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 […]

Anglos warm to new cultural funding

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. Full version…

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 […]

QCGN appears before the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages

If the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality is to be truly effective for the English-speaking community of Quebec, investments here will require a high level of commitment by politicians and policy and program architects. That was among the messages the Quebec Community Groups Network delivered to Senators on March 23, 2009. QCGN President Robert Donnelly […]

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 […]