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Language, cultural barriers could fuel vaccine hesitancy, Quebec community organizers warn

Quebecers have rarely gone a week without hearing from their premier at least twice during this pandemic. What’s allowed, what isn’t, the exceptions to the rules — instructions from the province have changed at a dizzying pace, even for experts and journalists whose job it is to keep up.

But many of those who do not understand François Legault’s predominantly French-language news conferences, or other material put out by the province, turn to community groups to get the latest information in their own language.

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Opinion: As an English-speaking Quebecer, I feel ‘in between’

We exist in two spaces at the same time, yet somehow in neither of them completely, like standing in the doorway between two rooms.

Throughout my life, I have sometimes felt that I do not fully belong. For instance, my dad is from Dorval, and his parents were active participants in West Island life. My mom’s parents were raised on farms in the hills northwest of Thetford Mines. Having been raised with roots in both communities, I feel at times that belonging to one excludes me from fully being a part of the other.

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My Quebec: Black, anglophone and feeling doubly unwelcome

Quebec is my home, a sentiment expressed with profound pride but sadly, my language and my skin colour have made me feel like an interloper.

Quebec is my home, a sentiment expressed with profound pride but sadly, both my language and my skin colour have made me feel like an interloper, fiercely battling feelings of contradiction. We are repeatedly told that diversity is welcomed, but for me, the reality has not reflected the rhetoric.

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Analysis: Quebec braces for language reforms, but are anglophones ready?

“It looks as if we are being drawn into another intense language battle in 2021,” says former Equality Party leader Robert Libman, “and we’re being drawn into this alone and unarmed.”

QUEBEC — The sense of concern, even alarm, is clear in Robert Libman’s voice when asked about the mood of Quebec’s English-speaking community these days.

“It looks as if we are being drawn into another intense language battle in 2021, and we’re being drawn into this alone and unarmed,” Libman said last week in an interview with the Montreal Gazette.

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Opinion: Time for CAQ government to stop seeing anglos as a problem

By Geoffrey Chambers

The focus of most Quebecers remains the pandemic, a safe return of our children to school and the reopening of our economy. However, our government appears to have shifted its focus to language. And as it does so, it is once again minimizing the importance of the contributions to this province by Quebec’s English-speaking community.

Premier François Legault and his government recently asserted there is too much “English” in the hiring practices of Quebec businesses and municipalities. These comments were based on a two-year-old study. While French-language skills are essential, knowledge of English is an asset. Yet Legault repeatedly frames this as a problem.

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