Création des prix Sheila et Victor Goldbloom

Le Devoir, Stéphane Baillargeon

Le Québec Community Groups Network (QCGN) crée des prix pour rendre hommage aux personnes « ayant contribué de façon exceptionnelle à la vitalité et à la compréhension des communautés d’expression anglaise du Québec ». Les prix de l’organisme-parapluie, qui réunit 32 groupes communautaires du Québec, vont aussi souligner « l’entretien de liens solides entre Québécois de toutes origines ». Read more…



New award values community service Named after Goldblooms: Candidates must have bettered “quality of life for English-speaking Quebecers”

The Gazette, Hubert Bauch

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking nominations for a new award it has established to recognize individuals for contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community.
The award, named in honour of Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, will be presented to one or several persons each year who have gone “above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds,” the organization announced yesterday. Read more…



Les Anglo-Québécois se sentent “invisibles”

La Presse, Malorie Beauchemin

(Ottawa) Devant les plaintes répétées des groupes de défense de la minorité anglophone au Québec, le Commissariat aux langues officielles entend analyser la présence et la représentation de cette communauté dans les médias québécois. « La communauté de langue anglaise du Québec se sent invisible non seulement face à la majorité, mais aussi par rapport à elle-même », indique le Commissariat dans un document obtenu en vertu de la Loi d’accès à l’information. Le Commissariat aux langues officielles (CLO) souhaite ainsi confier le mandat à un tiers d’analyser la couverture médiatique accordée aux Québécois de langue anglaise, dans les médias francophones et anglophones de la province. Read more…



Goldbloom Award to honour English-speaking community

The Gazette

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking nominations for a new award it has established to recognize individuals for contributions to Quebec’s English-speaking community. The award, named in honour of Sheila and Victor Goldbloom, will be presented to one or several persons each year who have gone “above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec and to building bridges of understanding between Quebecers of different backgrounds,” the organization announced today. “For more than half a century, Dr. and Mrs. Goldbloom have invested their talents and skills for the betterment of the community and inspired others though their outstanding contributions,” said QCGN president Robert Donnelly. Read more…



Le prix Sheila et Victor Goldbloom

24 Heures, Jean-Marc Gilbert

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) tient à rendre hommage aux anglophones du Québec qui contribuent à rehausser la vitalité et la compréhension des communautés d’expression anglaise au Québec.
Durant plus de 50 ans, Sheila et Victor Goldbloom ont mis leurs compétences au service des communautés anglophones du Québec. Aujourd’hui, ils acceptent que le prix, remis annuellement, porte leurs noms. Read more…

More French second language

Le Bulletin d’Aylmer

The Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ) and Canadian Parents for French – Quebec (CPF-Q) have thrown their support behind the Western Quebec School Board’s recommendation for an increase in minutes of use of French second-language. […] A study of English-speaking youth in Quebec by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has concluded that these youth see bilingualism as one of the keys to success in Quebec. Improved bilingualism is a powerful tool allowing Anglophones to participate more fully in Quebec’s society and economy. Shaun Peppy, head of RAWQ’s youth initiatives, says, “English-speaking youth are open to becoming funtionally bilingual; they need the tools to do so. The entire community must take on (this) responsibility”. Drawing on its recent consultations with youth, RAWQ and CPF-Q will begin creating informal opportunities for young people to improve ther French language skills outside of the school setting. Read more…



D’Arcy McGee students take French-speaking honours

The West Quebec Post

[…] Improved French skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s anglophone youth as highlighted in the Quebec Community Groups Network’s recent study, “Creating Spaces”. Read more…



Du bilinguisme à la dualité

Le Droit, Pierre-André Doucet

D’emblée, le bilinguisme outille considérablement des communautés à surmonter l’hétérogénéité, notamment en permettant aux individus qui le pratiquent de s’imprégner de deux langues, en plus de deux cultures et conceptions du monde. D’ailleurs, par sa facilitation de l’acquisition d’une citoyenneté véritablement mondiale, il est encore plus pertinent dans un xxiesiècle globalisé. Le Canada doit délaisser le bilinguisme au profit de la dualité linguistique. Certes, les deux concepts se ressemblent beaucoup: pourtant, les débats houleux opposant présentement la Société des Acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick à leur gouvernement provincial (la première craignant une «rebilinguisation» menaçant l’autonomie de la communauté francophone et acadienne, témoignent d’une différence notoire.[…] Read more…

