Canada Must Not Abandon its Leadership on Official Languages

Montreal, February 5, 2021 – The Government of Canada must not retreat from its legal and moral obligation to Canada’s linguistic duality, and support for our French and English linguistic minority communities.

In a letter to Federal Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly, Quebec’s Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, Sonia LeBel, states that the sole official minority language across Canada is French. Minister LeBel was providing Quebec’s perspective on the modernization of the federal Official Languages Act.

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Bell coupe dans le poste de radio anglophone CJAD

Bell Média a réduit son effectif de journalistes au Québec, passant le couperet dans la salle de nouvelles de la station anglo-montréalaise CJAD, lundi.

Dans un communiqué, l’entreprise a confirmé au Devoir avoir effectué « un nombre limité de réductions du personnel », sans préciser le nombre d’employés touché. La porte-parole Vanessa Damha a expliqué que la décision a été prise pour « refléter la structure opérationnelle simplifiée de Bell Média. » Lire la suite

Bell Media makes major cuts at CJAD

Bell Media, despite a strong financial performance and recently having received $122 million in pandemic-related labour subsidies, exacted what some are calling a jobs “bloodbath” at radio station CJAD.

Without notice, Bell Media decimated the CJAD newsroom. Shuyee Lee, who has been with the station since 1993, confirmed her departure on Twitter and added that she had been in the midst of preparing a major news story when she suddenly received the word. Read more (en anglais seulement)

QCGN Asks Minister Roberge to Fund LEARN to Tutor English-speaking Students

Montreal, February 1, 2021 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) shares the concerns of the English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA) and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) about new tutoring services for Quebec students during the pandemic.

Last week, Education Minister Jean-François Roberge unveiled new investments in tutoring for Quebec students using online platforms. He announced funding for existing French-language services, where the providers do not have the necessary experience or expertise to meet the needs of English-speaking students. Meanwhile, LEARN, the province’s only government-funded English-language tutoring resource, was not earmarked for funding to provide this service. Read more

Working Together to Strengthen the Voice of English-speaking Quebec : Key Findings

The key findings from our 60 interviews with community leaders.

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Working Together to Strengthen the Voice of English-speaking Quebec

The face of English-speaking Quebec is changing, so we embarked on a renewal process. Part of this process led us to conducting 60 interviews with key opinion leaders in the community.

The findings can be downloaded here:

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How Many English-speaking Quebecers Are There?

Statistics are used to paint a picture — to tell a story.  What statistics are presented, and how they are utilized and to what ends, is another matter. They are instruments used at the discretion of the storyteller.

Canadians have a special interest in statistics that tell our linguistic story.  We pay special attention to statistics related to our two official languages, and to the languages of Indigenous people.

When looking at language data, it is important to consider two things: what is being measured (the variable); and where is it being measured (the geography).

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Editorial: A time for English-speaking Quebecers to focus on our future

With new measures to protect French imminent from both the Quebec and federal governments, English-speaking Quebecers should be forgiven for wondering, ‘what about us?’ writes the Montreal Gazette’s editorial board. Quebec’s English-speaking communities also require protection, even if English — as the majority language in Canada and the world’s lingua franca of commerce, technology and popular culture — does not.

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My Quebec: English-speaking Quebecers are beleaguered, but blessed

For English-speaking Quebecers, being a minority within a minority can be both a burden and a blessing, writes retired senator and former editor in chief of the Montreal Gazette, Joan Fraser. While linguistic division is one of our defining features, Quebecers also have much in common, writes Fraser who sits on the board of the Quebec Community Groups Network and is a vice-chair of APPELE-Quebec, the umbrella group formed to defend English school boards.

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We must protect French – but not at the expense of Quebec’s English-speaking communities

By Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network

At the dawn of 2021, English-speaking Quebecers are witnessing the relative language peace we have enjoyed for many years fade.

In Ottawa, Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly has promised to table a white paper as the basis for protecting and promoting French not only outside of Quebec but also within. Meanwhile, in Quebec City, Simon Jolin-Barrette, minister responsible for the French language, will reinforce the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101).

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