Montrealers to watch in 2021: Jennings ready to rumble for anglo rights

“This whole French-language debate excludes the interests of our community,” says the new president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “It’s been non-stop busy,” said Marlene Jennings, looking back on 2020. “I’m still trying to catch my breath; and I haven’t been able to do that yet.” In September, she ended a whirlwind, one-year stint […]

Interview with Former Liberal MP Marlene Jennings

(VIDEO) As a former Liberal MP and someone who has dedicated most of her life to community involvement and public service, Marlene Jennings is now working to unite English-speaking community members in her new roles as president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. In this year in review, Global’s Laura Casella speaks to Jennings about […]

Job Posting: Access to Justice in English in Quebec Project Director

ABOUT THE QCGN Founded in 1995, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) gives a voice to the Official Language Minority Community (OLMC) of Quebec. It advocates on behalf of this community, promoting its views, positions and interests, ensuring the respect and evolution of its rights, and contributing to its growth and vitality. The QCGN believes […]

A Look Back and What’s to Come for Former Liberal MP Marlene Jennings

(VIDEO) Marlene Jennings has taken on a new role. She joins Global’s Laura Casella to talk about her vision for the English-speaking communities across Quebec. Go to video

Two candidates vying for QCGN presidency

The president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is facing a challenge for his job in an election to be held on Nov. 5. Geoffrey Chambers, who is completing his first two-year term as president of the Quebec anglophone lobby group, will be up against Marlene Jennings, the current QCGN treasurer and former Liberal […]

Marlene Jennings – a lifetime of community involvement and public service experience now contributing to the Quebec Community Groups Network

Marlene Jennings has an extensive career in public service as a member of the Quebec Police Commission, an elected Member of Parliament, and several community groups. She served as a Trustee for the English Montreal School Board and has recently been elected as President of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “I grew up in the […]

Marlene Jennings seeks to rekindle connections with English-speaking organizations

December 6, 2020 – Marlene Jennings, a former Liberal MP, is working to unite English-speaking community members in her new role as president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). QCGN, a non-profit linking 53 English-language community organizations across the province, was subject to a public rift among its members last fall. Several organizations opted […]

Quebec announces plans to strengthen French language laws

November 24, 2020 – Quebec’s Minister Responsible for the French Language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, announced on Tuesday a plan to table a bill aimed at strengthening French in the province. “Quebec was born in French, and it will stay French,” Jolin-Barrette said at a news conference on Tuesday. Read more

Anglos skeptical about CAQ plan to reinforce French Language Charter

November 25, 2020 – Members of Quebec’s English-speaking community have reacted with skepticism over promises by the Legault government to respect the rights of the minority in its overhaul of the French Language Charter. “We heard the same thing about Bill 40, and the Quebec English School Boards Association is in court now defending our […]

QCGN Statement Regarding the French Language

November 24, 2020 – During a recent meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages, the decline of the French language in Quebec was questioned. Other statements during the hearing suggested that Canada’s English linguistic minority does not exist. Let us quickly deal with this last point. Under the law of Quebec […]

Quebec language minister says changes to Bill 101 are not an attack on English

November 24, 2020 – The Coalition Avenir Québec government will soon make changes to Quebec’s French language charter. Simon Jolin-Barrette announced that he will table legislation to modify Bill 101 early in the new year. But as Gobal’s Raquel Fletcher reports, he has revealed few details of what that plan will actually look like, which […]

Beloved Montreal holiday book fair pops up online

November 20, 2020 – For arts organizations, as indeed for all of us, 2020 has meant adapting on the fly. Read Quebec: Holiday Book Fest, a joint project of the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec and the Quebec Writers’ Federation, is a perfect case in point. From its launch in 2015, the event initially […]

Meet our CBC charities of the year

November 9, 2020 – Tyndale St-Georges and Family Ties New Carlisle have been selected as our charities this holiday season. Throughout November and December, CBC will collaborate with both charities to showcase stories of people in our communities who are making a difference. Read more

Opinion: Montreal-area Anglophones need their own advocacy organization again

November 6, 2020 – Mark Twain has been rumoured to have said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And for Anglophones, the 2018 election of the right-leaning CAQ government with only one Anglophone caucus member, Christopher Skeete, is reminiscent of the 1976 sweep of the left-leaning Parti Quebecois that likewise only included the […]

Marlene Jennings grabs the helm at the Quebec Community Groups Network

On Nov. 5, a few days after completing her tenure as trustee of the English Montreal School Board, Marlene Jennings took the mantle at the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) an umbrella organization of English-language groups across the province. The 69 year-old Jennings was elected president in an online annual general meeting, defeating the long […]