Advice for anglos: Stay optimistic

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

Across English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand” over pessimists, Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said yesterday in Montreal. He was speaking to a group of more than 80 people to help fill gaps in knowledge among the anglophone community. Read more…

Optimism on the rise, Quebec anglo told

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

MONTREAL – Within English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand,” Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said Friday […] He had departed from his prepared text to make the remarks about Sabia while speaking to a Montreal group linked with Concordia University and l’Université de Moncton. The group of more than 80 was celebrating the launch last October of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, a fledgling network to connect academic researchers across the province. Read more…

Anglos warm to new cultural funding

The Gaspé Spec

MONTREAL – Organizations serving English-speaking Quebec say that a new national funding program for arts, culture and heritage has the potential to nurture a cultural renaissance among official language minority communities across the country. “Recognizing the value of arts, culture and heritage opens the door to exciting new ways of strenghthening Canada’s minority language communities,” said Guy Rodgers, president of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) following lastweek’s announcement that Ottawa will spend $3.5 million a year to help and support and strenghthen the rich cultural, artistic, and heritage expression of francophone and anglophone minorities. Read more…

Anglos warm to new cultural funding

The Monitor, Toula Foscolos

Organizations serving English-speaking Quebec say that a new national funding program for arts, culture and heritage has the potential to nurture a cultural renaissance among official language minority communities across the country.

“Recognizing the value of arts, culture and heritage opens the door to exciting new ways of strengthening Canada’s minority language communities,” said Guy Rodgers, president of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) following last week’s announcement that Ottawa will spend $3.5 million a year to help support and strengthen the rich cultural, artistic, and heritage expression of Francophone and Anglophone minorities.

[…] ELAN and QAHN have worked closely with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to come up with ideas on how this new fund can provide maximum impact and benefit for Canada’s minority language communities. These groups recently developed a joint policy framework that defines key areas of intervention over the next five years. The Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy Framework for English-speaking Quebec is available on www.qcgn.ca. Read more…

Que.’s anglophones battling ‘brain drain’: Group

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA – English communities, institutions and services in Quebec have weakened over the past four decades, and are in need federal support to stop a brain drain, an umbrella group for the province’s anglophones said in Parliament on Monday.

”English-speaking Quebec faces the particular challenge of being a minority within a minority which, let’s face it, is not always recognized as such by key decision-makers and opinion-leaders,” said Robert Donnelly, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network at a Senate hearing on Canada’s official languages. ”The answer is not to divide the existing pie differently because the francophone minority is also in need of fair funding. We just need a bigger pie.” Read more…

New program to defend minority language rights

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has told Canada’s English- and French-speaking minority communities it will create a watchdog panel to defend their language rights when ti launches a new $1.5-million legal support program, Canwest News Service has learned.

The new program, which would replace a court challenges program for minority rights that was scrapped by the Stephen Harper government in 2006, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2009. Officials from the Department of Canadian Heritage provided some of the details during a recent meeting with board members of an umbrella group representing Quebec’s anglophone population.

”The news is looking pretty interesting,” said Robert Donnelly, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. ”The announcement will be made, we’re told, in the next few days.” Read more…

Linguistic minority program still in limbo

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA – A $1.5 million program supporting English and French-speaking minority groups in Canada is still in limbo, nearly a year after it was introduced.

The Harper government announced the initiativelast June as part of a settelement over its decision to scrap a court challenges program for minority rights. But it has not yet announced details of the program or set up an expert panel that is required to manage it.

Representatives of anglophone and francophone groups said they are pleased the government has consulted them extensively in recent months to develop the structure of a new program, but they are growing impationt about the pace of progress.

”Obviously, anything that gets a priority could be moving faster than this,” said Robert Donnelly, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella organization that represents the province’s anglophone community. Read more…