Census changes hurt Anglos in Quebec

The Equity, Andrea Cranfield

Pontiac – The Canadian Census is a topic that’s been in the public eye a lot in recent months and a topic that many are sick of hearing about.  It’s a topic that may greatly affect Pontiac since some startling changes have taken place. […]

The Regional Association of West Quebecers does advocacy work, primarily in the Outaouais area. They provide support and services for English-speaking people in the region. The group is a member of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), which is an umbrella organization with 36 organizations throughout Quebec.  According to Sylvia Martin-Laforge, the director general at QCGN, their mission is to support the vitality of English-speaking communities in Quebec.  Read more…

QCGN launches plan for seniors

The Sherbrooke Record, Corrinna Pole

The face of the modern family has changed greatly so it should be no surprise that seniiors have also changed and so have the issues they now face.  As today’s seniors venture out in uncharted territory, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has outlined a trail to help English-speaking seniors in the province enjoy a ”healthier and brighter future”.  Read more…

QCGN Action Plan promotes healthy aging for our English-speaking seniors

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

The Quebec Community Groups Network today launched an Action Plan for English-speaking seniors which sets a path for building healthier communities and a brighter futre for our seniors.

Blazing a Trail for Active and healthy Aging — An Action Plan for Quebec’s English-speaking Seniors was developed as part of the QCGN’s mandate to promote the vitality of English-speaking communities across Quebec.  It also stems from the QCGN’s Strategic Plan, which aims to increase awareness of existing resources available to English-speaking Quebec and promote inter-community and inter-institutional collaboration.  Read more…

Quebec plan speaks up for seniors

Anne Sutherland, The Gazette

In an ideal world, there would be adequate home care for seniors, tons of fun and challenging activities to keep their minds sharp and bodies in shape, and all-important medical and legal information would be readily accessible in one place. In English, for those who want it.  This is the wish list presented by Quebec Community Groups Network yesterday, an action plan titled Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging for the benefit of this province’s English-speaking golden-agers.  Full version…

Anglo seniors need better resources: study

CTV Montreal

Anglophone seniors in Quebec often feel isolated, much more so than their francophone counterparts, according a study released Tuesday by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

The three-year study of anglophones of retirement age found that they are frequently cut off from the world because of two factors: adult children who have moved out of province, and a weak grasp of the French language.  Full version…

Watch CTV report here.

Letters to the Sports Editor: Are ‘les buts’ worth more than ‘goals’?

The Montreal Gazette, letters to the Sports Editor

As a director of an organization that promotes French as a second language across Canada, I appreciated the information that you included in your article on Andrei Markov (Sports Editor’s Column, Aug. 1, “Markov should learn some French”). There are about 300,000 students in French immersion across Canada, many of those in provinces where you would not think that there would be an interest. We really have to thank the teachers who help to inspire students to learn a second or third language, especially in areas where it might not be commonly used. I find it hard to accept that we still have sterile debates in Canada over the value of two languages, while many countries around the world consider it normal to speak two, three or more languages. Recently during the World Cup, I read that South Africa recognizes 11 languages. Here we make a mountain out of what should be a molehill. Two languages (or more) are a door to the rest of the world.

Lawrence Depoe is Executive Director at Canadian Parents for French-Quebec

I, too, was upset when I read Richard Martineau’s column in Le Journal. I was upset by both Ted Bird’s blog and by Martineau. Most Quebecers, be they English or French, show much more openness toward members of the other official language. Unfortunately, they do not get the same amount of press. Almost two-thirds of Quebec anglos are bilingual, and that percentage is growing generation by generation. But while anglophones are apparently making a much greater effort at learning the language of the provincial majority, people like Bird make it look like the English-speaking community lacks respect, and the whole community suffers the backlash.

Rita Legault is Director  of Communications at the Quebec Community Groups Network

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Quebec language lobbies fight census change Lack of accurate data could adversely affect how services are provided, they argue

The Montreal Gazette, Monique Muise

MONTREAL – Several groups in Quebec have joined the chorus of voices condemning the federal government’s controversial decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census, saying the move could have serious consequences for organizations and individuals across the province.

At the forefront of the backlash is the Quebec Community Groups Network, which says the loss of data from the traditional long-form questionnaire will make it much more difficult for the government to pinpoint where Quebec’s English-speakers are concentrated, and thus allocate services accordingly.

“The services provided by government to the English-speaking minority in the province are determined, in large part, by their numbers,” Network president Linda Leith explained. Read more…

Elimination of census long form prompts QCGN complaint

Ken Schankler, The Chronicle-Telegraph

The federal government’s decision to discontinue mandatory completion of the long form in the Canada’s next census has drawn widespread opposition, provoking an investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, a complaint from a high-profile Quebec organization, and even inspiring a song from a Toronto-based volunteer social services outfit.

The Quebec Community Groups Network last week filed an official complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, asking him to use his powers to investigate. Read more…

CBC interview with new elected President of the QCGN, Mrs. Linda Leith

With CBC Host Jacquie Czernin

To listen to the interview, click here.
To read Linda Leith’s bio and to learn more about the QCGN’s Board of Directors, click here.

QCGN seeks Community Service Award candidates

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Pierre Little

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. Read more…