Education minister doubles down on plans to abolish school boards

Quebec’s education minister doubled down Tuesday on the CAQ’s plan to abolish school boards. “We want to transform school boards into service centres,” said Jean-Francois Roberge, who assured the English-speaking community its rights will still be respected under the new system. English-language advocacy groups, however, are not convinced of that and have plans to fight […]

English community vows to fight CAQ plan to scrap school boards

The Quebec Community Groups Network is prepared to fight the CAQ’s plans to abolish school boards in favour of service centres. In a press release, QCGN president Geoffrey Chambers said that the school boards have value well beyond education. “They are vital to the very survival and identity of our English-speaking community,” he said. In […]

‘Let’s be clear’: Quebec education minister says school boards will be abolished

Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge took to social media Saturday morning to to reiterate the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government’s position when it comes to abolishing school boards. The Facebook post comes one day after Roberge met with representatives of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) and its French counterpart, the Fédération des commissions scolaires du Québec […]

English-speaking Community Will Not Abandon Schools Boards, QCGN Advises Premier

Montreal – December 14, 2018 – Quebec’s English-speaking community has absolutely no intention of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice that we abandon any plans to challenge the Coalition Avenir Quebec government’s scheme to abolish school boards and replace them with service centres. Acknowledging that he and his Education Minister, Jean-François Roberge, have yet to discuss […]

CBC Montreal report on School Boards

CBC Montreal interviews Quebec Community Groups (QCGN) President Geoffrey Chambers and Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA) Executive Director Russell Copeman on Coalition Avenir Québec’s plan of abolishing school boards and replacing them with service centres. Download video

English community will fight on for school boards despite Legault’s warning

The English-speaking community has no intention of dropping its battle to protect the existing anglophone school board system. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) — which includes almost 60 English-language community organizations across Quebec — said in a statement Friday it “has absolutely no intention” of heeding Premier François Legault’s advice to give up because […]

Quebecers protest Ford government’s cuts to French language services

Quebecers are among the thousands protesting in Ottawa against the Ontario government’s decision to cut French-language services. The crowd includes members of Quebec’s Liberal party and leaders of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), a non-profit representing 56 English-language community organizations across Quebec. “We want to send a solidarity message and to tell the government of Ontario […]

QCGN honours community builders

Hundreds of thousands of bilingual students across Canada have three stay-at-home mothers from Montreal’s South Shore to thank for their education. Murielle Parkes, Olga Melikoff and their late colleague Valerie Neale developed the first public school French Immersion program in Canada, in a kindergarten class in Saint-Lambert near Montreal in 1965. More than 50 years […]

Focus Montreal: Minority language rights

Geoffrey Chambers of the Quebec Community Groups Network joins Global News’ Andrea Howick to discuss how the cutting of French services in Ontario is touching all linguistic minorities. View video

At the Hockey Jersey Summit, different colours, same team

Quebec hasn’t just abandoned the French-speaking minorities in the other provinces. It’s also betrayed them. In a familiar ritual as Canadian as drunken curlers, the premiers of Quebec and Ontario exchanged jerseys for the cameras before their first meeting in Toronto this week. From Quebec, the business-as-usual mood of the visuals looked surreal, considering that […]

Cuts to Ontario francophones touch all linguistic minorities: Quebec group

MONTREAL — An organization representing Quebec anglophones says linguistic minorities across the country stand to lose from Ontario’s recent moves to cut funding to institutions serving francophones. The head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents more than 50 anglophone groups across the province, said the Ontario moves are “a step backwards” after years […]

Many Anglos side with Franco-Ontarians (FR)

TORONTO – Alors que la communauté franco-ontarienne organise sa riposte aux coupures de Doug Ford, des anglophones font savoir qu’ils partagent leur colère. Et ils comptent se joindre aux actions qui seront entreprises au cours des prochaines semaines avec la ferme intention de faire reculer le gouvernement ontarien. Jeudi 15 novembre, aux alentours de 13h30, […]

Ontario’s decisions about Francophones : Caroline Mulroney breaks her silence (FR)

OTTAWA | La ministre déléguée aux Affaires francophones de l’Ontario, Caroline Mulroney, est finalement sortie de son mutisme vendredi, 24 heures après que son gouvernement eut annoncé la fin du projet d’université de langue française à Toronto et d’abolition du Commissariat aux services en français. En entrevue à la caméra de Radio-Canada à Terre-Neuve où elle […]

Quebec’s minority-language groups ‘outraged’ over Ontario’s plan to scrap French university

There is concern in Quebec for minority language rights after the Ontario government cancelled plans to build the province’s first francophone university. The announcement was buried at the bottom of an economic update Doug Ford’s Ontario budget Thursday — the office of the French-language commissioner was abolished. So, too, was the plan to build the […]

Legault’s support of Franco-Ontarians is essential, and encouraging

Under normal circumstances, Quebec Premier François Legault might have found a lot in common with Doug Ford, his Ontario counterpart, during their first tête-à-tête in Toronto Monday. Both are businessmen-turned-politicians who have arrived in power by unseating long-entrenched Liberal governments. Both are fiscal conservatives with populist tendencies. Both have concerns about immigration. Both are at […]