Cookbook for charity

The West Quebec Post, Julie Murray

The members of the Rural Leadership Development Program launched their new cookbook, Tastes and Treasures of the Pontiac, this September; proceeds go to Bouffe pontiac, Bouffe Pontiac is a not-for-profit food colective. A pilot project by the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Rural Leadership Development Program aims to promote leadership skills and potential of young English-speaking women in rural areas. Read more…

Banding together – local English groups plan for future

The West Quebec Post, Lily Ryan

English groups in Quebec have an organization looking out for them as a community, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).  QCGN is celebrating 15 years of work in bringing English groups together.  The group met amid a county-wide discussion about the Official Languages Act which is now 40 years old.  Friday September 11 and September 12, these groups met for the QCGN convention in Hull. During the lunch meeting, English organizers from across Quebec heard from local politicians and the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser. (Also on hand during the conference: Mr. Richard Nadeau, Mr. Marcel Proulx, Mrs. Charlotte L’Écuyer, the Honourable Maria Chaput and many more VIPs and stakeholders). Read more…



Goldbloom winners announced

The Gazette

The Quebec Community Groups Network has announced the winners of its annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards. Lawyer and human rights advocate Casper Bloom, health-care advocate Marjorie Goodfellow and researcher Jack Jedwab were chosen for their ‘’significant contributions to the vitality and understanding of Quebec’s English speaking community and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds.’’
The awards will be handed out Sept. 12 in Gatineau. Read more…



La langue diviserait-elle moins que la religion?

Le Devoir, Stéphane Baillargeon

Quelle est l’opposition fondamentale de la société québécoise, la division linguistique ou le clivage religieux? Participant à une table ronde pour discuter des résultats d’un sondage sur les perceptions comparées de la situation linguistique au Québec, le professeur Alain J. Gagnon s’est demandé s’il ne fallait pas plutôt s’intéresser à un retour du refoulé.  […] Un ange bilingue est passé sur le pannel rassemblant aussi Bernard Descôteaux, directeur du Devoir, le journaliste David johnson, de The Gazette et Jack Jedwab, directeur de l’Association d’études canadiennes (AEC) qui a commandé le sondage Web abec le Quebec Community Groups Network. Les résultats ont stratégiquement été publiés avant la Fête nationale et la Fête du Canada, à la une du Devoir, hier. Read more…



A $64,000 question

The Townships Outlet, Sharon McCully

Cuts to CBC services jeopardize the future of a major fundraising and awareness initiative for the Townships English community. Last November CBC threw its support behind the first ever English-language CHUS Foundation/CBC Radiothon, raising some $64,000 for the hospital foundation. The radiothon, spearheaded by Marjorie Goodfellow, a longtime health care advocate for the English-community, was broadcast live from the cafeteria of the CHUS Fleurimont on CBC radio, 91,7 FM, during three time slots, the Quebec AM morning show, Radio Noon and Breadkaway in the afternoon. […] Good fellow said the CBC is unique in its ability to reach out to English-speaking Quebecers across the province and she’s hoping the network will find a way to support the initiative again. […] Las week, the Quebec Community Groups Network launched a plea to save the CBC. Hugh Maynard, a former president of the community groups netork which represents 32 English-language organizations across Quebec, said cuts to the public broadcaster will be felt more deeply in smaller regions, where there are fewer media to serve the community. Read more…



English-speaking Quebecers launched a Plea to Save the CBC

The North Shore News

(QCGN) English-speaking Quebecers in Montreal, and particularly those in the regions, are concerned about the latest round of cutbacks at CBC and Radio-Canada. They fear that deep cuts to news and programming at our public broadcaster will do irreparable harm to basic news services and programming. They also expressed concerns that the very existence of an institution that that is dear to their hearts is threatened and, with that, the vitality of English-speaking communities in Quebec. “To survive, our communities need to be strong and visible” noted Robert Donnelly, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “Coverage by the CBC is one of the factors that helps us maintain vitality in our communities, many of then far flung and with little or no access to private English broadcasters. Many English-speaking Quebecers are also listeners and viewers of Radio-Canada, which sometimes talks about our communities and provides strong and effective coverage of the greater society in which we live.”  Read more…



La communauté anglophone du Québec appuie à son tour Radio-Canada

Le Devoir, Paul Cauchon

La communauté anglophone du Québec lance sa propre campagne de soutien à Radio-Canada, en écho à celle qui a été lancée la semaine dernière par le Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada. “CBC, c’est un véhicule-clé pour notre communauté, et de nombreux anglophones écoutent également Radio-Canada en français”, explique Michael Goldbloom, un des porte-parole de la campagne de soutien. “Radio-Canada contribue à jeter des ponts entre anglophones et francophones”, ajoute-t-il. Read more… 



