Job Posting: Communications Assistant

Start Date: May 2, 2022
End date: August 19, 2022
Salary: $39,000 per annum

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking a bilingual, dynamic, tech savvy communication assistant to provide communications, media scanning and social media support.

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that identifies, explores and addresses strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking communities. The QCGN and its member organizations work cooperatively and in partnership with community stakeholders, leaders, governments and institutions, to advance the interests of our minority community which counts more than 1 million English-speaking Quebecers.

Fluently bilingual, the communications assistant will undertake media environmental scan and support the implementation of QCGN’s social media calendar, gathering, translating and posting content on Facebook, Twitter and the QCGN website.

Under the direction of the Director of Communications and Public Relations and working closely with the Communication Coordinator, the Communication Assistant will participate by gathering and disseminating information on key areas of QCGN’s mandate. The Communications Assistant will also work with colleagues to support development of media scanning and its content in both French and English.

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“Too much stick, not enough carrot”: Panelists express concerns about Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) explored Bill 96 from all angles at a webinar on the evening of Jan. 20.

The wide-ranging, controversial legislation was first tabled in May 2021. Although it technically died on the order paper when Premier François Legault prorogued the National Assembly in October, the government has asserted its intention to pass it this year.

At the Jan. 20 panel, former senator Joan Fraser, former senator and journalist André Pratte, and independent journalist Christopher Curtis of The Rover, shared their reflections on the proposed legislation.

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QCGN Language Rights Webinar: André Pratte & Christopher Curtis

As opposition and concern grows over Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, the QCGN continues its series of webinars helping Quebecers understand the implications of language legislation. In this webinar, former senator and journalist André Pratte and independent journalist Christopher Curtis will review the Bill’s progress through the public square and provide their insights on some the legislation’s more controversial elements. Former senator and journalist Joan Fraser hosts.

Watch full webinar here

Job Offer: Junior Policy Analyst

ABOUT THE QCGN

Founded in 1995, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) gives voice to Canada’s English linguistic minority communities, known collectively as the English-speaking Community of Quebec (ESCQ). It advocates on behalf of this community, promoting its views, positions and interests, ensuring the respect and evolution of its rights, and contributing to its growth and vitality.

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Director of Government Relations, Policy and Research, the Junior Policy Analyst will assist in analyzing – and reporting on – the impact of existing and proposed government policies, programs and legislation, on the English-Speaking Communities of Quebec (ESCQ) and support the development of QCGN policy positions.

The primary objectives of the role will be to conduct environmental scanning for accurate and up to date information; support policy and legislative analysis; and coordinate internal and external communications relating to political and policy issues.

By coordinating and supporting research and analysis of relevant public policy data, you will play a critical role in ensuring that the policies and positions undertaken by the QCGN contribute effectively to the sustainability and vitality of the ESCQ.

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Community Group Says Bill 96 Limits the Rights of Anglophones

In an open letter written by Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to Premier Legault, QCGN states that the government definition of “English Eligible” is limiting and minority groups, under international norms, should define themselves. The current definition of English Eligible excludes between 300,000 and 500,000 English-speaking Quebecers, making the category far from inclusive and limiting the access to government services in English.

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Health access committee reform concerns advocates

A regulation changing the composition of the Provincial Access Committee (PAC), the review body which oversees programs developed by regional health authorities to ensure access to English-language health services, was quietly adopted in late December.

“It’s difficult to see the effect of this reform on the care provided to individuals, but it doesn’t make it easier,” says  Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN.

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Event registration: QCGN Language Rights Webinar, January 20, 2022

Join us for a Zoom Webinar to hear from the Honourable André Pratte and Christopher Curtis as they discuss the progress of Quebec’s Bill 96, An Act respecting French, and provide their insights on some of the legislation’s more controversial elements.

Register here

English-speaking Quebecers concerned government will limit health services

Questions are being raised about whether Quebec will reduce health services in English.

The government has insisted on several occasions this is not its intention, but last month, it dissolved a committee that had spent years working to improve access to English services.

“It was a surprise that the minister was changing the rules of what we thought was a perfectly good committee, working very well,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge with the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Health ministry seeks new English access committee members after firing the last ones

The Provincial Government has issued a call for expressions of interest and applications to be on the Provincial committee on the dispensing of health and social services in the English language after having dismissed the entirety of the previous committee through a regulation change in the latter half of 2021.

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) first sounded the alarm about the dismissal of the previous committee members in late August, describing the change as ‘robbery through legislation.’

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Quietly Adopted Regulation Could Hurt Quality of Health Care for English-speaking Quebecers

Despite strong objections from the English-speaking community that included a 4,500-name petition tabled in the National Assembly, the Quebec government has eviscerated the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language. The government is now recruiting replacement members.

“Two days before the petition was tabled in the National Assembly on Dec. 10 – in the middle of a public health emergency during which the population is fully fixated on COVID-19 – the government stealthily enacted a new regulation governing the provincial committee,” says Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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