Bill 40: English School Boards to go to Court

English school boards have confirmed that they will challenge the constitutionality of Bill 40, a law that would transform school boards into Service centers.

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EMSB renounces $250,000 in federal funds for legal challenges

“It’s very improper for the ministry to implement policies and laws that compromise the community’s constitutional rights and for them to impede the community in verifying whether those constitutional rights have in fact been compromised,” said Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “It’s possible we have a disagreement among good faith parties and that the courts have to decide, but in that case the courts really have to decide. For one of those parties to obstruct, impede or intimidate the other which has fewer resources is just not right.”

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Local alliance determined to mount Bill 40 court challenge

APPELE-Quebec announced last week that the community will be taking the Quebec government to court to challenge Bill 40. Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers said the Bill cannot withstand serious constitutional scrutiny.

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Bill 40: Anglo organisations contest the reform

An alliance of organizations which represents English-speaking parents and educators question the constitutionality of Bill 40 on school governance. It asks that the bill be sent back to appellate court, or else the organizations could undertake legal procedure themselves.

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Anglophone groups want court to decide the fate of school-board reform

Anglophone opponents of Bill 40 say they are ready for a “costly and prolonged court battle” against the Quebec government’s plan to abolish school boards that oversee elementary and high schools.

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English-speaking groups ask Quebec to seek court guidance over constitutionality of Bill 40

The Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec), is urging the Quebec government to seek guidance from the Quebec Court of Appeal over the constitutionality of Bill 40.

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Court should consider school-board abolishing bill before it passes, English-speaking groups argue

MONTREAL — A court should consider whether Bill 40 is constitutional before the National Assembly votes on it, a group of English community leaders argued on Monday.

The group, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec (APPELE), opposes Bill 40. If passed, the bill would abolish school boards in Quebec, replacing them with service centres.

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APPELE-Québec calls for further study of Bill 40

Following a hearing held on Nov. 18 on Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance, APPELE-Québec, a coalition to preserve English school boards, is urging the Quebec Government to delay passage of the bill to allow for further discussion and analysis.

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Are You on the List?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers reacts to the rumored news the Coalition Avenir Québec could be working on a list defining what constitutes an “historical anglo,” saying the news is rattling English-speaking Quebecers and creating a sense of anxiety.

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APPELE-Québec to host community hearings on Bill 40

The Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec (APPELE-Québec) is hosting a public hearing this afternoon on Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance.

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It’s Time to Co-LAB

Co-LAB, a two-day innovation event at Bishop’s University kicked off yesterday afternoon in the Centennial Theatre lobby. Over the weekend, young English speakers, paired up with community organizations, will work to identify employment solutions for Englishspeaking youth in Quebec and come up with ideas for innovative programs to meet the needs of their local communities.

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Community Innovation Fund offers $1.1 million for vulnerable English-speaking youth and seniors

Quebec’s English-speaking youth and seniors will benefit from $1.1 million to learn new skills, find jobs, and fight isolation thanks to the renewal of the Community Innovation Fund (CIF). This second round of financing will help community organizations across the province pilot socially innovative projects supporting youth and seniors between over the next four years.

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Rectifying the misrepresentation of Alliance Quebec

Writing in The Suburban, William Johnson says he wants to correct the historical record regarding the circumstances under which Alliance Quebec broke apart. Johnson, a national columnist for The Montreal Gazette in 1998, provides his perspective on the circumstances following Quebec’s 1995 referendum that led him to launch what he calls “a hostile takeover” of Alliance Quebec.

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Is this the end of public services in English?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers denounces coming changes in language rules announced by Minister responsible for French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette. Chambers says such modifications are discriminatory and will only divide French and English-speaking communities. 

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CAQ targets newcomers with more restrictions on access to English services

Newcomers and others deemed to not be part of the “historic English-speaking community” will see drastic cuts to services provided in English. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers criticizes new language restrictions suggested by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister responsible for French language. 

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