Weighing the impact of a Bill 101 reform – CTV News

Following a meeting with Language Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, QCGN President Marlene Jennings discusses the impact that reinforcing the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101) could have on the community in an interview with CTV Montreal’s Maya Johnson. Watch here

THE BIGGEST ANGLO GROUP IN QUEBEC HAS OPENED A DIALOGUE WITH MINISTER JOLIN BARRETTE. WHAT WENT ON DURING THIS CONVERSATION?

QCGN President Marlene Jennings went on CJAD 800 to discuss the recent meeting with Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette. During this meeting, QCGN representatives presented the concerns of English-speaking Quebec ahead of coming proposals to reinforce Bill 101. Without providing details of his plan, Minister Jolin-Barrette said he aims to protect and promote French while respecting the […]

Marlene Jennings apologizes for backing premier in school spat

Marlene Jennings says she was wrong to back Premier François Legault when he suggested the English Montreal School Board was not qualified to decide about school openings and closings. “When you are wrong, you are wrong!,” Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, said in a tweet Thursday. “And boy was I wrong to support Legault […]

Anglo school boards hit back at Jennings for siding with Legault

QUEBEC — A war of words has erupted after Marlene Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, sided with Premier François Legault over whether the English Montreal School Board is qualified to make decisions about re-opening schools. “I love it!!!,” Jennings tweeted Wednesday after Legault questioned the EMSB’s decision to resist his government’s order to send […]

Opinion: Canada’s official language minorities should have same rights

English-speaking Quebecers, and indeed all Canadians, should be wary of the consequences of the measures that are being considered. In September’s speech from the throne, the federal government declared that “the defence of the rights of francophones outside Quebec, and the defence of the rights of the English minority within Quebec, is a priority for […]

Large consensus Around the Protection of the French Language

Eight of every 10 Quebecers surveyed consider that the French language needs to be protected in Quebec. Among non-francophones, 42 per cent agree. Read more (In French)

The OQLF gets a Significant Funding Increase… & What Sort of Money are Anglo Groups Getting?

(AUDIO) A significant increase starting next year in funding for French-language protection agencies forms an element of Quebec’s latest budget, note Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and Liberal MNA Greg Kelley, Official Opposition critic for relations with English-speaking Quebecers. Both are guests on CJAD’s Montreal Now show to discuss changes […]

Wading Through Language Issues

(VIDEO) Kevin Shaar, constitutional lawyer at the Quebec Community Groups Network, talks about languages acts and different jurisdictions with CTV news anchor Mutsumi Takahashi. Go to interview

Montreal and special interest groups’ reactions mixed after Quebec budget

An unexpected area of funding was the $4 million for English-speaking Quebecers, money the Quebec Community Group Network (QCGN) expects to help get English speakers better access to government services. “To gather actual statistical data that can be used to determine where the gaps are, where we need help,” said QCGN president Marlene Jennings. Read […]

QCGN Pleased with New Spending to Support English-speaking Minority

Provincial Budget Prioritizes Health, Education, and Economic Recovery Montreal, March 25, 2021 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that Quebec’s budget will strengthen the capacity of community organizations to serve Quebec’s English-speaking minority community by, notably, maintaining and enhancing the network of wellness centres and implementing an employability strategy. The 2021-2022 expenditure budget for the program […]

Opinion : Bilingual Juges… Almost

In this opinion piece by Patrice Garant, a public law professor, explains the principle of judicial independence mentioned by former Quebec Court Judge Claude Laporte in a recent article. M. Garant also supports the constitutional right Quebec citizens have to use either French or English in courts. Read more

Langue française : Appuyons Simon Jolin-Barrette et Mélanie Joly!

BILINGUISME INSTITUTIONNEL Alors que tout le monde s’entend sur l’importance de renforcer le français, vouloir imposer systématiquement le bilinguisme aux juges francophones de districts majoritairement francophones, sous prétexte que certains de leurs résidants sont anglophones, laisse pantois. Rappelons que cela aurait pour effet d’interdire aux avocats unilingues francophones d’accéder à la magistrature dans la plus grande partie […]

Corey Hoare: To be Free to Protest in your Own Language

To focus on the language of protest placards when they are written in English is merely a side issue and a distraction when the premier of the province continues to minimize systemic discrimination as a fact of Quebec life, writes Corey Hoare, a Montreal university admissions administrator. Read more (In French)

UnpublishedTV: Is the French Language in decline in Quebec?  

(VIDEO) The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is uncomfortable with the direction the federal government has chosen regarding proposed changes to the Official Languages Act, QCGN Board member Eva Ludvig says during a videocast panel discussion on Unpublished TV. “What is being introduced is really changing the dynamics between English-and French-speaking people in this country […]

No parades? No problem: Here are a few St. Patrick’s Day events going on in Quebec

For the second year in a row, the usual St. Patrick’s Day merrymaking is being curtailed by the pandemic Normally at this time of year, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations would be in full swing. But for the second year in a row, COVID-19 has curtailed many plans for in-person merrymaking. We’ll have to wait at […]