Daily Briefing Notice

The Daily Briefing aims to alert readers to relevant news coverage about Quebec’s English-speaking community. Increasingly media are placing articles behind paywalls which means some links may be unavailable to some subscribers.

If you want to contact the Daily Briefing team, send an email to dailybriefing@qcgn.ca.

Graham Fraser sur le statut de la minorité d’expression anglaise au Québec

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, directrice générale du QCGN, a participé dans une discussion matinale sur le statut de la minorité d’expression anglaise au Québec sur le plateau de Breakfast Television avec l’animatrice Laura Casella. La discussion qui était précédé d’une entrevue avec le commissaire aux langues officielles Graham Fraser rassemblait également le vice-président de l’association des études canadiennes Jack Jedwab, et l’avocat Harold Staviss.

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Visionnez l’entrevue avec Graham Fraser sur CTV News

Statement From the Quebec Community Groups Network Following the Passing of Max Yalden

The Quebec Community Groups Network expressed its deep sadness at the passing of Max Yalden, Canada’s second Commissioner of Official Languages. 

Maxwell Freeman Yalden, who was the Commissioner of Official Languages from 1977 until 1984, was a civil servant and diplomat working in Moscow, Paris and Brussels before serving as Canada’s second Commissioner of Official Languages. Following his stint as Commissioner, he spent time in Belgium and Luxembourg before becoming Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (1984 to 2000). In 1988 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1999.

Yalden lived through interesting times, beginning his mandate as Quebec’s controversial Bill 101 came into force – a time when his diplomatic skills came in handy. Current Commissioner Graham Fraser remarked that Yalden helped mitigate the backlash against the Official Languages Act and that he brought attention to the need to review the Act to ensure that it complied with the language provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Fraser also notes that Yalden successfully pushed for amendments to Canada’s language laws to emphasize the rights of minority groups such as Franco-Manitobans, but that he also noted Quebec had more to do to protect its Anglophone communities.

Yalden was on hand for the 15th anniversary of the Quebec Community Groups Network as he participated in celebrations that marked the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act

The QCGN extends its sympathies to the Yalden family.

Blue Met Meets QCGN’s Nancy Drew

Recently, Blue Metropolis collaborator Shelley Pomerance met with QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge for a feature article for the Foundation’s newsletter. Blue Met, which works with some of our members, is a not-for-profit organization that brings together people from different cultures to share the pleasure of reading and writing, and encourages creativity and intercultural understanding.

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Editorial: Making minority concerns heard in Quebec City

The Gazette

Premier Philippe Couillard’s assignment of Kathleen Weil to unprecedented cabinet responsibility over “diversity and inclusiveness,” in tandem with her immigration portfolio, is a step in the right direction. However, more needs to be done to create some enduring institutional recognition of Quebec’s minorities. Ministerial titles and responsibilities change with every new government. An important objective for Weil in her expanded new portfolio should be to build support for the creation of a small administrative body in the Quebec civil service to serve as point of contact between the state and minority communities — a body that would survive no matter which party holds power.

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Stagiaire en communication et en traduction

Le Quebec Community News Network recherche un(e) stagiaire parfaitement bilingue qui se joindra à notre équipe de communications durant l’été 2014. Cette personne aura principalement à traduire et à réviser des documents du QCGN et de nos organisations membres.

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Translation and Communications Intern

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking a fully bilingual summer intern to provide English to French translation for the QCGN and its member organizations.

The Quebec Community Groups Network is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that identifies, explores and addresses strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking communities. The QCGN and its 41 member organizations work cooperatively and in partnership with community stakeholders, leaders, governments and institutions, to advance the interests of our minority community which counts some 1 million English-speaking Quebecers.

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Les quatre principaux partis politiques répondent à la lettre du QCGN

Le QCGN a sollicité les positions des chefs de partis politiques pour ce qui concerne les enjeux qui touchent les électeurs d’expression anglaise 

Le Quebec Community Groups Network a écrit aux chefs des principaux partis politiques afin de solliciter les positions de chaque parti sur plusieurs questions pertinentes pour le quelque un million de Québécois dont la langue officielle est l’anglais ainsi que les communautés auxquelles ils appartiennent.

 

Afin de lire la lettre expédiée par le QCGN aux chefs de partis politiques, cliquez ici

Pour lire la réponse de la Coalition avenir Québec, cliquez ici

Pour lire la réponse de Québec Solidaire (version anglaise seulement), cliquez ici

Pour lire la réponse du Parti québécois, cliquez ici 

Pour lire la réponse du Parti libéral du Québec, cliquez ici 

Four Main Parties Respond to QCGN Letter

QCGN sought party leader’s positions on issues affecting English-speaking voters

The Quebec Community Groups Network has written to the leaders of the main political parties seeking each party’s positions on a number of questions pertinent to the almost one million Quebecers whose first official language is English and the communities they belong to.

 

To read the QCGN’s letter to party leaders, click here

To read the reply from the Coalition Avenir Québec (French only),  click here

To read the reply from Québec Solidaire, click here

To read the reply from the Parti Québécois, click here

To read the reply from the Quebec Liberal Party, click here

Êtes-vous sur la liste électorale du Québec?

Le journaliste de Global Montreal, Tim Sargeant, rapporte que certains noms ne sont pas sur la liste électorale, y compris celui de la directrice-générale de QCGN, Sylvia Martin-Laforge. Le directeur général des élections du Québec encourage tous les résidents de la province de plus de 18 ans à vérifier leur carte d’information de l’électeur afin de s’assurer que leur nom y apparaît correctement.