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English-rights group says Legault is wrong about Bill 101 and hospitals

An English rights group says Quebec Premier François Legault’s interpretation of how Bill 101 applies to hospitals is wrong and is calling for an immediate meeting with the premier. On Thursday, Legault defended a regional health authority’s removal of English words from signs at the hospital in Lachute, approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Montreal. The hospital began covering […]

CAQ MNA promises action on Lachute hospital signage, walks back comments 17 hours later

Premier François Legault’s point man on relations with English-speaking Quebecers appears to have broken rank on Thursday night, saying he’s working privately to resolve a language dispute at the Lachute hospital. MNA Christopher Skeete wrote on Twitter that he has been in contact with the health and culture ministers offices and suggested those concerned should […]

Legault defends removal of bilingual signs in Lachute hospital

Quebec Premier François Legault is defending an order forcing a hospital in Lachute to remove its bilingual signs. It comes after the Office quebecois de la langue francaise, which enforces the province’s French language charter, recently contacted the hospital and told it take down English signs inside and outside the facility. Asked about the decision Thursday […]

Quebec premier backs order telling Lachute hospital to ditch English signs

After the Office québécois de la langue française mandated a Lachute hospital remove its English-language signage, Quebec Premier François Legault says he doesn’t see the importance of bilingual signage. “They weren’t respecting the law. Bill 101 has to be respected; that’s what we will do,” Legault told reporters. “Anglophones will keep on having the right to have […]

Anglo advocates vexed by decision to remove English from Lachute hospital signs

Critics are panning the decision to remove English from signage at the Lachute hospital, calling the move concerning and upsetting. The regional health authority, the CISSS-des-Laurentides, announced last month that it was removing the signage to be in line with Quebec’s language law, Bill 101. CBC News first reported that nine Lachute-area mayors are opposing the decision, calling it “deeply […]

‘Emergency’ sign must go, language watchdog tells Quebec hospital

MONTREAL — An edict from Quebec’s language watchdog that a hospital northwest of Montreal must remove English from its bilingual signage has angered municipal officials. The Office quebecois de la langue francaise, which enforces the province’s French language charter, recently contacted the hospital in Lachute, Que. and told it take down English signs inside and […]

English schools are not a miracle cure for overcrowding (FR)

L’accueil d’élèves francophones dans des écoles anglophones dépeuplées n’est pas une panacée à la surpopulation dans le réseau scolaire de langue française, prévient la plus grande commission scolaire du Québec. Le déclin de la communauté anglophone a beau avoir libéré 2250 places dans des écoles de l’île de Montréal, ces locaux vides sont pour la […]

Quebec education minister reiterates ‘no room for interpretation’ about abolishing school boards

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge reiterated Tuesday that there is “no room for interpretation” when it comes to the government’s plan to abolish school boards. “I think our plan is pretty clear. We want to transform school boards into service centres for schools,” he said. “We want to emphasize all the decisions that are being taken […]

Education minister doubles down on plans to abolish school boards

Quebec’s education minister doubled down Tuesday on the CAQ’s plan to abolish school boards. “We want to transform school boards into service centres,” said Jean-Francois Roberge, who assured the English-speaking community its rights will still be respected under the new system. English-language advocacy groups, however, are not convinced of that and have plans to fight […]