English-speaking community must have a say

The Pontiac Journal, Marion Standish

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) believes the recent Supreme Court ruling on Bill 104 is a fair decision for the province of Quebec. This gives the provincial government a second chance to draft legislature that will work with all stakeholders including the English-speaking community. A reasonable compromise between the goals of protecting the French language and preserving the vitality of English schools should be achievable. We ask that the QCGN be included in the process.

The health of our schools and school boards has a profound impact on English-speaking Quebec. It has a direct impact on the economic vitality of the province. English schools must be guaranteed the resources they need to survive even when their numbers begin to dwindle.

Two Quebecers to sit on panel for language rights support program

The Gaspe Spec

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to announce that two representatives of Quebec minority English-language community have been named by the Honourable James moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, to serve on the Panel of Experts of the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP).

Montreal attorney Richard McConomy and Gaspé health-care advocate Brad McDonald were both named to the panel that will administer the LRSP which replaces the Courta Challenges Program. Read more…

Celebrating our past, building our future

The Gaspe Spec

MONREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Network believes the Supreme Court ruling on Bill 104 is a fair decision for the province of Quebec. Now that the Government of Quebec has been gibin a second chance to draft legislation, we hope it will work with all stakeholders, including the English-speaking community, to achieve a reasonable compromise between the goals of protecting the French language and preserving the vitality of English school and school boards. In that spirit we ask that we be included in the process.

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Marjorie Goodfellow wins Victor and Sheila Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award

La Tribune

In an article published in the Tribune on September 26, Marjorie Goodfellow, founder of the Townshippers Association, received the Victor and Sheila Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award on September 12. The article also highlights her accomplishments. Read more… 

Goodfellow receives Goldbloom award The Townships Outlet

The Townships Outlet

The Townships’s Marjorie Goodfellow, well known for her advocacy of English-language health and social services, was one of three Quebecers to receive the prestigious community service award at a ceremony in Montreal Sept. 12.  The Distinguished Community Service award was instituted this year by the Quebec Community Groups Network, an organization that brings together 32 English-language community groups in Quebec, and named in honour of Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, (parents of Bishop’s University principal Michael Goldbloom). Read more…



Cookbook for charity

The West Quebec Post, Julie Murray

The members of the Rural Leadership Development Program launched their new cookbook, Tastes and Treasures of the Pontiac, this September; proceeds go to Bouffe pontiac, Bouffe Pontiac is a not-for-profit food colective. A pilot project by the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Rural Leadership Development Program aims to promote leadership skills and potential of young English-speaking women in rural areas. Read more…

Banding together – local English groups plan for future

The West Quebec Post, Lily Ryan

English groups in Quebec have an organization looking out for them as a community, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).  QCGN is celebrating 15 years of work in bringing English groups together.  The group met amid a county-wide discussion about the Official Languages Act which is now 40 years old.  Friday September 11 and September 12, these groups met for the QCGN convention in Hull. During the lunch meeting, English organizers from across Quebec heard from local politicians and the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser. (Also on hand during the conference: Mr. Richard Nadeau, Mr. Marcel Proulx, Mrs. Charlotte L’Écuyer, the Honourable Maria Chaput and many more VIPs and stakeholders). Read more…



Goldbloom winners announced

The Gazette

The Quebec Community Groups Network has announced the winners of its annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards. Lawyer and human rights advocate Casper Bloom, health-care advocate Marjorie Goodfellow and researcher Jack Jedwab were chosen for their ‘’significant contributions to the vitality and understanding of Quebec’s English speaking community and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds.’’
The awards will be handed out Sept. 12 in Gatineau. Read more…



La langue diviserait-elle moins que la religion?

Le Devoir, Stéphane Baillargeon

Quelle est l’opposition fondamentale de la société québécoise, la division linguistique ou le clivage religieux? Participant à une table ronde pour discuter des résultats d’un sondage sur les perceptions comparées de la situation linguistique au Québec, le professeur Alain J. Gagnon s’est demandé s’il ne fallait pas plutôt s’intéresser à un retour du refoulé.  […] Un ange bilingue est passé sur le pannel rassemblant aussi Bernard Descôteaux, directeur du Devoir, le journaliste David johnson, de The Gazette et Jack Jedwab, directeur de l’Association d’études canadiennes (AEC) qui a commandé le sondage Web abec le Quebec Community Groups Network. Les résultats ont stratégiquement été publiés avant la Fête nationale et la Fête du Canada, à la une du Devoir, hier. Read more…



A $64,000 question

The Townships Outlet, Sharon McCully

Cuts to CBC services jeopardize the future of a major fundraising and awareness initiative for the Townships English community. Last November CBC threw its support behind the first ever English-language CHUS Foundation/CBC Radiothon, raising some $64,000 for the hospital foundation. The radiothon, spearheaded by Marjorie Goodfellow, a longtime health care advocate for the English-community, was broadcast live from the cafeteria of the CHUS Fleurimont on CBC radio, 91,7 FM, during three time slots, the Quebec AM morning show, Radio Noon and Breadkaway in the afternoon. […] Good fellow said the CBC is unique in its ability to reach out to English-speaking Quebecers across the province and she’s hoping the network will find a way to support the initiative again. […] Las week, the Quebec Community Groups Network launched a plea to save the CBC. Hugh Maynard, a former president of the community groups netork which represents 32 English-language organizations across Quebec, said cuts to the public broadcaster will be felt more deeply in smaller regions, where there are fewer media to serve the community. Read more…