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‘I’m not a lobbyist’ for Quebec anglophones, Eric Girard says

Eric Girard, the Quebec cabinet minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, tells a closed-door meeting with about 40 McGill University students that his role is to keep communication lines open between Anglophones and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government. The story notes that Girard, a McGill-trained economist who also serves as finance minister, has been criticized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

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Quebec anglos minister to take part in closed-door ‘fireside chat’ at McGill

Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard will meet with McGill President Deep Saini for a private chat about economic policies, which may include the topic of tuition hikes for out-of-province students. Saini had called the tuition hikes a “targeted attack” on English universities. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) urged Girard, who also holds the title of anglophone relations minister, to intervene on behalf of the English-speaking community in these tuition hikes.

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‘Catastrophic’ tuition plan is a ‘direct attack’ on English universities, McGill says

Quebec plans to go ahead with new measures applying to English-language universities. In a letter sent to McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s, provincial Higher Education Minister Pascale Déry explained that tuition rates for out of province students will rise by 33 per cent as of next fall, and 80 per cent of these students will need to achieve an intermediate level of French as of fall 2025. The Quebec Community Groups Network has been among the numerous voices against these measures.

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‘Catastrophic’: Quebec set to impose higher French-language requirements for English universities

The Coalition Avenir Québec government’s latest proposals aiming to protect French create “clear existential threats” to Quebec’s English-language universities, says Quebec Community Groups Network President Eva Ludvig. The government’s goal of 80 per cent of out-of-province students at these schooling reaching an intermediate level of French upon graduating is “completely unrealistic,” says Fabrice Labeau, McGill University’s deputy provost.

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Legault is giving English universities the cold shoulder: McGill and Concordia

Amid the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposal to increase university tuition for out-of-province students, McGill and Concordia say they’ve been attempting to reach out to Premier François Legault and his government to no avail. “There have already been severe consequences as the result of this ill-thought-out policy proposal — even before it has been put into its final form,” the QCGN told The Montreal Gazette.

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Trailblazing journalist Gretta Chambers bridged Quebec’s two solitudes

“As a journalist, a committed federalist and the first female chancellor of McGill University, Gretta Chambers was a multitasking trailblazer. Opinionated, forthright and gracious, this tiny, elegant woman bridged Quebec’s two solitudes effortlessly, explaining each group to the other – especially during turbulent times.”

This obituary written in the Globe and Mail celebrates Gretta Chambers’ many lifetime achievements. Michael Goldbloom, principal and vice-chancellor of Bishop’s University, praised her knowledge of both communities in Quebec, and reminisced about meeting her when attending Selwyn House at five years old.

It’s also where Michael met Geoffrey Chambers, now vice-president of the QCGN. Geoffrey also recounts the many great things Gretta has done for her son, from preparing meal for the entire football team, and the things she has done for her community.

Read the article in the Globe and Mail

 

Former McGill chancellor and prominent Montreal journalist Gretta Chambers dies at 90

“Gretta Chambers, the first female chancellor of McGill University and a prominent Montreal journalist for several decades, has died at the age of 90. She passed away Saturday morning at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal after undergoing treatment for a heart condition. “

Daughter of a French-speaking mother and an English-speaking father, she saw her role as a builder of bridges between Quebec’s divided communities. For this role, in 2012, she received a Goldbloom Award for distinguished community service.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN, incensed Chambers’ accomplishments and said she embodied what was needed in Quebec to bridge both linguistic communities.

Read the article in the Montreal Gazette

Gretta Chambers, journalist and former chancellor of McGill University, dead at 90

“Gretta Chambers, a prominent journalist and the first female chancellor of McGill University, passed away Saturday morning at the age of 90 at St. Mary’s hospital in Montreal. “

Born in 1927, and a graduate from McGill in policial science, she married former MP Egan Chambers who died in 1994. She was one of the first English-speaking journalist to write extensively about French-speaking Quebec before becoming the first female chancellor of McGill University.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, DG of the QCGN, which awarded Chambers with a Goldbloom Award in 2012, said that Gretta was a pioneer and role model for women, and for the English-speaking community.

Read the article on CTV Montreal’s website

Research Participants Needed for a Study on Anglo Quebec Vitality

Dr. Paul Zanazanian, a history education specialist at McGill University, is seeking research participants for a study on the impact of community leaders’ historical consciousness on Anglo Quebec vitality.

This research project is original, timely, and greatly needed. Anglo Quebec is at a crossroads regarding its identity and full civic participation in Quebec. Valuable information is needed in order to better understand current realities and to develop strategies for strengthening the community’s vitality and social contributions.

35 English-speaking community leaders are currently being sought. Reflecting the project’s comparative nature, participants will be recruited from Montreal, Quebec City, and Sherbrooke. Data will be collected at an assigned time and place in each of these locations. Participants will be given a choice of 3 dates so that their involvement best fits their schedule.

Your participation is greatly needed! 

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Research Participants Needed for a Study on Anglo Quebec Vitality

Dr. Paul Zanazanian, a history education specialist at McGill University, is seeking research participants for a study on the impact of community leaders’ historical consciousness on Anglo Quebec vitality.

This research project is original, timely, and greatly needed. Anglo Quebec is at a crossroads regarding its identity and full civic participation in Quebec. Valuable information is needed in order to better understand current realities and to develop strategies for strengthening the community’s vitality and social contributions.

35 English-speaking community leaders are currently being sought. Reflecting the project’s comparative nature, participants will be recruited from Montreal, Quebec City, and Sherbrooke. Data will be collected at an assigned time and place in each of these locations. Participants will be given a choice of 3 dates so that their involvement best fits their schedule.

Your participation is greatly needed! 

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