Tag Archive for: Anglophones

West Quebecers study future of Anglo communities in West Quebec

The West Quebec Post, Lily Ryan

Directors of the Regional Association of West Quebecers consulted a selection of their membership, February 23, in preparation for RAWQ’s long-term strategic plan. Moderated by planning facilitator Susan Grundy, fifteen members met the board at the Western Quebec Career Centre. The plan will map out where RAWQ’s resources should be directed to best support the vitality of the English-speaking communities across the Outaouais.

Heather Stronach, the Association’s manager, launched the discuttion asking participants to look ahead a few years at the evolving Anglo community’s needs. Discussion centered around RAWQ’s assistance to anglophones as they navigate French-language governmental services, including hospitals, municipalities, and provincial agencies.

Version complète…

QCGN President on Global News about the Senate Report

QCGN President Linda Leith was interviewed about the Senate Report on the English-speaking Community on Global News. Leith talked about the fact that the Senate report on anglophone rights in Quebec debunks myths about Anglophones being a privileged elite. She said the Senate also supported QCGN’s concerns about transparency in how Federeal funding is delivered to Quebec and how it reaches the English-speaking community for which it is earmarked.


Protect language rights: Senate report Official Languages Committee; Aging anglophone population no longer privileged, lags behind francophones

The Gazette, Marian Scott

English-speaking Quebecers are no longer the privileged elite they were long considered to be, says a Senate report that calls on the federal government to do a better job of protecting the rights of the anglophone minority.

The 129-page report by the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages paints a detailed picture of Quebec’s anglophones, an aging community that, despite higher-than-average levels of education, now lags behind the francophone majority for median income.

[…] Sylvia Martin-Laforge, executive director of the Quebec Community Groups Network, hailed the report for busting the myth that English-speaking Quebecers are an over-privileged minority. “The title tells the story and we have been wanting to tell the story about those myths,” she said. “We hope the 16 recommendations give leads to the government and the community for the way forward,” she added. 

Version complète…

English-speaking communities in Quebec face challenges, Senate committee finds

IPolitics, Devon Black

In a new report released Wednesday, the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages reported that English-speaking communities in Quebec face unique challenges in preserving their language within the majority Francophone province.

The report, entitled “The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities – From Myth to Reality”, used information from public hearings and informal testimony reported to the committee during the fall of 2010 in Ottawa and regions of Quebec. Its findings depict a nuanced view of a minority language community in a context that sometimes has little concern for English language preservation.

Read more…

March 18: Launch of a Provincial Network for English-Speaking Seniors

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) invites you to the launch of its Provincial Network for English-Speaking Seniors in Quebec on March 18. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom. Also on hand for the event will be Mr. Roger Doiron, President of La Fédération des aî­nées et aî­nés fran­co­pho­nes du Canada (FAAFC).  

The forum will serve as a venue to discuss the key issues that affect English speaking seniors in Quebec. It will give us the opportunity to clarify the vision, mandate and objectives of such a Network and develop an action plan for the upcoming year. The day will be followed by discussions and intimate group workshops. We would like to thank the Government of Quebec for its financial support through the Soutien aux initiatives visant le respect des aînés (SIRA) program for making this project possible.

The event was created to give the opportunity to seniors and caregivers to network.  

To have more information and read the program, click on the link below.
To register, click here

Date: March 18, 2011
Time: from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Contactivity Centre
4695, De Maisonneuve Blvd. West,
Westmount, QC   H3Z 1L9
Cost: FREE


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome

  • The role of the QCGN (presented by Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General)
  • History of the Project Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging” (Valerie Glover-Drolet, Project coordinator)
  • Results of the Survey

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. – The importance of the Network
Speech from Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom (Conseil des Aînés)

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.The Structure and Function of the FAAFC 
Presentation by Mr. Roger Doiron, President

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Questions and answers

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Health Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. – Workshop 1: Defining Success – Desired Results 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Presentation of Outcome of Workshop #1

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Workshop 2: Structuring the Network

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Health Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Workshop 3 – Next Steps

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Plenary – Building the Action Plan

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Evaluation 

4:30 p.m. – Informal Networking

To register: contact Valerie Glover-Drolet at 514 868-9044, ext. 258 or at valerie.glover-drolet@qcgn.ca 

Le 18 mars: Lancement d’un Réseau provincial pour les aînés d’expression anglaise

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) vous invite au lancement de son Réseau provincial pour les aînés d’expression anglaise du Québec le 18 mars prochain. Comme invitée d’honneur, nous auronsla chance d’accueillir Mme Sheila Goldbloom. Également présent pour témoigner de son expérience avec les aînés francophones hors Québec, M. Roger Doiron, président de La Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada (FAAFC).

