Corey Hoare: To be Free to Protest in your Own Language

To focus on the language of protest placards when they are written in English is merely a side issue and a distraction when the premier of the province continues to minimize systemic discrimination as a fact of Quebec life, writes Corey Hoare, a Montreal university admissions administrator.

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Ottawa launching bursary fund to help anglophone postsecondary students study in French

Announcement comes amid debate over state of French language and push to update Official Languages Act.

The federal government will spend $12 million over the next four years on bursaries to help English-speaking students pursue post-secondary education in French.

Approximately 3,400 bursaries worth $3,000 each will be available to anglophone secondary school graduates who enrol in French-language programs at select CEGEPs, colleges or universities. The government says the funding will be disbursed through post-secondary institutions and special consideration will be given to students from under-represented groups.

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OPINION : Jolin-Barrette doit maintenir fermement sa position

Par Paul Bégin, ex-ministre de la justice du Québec

Qui, au moment où se profile dans la société québécoise un vaste débat sur la place et l’avenir de la langue française au Québec, s’attendait à une attaque frontale de la part de la juge en chef de la Cour du Québec à l’encontre du ministre de la Justice à propos de la nomination de juges bilingues à la Cour du Québec, selon ses demandes ?

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UnpublishedTV: Is the French Language in decline in Quebec?  

(VIDEO) The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is uncomfortable with the direction the federal government has chosen regarding proposed changes to the Official Languages Act, QCGN Board member Eva Ludvig says during a videocast panel discussion on Unpublished TV.

“What is being introduced is really changing the dynamics between English-and French-speaking people in this country and changing a pillar of Canadian society,” Ludvig says. The nation’s sustained effort over more than half a century to create a balance with the two official languages, English and French, has used “an equal basis” as one of its policy cornerstones, she adds. Now, the changes proposed by Ottawa have in effect “really relegated the English language and the English-speaking minority in Quebec… to a lesser status,” Ludvig adds: “That is not what official languages is about, not what the country has bought into, nor what it has celebrated.”

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Les idées directrices de la réforme de la Loi sur les langues officielles

Trois grandes idées sous-tendent la proposition de réforme : l’égalité réelle des langues, la promotion du français et la complétude institutionnelle.

La ministre du Développement économique et des Langues officielles, Mélanie Joly, a récemment dévoilé son plan de réforme de la Loi sur les langues officielles, intitulé Français et anglais : vers une égalité réelle des langues officielles au Canada. Le document compte une trentaine de pages et propose une cinquantaine de modifications à la fois législatives et administratives.

Ce plan n’est pas un projet de loi. Ce dernier, selon la lettre de mandat adressée à la ministre Joly en janvier 2021, doit normalement être déposé avant la fin de l’année. En ce qui concerne la mise en œuvre des nombreuses mesures administratives comprises dans le document, aucun échéancier n’a été annoncé pour l’instant.

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Canada is a federation, with the federal and provincial governments operating within defined areas of responsibility. Canada has two official languages, English and French. Some provinces, like Quebec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and the Nunavut territory, also have their own official languages strategies.

Two ways of thinking about official languages are particularly useful: using a national perspective; and then using viewpoint of a province or territory.

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We are all Quebecers: #OuiOurQuebec

#OuiOurQuebec is a community campaign which celebrates English-speaking Quebecers and their contributions to making this province a great place to live.

Initiated by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) in cooperation with many of its members, community organizations and individuals, it seeks not only to highlight our contributions and sense of belonging, but also to challenge persistent, widespread and often false beliefs about our community.

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Quebec Solidaire proposes new plan to tackle decline of French in Montreal

MONTREAL – Quebec Solidaire is calling on the Quebec government to put in place a plan to address the state of French in Montreal, including the creation of a special office of the Office quebecois de la langue française (OQLF) to combat the decline of French in the city.

Ruba Ghazal, MNA for Quebec Solidaire, says it has been known for years that the French language is declining in the Montreal area, but that governments are not taking the necessary measures to tackle the problem.

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Event: The Official Languages Act and Quebec’s English-speaking Community

Date: Thursday March 25
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.

As part of the Quebec Community Groups Network’s effort to better inform our community about its language rights, we are hosting a series of webinars. This second in the series The Official Languages Act and Quebec’s English-speaking Community will feature journalist, author and lecturer Graham Fraser, the former Commission of Official Languages.

Canada’s longest service Commission of Official Languages, Graham Fraser intervened in many judicial cases in Canada in order to defend the linguistic rights of Canadians. In 2007, he intervened in a case which opposed the abolition of the Court Challenges Program which led to the official languages minority component of the program being restored under the Language Rights Support Program. Fraser also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as a co-appellant in the DesRochers (CALDECH) case, which resulted in the Court’s broadening the interpretation of Part IV of the Official Languages Act and recognizing the public’s right to receive service of equal quality in both official languages. In 2008, he intervened in the Nguyen case, in which the Supreme Court’s interpretation took into account the interests of official language communities with regard to the rights guaranteed by section 23 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Since leaving his post as Commissioner, Fraser has lectured on language policy in universities across Canada. He is a Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and was a visiting professor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He is currently editing the diary that F. R. Scott kept during the years of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism.

Register here to received the secure link to attend.

New official languages plan aims to end the decline of French in Canada

The federal government recently unveiled an ambitious new official languages plan to modernize the 51-year-old Official Languages Act.

It’s the most significant proposal on the status of French and English in Canada since the 1982 enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which entrenched the main provisions of the 1969 Official Languages Act in the Canadian Constitution. The last major reform to the act was in 1988.

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