite serious concerns expressed by media unions, advocacy groups and hundreds of its own journalists. The Quebec Community Groups Network pleaded that Tandem “could have an impact on the journalistic independence and […]

A better solution to Bill 96? Fund English institutions to encourage French language, culture

It’s no secret that Bill 96, Quebec’s new French-language law, has created an abundance of turmoil in the province — have it be among English-rights groups, health care professionals, educational experts and many others. Eva Ludvig, Quebec Community Groups Network interim president, stresses all Quebecers recognize and agree that the French language needs to be protected […]

Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act Abandons English-speaking Quebecers, QCGN tells Senate Committee

Under the dramatic overhaul of the Official Languages Act currently being considered, the federal government would in effect abandon English-speaking Quebec by discarding the fundamental principle of linguistic duality from coast to coast to coast, QCGN President Eva Ludvig today told the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages. Read more