Obituary: Sheila Goldbloom dedicated her life to the community

Sheila Goldbloom, a prominent figure within Quebec’s English-speaking community, passed away at age 96. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge comments: “Sheila embodied civility; she was a person of integrity and honour and a particularly effective advocate. She motivated us to care more, to do more, to make a real difference in the lives [of] all English-speaking Quebecers.”

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Opinion: Ensuring that English-speaking Quebecers receive their due

In an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette, QCGN President Eva Ludvig and Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge write that Bill C-13, the modernization of the Official Languages Act, offers “an asymmetrical approach in law toward official languages that places the future of our community at considerable risk.”

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Quebec’s Bill 96 will widen a problematic skills gap – unless province invests in closing it

“A significant portion of Quebec’s labour force suffers from what amounts to a skills gap,” writes Globe and Mail columnist David Parkinson: “The skill in question is French language proficiency. And Bill 96 threatens to widen that gap.” Parkinson adds that anglophone-rights advocates in the province, including the QCGN, are “unsurprisingly, beside themselves” when it comes to Bill 96.

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‘Je suis Québécoise. Point final’: Questions remain for Anglophones after Bill 96 passes

Under Bill 96, politicians have promised “historic Anglos” they will keep their rights. But many wonder how that will work.

“It’s limiting, it’s insulting,” said Eva Ludvig, the QCGN acting president. “It denies the history, the experience, the contribution of English speakers in Quebec.”

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CBC can keep its controversial branded content division, CRTC rules

The CRTC says the CBC can keep its controversial branded content advertising, ruling that it “remains pertinent” for the federally funded organization’s budget despite serious concerns expressed by media unions, advocacy groups and hundreds of its own journalists.

The Quebec Community Groups Network pleaded that Tandem “could have an impact on the journalistic independence and integrity of the CBC and ultimately, that the initiative could undermine the credibility of the public broadcaster.”

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A better solution to Bill 96? Fund English institutions to encourage French language, culture

It’s no secret that Bill 96, Quebec’s new French-language law, has created an abundance of turmoil in the province — have it be among English-rights groups, health care professionals, educational experts and many others.

Eva Ludvig, Quebec Community Groups Network interim president, stresses all Quebecers recognize and agree that the French language needs to be protected — it just needs to be done in a positive way “rather than through punishment and restriction” via public policy.

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Allison Hanes: Jennings navigated the QCGN through tumultuous times

Speaking with columnist Allison Hanes, former QCGN President Marlene Jennings reflects on her 18 months as head of the organization, and the ongoing battle against Bill 96. 

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Under Bill 96, Quebec will issue all birth and death certificates only in French

With the passage of language law Bill 96, the Quebec government plans to issue not only all marriage certificates only in French, but all birth and death certificates, too.

“It’s just another example of what we would consider pettiness in dealing with English speakers,” said Eva Ludvig, the interim director of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Nicolas: Opponents of CAQ’s view of nationalism need to form a coalition

Columnist Emilie Nicolas suggests that groups and individuals opposing Bill 96, including the QCGN, form a coalition to counter the Coalition Avenir Québec’s brand of Quebec nationalism. “For a counter-narrative to emerge, more unity, and stronger coalition-building is necessary,” she writes.

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Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act Abandons English-speaking Quebecers, QCGN tells Senate Committee

Under the dramatic overhaul of the Official Languages Act currently being considered, the federal government would in effect abandon English-speaking Quebec by discarding the fundamental principle of linguistic duality from coast to coast to coast, QCGN President Eva Ludvig today told the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages.

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