Bid to protect French in Quebec threatens minorities elsewhere

The Gazette, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA — Despite the defeat of an attempt in Parliament to apply Quebec’s French language charter to federal laws there is still a threat to the rights of minority groups across the country that won’t go away, says a network of English-speaking organizations from across the country. Read more…



QCGN Award

The Sherbrooke Record

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has launched a new award to recognize individuals who have contributed to strengthening the province’s English-speaking community.
The Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Service Award is also meant to acknowledge those who have helped bridge understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds Read more…



Création des prix Sheila et Victor Goldbloom

Le Devoir, Stéphane Baillargeon

Le Québec Community Groups Network (QCGN) crée des prix pour rendre hommage aux personnes « ayant contribué de façon exceptionnelle à la vitalité et à la compréhension des communautés d’expression anglaise du Québec ». Les prix de l’organisme-parapluie, qui réunit 32 groupes communautaires du Québec, vont aussi souligner « l’entretien de liens solides entre Québécois de toutes origines ». Read more…



New award values community service Named after Goldblooms: Candidates must have bettered “quality of life for English-speaking Quebecers”

The Gazette, Hubert Bauch

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking nominations for a new award it has established to recognize individuals for contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community.
The award, named in honour of Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, will be presented to one or several persons each year who have gone “above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds,” the organization announced yesterday. Read more…



Les Anglo-Québécois se sentent “invisibles”

La Presse, Malorie Beauchemin

(Ottawa) Devant les plaintes répétées des groupes de défense de la minorité anglophone au Québec, le Commissariat aux langues officielles entend analyser la présence et la représentation de cette communauté dans les médias québécois. « La communauté de langue anglaise du Québec se sent invisible non seulement face à la majorité, mais aussi par rapport à elle-même », indique le Commissariat dans un document obtenu en vertu de la Loi d’accès à l’information. Le Commissariat aux langues officielles (CLO) souhaite ainsi confier le mandat à un tiers d’analyser la couverture médiatique accordée aux Québécois de langue anglaise, dans les médias francophones et anglophones de la province. Read more…



Goldbloom Award to honour English-speaking community

The Gazette

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking nominations for a new award it has established to recognize individuals for contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community. The award, named in honour of Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, will be presented to one or several persons each year who have gone “above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds,” the organization announced today. “For more than half a century, Dr. and Mrs. Goldbloom have invested their talents and skills for the betterment of the community and inspired others though their outstanding contributions,” said QCGN president Robert Donnelly. Read more…



Le prix Sheila et Victor Goldbloom

24 Heures, Jean-Marc Gilbert

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) tient à rendre hommage aux anglophones du Québec qui contribuent à rehausser la vitalité et la compréhension des communautés d’expression anglaise au Québec.
Durant plus de 50 ans, Sheila et Victor Goldbloom ont mis leurs compétences au service des communautés anglophones du Québec. Aujourd’hui, ils acceptent que le prix, remis annuellement, porte leurs noms. Read more…

More French second language

Le Bulletin d’Aylmer

The Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ) and Canadian Parents for French – Quebec (CPF-Q) have thrown their support behind the Western Quebec School Board’s recommendation for an increase in minutes of use of French second-language. […] A study of English-speaking youth in Quebec by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has concluded that these youth see bilingualism as one of the keys to success in Quebec. Improved bilingualism is a powerful tool allowing Anglophones to participate more fully in Quebec’s society and economy. Shaun Peppy, head of RAWQ’s youth initiatives, says, “English-speaking youth are open to becoming funtionally bilingual; they need the tools to do so. The entire community must take on (this) responsibility”. Drawing on its recent consultations with youth, RAWQ and CPF-Q will begin creating informal opportunities for young people to improve ther French language skills outside of the school setting. Read more…



D’Arcy McGee students take French-speaking honours

The West Quebec Post

[…] Improved French skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s anglophone youth as highlighted in the Quebec Community Groups Network’s recent study, “Creating Spaces”. Read more…



Du bilinguisme à la dualité

Le Droit, Pierre-André Doucet

D’emblée, le bilinguisme outille considérablement des communautés à surmonter l’hétérogénéité, notamment en permettant aux individus qui le pratiquent de s’imprégner de deux langues, en plus de deux cultures et conceptions du monde. D’ailleurs, par sa facilitation de l’acquisition d’une citoyenneté véritablement mondiale, il est encore plus pertinent dans un xxiesiècle globalisé. Le Canada doit délaisser le bilinguisme au profit de la dualité linguistique. Certes, les deux concepts se ressemblent beaucoup: pourtant, les débats houleux opposant présentement la Société des Acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick à leur gouvernement provincial (la première craignant une «rebilinguisation» menaçant l’autonomie de la communauté francophone et acadienne, témoignent d’une différence notoire.[…] Read more…