Tag Archive for: Official Languages

Immigration report to include English Quebec priorities

The West Quebec Post, Julie Murray

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has announced that Quebec’s English-speaking community was consulted – and its concerns included – on a study of immigration by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages. The study looked at immigration as a development tool in official language minority communities. QCGN is particularly pleased with the study’s recommendation that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) increase intergovernmental efforts to assess the English-speaking community’s needs and to financially support that community so it can develop its immigration network. Read more…

Minister Moore before Senate Committee on Official Languages

This morning, the Minister of Official Languages, James Moore, will testify before the Senate Committee on Official Languages around the study on the application of the Official Languages Act and of the regulations and directives made under it. The meeting will particularly look at the English-Speaking Communities in Quebec and other issues

Watch the webcast here:

http://senparlvu.parl.gc.ca/Guide.aspx?viewmode=4&categoryid=-1&currentdate=2010-12-7&eventid=7358&languagecode=12298#

Commissionner of Official Languages appears before Committee on Official Languages

This morning, the Commissioner of Official Languages will be presenting the second volume of his 2009-2010 Annual Report to the House of Commons Committee on Official Languages.

To listen to the webcast, click on the following link:

http://parlvu.parl.gc.ca/ParlVu/ContentEntityDetailView.aspx?ContentEntityId=7030

Priorities of English Quebec included in report on Immigration in Official Language Minority Communities

Montreal, December 2, 2010 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that Quebec’s English-speaking community was consulted and its concerns included in a House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages study of Immigration as a Development Tool in Official Language Minority Communities. The QCGN is especially satisfied with the recommendation that suggests Citizenship and Immigration Canada increase intergovernmental efforts to assess the needs of our community and provide it with financial support so that it can develop its immigration network, particularly in the regions. Read more…



Standing Committee on Official Languages publishes third report on immigration

The Standing Committee on Official Languages published today a report which includes recommendations  around the integration of immigrants in Official Languages Community Minorities. The report is the result of a study created by the committee about immigration as a development tool in official language minority communities. To read the report entitled Recruitment, Intake and Integration: What does the Future hold for immigration to official language minority communities?, click here.

 

Recruitment, Intake and Integration: What does the future hold for immigration to Official Language Minority Communities? – Report of the Standing Committee on Official Languages

This report of the Standing Committee on Official Languages concludes that immigration is an important development tool for Official Language Minority Communities because it provides for the demographic resourcing while contributing invaluable human, sociocultural and economic capital for communities.

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Language report stirs polarized reaction

By JAN RAVENSBERGEN, The Montreal Gazette

Hot on the heels of a federal report issued yesterday that said “far too many Canadians” can’t get federal services in the official language of their choice, the two solitudes spoke out -offering polar-opposite perspectives.  Help fix the problem by sharply boosting the number of anglophones in the federal public service within Quebec, advised Linda Leith, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Read more…

Anglo culture menaced; Senate committee told local artists are in trouble

The Record, Sarah Rogers 

There is a noticeable lack of support and visibility for English-speaking artists in the Eastern Townships, a Senate committee was told this week.

In their presentation to the Standing Senate committee of official languages in Sherbrooke this week, Townshippers’ Association stressed that the English-language arts and culture sector in the region is important – but requires significantly more resources and support to thrive.

“We have so far been unsuccessful in accessing funds from provincial sources that could help develop projects in the arts and culture sector,” said Townshippers’ president Gerald Cutting, “and we believe that this is an area that would require further investment from the provincial government to develop more programs at the community level.” […]

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) – which groups 36 English-language organizations across the province – has sat in on the hearings all week.

They say they want to ensure that federal institutions respect their obligations to minority language communities – particularly Quebec’s English speakers – spelled out in the Official Languages Act.

“We believe that the official language minority communities of Quebec should be provided a much greater voice in the inter-governmental arrangements that affect them,” said QCGN president Linda Leith in a release. “A key strategic interest of our community is to better understand and adjust for the impact of devolution, shared jurisdiction, and limiting federal spending power.”

Leith notes that 100 per cent of federal money transferred to Quebec for the benefit of the English-speaking community should reach its intended group in the most transparent way possible.

Read more…

 

Senate hearings probe life for Que. anglo minority

CBC News

Quebec City anglophones told public hearings held by a senate committee Monday that life as part of Quebec’s English minority can be difficult.

The Senate Committee on Official Languages is looking at the realities of English-speaking communities in Quebec, with particular attention to health, education, employment and cultural services.

Linda Leith, president of Quebec’s Community Groups Network (QCGN), told committee members that Ottawa needs to understand the difference between minority language rights in Quebec and in the rest of the country. Read more…



Advice for anglos: Stay optimistic

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

Across English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand” over pessimists, Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said yesterday in Montreal. He was speaking to a group of more than 80 people to help fill gaps in knowledge among the anglophone community. Read more…