The Montreal Gazette
The English Montreal School Board’s ”Tout en français” marketing campaign, launched this week, reflects a well-conceived desire to produce graduates whose French is fully good enough for the job market. This added emphasis on French is a responsible initiative which could well help stem the decline in English-school enrolment.
[…] A year ago, the Quebec Community Grous Network reported, after a substantial study, that many young-adult anglos want to be more bilingual: To have the job prospects they need to stay in Quebec, their French must be more fluent, they said. Read more…
The Montreal Gazette, Brenda Branswell
When the English Montreal School Board kicks off its new marketing campaign at an elementary school today, it will do so tout en français to make a point.
With elementary school registration looming next month, the EMSB wants to court new students to its English schools by promoting its French-language education.
[…] To English parents who are sending their children to French school, the board says it guarantees their children will graduate fully bilingual after attending its French immersion program. ”I think the English school system, by and large, is doing a better job than they have been in educating the kids in French, ”said Lawrence DePoe, executive director of the Quebec branch of Canadian Parents for French, who appears in the EMSB promotional video.
But DePoe also said it is important for school boards to keep improving. He referred to a report released by the Quebec Community Groups Network last year about a consultation with 400 English-speaking young people age 16 to 29. They said they wanted more French-language training.
La Tribune, Marie-Christine Bouchard
SHERBROOKE – Karolyn Kirby souhaite devenir députée fédérale en Estrie, question de bien représenter ses concitoyens à la Chambre des communes. Pour se rendre au bout de ce grand rêve, l’étudiante de 23 ans sait qu’il y aura beaucoup de chemin à parcourir, beaucoup de défis à relever, beaucoup de mains à serrer et d’innombrables projets à mener jusqu’à terme… et elle n’a pas attendu un instant avant de commencer!
[…] Et comme si ce n’était pas assez, celle qui étudie en enseignement à l’Université Bishop’s s’implique également auprès de l’Association des Townshippers et du Quebec Community Groups Network. Il ne faut pas oublier l’Association des jeunes libéraux: Karolyn Kirby n’hésite pas à afficher ses couleurs et à défendre ses convictions politiques. Read more…
Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, Julie Bertrand
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking one person aged 18 to 29 in the Quebec City region for a project to develop leadership skills among young English-speaking Quebecers.
The selected person will go to Montreal for two days to attend skill building and leadership training at the QCGN headquarters. That person will be among 11 other candidates from seven other regions. The topics covered in the workshop will be youth engagement strategies, publicity and outreach, facilitation skills, introduction to community development and workshop planning, and implementation. Read more…
The Sherbrooke Record
MONTREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is currently seeking a dozen youths aged 18 to 29 to participate in a project to develop leadership skills among young English-speaking Quebecers.
The group of 12 young leaders, who will be selected from eight regions across Quebec, will meet for two days of skill building and leadership training. Topics will include youth engagement strategies, publicity and outreach, facilitation skills, introduction to community development and workshiop planning and implementation. Read more…
Montreal – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is currently seeking a dozen youths aged 18 to 29 to participate in a project to develop leadership skills among young English-speaking Quebecers. The group of 12 young leaders, who will be selected from eight regions across Quebec, will meet for two days of skill building and leadership training. Topics will include youth engagement strategies, publicity and outreach, facilitation skills, introduction to community development and workshop planning and implementation. Read more…
The Pontiac Journal, Marion Standish
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) believes the recent Supreme Court ruling on Bill 104 is a fair decision for the province of Quebec. This gives the provincial government a second chance to draft legislature that will work with all stakeholders including the English-speaking community. A reasonable compromise between the goals of protecting the French language and preserving the vitality of English schools should be achievable. We ask that the QCGN be included in the process.
The health of our schools and school boards has a profound impact on English-speaking Quebec. It has a direct impact on the economic vitality of the province. English schools must be guaranteed the resources they need to survive even when their numbers begin to dwindle.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…