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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COVID-19 Survey on the Perceptions of English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network and the Association for Canadian Studies commissioned Léger Marketing to conduct a Web survey on COVID-19 and the perceptions of English-speaking Quebecers.

Results indicate that English-speaking Quebecers are more afraid of getting the virus than their francophone counterparts and more likely to be afraid of an immediate family member getting the virus.

English-speaking Quebecers have the highest rate of fear in Canada of contracting COVID-19 while English-speaking Montrealers are most afraid of contracting the coronavirus. That may be due to the fact that English-speaking Quebecers were far more likely than their francophone neighbours to know someone who has COVID-19, the survey showed.

On that backdrop, Anglophones are more likely to want to slow down the pace of return to normal activities than Francophones.

The survey also shows that Quebecers are satisfied with the work of community organizations in the fight against COVID-19.

Meanwhile English-speaking Quebecers are somewhat more likely to volunteer or donate to charity in these difficult times. Most are giving to health and local community services.

The web poll was conducted from May 1 to May 6, 2020. Some 1,638 Quebecers 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. The survey included some 694 English-speaking respondents. The Association for Canadian Studies is the main mover and shaker behind the COVID-19 survey.

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COVID-19 Self-care Guide distributed in French only

by Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network

The Government of Quebec determined it was a public health imperative that a detailed 24-page guide providing Quebecers with critical information on best practices in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency be delivered to every household. This was done, at substantial cost, because every Quebecer needs to have this information. Unfortunately, the Guide autosoins or Self-care Guide was circulated only in French. On page two, the document notes, in French, that an English version is available online.

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Job Posting: Director of Community Development and Outreach

Start Date: as soon as possible
Term: permanent, full-time (37.5 hours/week)

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is looking for an experienced Director of Community Development and Outreach, with strong strategic, communications and relationship-building skills.

Reporting to the Director General, this is an opportunity to take on a leadership role to support and strengthen English-speaking communities across Quebec while helping the QCGN adapt to meet evolving community needs.

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