QCGN President on Global News about the Senate Report

QCGN President Linda Leith was interviewed about the Senate Report on the English-speaking Community on Global News. Leith talked about the fact that the Senate report on anglophone rights in Quebec debunks myths about Anglophones being a privileged elite. She said the Senate also supported QCGN’s concerns about transparency in how Federeal funding is delivered to Quebec and how it reaches the English-speaking community for which it is earmarked.

http://www.globalmontreal.com/video/index.html?releasePID=wuRNttazNbG6oAIdjA2a0rckIKsg_bpR

QCGN President interviewed on Quebec AM about Senate Report

Protect language rights: Senate report Official Languages Committee; Aging anglophone population no longer privileged, lags behind francophones

The Gazette, Marian Scott

English-speaking Quebecers are no longer the privileged elite they were long considered to be, says a Senate report that calls on the federal government to do a better job of protecting the rights of the anglophone minority.

The 129-page report by the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages paints a detailed picture of Quebec’s anglophones, an aging community that, despite higher-than-average levels of education, now lags behind the francophone majority for median income.

[…] Sylvia Martin-Laforge, executive director of the Quebec Community Groups Network, hailed the report for busting the myth that English-speaking Quebecers are an over-privileged minority. “The title tells the story and we have been wanting to tell the story about those myths,” she said. “We hope the 16 recommendations give leads to the government and the community for the way forward,” she added. Read more…

English-speaking communities in Quebec face challenges, Senate committee finds

IPolitics, Devon Black

In a new report released Wednesday, the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages reported that English-speaking communities in Quebec face unique challenges in preserving their language within the majority Francophone province.

The report, entitled “The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities – From Myth to Reality”, used information from public hearings and informal testimony reported to the committee during the fall of 2010 in Ottawa and regions of Quebec. Its findings depict a nuanced view of a minority language community in a context that sometimes has little concern for English language preservation.

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Montréal, une ville bilingue?

Sylvia Martin-Laforge was interviewed by V Télé reporter to react to February 2 Gazette article
”Montreal is bilingual, poll finds”

Watch the interview by clicking on the thumbnail below.


Heritage Canada violated Languages Act: commissioner

Groups that relied on federal funding forced to deal with ‘many uncertainties’
The Gazette, Carmen Chai
 
Heritage Canada breached laws by delaying approval of funding and payments to organizations that represented official-language minorities across Canada, a report issued by the Official Languages Commissioner’s office showed.
Groups that relied on federal funding through Heritage Canada, such as the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Federation of Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador, were forced to deal with “many uncertainties” because of the department’s funding delays, according to the official languages watchdog Graham Fraser. Read more…

QCGN Director General enthusiastic about bilingual exchange program

Interviewed last night on CTV News, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says that the new bilingual exchange program initiated by the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf will generate better language skills for the students who will participate in the program. 

”This is not about language politics. This is about providing Quebec’s young people with the skills they need to fully realise their economic potential here at home, and to give them the necessary tools to compete in the global marketplace. The more languages in which a person is literate, the better equipped they are to assist Quebec secure its financial future,” Sylvia Martin-Laforge said.

Watch the video here.

QCGN Director General on CTV News tonight at 6

The interview will discuss the impact of the newly created bilingual exchange program between the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.

http://www.ctv.ca/nationalnews/

 

Anglophones polled to improve English media outlets

The Equity (Pontiac News), Andrea Cranfield

The Alliance of Official Languages Minority Media (AMM) in partnership with CBC-Radio-Canada and Canadian Heritage launched a survey called ”Let’s Talk Media” in October through Leger & Leger Marketing company to decipher the media habits of English-speaking minorities in Canada.  Rita Legault, the director of communications at the QCGN said they are really interested in knowing what the results of the survey are. ”There is a lot of English media that communities depend upon. Some do a great job but some don’t do a good job at all.  This is a major important resource for English speaking communities and their survival. And quality is of concern,” said Legault.  Read more…

Building bridges with literature

 
The Montreal Gazette, Lisa Fitterman

Linda Leith steps down as head of the Blue Metropolis festival at the end of the year. In a new book, she describes the festival’s creation and development.

The boy was tattooed, with lots of metal piercings and a prickly mien. No more than 15 years old, he was one in a class of high school students whose teacher had bought them to the Blue Metropolis literary festival to participate in a writing workshop. Watching him work, festival founder Linda Leith briefly wondered what he would make of the experience. Would he be inspired? Or would he disparage it to his friends, calling it yet another “bleeping” lame exercise foisted on him by adults?

[…] So she is on to other things, to finishing the novel she has been trying to write, travelling and continuing as the volunteer president of the Quebec Communities Group Network. She’ll also be back at Blue Met, maybe even volunteering alongside a young man whose tattoos and piercings once caught her eye and made her wonder. Read more…