A journey from streetwise to sonnets : Poetry helps at-risk kids express themselves

The Gazette, By Peggy Curran Fresh from the basketball court at Mountainview High, two youths are having trouble getting their heads around this sonnet business.“Can I go wash my face? Man, sweat is like drying on my face.”Montreal poet Larissa Andrusyshyn leads this workshop for troubled and at-risk kids, sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…

Que.’s anglophones battling ‘brain drain’: Group

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza OTTAWA – English communities, institutions and services in Quebec have weakened over the past four decades, and are in need federal support to stop a brain drain, an umbrella group for the province’s anglophones said in Parliament on Monday. ”English-speaking Quebec faces the particular challenge of being a minority […]

QCGN appears before the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages

If the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality is to be truly effective for the English-speaking community of Quebec, investments here will require a high level of commitment by politicians and policy and program architects. That was among the messages the Quebec Community Groups Network delivered to Senators on March 23, 2009. QCGN President Robert Donnelly […]

New program to defend minority language rights

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza OTTAWA – The Conservative government has told Canada’s English- and French-speaking minority communities it will create a watchdog panel to defend their language rights when ti launches a new $1.5-million legal support program, Canwest News Service has learned. The new program, which would replace a court challenges program for […]

Linguistic minority program still in limbo

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza OTTAWA – A $1.5 million program supporting English and French-speaking minority groups in Canada is still in limbo, nearly a year after it was introduced. The Harper government announced the initiativelast June as part of a settelement over its decision to scrap a court challenges program for minority rights. […]