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Quebec erred by not sending out English version of COVID guide

By Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network

The government of Quebec determined it was a public health imperative that a detailed 24-page guide providing Quebecers with critical information on best practices in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency be delivered to every household. This was done, at substantial cost, because every Quebecer needs to have this information.

Unfortunately, the Guide autosoins was circulated only in French. On Page 2 the document notes, in French, that an English version is available online.

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QCGN Creates Information Hub in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

The Quebec Community Groups Network believes that during this unprecedented crisis, it is essential that members of linguistic minority communities have access to quality information in our language. In response, QCGN’s team has created an online information tool that provides access to reliable information in English from trusted sources.  Our coronavirus response hub, put together by QCGN communications and policy staffers, provides links to a wide inventory of new government programs along with access to additional resources and online tools. The QCGN thanks the members and stakeholders who provided us with a wealth of resources. The landscape is changing fast and the page will be updated regularly as new information come to light and we discover new sources of reliable information in English.

QCGN Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to spread, our thoughts go out to anyone who has been infected or impacted. The Quebec Community Groups Network hopes that you, your family and friends are safe, and that you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure you and your loved ones remain healthy.

The QCGN is adapting to this ever-changing environment while ensuring continuity and remaining fully functional. Evidently the QCGN and our Network members have postponed all public events including our Community Collaboration Forum that was scheduled for March 30-31 and our Access to Justice workshop. Despite obvious challenges, the services that QCGN provides to our Network and community will not be compromised. You will continue to receive your Daily Briefings, which are being prepared remotely, and your Weekly Updates.

For now, the QCGN office remains open, although all employees have been given the option of working remotely. Those who are coming to work are adopting safe social distancing practices. We will review our practices in the coming days and weeks as we gain a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. You can reach our directors and projects managers via their emails. Let’s stay safe together.

Reliable information and updates about coronavirus in English
Quebec: General information about coronavirus,  or call 1 877 644-4545 (toll free)
Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports