‘Je suis Québécoise. Point final’: Questions remain for Anglophones after Bill 96 passes

Under Bill 96, politicians have promised “historic Anglos” they will keep their rights. But many wonder how that will work.

“It’s limiting, it’s insulting,” said Eva Ludvig, the QCGN acting president. “It denies the history, the experience, the contribution of English speakers in Quebec.”

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CBC can keep its controversial branded content division, CRTC rules

The CRTC says the CBC can keep its controversial branded content advertising, ruling that it “remains pertinent” for the federally funded organization’s budget despite serious concerns expressed by media unions, advocacy groups and hundreds of its own journalists.

The Quebec Community Groups Network pleaded that Tandem “could have an impact on the journalistic independence and integrity of the CBC and ultimately, that the initiative could undermine the credibility of the public broadcaster.”

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A better solution to Bill 96? Fund English institutions to encourage French language, culture

It’s no secret that Bill 96, Quebec’s new French-language law, has created an abundance of turmoil in the province — have it be among English-rights groups, health care professionals, educational experts and many others.

Eva Ludvig, Quebec Community Groups Network interim president, stresses all Quebecers recognize and agree that the French language needs to be protected — it just needs to be done in a positive way “rather than through punishment and restriction” via public policy.

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Allison Hanes: Jennings navigated the QCGN through tumultuous times

Speaking with columnist Allison Hanes, former QCGN President Marlene Jennings reflects on her 18 months as head of the organization, and the ongoing battle against Bill 96. 

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Under Bill 96, Quebec will issue all birth and death certificates only in French

With the passage of language law Bill 96, the Quebec government plans to issue not only all marriage certificates only in French, but all birth and death certificates, too.

“It’s just another example of what we would consider pettiness in dealing with English speakers,” said Eva Ludvig, the interim director of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Nicolas: Opponents of CAQ’s view of nationalism need to form a coalition

Columnist Emilie Nicolas suggests that groups and individuals opposing Bill 96, including the QCGN, form a coalition to counter the Coalition Avenir Québec’s brand of Quebec nationalism. “For a counter-narrative to emerge, more unity, and stronger coalition-building is necessary,” she writes.

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Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act Abandons English-speaking Quebecers, QCGN tells Senate Committee

Under the dramatic overhaul of the Official Languages Act currently being considered, the federal government would in effect abandon English-speaking Quebec by discarding the fundamental principle of linguistic duality from coast to coast to coast, QCGN President Eva Ludvig today told the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages.

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Quebec wants federal language law reform to drop reference about promoting English

The Quebec government wants the proposed federal language law reform to take a different approach toward the province’s English-speaking minority and francophone minorities in other parts of the country.

The province has sent 14 suggested amendments to members of a parliamentary committee currently studying the bill.

The Quebec Community Groups Network, a Quebec anglophone rights group, described the 14 proposed amendments as part of the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s “war” on the province’s English-speaking community.

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QCGN launches Access to Justice project for English-speakers with concerns of Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), one of the organizations that are part of Quebecers against Bill 96 – Quebec’s French-language law – launched an Access to Justice website, something they say will work to inform English-speaking communities in the province about their rights to access justice, services, and resources.

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Marlene Jennings steps down as QCGN president

Marlene Jennings has announced that she is stepping down as president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, the English-language advocacy group that has been in the spotlight for the past year speaking out against the newly passed language law Bill 96.

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Marlene Jennings has stepped down as head of QCGN

Marlene Jennings has stepped down from her role as president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, the QCGN announced Friday.

“Thank you for your Herculean efforts these past 18 months,” the group said in a tweet.

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Quebec English-language advocacy group president steps down

Changes are coming to Quebec Community Groups Network, an English-language support group in Montreal.

QCGN president Marlene Jennings has decided not to seek another mandate after serving in the post for two years.

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Les anglophones du Québec craignent un régime à deux vitesses

“I would like to express our community’s deep disappointment with the federal government’s recognition of the Charter of the French Language as amended by Bill 96 in the Official Languages Bill,” QCGN President Marlene Jennings said in committee on Monday.

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Legault doubles down on decline of French as Bill 96 is signed into law

D’Arcy-McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, the party’s point person for the English-speaking community, reported hearing Legault make remarks about citizens in the West Island in the legislature during the question period.

The premier received a strong rebuke from the Quebec Community Groups Network, the umbrella group for English-language organizations.

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Montreal lawyer Julius Grey to head legal team challenging Bill 96

Almost as soon as the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s Bill 96 was passed into law on Tuesday last week, Montreal constitutional rights lawyer Julius Grey was announcing the creation of a legal team to contest the legislation updating the province’s 45-year-old Bill 101 language law.

“We will also be supporting upcoming legal challenges to the law, while ensuring that its nefarious impacts on Quebecers are brought to the public’s attention and are debated in the upcoming election campaign,” the organization led by Marlene Jennings said in a statement.

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