Le forum servira de tribune pour discuter des enjeux et défis clés qui affectent les aînés de langue anglaise au Québec. Cela nous donnera l’occasion de clarifier la vision, le mandat et les objectifs d’un tel Réseau et de développer un plan d’action pour l’année à venir. La première partie de la journée sera suivie de discussions et d’ateliers en petits groupes. Nous souhaitons remercier le gouvernement du Québec pour son aide financière issu du programme Soutien aux initiatives visant le respect des aînés (SIRA) qui a contribué à la réalisation du projet.

Pour vous inscrire, cliquer ici

Date: Le 18 mars 2011
Heure: 8h30 à 17h
Lieu: Centre Contactivité
4695, De Maisonneuve Ouest
Westmount, QC   H3Z 1L9
Coût: FREE


8h30 – 9h – Inscription

9h – 9h45 – Mot de bienvenue

  • Le rôle du QCGN (présenté par Sylvia Martin-Laforge, directrice générale)
  • Historique du projet‘ (Valerie Glover-Drolet, coordonnatrice)
  • Résultats du sondage

9h30 – 9h45 – L’importance du Réseau
Mot de Mme Sheila Goldbloom (Conseil des Aînés)

9h45 – 10h30 La structure organisationnelle et le rôle de la FAAFC
Présentation par M. Roger Doiron, Président

10h30 – 10h45 – Questions et réponses

10h45 – 11h – Pause santé

11h15 – 12h15 – Atelier 1: Définir le succès – Résultats désirés 

12h15 – 1h15 – Dîner

1h15 – 1h30 – Présentation des retombées de l’Atelier 1

1h30 – 2h30 – Atelier 2 – Structure du Réseau

2h30 – 2h45 – Pause santé

2h45 – 3h45 – Atelier 3 – Prochaines étapes

3h45 – 4h15 – Plénière – Établir le plan d’action

4h15 – 4h30 – Conclusion et évaluation 

4h30 – Réseautage 

Pour vous inscrire, communiquer avec Valerie Glover-Drolet au 514 868-9044, poste 258 ou à valerie.glover-drolet@qcgn.ca 

Lancement du Réseau provincial pour les aînés d’expression anglaise du Québec

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) vous convie au lancement de son Réseau provincial pour les aînés d’expression anglaise du Québec. L’invitée d’honneur sera nulle autre que Mme Sheila Goldbloom. Aussi présent lors de l’événement sera Monsieur Roger Doiron, président de La Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada (FAAFC).

L’événement fut créé pour donner l’occasion aux aînés et aux aidants d’échanger.  

Date: 18 mars 2011
Heure: 8h30 à 17h
Lieu: Centre Contactivité                                                         
4695, Boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest
Westmount, QC   H3Z 1L9

Pour vous inscrire: communiquez avec Valerie Glover-Drolet au 514 868-9044, poste 258 ou à valerie.glover-drolet@qcgn.ca

Heritage Canada violated Languages Act: commissioner

Groups that relied on federal funding forced to deal with ‘many uncertainties’
The Gazette, Carmen Chai
Heritage Canada breached laws by delaying approval of funding and payments to organizations that represented official-language minorities across Canada, a report issued by the Official Languages Commissioner’s office showed.
Groups that relied on federal funding through Heritage Canada, such as the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Federation of Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador, were forced to deal with “many uncertainties” because of the department’s funding delays, according to the official languages watchdog Graham Fraser. Read more…

QCGN Director General enthusiastic about bilingual exchange program

Interviewed last night on CTV News, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says that the new bilingual exchange program initiated by the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf will generate better language skills for the students who will participate in the program. 

”This is not about language politics. This is about providing Quebec’s young people with the skills they need to fully realise their economic potential here at home, and to give them the necessary tools to compete in the global marketplace. The more languages in which a person is literate, the better equipped they are to assist Quebec secure its financial future,” Sylvia Martin-Laforge said.

Watch the video here.

QCGN Director General on CTV News tonight at 6

The interview will discuss the impact of the newly created bilingual exchange program between the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.