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…

Venerable Atwater Library is one of city’s cultural treasures

The Gazette,  By Mike Boone

“You can peruse sonnets of Browning before returning to Cabot Square to enjoy a sherry.” It is probably the only place in Montreal – indeed, the only place in Canada – where a photo of Irving Layton is displayed in proximity to one of Sir John A. Macdonald.Other than the likelihood that neither was a stranger to the enchantments of scotch, the poet and the prime minister would seem to have little in common. But there they are, hanging out, literally, from a mobile suspended above the entrance foyer of the Atwater Library. Read more…

Advice for anglos: Stay optimistic

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

Across English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand” over pessimists, Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said yesterday in Montreal. He was speaking to a group of more than 80 people to help fill gaps in knowledge among the anglophone community. Read more…

Concordia launches English-Speaking Communities Research Network

Concordia University is pleased to announce today’s launch of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN) in the presence of Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser. “This dynamic network will be an alliance that will allow distinct research to truly flourish in Quebec’s English-speaking communities. The evolving nature of these communities makes the need for a research network all the more critical,” said Fraser. For the press release, click here.

Optimism on the rise, Quebec anglo told

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

MONTREAL – Within English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand,” Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said Friday […] He had departed from his prepared text to make the remarks about Sabia while speaking to a Montreal group linked with Concordia University and l’Université de Moncton. The group of more than 80 was celebrating the launch last October of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, a fledgling network to connect academic researchers across the province. Read more…

Anglos warm to new cultural funding

The Gaspé Spec

MONTREAL – Organizations serving English-speaking Quebec say that a new national funding program for arts, culture and heritage has the potential to nurture a cultural renaissance among official language minority communities across the country. “Recognizing the value of arts, culture and heritage opens the door to exciting new ways of strenghthening Canada’s minority language communities,” said Guy Rodgers, president of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) following lastweek’s announcement that Ottawa will spend $3.5 million a year to help and support and strenghthen the rich cultural, artistic, and heritage expression of francophone and anglophone minorities. Read more…

Anglos warm to new cultural funding

The Monitor, Toula Foscolos

Organizations serving English-speaking Quebec say that a new national funding program for arts, culture and heritage has the potential to nurture a cultural renaissance among official language minority communities across the country.

“Recognizing the value of arts, culture and heritage opens the door to exciting new ways of strengthening Canada’s minority language communities,” said Guy Rodgers, president of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) following last week’s announcement that Ottawa will spend $3.5 million a year to help support and strengthen the rich cultural, artistic, and heritage expression of Francophone and Anglophone minorities.

[…] ELAN and QAHN have worked closely with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to come up with ideas on how this new fund can provide maximum impact and benefit for Canada’s minority language communities. These groups recently developed a joint policy framework that defines key areas of intervention over the next five years. The Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy Framework for English-speaking Quebec is available on www.qcgn.ca. Read more…

Anglos warm to new cultural funding

Organizations serving English-speaking Quebec say that a new national funding program for arts, culture and heritage has the potential to nurture a cultural renaissance among official language minority communities across the country. Full version…