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Quietly Adopted Regulation Could Hurt Quality of Health Care for English-speaking Quebecers

Despite strong objections from the English-speaking community that included a 4,500-name petition tabled in the National Assembly, the Quebec government has eviscerated the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language. The government is now recruiting replacement members.

“Two days before the petition was tabled in the National Assembly on Dec. 10 – in the middle of a public health emergency during which the population is fully fixated on COVID-19 – the government stealthily enacted a new regulation governing the provincial committee,” says Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Rear view on 2021: Renewed turbulence over language in Quebec

The year 2021 was marked by a revival of the debate over the state of the French language in Quebec. And it’s not over.

The anglophone community’s immediate concern is Bill 96, which the CAQ government wants to adopt before the October 2022 provincial election.

“At its very core, Bill 96 is an attempt to delegitimize our community,” Marlene Jennings, president of the QCGN, said in an end-of-the-year letter to her membership. “The bill denatures the Charter of the French Language, attempting to render it exclusionary and divisive.”

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Opinion: English-speaking Quebecers caught in another language storm

In 2021, human rights and minority rights in Quebec took a sharp turn for the worse.

After years of relative calm, English-speaking Quebecers have been propelled into the middle of another language storm, centred on the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s overhaul of the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101).

When Bill 96 was introduced last spring, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) undertook an exhaustive analysis of its impacts. We did not like what we saw : a fundamentally flawed bill that was described by former journalist and senator André Pratte as “Bill 101 on steroids.”

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Protecting Montreal English-speakers’ rights in mayoral race


“We could possibly have a mayor who doesn’t get that,” says Marlene Jennings, President of QCGN, on her belief that Montreal’s mayoral candidates aren’t doing enough to support English-speakers’ rights. Alyssia Rubertucci reports.

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QCGN to Air Canada: Apology Alone Cannot Undo Damage to English-speaking Quebec

No apology can undo the lasting damage that the CEO of Air Canada has inflicted on Quebec’s English-speaking community and the core national value of linguistic duality.

“Air Canada employs many Francophones and is obliged to communicate with the public in both official languages,” says Marlene Jennings, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “However, the attitude this week displayed by CEO Micheal Rousseau toward the French language was breathtakingly insensitive and arrogant.”

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English speaking Quebecers are Quebecers, says QCGN

The QCGN has been overwhelmed with emails from English-speaking Quebecers who wish to sign the open letter to Premier François Legault telling him that English-speaking Quebecers are full and contributing members of Quebec society, QCGN President Marlene Jennings tells Aaron Rand and Natasha Hall in an interview on Montreal Now on CJAD news.

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Preserving English rights in Quebec

Protecting the French language does not require limiting services to English-speaking Quebecers, says QCGN President Marlene Jennings in an interview with Todd van der Heyden on CTV News.

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Francois Legault needs to scrap Bill 96 and go back to the Drawing Board

Marlene Jennings, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network, tells CJAD’s Elias Makos that Premier François Legault needs to scrap Bill 96 and go back to the drawing board.

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Opinion: Go back to the drawing board with Bill 96

Heading into a new legislative session, after Tuesday’s “reboot,” Premier François Legault and his Coalition Avenir Québec government should rethink the profoundly flawed approach they have charted with Bill 96.

A common theme emerged during a well-attended parallel consultation organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and subsequent National Assembly committee hearings: There is a striking absence of evidence that Bill 96 would or could do anything to improve the protection and promotion of French. The inconvenient fact: Bill 96 would largely fail, by any measure, to bring us significantly closer to its stated goal.

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Bill 96 should be scrapped ‘in its entirety,’ says Quebec Community Groups Network

In a memorandum presented last week to the National Assembly committee working on the provincial government’s Bill 96 to strengthen Quebec’s language rules, the Quebec Community Groups Network said that even though the French language in Quebec “can and should be protected,” Bill 96 is not the way to go about it.

“Bill 96 is deeply problematic,” said QCGN president Marlene Jennings, reading from the conclusion of the English-language community lobby group’s statement.

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Workshop on Black Contributions to the History of Quebec

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA) is very pleased to collaborate with the Community Learning Centre Initiative (CLC) of the Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN) and the Committee for the Enhancement of the Curriculum of the History of Quebec (ComECH-QC) for a very special event to celebrate Black contributions to the history of Quebec.

  • The evening’s host, the Honourable Marlene Jennings, will lead the event through an exploration of the Black contributions to the history of Quebec for over five centuries.
  • Guest Speakers Dr. Dorothy Williams, PhD, of Concordia University, and Mr. Linton Garner, Marketing and Sales Director of blacbiblio.com, will offer simultaneous presentations on the ABC’s of Canadian Black History Kit / La trousse de l’ABC de l’histoire des Noirs du Canada. Dr. Williams and Mr. Garner are the co-creators of this educational material, which delves into the history and lives of Black Canadians.
  • The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the Honourable Marlene Jennings, Dr. Dorothy Williams, and Mr. Linton Garner.

This Zoom workshop will take place February 1 or February 10 at 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

To register for the February 1st event: https://bit.ly/3tMxfwh

To register for the February 10th event: https://bit.ly/3GSECWO