Two Quebecers to sit on panel for language rights support program

The Gaspe Spec

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to announce that two representatives of Quebec minority English-language community have been named by the Honourable James moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, to serve on the Panel of Experts of the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP).

Montreal attorney Richard McConomy and Gaspé health-care advocate Brad McDonald were both named to the panel that will administer the LRSP which replaces the Courta Challenges Program. Read more…

Celebrating our past, building our future

The Gaspe Spec

MONREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Network believes the Supreme Court ruling on Bill 104 is a fair decision for the province of Quebec. Now that the Government of Quebec has been gibin a second chance to draft legislation, we hope it will work with all stakeholders, including the English-speaking community, to achieve a reasonable compromise between the goals of protecting the French language and preserving the vitality of English school and school boards. In that spirit we ask that we be included in the process.

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Marjorie Goodfellow wins Victor and Sheila Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award

La Tribune

In an article published in the Tribune on September 26, Marjorie Goodfellow, founder of the Townshippers Association, received the Victor and Sheila Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award on September 12. The article also highlights her accomplishments. Read more… 

Goodfellow receives Goldbloom award The Townships Outlet

The Townships Outlet

The Townships’s Marjorie Goodfellow, well known for her advocacy of English-language health and social services, was one of three Quebecers to receive the prestigious community service award at a ceremony in Montreal Sept. 12.  The Distinguished Community Service award was instituted this year by the Quebec Community Groups Network, an organization that brings together 32 English-language community groups in Quebec, and named in honour of Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, (parents of Bishop’s University principal Michael Goldbloom). Read more…



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…