Goldbloom Awards

The Townships Outlet

What do Elsa Bolam, Richard Walling and Alex Paterson have in common today?
Besides decades of community advocacy between them, the three are newly-minted recipients of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award. 

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) launched the Goldbloom Awards in 2009 to recognize outstanding service in Quebec’s English-speaking community. Full version…

Language report stirs polarized reaction

By JAN RAVENSBERGEN, The Montreal Gazette

Hot on the heels of a federal report issued yesterday that said “far too many Canadians” can’t get federal services in the official language of their choice, the two solitudes spoke out -offering polar-opposite perspectives.  Help fix the problem by sharply boosting the number of anglophones in the federal public service within Quebec, advised Linda Leith, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Read more…

Federal institutions in Quebec must hire more English-speaking staff: group

By Jan Ravensbergen, Montreal Gazette 

MONTREAL – A sharp boost in the number of English-speaking Quebecers in the federal public service within the province would be one concrete way to tackle a wide array of shortcomings pinpointed in a freshly released federal official-languages update, an advocacy group said.

English-speaking Quebecers constitute more than 12 per cent of Quebec’s population – but currently hold fewer than 7 per cent of federal jobs in the province, added Linda Leith, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Read more…



QCGN awards event is sold out

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

The Quebec Community Groups Network Friday will honour the winners of the second annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award which celebrates individuals who have gonen above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec.

The event, to be held in Montreal, is sold out.  This year’s laureates are lawyer and longtime community volunteer Alex Paterson, theatre icon Elsa Bolam and helth care actibist and community advocate Richard Walling.  Read more…

QCGN proposes paradigm shift in relations between English minority and French majority

The Equity

In its brief to the Committee on Culture and Education looking at Bill 103, the Quebec Community Groups Network proposes a paradigm shift in the relations between the English minority and French majority in Quebec.

The QCGN is proposing two fundamental shifts in perspective to help Quebec society move through the social and economic challenges ahead, said QCGN President Linda Leith.  Read more…



Anglos & the civil service

The Montreal Gazette, Marian Scott

Last week, Premier Jean Charest told the Bastarache commission, looking into Quebec’s system of judicial nominations, that “one of the criteria that was very important for us … was that we wanted more women, more representatives of cultural communities and of anglophones, and that is reflected in the decisions that we make on nominations.”

But critics say the government has done little to make good on such claims.

“They could say they have an employment equity program that includes anglophones. However, that doesn’t seem to have been producing any results,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director-general of the Quebec Community Groups Network. Read more…

Dissented

Re: “More dangerous than Bill 103” (Letters, Oct. 7).

With regards to Brent Tyler’s comments about our director-general, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, being a member of the Conseil superieure de la langue francaise:
Martin-Laforge sits on the Conseil as an individual and not as a representative of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

Martin-Laforge informed me that she had made clear her unambiguous opposition to the “avis” of the Conseil calling for tighter restrictions on access to English schools, and that her dissenting opinion was communicated to the minister. Her dissent is also on the record, as culture and education committee cochair Pierre Curzi asked us about her position during our testimony during the hearings on Bill 103.

I would like to note that the Conseil profits from Martin-Laforge’s point of view. She is perfectly bilingual, has deep respect for the francophone community, understands the challenges of minority language communities -both English and French -and is able to bring a deep-seated understanding of Quebec and of many Quebecers to the Conseil’s deliberations.

Linda Leith, President Quebec Community Groups Network Montreal

QCGN proposes paradigm shift in relations between English minority and French majority

The Main Street

In its brief to the Committee on Culture and Education looking at Bill 103, the Quebec Community Groups Network proposes a paradigm shift in the relations between the English minority and French majority in Quebec.

The QCGN is proposing two fundamental shifts in perspective to help Quebec society move through the social and economic challenges ahead, said QCGN President Linda Leith.  Read more…

Quebec must rethink its relationship with anglos

Le Bulletin d’Aylmer

It’s time for Quebec to rethink its relationship with its English-speaking minority.  That’s the message the Quebec Community Groups Network delivered to the general consultation and public hearing on Bill 103 being held this month in the National Assembly.

