November 24, 2020 – The Coalition Avenir Québec government will soon make changes to Quebec’s French language charter. Simon Jolin-Barrette announced that he will table legislation to modify Bill 101 early in the new year. But as Gobal’s Raquel Fletcher reports, he has revealed few details of what that plan will actually look like, which is causing some anxiety in the English community. Read more
November 24, 2020 – Quebec’s Minister Responsible for the French Language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, announced on Tuesday a plan to table a bill aimed at strengthening French in the province.
“Quebec was born in French, and it will stay French,” Jolin-Barrette said at a news conference on Tuesday. Read more
November 25, 2020 – Members of Quebec’s English-speaking community have reacted with skepticism over promises by the Legault government to respect the rights of the minority in its overhaul of the French Language Charter. “We heard the same thing about Bill 40, and the Quebec English School Boards Association is in court now defending our constitutional right to manage our own schools,” said Kevin Shaar, vice-president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. Read more
24 novembre 2020 – Lors d’une récente réunion du Comité permanent des langues officielles de la Chambre des communes, l’on a remis en question le déclin de la langue française au Québec. Au cours de cette audience, d’autres déclarations ont laissé entendre que la minorité linguistique anglophone du Canada n’existait pas. Abordons rapidement ce dernier point. Selon la loi au Québec et au Canada, il existe bel et bien une communauté linguistique en situation minoritaire au Québec, qui compte plus de 1,1 million d’individus d’expression anglaise.
Il s’agit de la cohorte la plus bilingue de citoyens d’expression anglaise du Canada. Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) profite de l’occasion pour exposer clairement sa position sur la protection et la promotion de la langue française. Lire la suite
November 20, 2020 – For arts organizations, as indeed for all of us, 2020 has meant adapting on the fly. Read Quebec: Holiday Book Fest, a joint project of the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec and the Quebec Writers’ Federation, is a perfect case in point.
From its launch in 2015, the event initially known as the Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair was a grassroots success, its venues and writer lineups growing every year from intimate beginnings at the Atwater Library. The biggest challenge for organizers was how to keep pace with public demand for an event that quickly became a staple of the local holiday season for readers of English writing in Quebec. Read more
November 17, 2020 – We were six long-time friends who would gather regularly for breakfast at Barbie‘s in Dorval. COVID-19 not only put an end to the breakfasts, but sadly closed Barbie’s for good.
When we last met, there was one empty chair. Pat Rourke had left us some time before, after a prolonged battle with cancer. It was not quite the same without him. Read more
November 16, 2020 – Advocates for and officials at Quebec’s English-language school boards are sounding the alarm over the fast-approaching election date to fill any seats that weren’t filled by acclamation this fall.
The province quietly announced late Friday that those elections would be held on Dec. 19 and 20. They were originally scheduled for Nov. 1, but were rescheduled due to the onset of the province’s second wave of COVID-19. Read more
November 16, 2020 – Premier François Legault says he believes elections for Quebec’s English school boards can be conducted safely in December despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legault said Monday that public health has fully endorsed the idea of allowing the vote to take place even if it said the opposite in October. Read more
November 14, 2020 – After postponing English school board elections on the advice of public health officials, the Quebec government has done an about-face and announced voting at some English boards will take place five days before Christmas.
Although most positions on the council of commissioners were filled by acclamation in October, the important positions of board chair need to be filled at the Lester B. Pearson and Sir Wilfrid Laurier school boards. Read more
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