Entries by Joshua Allan

The eclipse (of French) didn’t happen

Another follow-up to the recent Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) study suggesting the use of French in public spaces remains stable. La Presse editorial writer Stéphanie Grammond not only acknowledges the QCGN’s language event, but writes that false claims by the Quebec government that French is in decline only hurts the cause of […]

Our guest – Mario Polese – says anglos have a special responsibility to help french in Montreal. What do you think?

Researcher Mario Polèse speaks about his suggestion that English-speaking Quebecers ought to make a conscious effort to use French as the primary language in the public sphere. He speaks with CBC Radio Noon’s Shawn Appel. Quebec Community Groups Network Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge joins the call at minute 14 of the show. Listen here

Video : QCGN panel participant suggests Bill 96 driven by ‘open-line programs on radio’ – not demographic data

The CTV News Montreal late-night newscast covers Thursday evening’s panel discussion on the place of French in Quebec society, co-sponsored by the Quebec Community Groups Network. CTV’s report begins at the 5:50 mark, with a brief summary of the latest Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) survey results.  Watch more

Is French on the decline in Quebec?

It appears the rationale for Bill 96 as framed by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government was based on something other than facts, Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), suggests to Global News. This follows the release of a report by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) concluding French […]

Apparent decline of French in Quebec has complex causes, experts say at QCGN panel

Ideas and opinions about the status and future of the French language in Quebec were exchanged during yesterday’s bilingual panel. The discussion, which was co-hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Montreal Gazette and the Notre Home Foundation, featured panelists Mario Polèse, Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Jean-Pierre Corbeil. Montreal Gazette columnist Allison Hanes acted as […]

Hanes: Quebec needs to stop defeatist hyperbole on fragility of French

“Quebec is more polarized today than it has been in decades in large part over the undisputed assertion that French is under threat from all sides,” writes columnist Allison Hanes. This issue will be one of several discussed at Thursday’s conference, co-sponsored by the Quebec Community Groups Network. Hanes will join Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Jean-Pierre Corbeil […]