Entries by Joshua Allan

Collège Dawson: un organisme dénonce le retrait de Québec du projet d’agrandissement

The lack of space at Dawson College has been recognized and documented by the Ministry of Higher Education, and the Quebec government-funded expansion was needed to create more space, explains QCGN President Marlene Jennings. She adds that the move to scrap this project is yet another example of the Legault government’s attack on the vitality […]


The Committee on Culture and Education reconvened yesterday for its ongoing clause-by-clause consideration of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec. Members began with article 6 of the legislation, that requires the civil administration to use the French language, promote the languages’ quality, protect it, and ensure its development, […]

Dawson College expansion abruptly axed to ‘prioritize francophone students’

Response Monday to the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government decision to pull the plug on a long-planned expansion of Dawson College — an expansion Premier François Legault’s government had initially supported — was swift and angry. Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), called it “simply appalling” and “yet another example of […]

What happened at Dawson?

QCGN President Marlene Jennings speaks with CTV’s Maya Johnson about the decision by the Quebec government to shelve an expansion project for Dawson College in favour of “prioritizing francophone students.” Watch here

Quebec halts Dawson College expansion plans, asks CEGEP to rent space

Quebec is putting Dawson College’s expansion plans on hold, despite promising the CEGEP millions for additional classroom space in 2020. An internal memo sent Sunday by Diane Gauvin, Dawson’s director general, says the infrastructure project was quashed following a meeting with Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann. “The government has chosen to prioritize, in [McCann]’s words, ‘francophone’ students,’” Gauvin said. […]

Dawson College expansion project faces ‘serious setback’ as province changes course

Dawson College has “suffered a serious setback” in its expansion plans after a “hastily called” meeting with the province’s higher education minister last week, the Montreal-based institution said in an internal memo. Diane Gauvin, the director-general of the English-language CEGEP, wrote about the meeting in a letter issued Sunday. “The government has chosen to prioritize, […]

Québec refrène les plans d’expansion du Collège Dawson

  The Legault government confirms that it has asked Dawson College to “work on alternative options to its expansion project”, despite the millions promised to the CEGEP for additional classrooms. The president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Marlene Jennings, is asking the Legault government to back down, arguing that the Dawson College expansion project is essential to […]

Is Kent Hughes a Quebecer? Do you feel like one?

Today’s question on Radio Noon: Is Kent Hughes a Quebecer? Do you feel like one? QCGN President Marlene Jennings challenges Christopher Skeete, the Coalition Avenir Québec’s parliamentary secretary for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, on whether or not he is defending anglophone Quebecers. Listen here