Montreal Gazette’s Monday print newspaper edition to end as Postmedia announces changes

Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, expresses disappointment as Postmedia, owner of the Montreal Gazette and eight other daily newspapers across Canada, pulls the plug on Monday print editions. “It doesn’t look good for the future and that is unfortunate for those of us who are into our news,” she says. Seniors who are not internet-savvy and still depend on a printed paper will miss out, she notes, because many depend on it for their information.

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MODERNIZING THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT: HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOT IT WRONG WITH C-13

Bill C-13 is new legislation proposed by the Government of Canada to modernize the Official Languages Act (OLA). It also proposes to enact a new law – the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act.

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) opposes C-13 and is concerned about the new direction being proposed by the Government of Canada, in particular the long-term effects resulting from this change on the application of the OLA and on the language rights of English-speaking Quebecers.

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Les anglophones, inquiets et indécis

After “20 or 30 years” of “linguistic peace,” many in Quebec’s English-speaking community are worried about the future, says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig. Data from surveys on the QCGN’s website indicate that many fear that the concerns of the English-speaking community are not being taken into account by the provincial government.

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QCGN “Meet the Leaders” Town Hall: Bloc Montréal Leader Balarama Holness

The Quebec Community Groups Network hosts a series of virtual town halls with provincial party leaders ahead of the 2022 provincial election. The purpose of this series is to discuss electoral issues of importance to English-speaking Quebecers and our community’s place in Quebec.

On Thursday, September 15, we heard from Balarama Holness, leader of the Bloc Montréal. Former radio host Royal Orr fills the role of moderator.

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QCGN HOSTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH BALARAMA HOLNESS

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) last night hosted a virtual town hall with Balarama Holness, leader of the newly-formed Bloc Montreal provincial party. The online forum provided Quebecers with an opportunity to ask Holness questions and at the same time convey to him their concerns ahead of the Oct. 3 provincial election.

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Modernizing the Official Languages Act: how the feds got it wrong

The fundamental changes to the Official Languages Act proposed by Bill C-13 will have profound effects on the language rights of a great many Canadians, writes Eva Ludvig, QCGN interim president, along with Joan Fraser, former senator and member of the QCGN’s Executive Committee: “It’s time to stop, get back to basics, and return to the consensus achieved by the people the Official Languages Act affects the most.”

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Protection du français : Au-delà de la loi 96

Premier François Legault’s alarmist attitude and actions when it comes to the protection of French has caused bridges to be burned between the Quebec government and the English-speaking community, says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge. She explains that many Anglophones view various measures by the Quebec government, such as Bill 96, as a direct attack on the vitality of their communities. “We don’t want that to cause an exodus,” Martin-Laforge adds: “We must rediscover a spirit of social cohesion.”

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Your minority vote matters

No matter how one-sided the voting intentions for the 2022 Quebec election may seem, it is important for everyone in the English-speaking community to get out and vote, says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig. “We can’t give up,” she says: “If ever, this is the time to vote.”

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QCGN “Meet the Leaders” Town Hall: Éric Duhaime, Conservative Party of Quebec

The Quebec Community Groups Network hosts a series of virtual town halls with provincial party leaders ahead of the 2022 provincial election. The purpose of this series is to discuss electoral issues of importance to English-speaking Quebecers and our community’s place in Quebec.

On Tuesday, September 7, we heard from Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec. Former radio host Royal Orr fills the role of moderator.

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QCGN HOSTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH ÉRIC DUHAIME

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) last night hosted a virtual town hall with Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (CPQ). The online forum provided Quebecers with an opportunity to ask Duhaime questions and simultaneously convey to him their concerns ahead of the Oct. 3 provincial election.

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