As the economic recovery from COVID-19 begins, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has announced 10 innovative projects that will help vulnerable English-speaking youth and seniors find employment and fight isolation. A total of $1.1 million of fresh funding has been committed, via the renewal of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) financed through the Government of Canada and managed by the QCGN.
Montreal, June 12, 2020 – In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court of Canada has given a generous and broad interpretation of Section 23 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees minority language educational rights to French-speaking communities outside Quebec and to the English-speaking minority within Quebec.
Quebec’s English-speaking minority seeks interlocutory injunction
Montreal, May 28,2020 – APPELE-Québec has endorsed the Quebec English School Boards Association’s (QESBA) constitutional challenge to Bill 40, An act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance. The filing includes a request to the Superior Court of Quebec for an interlocutory injunction to suspend those provisions of Bill 40 which apply to English-language School Boards and indeed affect the entire English-language public school network.
MONTREAL, April 21, 2020 – Following strong advocacy efforts by the Quebec Community Groups Network and others, the Government of Quebec has taken measures to deliver its COVID-19 Self-care Guide to the majority of English-speaking Quebecers.
The Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, told CJAD’s Aaron Rand yesterday afternoon that the government will mail out an English-language version of the COVID-19 guide to than 800,000 Quebecers who file their tax returns with Revenue Quebec in English. Other measures include inserts in the Montreal Gazette, the Sherbrooke Record and suburban newspapers; newspaper ads explaining how to obtain the English guide on the Quebec.ca website; and the distribution of ‘duo-lingual’ guides to native communities and COVID-19 evaluation clinics.
Montreal, February 20, 2020 – APPELE-Québec announced today that representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community will be launching a court challenge to Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance. The Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec) brings together 16 groups representing parents, educators and the community.
Statement by the Quebec Community Groups Network
Montreal, February 7, 2020 – This has been a difficult week for Quebec’s English-speaking community as our rights continue to be dismissed and our relations with the Quebec government deteriorate further.
On Monday, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec (APPELE-Québec), an alliance of 16 groups representing parents, educators and the community, urged the Quebec government to seek a court ruling on the constitutionality of Bill 40, which seeks to abolish our school boards. Within hours Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge rejected our suggestion of a reasonable and responsible way of ending this impasse over his ill-conceived legislation. This approach that has been frequently used in other provinces by French-speaking minority communities. We continue to maintain that abolishing our school boards and replacing them with powerless service centres does not respect our constitutional right to manage and control our school system.
Montreal, February 6, 2020 – APPELE-Québec expressed today its frustration and displeasure with the Government of Quebec’s decision to once again limit debate on Bill 40 by invoking closure.
Since the tabling of this complex and at times incoherent bill – it amends 84 separate Acts of the National Assembly – Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has done everything he can to restrict debate on his proposed changes to the governance of our school system. For example, he restricted the number of groups allowed to appear before the parliamentary committee reviewing his proposed legislation, forcing us to hold our own public hearings to ensure our community’s voices would be heard.
Montreal, February 4, 2020 – APPELE-Québec is disappointed with the Government of Quebec’s hasty decision to reject the proposal for a court reference to decide whether Bill 40 is constitutionally sound.
APPELE-Québec had asked that the Quebec government to submit a reference to the Court of Appeal in relation to Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance. APPELE-Québec maintains that it is reasonable and responsible to seek the Court’s guidance before Bill 40 is adopted or at least before it is implemented.
Montreal, February 3, 2020 – APPELE-Québec, an alliance of 16 groups representing parents, educators and the community, is urging the Quebec government to seek a court ruling on the constitutionality of Bill 40 which seeks to abolish our school boards.
MONTREAL, December 5, 2019 – Following Thursday’s speech from the throne, the Quebec Community Groups Network trusts that the government will follow through on its pledge to modernize the Official Languages Act early in its mandate. “The throne speech was less explicit on policy matters than we would have wished,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. “However, we hope parliamentarians get down to work quickly and deliver clearer and tougher legislation that promotes and protects English and French as Canada’s official languages.”
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