Time to abandon myths about anglos in Quebec

The Gazette, Editorial page

It remains to be seen whether the report on Quebec’s English-speaking minority released last week by the Senate’s official languages committee will make much of a difference, but it is a noble and welcome effort in aid of a community that is more typically either disdained or taken for granted.

Nearly two years in the making and backed by fact-finding visits to the main anglo population centres in the province, the report calls on the federal government to do a better job protecting the rights of the anglophone population. There was a time when such a call could reasonably have been dismissed as superfluous – and some still believe that to be the case. But the anglo population isn’t what it was in its heyday, which has been over for some decades now. Read more…

English-speaking communities in Quebec face challenges, Senate committee finds

IPolitics, Devon Black

In a new report released Wednesday, the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages reported that English-speaking communities in Quebec face unique challenges in preserving their language within the majority Francophone province.

The report, entitled “The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities – From Myth to Reality”, used information from public hearings and informal testimony reported to the committee during the fall of 2010 in Ottawa and regions of Quebec. Its findings depict a nuanced view of a minority language community in a context that sometimes has little concern for English language preservation.

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March 18: Launch of a Provincial Network for English-Speaking Seniors

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) invites you to the launch of its Provincial Network for English-Speaking Seniors in Quebec on March 18. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom. Also on hand for the event will be Mr. Roger Doiron, President of La Fédération des aî­nées et aî­nés fran­co­pho­nes du Canada (FAAFC).  

The forum will serve as a venue to discuss the key issues that affect English speaking seniors in Quebec. It will give us the opportunity to clarify the vision, mandate and objectives of such a Network and develop an action plan for the upcoming year. The day will be followed by discussions and intimate group workshops. We would like to thank the Government of Quebec for its financial support through the Soutien aux initiatives visant le respect des aînés (SIRA) program for making this project possible.

The event was created to give the opportunity to seniors and caregivers to network.  

To have more information and read the program, click on the link below.
To register, click here

Date: March 18, 2011
Time: from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Contactivity Centre
4695, De Maisonneuve Blvd. West,
Westmount, QC   H3Z 1L9
Cost: FREE


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome

  • The role of the QCGN (presented by Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General)
  • History of the Project Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging” (Valerie Glover-Drolet, Project coordinator)
  • Results of the Survey

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. – The importance of the Network
Speech from Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom (Conseil des Aînés)

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.The Structure and Function of the FAAFC 
Presentation by Mr. Roger Doiron, President

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Questions and answers

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Health Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. – Workshop 1: Defining Success – Desired Results 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Presentation of Outcome of Workshop #1

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Workshop 2: Structuring the Network

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Health Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Workshop 3 – Next Steps

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Plenary – Building the Action Plan

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Evaluation 

4:30 p.m. – Informal Networking

To register: contact Valerie Glover-Drolet at 514 868-9044, ext. 258 or at 

QCGN Director General enthusiastic about bilingual exchange program

Interviewed last night on CTV News, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says that the new bilingual exchange program initiated by the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf will generate better language skills for the students who will participate in the program. 

”This is not about language politics. This is about providing Quebec’s young people with the skills they need to fully realise their economic potential here at home, and to give them the necessary tools to compete in the global marketplace. The more languages in which a person is literate, the better equipped they are to assist Quebec secure its financial future,” Sylvia Martin-Laforge said.

Watch the video here.

QCGN Director General on CTV News tonight at 6

The interview will discuss the impact of the newly created bilingual exchange program between the Marianopolis College and the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.


What place should anglophones have in Quebec’s collective narrative?

You are cordially invited to a one-day seminar on the following theme: “What place should Anglophones have in Quebec’s collective narrative?” which will be held at Concordia University on February 11th 2011.

For more information, please click here for find a copy of the seminar description and program.
Given that attendance to this event is by invitation and there are space limitations, we would greatly appreciate it if you could RSVP as soon as possible at:
The aim of our seminar is to reflect, exchange ideas, and initiate debate among historians, educationalists, and other professionals as well as practitioners in the field. We believe that your participation and feedback will greatly contribute to the high level of discussion that we anticipate for the day.
The seminar is being organized on behalf of Professor Jocelyn Létourneau, Canada Research Chair in the Contemporary History and Political Economy of Quebec at Université Laval, and of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (a joint initiative of Concordia University’s School of Extended Learning and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities, Moncton).
We thank you for your interest in our event and look forward to seeing you among us.



Anglophones polled to improve English media outlets

The Equity (Pontiac News), Andrea Cranfield

The Alliance of Official Languages Minority Media (AMM) in partnership with CBC-Radio-Canada and Canadian Heritage launched a survey called ”Let’s Talk Media” in October through Leger & Leger Marketing company to decipher the media habits of English-speaking minorities in Canada.  Rita Legault, the director of communications at the QCGN said they are really interested in knowing what the results of the survey are. ”There is a lot of English media that communities depend upon. Some do a great job but some don’t do a good job at all.  This is a major important resource for English speaking communities and their survival. And quality is of concern,” said Legault.  Read more…

Educating Today’s Quebec Anglophone

In this brief presented to the Minister of Education, Sports and Recreation, the Advisory Board on English Education investigates what type of education is appropriate to enable English-speaking Quebecers to be active participants in society, whether within Quebec or in the world, in the 21st century? It states that there is still need for more adaptation and improvement in the services that the English-language schools offer to their students.

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