Are You on the List?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers reacts to the rumored news the Coalition Avenir Québec could be working on a list defining what constitutes an “historical anglo,” saying the news is rattling English-speaking Quebecers and creating a sense of anxiety.

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QCGN Asks Government to Exclude English School Boards from Education Reform Plan

MONTREAL, October 24, 2019 – Bill 40, the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s plan to abolish school boards, violates the constitutional rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community. The Government should exempt the English system from its reform, pending a full consultation with the community.

“Schools are core institutions of the English-speaking community,” said Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). “The province has a responsibility to design an educational governance structure that protects and enables the English-speaking community’s management and control over our constitutionally guaranteed minority language education.”

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Job Posting: QCGN looking for Education Policy Researcher

The Quebec Community Groups Network is looking for an Education Policy Researcher. Deadline to apply is November 27.

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$1.1 million Fund to Address Needs of Vulnerable English-speaking Youth and Seniors

Montreal – November 12, 2019 – Quebec’s English-speaking youth and seniors will benefit from $1.1 million to learn new skills, find jobs, and fight isolation thanks to the renewal of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF).  This second round of financing will help community organizations across the province pilot socially innovative projects supporting youth and seniors between 2020 and 2023.

“The first round of CIF funding, which ran from 2016 to 2019, injected a total of $1 million into 10 innovative projects that truly transformed the lives of many individual English-speaking Quebecers,” said John Buck, Project Advisory Committee Chair and CEO of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). “Targeting the particular priorities of our community’s youth, seniors, and caregivers as well as newcomers, the Fund empowered community groups to tackle pressing social issues more effectively.”

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Rectifying the misrepresentation of Alliance Quebec

Writing in The Suburban, William Johnson says he wants to correct the historical record regarding the circumstances under which Alliance Quebec broke apart. Johnson, a national columnist for The Montreal Gazette in 1998, provides his perspective on the circumstances following Quebec’s 1995 referendum that led him to launch what he calls “a hostile takeover” of Alliance Quebec.

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QCGN Board Responds to Public Withdrawal of Board Members

MONTREAL, November 5, 2019 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) profoundly regrets the very public departures of a half dozen board members.

“This is not surprising. We advised them last week they were no longer directors of the QCGN board,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. He noted that members of the dissident group are affiliated with five of the groups which withdrew their memberships last week.

“I find it most regrettable that these former board members feel the need to engage in this very public squabble while our community faces significant challenges,” added QCGN Vice-President Gerald Cutting, who is also President of Townshippers’ Association. “If you are committed to fighting for the vitality of our community, we need all hands on deck at this critical juncture.”

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Is this the end of public services in English?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers denounces coming changes in language rules announced by Minister responsible for French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette. Chambers says such modifications are discriminatory and will only divide French and English-speaking communities. 

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CAQ targets newcomers with more restrictions on access to English services

Newcomers and others deemed to not be part of the “historic English-speaking community” will see drastic cuts to services provided in English. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers criticizes new language restrictions suggested by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister responsible for French language. 

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Disruption within the Quebec Community Groups Network

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers sat down with Global Montreal’s Elysia Bryan Baynes to discuss the resignation of member organizations.

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English language arts network leaves anglo umbrella group

English Language Arts Network Executive Director Guy Rodgers explains why the organization resigned from the QCGN.

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