Quebec raises ire of francophones in the rest of Canada

By Sue Montgomery, The Gazette

Francophones in the rest of the country are angry that Quebec failed to back them in their bid before the Supreme Court of Canada to win greater control over who can attend their schools.

The province, normally an obvious supporter both morally and financially for francophones outside its borders, disagreed with giving school boards greater leeway to admit students to French schools other than those allowed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Difficile d’être servi en anglais à la RAMQ

La Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec a une politique qui favorise à tout prix le français dans les communications avec sa clientèle. Au détriment de la sécurité des citoyens, selon certains groupes sociaux. La Presse dresse le portrait de pratiques qualifiées «d’intimidantes», par des anglophones de Montréal.
Lorsque Jasmine Papillon-Smith a appelé la Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ) cette semaine, elle a été choquée du message d’accueil qu’elle a reçu. «La Régie vous informe qu’elle communique d’abord en français avec sa clientèle.» Un message qu’elle n’hésite pas à qualifier de tentative d’intimidation.
«Ça m’a frappée, c’était vraiment impoli. J’ai eu l’impression qu’on me disait que même si je suis malade, puisque je suis anglophone, je devrais attendre, qu’on ne veut pas me parler. C’est vraiment déplacé, insultant venant de la RAMQ qui offre des services essentiels», a souligné la jeune femme de 21 ans, étudiante à l’Université Concordia.
Depuis janvier 2012, la RAMQ a adopté une nouvelle politique linguistique en matière de service à la clientèle.
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QCGN ends successful meeting with new Board of Directors

Montreal, June 20, 2011 – The Quebec Community Groups Network forged new partnerships and consolidated old ones as it held its annual convention in Montreal last week.
During the three-day meeting that wrapped up Saturday with the 17th Annual General Meeting, members explored avenues of collaboration with Federal Official Language coordinators; discussed the deep diversity of the English-speaking Quebec in a panel discussion moderated by Graham Fraser, the Commissioner of Official Languages; introduce a research initiative on the vitality of our English institutions; and held a consultation on membership recruitment and retention policy. Read more…
From left to right: (Front row) Dan Lamoureux; Linda Leith; Brian Garneau; Sylvia Martin-Laforge;
(second row) Nigel Spencer; Jan Anderson-Toupin; Irene Tschernomor; Cheryl Gosselin; Colleen Bronson; Marion Standish; Clara Ann Martin Labadie; Bradley Dottin.



QCGN Congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Election Win

Press release

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has congratulated Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his recent election victory and looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada to strengthen linguistic duality and support to the nearly 1 million Canadians who make up Canada’s English linguistic minority community.

“We at the Quebec Community Groups Network wish the Government of Canada all the very best during the upcoming mandate, and look forward to continuing our role in supporting your pledge to build an even stronger future and a more unified Canada,” QCGN President Linda Leith wrote in a congratulatory letter to Harper this week.

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Provincial Network for English-speaking seniors

”It was a very informative day” says Cheryl Henry-Leggo

The Gaspé Spec, Thierry Haroun

PERCÉ – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Montreal recently to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. SPEC spoke with Cheryl Henry-Leggo, Seniors Coordinator at Vision Gaspé-Percé Now. She was the only Gaspé representative at the Forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Creating Provincial network of English-speaking seniors

The Equity

MONTREAL – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Monteral last week to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors.

The forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, was the result of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 volunteers from across the province. Participants determined that English-speaking seniors need their own Netowrk, not a bilingual one where their specific needs would not be addressed, said QCGN Seniors Project co-ordinator valerie Glover-Drolet.

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ELAN’s Recognizing Artists project successfully launched

Last March, the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) completed the first phase of the Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles! project by producing 150 print profiles of artists. This year, ELAN completes RAEV by adding video clips, interactive maps and never-before-told stories about how Quebec’s English-speaking cultural scene has exploded with creative talent over the past 25 years. The timing is propitious, hot on the heels of Arcade Fire’s Grammy victory, which stirred Quebec’s Assemblée Nationale to applaud ‘the contribution of our francophone and anglophone artists in spreading Quebec culture on the international stage.’ There has never been so much curiosity about what anglophone artists are doing. The vernissage also included the launch of the redesigned site. ELAN also invites the public to visit the site to discover RAEV’s interactive tools for English-speaking Artists.

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Quebec English speaking seniors find voice in network

The Sherbrooke Record

Over one hundred seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across the province gathered in Montreal earlier this month to participate in a forum that laid the groundwork for a Network that would act as a voice for Quebec’s English-speaking seniors.

Similar to the Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada which serves French-speaking seniors outside Quebec, the Seniors Network will address the issues, challenges and advocate for English-speaking seniors in health and social services and beyond.

Hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the forum is the results of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 vounteers, such as Townshipper Heather Keith, who identified the various challenges facing the aging populatin including accessibility to programs and services.

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A Community Dialogue about Immigration and Retention of Newcomers to the English-speaking Communities of Quebec

The English-speaking community of Quebec faces many challenges, but one of the most significant is renewal. This report notes that immigrants have always played an important role in the vitality of English-speaking Quebec and that our community values the diversity arising from immigration.

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Equal rights for anglos

The National Post, March 14, 2011

On March 9, the Senate Committee on Official Languages criticized the federal failure to protect English language rights in Quebec. According to a new report: “Despite all the goodwill there may be on the ground, there are major disparities when it comes to access to schools, cultural products, heritage, training or jobs in English.”

The committee heard many stories last fall of discrimination in services. Examples included the failure to build an auditorium at Quebec City’s only English CEGEP, a situation the director testified “would not be tolerated at a single francophone college in Quebec City.” A leader of a Gaspé anglophone group decried the lack of English mental-health services. The committee’s chair, Senator Maria Chaput, described similar problems as a franco Manitoban. Ironically, to hear many Quebec francophones tell it, it is French that needs bolstering -and protection from English. Fead more…