10 Innovative Projects to Assist Vulnerable English-speaking Youth and Seniors

As the economic recovery from COVID-19 begins, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has announced 10 innovative projects that will help vulnerable English-speaking youth and seniors find employment and fight isolation. A total of $1.1 million of fresh funding has been committed, via the renewal of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) financed through the Government of Canada and managed by the QCGN.

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Job Posting : Director, Access to Justice in English

Status: Full-Time
Reports to:  Director General
Language Requirement:  English, fluent written and spoken; French, full professional proficiency.
Direct reports: Project Manager, Access to Justice in English

 

Job Summary

The Director, Access to Justice in English, reports to the Director General, and under her direction, provides support to the Board of Directors and its Committees, other members of staff, QCGN projects, and external stakeholders. The Director, Access to Justice in English, monitors developments and legal issues which have or may have an impact on the English-speaking community of Quebec and works with their colleagues to protect, advance, and promulgate language rights.

The Director, Access to Justice in English will also act as the principle staff contact with Justice Canada and Quebec’s Ministry of Justice, performing government relations functions related to these institutions.

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Huge Victory for Minority School Boards in Supreme Court B.C. School Board Case

Montreal, June 12, 2020 – In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court of Canada has given a generous and broad interpretation of Section 23 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees minority language educational rights to French-speaking communities outside Quebec and to the English-speaking minority within Quebec.

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Court Challenge to Bill 40 Launched

Quebec’s English-speaking minority seeks interlocutory injunction

Montreal, May 28,2020 – APPELE-Québec has endorsed the Quebec English School Boards Association’s (QESBA) constitutional challenge to Bill 40, An act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance. The filing includes a request to the Superior Court of Quebec for an interlocutory injunction to suspend those provisions of Bill 40 which apply to English-language School Boards and indeed affect the entire English-language public school network.

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Recalling the question that divided families, and the night the No side won

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who worked for the No camp during the 1980 referendum on Quebec sovereignty, said the English community was fairly united on the No side, but in other communities “there were families in which you couldn’t talk about it.” Read more

Opinion: Anglos’ COVID-19 anxiety should be understood, not deflected

It is more important to understand why there is a difference in reporting anxiety levels among Quebecers than to deflect, writes Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). An ACS/QCGN survey reveals that some 34 per cent of Quebec anglophones know someone who has been diagnosed with the virus compared with 21 per cent of francophones.That partly explains the differences in levels of anxiety felt by anglophones and francophones, Jedwab writes. Read more

Legault singles out English media for poll showing fear in anglophones

A new poll commissioned by the Quebec Community Groups Network and conducted by Leger shows anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophones about contracting COVID-19. When asked why he thinks angolphones fear catching the virus more than francophones, Legault suggested English media coverage may be to blame. Read more 

Faced with poll showing COVID-19 fears among English speakers, Legault blames media

A new poll shows that English speakers in Quebec are significantly more worried about COVID-19 than French speakers, and are almost twice as likely to wear a mask. Faced with these numbers on Wednesday, Legault lashed out at English-language media, saying at a press conference that the Montreal Gazette in particular “has a certain responsibility.” Read more

COVID anxiety higher among anglophones than francophones, survey shows

English-speaking Quebecers are more likely than francophones to be afraid of contracting COVID-19 and more likely to know an infected person, according to a new Léger Marketing survey. The survey, commissioned by the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Association for Canadian Studies, found 68 per cent of anglophones polled were afraid of contracting COVID-19, compared with 47 per cent of francophones. Read more

English-speaking Quebecers fear COVID-19 more than francophones, poll suggests

Anxiety levels surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic vary based not just on where people live in Quebec, but also on their mother tongue, a web survey conducted by Léger Marketing has found.

Allophone and anglophone respondents are much more likely to fear that they or somebody in their immediate family will catch the disease than francophones are, the survey found.

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