Letters to the Sports Editor: Are ‘les buts’ worth more than ‘goals’?

The Montreal Gazette, letters to the Sports Editor

As a director of an organization that promotes French as a second language across Canada, I appreciated the information that you included in your article on Andrei Markov (Sports Editor’s Column, Aug. 1, “Markov should learn some French”). There are about 300,000 students in French immersion across Canada, many of those in provinces where you would not think that there would be an interest. We really have to thank the teachers who help to inspire students to learn a second or third language, especially in areas where it might not be commonly used. I find it hard to accept that we still have sterile debates in Canada over the value of two languages, while many countries around the world consider it normal to speak two, three or more languages. Recently during the World Cup, I read that South Africa recognizes 11 languages. Here we make a mountain out of what should be a molehill. Two languages (or more) are a door to the rest of the world.

Lawrence Depoe is Executive Director at Canadian Parents for French-Quebec

I, too, was upset when I read Richard Martineau’s column in Le Journal. I was upset by both Ted Bird’s blog and by Martineau. Most Quebecers, be they English or French, show much more openness toward members of the other official language. Unfortunately, they do not get the same amount of press. Almost two-thirds of Quebec anglos are bilingual, and that percentage is growing generation by generation. But while anglophones are apparently making a much greater effort at learning the language of the provincial majority, people like Bird make it look like the English-speaking community lacks respect, and the whole community suffers the backlash.

Rita Legault is Director  of Communications at the Quebec Community Groups Network

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Quebec language lobbies fight census change Lack of accurate data could adversely affect how services are provided, they argue

The Montreal Gazette, Monique Muise

MONTREAL – Several groups in Quebec have joined the chorus of voices condemning the federal government’s controversial decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census, saying the move could have serious consequences for organizations and individuals across the province.

At the forefront of the backlash is the Quebec Community Groups Network, which says the loss of data from the traditional long-form questionnaire will make it much more difficult for the government to pinpoint where Quebec’s English-speakers are concentrated, and thus allocate services accordingly.

“The services provided by government to the English-speaking minority in the province are determined, in large part, by their numbers,” Network president Linda Leith explained. Read more…

Census: Quebec Community Groups Network supports FCFA in its judicial measures to prevent Census change

The Quebec Community Groups Network is entirely behind the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada in its endeavour to get the federal government to reverse its decision to scrap the mandatory long form census. The FCFA has filed an application with the Federal Court for judicial review of the government’s decision. The FCFA, which represents Francophone minority communities outside Quebec, maintains that the decision to replace the long-form census questionnaire with a new, voluntary National Household Survey is an infringement of their Charter rights because the government relies on the language data from the mandatory long form census to determine which federal offices in various regions will offer services and communications in both official languages. Information about people’s mother tongue, language spoken in the home and knowledge of both official languages are all used in determining what services will be available where.  Full version…

Elimination of census long form prompts QCGN complaint

Ken Schankler, The Chronicle-Telegraph

The federal government’s decision to discontinue mandatory completion of the long form in the Canada’s next census has drawn widespread opposition, provoking an investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, a complaint from a high-profile Quebec organization, and even inspiring a song from a Toronto-based volunteer social services outfit.

The Quebec Community Groups Network last week filed an official complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, asking him to use his powers to investigate. Read more…

The QCGN files complaint with Commissioner of Official Languages over the Canadian government’s decision to scrap mandatory census long form

Dismayed by the Federal Government’s decision to make completion of the long form in the 2011 National Census voluntary, the Quebec Community Groups Network this week filed an official complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, asking him to use his powers to investigate.  QCGN President Linda Leith said that information collected during the Census and collated by Statistics Canada, is key data upon which evidence-based policy is developed. “Evidenced-based policy allows community groups like the Quebec Community Groups Network, which support the English-speaking Community of Quebec, to work with the Government of Canada to enhance the vitality of the English linguistic minority communities in Canada,” Leith explained.  Full version… 

To read the QCGN letter to the Commissioner’s office, click here. 

CBC interview with new elected President of the QCGN, Mrs. Linda Leith

With CBC Host Jacquie Czernin

To listen to the interview, click here.
To read Linda Leith’s bio and to learn more about the QCGN’s Board of Directors, click here.

QCGN seeks Community Service Award candidates

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Pierre Little

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. Read more…

QCGN opposed to changes in Census data collection

The Quebec Community Groups Network is opposed to plans by the federal government to do away with the mandatory long Census form and replace it with a voluntary national household survey.  Our Network, which represents 36 English-language groups in Quebec, is concerned this change will make it more difficult to obtain reliable, detailed information that is essential to our work.  QCGN president Linda Leith, who has written to Industry Minister Tony Clement to express our concerns, notes that the Census is a critical source of evidence that supports our work on behalf of English-speaking Quebec and that making the completion of the long form voluntary will undermine the credibility of the data collected. “Decisions and actions that affect the legitimacy and consistency of this irreproachable data source are of great concern to the QCGN and the English-speaking Community of Quebec,” Leith noted.  Full version…

QCGN launches call for nominations for the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom distinguished community service award

The Gaspe Spec

MONTREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made sgnificant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the Award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. Read more…

QCGN launches call for nominations for the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.  Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the Award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec.  Full version..