It is more important to understand why there is a difference in reporting anxiety levels among Quebecers than to deflect, writes Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). An ACS/QCGN survey reveals that some 34 per cent of Quebec anglophones know someone who has been diagnosed with the virus compared with 21 per cent of francophones.That partly explains the differences in levels of anxiety felt by anglophones and francophones, Jedwab writes. Read more
A new poll commissioned by the Quebec Community Groups Network and conducted by Leger shows anglophones and allophones are more worried than francophones about contracting COVID-19. When asked why he thinks angolphones fear catching the virus more than francophones, Legault suggested English media coverage may be to blame. Read more
English-speaking Quebecers are more likely than francophones to be afraid of contracting COVID-19 and more likely to know an infected person, according to a new Léger Marketing survey. The survey, commissioned by the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Association for Canadian Studies, found 68 per cent of anglophones polled were afraid of contracting COVID-19, compared with 47 per cent of francophones. Read more
Anxiety levels surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic vary based not just on where people live in Quebec, but also on their mother tongue, a web survey conducted by Léger Marketing has found.
Allophone and anglophone respondents are much more likely to fear that they or somebody in their immediate family will catch the disease than francophones are, the survey found.
The Quebec Community Groups Network and the Association for Canadian Studies commissioned Léger Marketing to conduct a Web survey on COVID-19 and the perceptions of English-speaking Quebecers.
Results indicate that English-speaking Quebecers are more afraid of getting the virus than their francophone counterparts and more likely to be afraid of an immediate family member getting the virus.
English-speaking Quebecers have the highest rate of fear in Canada of contracting COVID-19 while English-speaking Montrealers are most afraid of contracting the coronavirus. That may be due to the fact that English-speaking Quebecers were far more likely than their francophone neighbours to know someone who has COVID-19, the survey showed.
On that backdrop, Anglophones are more likely to want to slow down the pace of return to normal activities than Francophones.
The survey also shows that Quebecers are satisfied with the work of community organizations in the fight against COVID-19.
Meanwhile English-speaking Quebecers are somewhat more likely to volunteer or donate to charity in these difficult times. Most are giving to health and local community services.
The web poll was conducted from May 1 to May 6, 2020. Some 1,638 Quebecers 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. The survey included some 694 English-speaking respondents. The Association for Canadian Studies is the main mover and shaker behind the COVID-19 survey.
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.
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.
The phone has been ringing quite a bit at the Family Resource Centre in Pierrefonds
“Over this week, I’m sure we’ve received easily over 100 calls,” said Ron Swan, executive director of the Family Resource Centre, which helps families and children dealing with behavioural issues.
QUEBEC — It is one of those ironies of politics that a leader can look at his or her best when things are at their worst. As the COVID-19 crisis rocks the planet, Premier François Legault finds himself in just that position. Suddenly even anglophones who did not vote for the Coalition Avenir Québec in the 2018 election — and disapprove of many of the government’s policies — think Legault is doing a good job leading the province through this sombre time.
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
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