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 […]

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. […]

Biliterate is the new bilingual

The McGill Daily, John Lapsley ‘McGill students’ French stagnates in all-anglo environment’ McGill students seeking to integrate themselves into Quebec culture should strive for biliteracy, not simply bilingualism, according to a recent report released by a Quebec community group that represents the anglo minority in Quebec.The report, Creating Spaces, was commissioned by the Quebec Community […]

Encouraging news about young-adult anglos

The Gazette, David Johnston Another stereotype up-ended: Most young anglophones born and raised in Quebec do not want to head off to better-paid pastures elsewhere.This news appeared in statistical form in survey results made public last month, and in personal form in a Gazette series which began yesterday. Reporter David Johnston, talking to a number […]

Here to stay: the hip Anglo

The Gazette, David Johnston Ask a couple of twentysomething anglophones like Ryan Bedic and Brian Abraham hot many of their friends have left Quebec and you are likely to draw a long pause. it isn’t that they need time to count up all of those who have left. It’s that they have trouble coming up […]

Brain drain, brain gain

The Gazette, David Johnston Although the anglophone community of Quebec has started to grow again after four decades of decline, concerns about a brain drain continue. The most recent study that looked at the education levels of “leavers” and “stayers” found a clear correlation between years of schooling and the likelihood of leaving Quebec. The […]

Economic downturn might keep young anglos here

The Gazette, David Johnston Although political and linguistic uncertainty is receding in Quebec, a new era of economic uncertainty is beginning to take hold. The unfolding new economic downturn has brought a new dimension to the decision of young anglophones to stay or leave Quebec. “This time around, the grass won’t be any greener on […]

Pearson hears parents out

The Chronicle, Raffy Boudjikanian About sixty parents showed up a lively evening discussion at Macdonald High School focusing on Lester B. Pearson school board’s French-language, special needs and magnet school progams. (Chronicle, Éric Carrière) Teaching French at English schools, tending to children with special needs and the magnet school program were the three main topics […]

Anglo youth in QC insecure about French skills, employment: report

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Scott French Anglophone youth in Quebec are insecure about their French language skills, a new report by the Quebec Community Groups Network indicates. According to a Quebec City committee member who helped develop the report, this worry translates into a lack of confidence among young Anglos seeking employment in the region. “A lot […]

Les jeunes anglos veulent améliorer leur français

La Presse, Martin Croteau Les jeunes anglophones se sentent exclus de la société québécoise, révèle un rapport financé par le gouvernement fédéral. Pour remédier à la situation, ils réclament de meilleurs cours de français ainsi qu’un programme d’échange qui leur permettra de s’immerger dans la culture francophone. Du million d’anglophones qui vivent au Québec, 80% […]

Youth worry about the quality of their French: Written vs. oral. Report recommends student exchanges

The Gazette, David Johnston Young anglophones in Quebec are worried their French isn’t good enough – and community leaders aren’t sure whether this is good news or bad news.A study made public yesterday found considerable insecurity among anglophones ages 16 to 29 over the quality of their French-language skills. Community leaders say more study will […]

Study on anglo youth concerns

CTV Montreal, Maya Johnson English-speaking Quebec youth don’t want to leave the province but they find it difficult to function fully in French and don’t feel valued in Quebec society, a new report says. The study, released Thursday by the Quebec Community Groups Network, suggests anglo youth harbour concerns about whether their French is good […]

English-Speaking youth want to contribute fully to Quebec Society

Quebec’s English-speaking youth have a strong desire to remain in and contribute to Quebec, increase their level of bilingualism and feel a valued part of Quebec society. These are some the findings released today in Creating Spaces for Young Quebecers: Strategic Orientations for English-speaking Youth in Quebec, a report that articulates the challenges and priorities […]

Charest talks economy, skirts language

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Scott French During a recent visit to Quebec City, Liberal leader Jean Charest, the man who will most likely continue as Quebec’s premier following the December 8 provincial election, shied away from questions about anglophone representation in the province. […] Anglos currently hold 0.7 per cent of the province’s bureaucratic positions despite representing […]

Anglos are shunned or taken for granted

The Montreal Gazette, Don Macpherson ‘Political parties assume anglos will vote Liberal, so they don’t woo their vote’ For most readers of this column, this federal election campaign has probably been as much fun as high-school dances are for plain girls. […] This was in letters to the leaders of the four parties that elected […]