A province-wide coalition asking for the massive reinvestment of Canada’s public broadcaster has launched an English-language campaign

Sarah Rogers, The Sherbrooke Record

Community leaders come together in Montreal Wednesday to promote the I Am We Are for a Quality Public Broadcaster, a movement responding to budget cuts to both the CBC and Radio-Canada across the country. The effort builds on the French-language Je Suis Nous Sommes campaign that is collecting signatures to approach the federal government for more stable financing of both broadcasters in Quebec. In late March, Radio-Canada, along with its English-language counterpart CBC, announced that a $171 million budget shortfall would force the public broadcaster to cut about 800 jobs as well as radio and television programming. As a result, Radio-Canada in the Estrie will lose its midday television news broadcast as of June 20. The Quebec Community Network – CBC’s radio broadcast off the island of Montreal, will lose its producer while its Sherbrooke reporter has been cut to part-time. Read more…



Quebec Community Groups Network looks for new board members

The Chronicle-Telegraph

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking nominations for community leaders to serve as candidates for election to its Board of Directors.

Nominees may come from any of the member organizations of the QCGN, but each member organization may only nominate one candidate. Board members are asked to serve a two-year term from September 2009 to September 2011 with up to two renewable terms. Nominations must be received by July 17, 2009. Read more…

QCGN launches the Sheila & Victor Goldbloom distinguished community service award

The Gaspe Spec

MONTREAL – On June 2 the Quebec Community Groups Network launched the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award which will recognize individuals who have contributed to strengthening the English-speaking community and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds. QCGN president Robert Donnelly explained the Board of the Network decided to establish a prize for individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec and decided to name it in favour of two individuals who are models of the engaged citizen. […]  The deadline for nominations is July 15. More details on the award on how to nominate candidates can be found on the website of the QCGN at www.qcgn.ca. The first ever Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Awards will be handed out during a special celebration of English-speaking Quebec during the Annual General Meeting of the Quebec Community Groups Network in Gatineau on September 12. Read more…



Anglophone group’s award honours Goldblooms

Canadian Jewish News, David Lazarus

MONTREAL — Younger English-speaking Quebecers more than ever before are “better equipped linguistically and attitudinally” to play a role in the province, Victor Goldbloom says. With husband Victor looking on, Sheila Goldbloom speaks at the Quebec Community Group Network press conference launching an award in their name. Goldbloom made the comments at a downtown press conference last week to launch the Quebec Community Groups Network’s (QCGN) Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. The first award is to be presented Sept. 12 at the organization’s annual general meeting in Gatineau. It will be given annually by QCGN, an umbrella group for 32 Quebec English-language community organizations. Read more…

Nominate a local mover and shaker

The Townships Outlet

The Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group representing English-speaking groups throughout Quebec, has established a Distinguished Community Service award to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to contribute to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. The award is named in honour of Dr. Victor Goldbloom and Sheila Goldbloom who exemplify the ideals the group hopes to recognize in recipients of the award. Nominees of all ages and from all regions of Quebec who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to improving the quality of like of English-speaking Quebec, either as a volunteer or as a professional, are eligible for the award. Read more…

New Democrats turn their backs on anglos

The Gazette

If the New Democrats want to poke anglophone Quebecers in the eye, they have every right to do so. But they should at least have the courage to admit what they’re doing.  Last week New Democrats in Parliament – including Tom Mulcair, MP for Outremont and the party’s Quebec caucus – voted to diminish anglophone language rights in Quebec. At issue was a Bloc resolution – defeated, because the Liberals sided with the Conservatives – that would have made the federal government abandon what control it has over the language of work in Quebec. […] This time the estimable Quebec Community Groups Network was ready for that sleight of hand, with its own legal opinion suggesting that the Bloc motion, if enacted, would indeed cut into the protection the federal Official Languages Act offers to linguistic minorities. Read more…



Bid to protect French in Quebec threatens minorities elsewhere

The Gazette, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA — Despite the defeat of an attempt in Parliament to apply Quebec’s French language charter to federal laws there is still a threat to the rights of minority groups across the country that won’t go away, says a network of English-speaking organizations from across the country. Read more…



QCGN Award

The Sherbrooke Record

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has launched a new award to recognize individuals who have contributed to strengthening the province’s English-speaking community.
The Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Service Award is also meant to acknowledge those who have helped bridge understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds Read more…