English-speaking Quebecers are not a threat to the majority.  Au contraire, we English-speaking Quebecers have made – and continue to make – enormous contributions to Quebec society in every wald of life, from education and business to health and agriculture, not to mention science, technology and the arts.  We are largely bilingual, and we strive to ensure our children are bilingual and bi-cultural. Far from being a threat, the English-speaking minority is an asset.  Read more…

Bill 103 endangers our rights

The Gazette

Last week, you published two related opinions: the Quebec Community Groups Network’s criticism of Bill 103, which made a case for recognition of the Quebec’s English-speaking minority community and the collective impact of adding an interpretive clause to Quebec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms; and Michael Bergman’s analysis of the impact of the same bill on our individual rights and freedoms. Both articles reinforce each other, and the situation they describe is cause for concern.

There is a tension between the equally important interests of the collective, and protecting and ensuring individual rights and freedoms. In our society’s tradition, resolution of this tension tends to err on the side of the individual. The preamble to the provincial Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms makes clear that, “rights and freedoms of the human person are inseparable from the rights and freedoms of others and from the common well-being.”

Bergman correctly assesses that the changes that Bill 103 proposes to Quebec’s human-rights law are more than significant. They change the foundation of the individual’s relationship with the state. The effects will be most keenly felt by members of Quebec’s English-speaking minority population because members of minority groups are the most likely to need protection under human-rights regimes.

In its brief to the public hearings on Bill 103, Quebec’s Commission des droits de la personne urged the government to separate out those aspects of the bill proposing changes to the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, so that these amendments could be afforded the attention and debate that they deserve. This must happen if the citizens of Quebec hope to continue to possesses intrinsic rights and freedoms designed to ensure their individual protection and development.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge is Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network



Time for Quebec to rethink relationship with English-speaking minority

The Sherbrooke Record

It’s time for Quebec to rethink its relationship with its English-speaking minority.  That’s the message the Quebec Community Groups Network delivered to the general consultation and public hearing on Bill 103 being held this month in the National Assembly.

English-speaking Quebecers are not a threat to the majority.  Au contraire, we English-speaking Quebecers have made – and continue to make – enormous contributions to Quebec society in every wald of life, from education and business to health and agriculture, not to mention science, technology and the arts.  We are largely bilingual, and we strive to ensure our children are bilingual and bi-cultural. Far from being a threat, the English-speaking minority is an asset.  Read more…

Proposition d’un virage dans les relations entre la minorité anglophone et la majorité francophone du Québec

The Equity

Québec – Dans son mémoire présenté à la Commission de la culture et de l’éducation sur le projet de loi 103, le Quebec Community Groups Network propose d’amorcer un virage dans les relations entre la minorité anglophone et la majorité francophone au Québec.  Le QCGN suggère deux changements de vision fondamentaux qui permettraient à la société québécoise de relever les défis sociaux et économique qui nous attendent, dit Linda Leith, présidente du QCGN. ”D’abord, nous proposons que la majorité francophone se reconnaisse en tant que majorité dominante et établie, et qu’elle assume plainement son pouvoir et la responsabilité de protéger la vitalité institutionnelle de ses minorités, incluant les communautés d’expression anglaise du Québec”, affirme-t-elle.  Read more…

QCGN proposes shift in relations between English minority and French majority

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

In its brief to the Committee on Culture and Education looking at Bill 103, the Quebec Community Groups Network proposes a paradigm shift in the relations between the English minority and French majority in Quebec.

The QCGN is proposing two fundamental shifts in perspective to help Quebec society move through the social and economic challenges ahead, said QCGN President Linda Leith.  Read more…

Paterson, Bolam and Walling honoured for contributions to English-speaking Quebec

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award which celebrates individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. This year’s laureates are lawyer and longtime community volunter Alex Paterson, theatre icon Elsa Bolam and communivy advocate Richard Walling.  Read more…

QCGN proposes paradigm shift in relations beween English minority and French majority

The Gaspé Spec, Thierry Haroun

”Let us leave behin ‘us versus them’ thinking”

In its brief presented recently to the Committee on Culture and Education looking into Bill 103, the Quebec Community Groups Netwotk (QCGN) proposed a paradigm shift in the relations between the English minority and French majority i Quebec.  Facts and arguments with QCGN President Linda Leith.

The QCGN focused its presentation on proposed amendments to the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms which, if enacted, would erode the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking community. Read more…