Sarah Rogers, Special to the Record (Sherbrooke)
A new support program has taken root to help promote and develop Canada’s French- and English-speaking minority communities. With two official language groups sprinkled across the country, the newly-launched Language Rights Support Program aims to help those groups participate in every aspect of life in Canada – in their mother tongue. Introduced in 2008, the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP) came on the heels of its predecessor, the former Court Challenges Program. When the latter was cancelled in 2006, the announcement was met with dissent from official language minorities across the country. Full version…
Robert Donnelly, QCGN President
Over the past few decades, Quebec’s English-speaking community has been under demographic stress. Signs of this are most apparent in primary and secondary education, where declining enrolment is attributed to an aging population, low birth-rates and a significant number of parents choosing to send their children to the French system. A full 21.4 per cent of children enrolled in French schools have English as their mother tongue and the vast majority of them could be attending English schools. Because resource allocation is based on enrolment, the English-school population is declining and schools are closing. What of the future? Where will parents send their children to school? How will our communities attract new families? Read more…
The Canadian Press
An attempt by the Parti Quebecois to raise the alarm about a dramatic increase in English speakers in Quebec was met with skepticism Wednesday amid concerns the party was greasing statistics to suit its political ends. Pierre Curzi, a PQ member of the legislature, began leaking copies earlier this week of a report compiled by his office that argues English is becoming more appealing than French in the Montreal area. Full version…
The Gaspe Spec
NEW CARLISLE – Quebec’s English-speaking communities face multiple types of isolation and young women in these communities who are emerging as new leaders experience unique challenges that conventionnally designed projects fail to effectively address. ”Supporting these young women while contributing to effective community development in the official language minority context is a complex task,” commented Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, who noted it is challenging to design projects that are structured enough for widespread delivery and efficient implementation, but flexible enough to be relevant across different communities with their unique needs. Read more…
MINORITÉS – Le Quebec Community Groups Network lance une trousse à l’intention des communautés linguistiques minoritaires au Québec.
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…