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Sylvia Martin-Laforge on Global to discuss Bill 10

QCGN  Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge joined Global News Montreal’s Jamie Orchard to explain why the organization is concerned that English-speaking community are being excluded from debate on Bill 10.

English-speaking community excluded from debate on Bill 10

Montreal – October 8, 2014

The Quebec Community Groups Network learned today that it is the only English-language community group scheduled to be heard at hearings on Bill 10, which proposes a massive reorganization of Quebec’s health care system.

“We are outraged that our community is essentially being shut out of the debate on Bill 10,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting the proposed legislation would have a huge impact on institutions that were built and supported by Quebec’s English-speaking community for many generations.

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Anglophone seniors don’t have language skills to get needed help: study

CTV Montreal

Anglophone senior citizens in Quebec say their limited language skills prevent them from fully participating in society and getting the help they need.

The Quebec Community Groups Network conducted the study by analyzing census data and surveying 835 anglophones across the province.

The three-year study showed 70 per cent of Quebec anglophones aged 55 and older did not think they had the language skills necessary to fully participate in society.

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Survey says French holding back older English-speaking Quebecers

By Tina Tenneriello, CJAD News

A survey among older English-speaking Quebecers across the province has found many feel boxed in because of limited French-language skills.

The Quebec Community Groups Network surveyed 835 English speaking Quebecers, 55 years and older, in eight regions across the province and only half spoke French.

Among respondents, 68.5 % said  they felt they couldn’t realise their full potential because of language barriers.  Those living in Laval, Montreal and the Outaouais were most likely to feel that way.

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Quebec seniors hit language barriers: survey

By Brenda Branswell, The Gazette

A survey of English-speaking seniors in Quebec found a large portion feel held back by their limited French skills.

That’s one of the findings in a report to be released Monday by the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella organization for 41 English-speaking groups across the province.

The report includes a survey of 835 English-speaking Quebecers 55 years and older from eight administrative regions in the province including Montreal, the Eastern Townships and the Gaspé.

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Anglophone seniors don’t have language skills to get needed help: study

By CTV News Montreal

Anglophone senior citizens in Quebec say their limited language skills prevent them from fully participating in society and getting the help they need.

The Quebec Community Groups Network conducted the study by analyzing census data and surveying 835 anglophones across the province.

The three-year study showed 70 per cent of Quebec anglophones aged 55 and older did not think they had the language skills necessary to fully participate in society.

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QCGN launches most up-to-date, detailed portrait of Quebec’s English-speaking seniors

Montreal – October 6, 2014

The Quebec Community Groups Network today released the most up-to-date and detailed portrait of English-speaking seniors in Quebec. “Moving Forward – Building research capacity related to Quebec’s English speaking seniors”, which was supported by the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN) at Concordia University, presents the data collected during a three-year participatory research project where seniors helped define the topics of concern and carry out the research and disseminate the findings.

“Quebec’s English-speaking seniors represent 25.4 per cent of Quebec’s English-speaking community, yet they have been aging without the benefit of policies and programs that acknowledge their particular situation as a linguistic minority,” commented QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting this will be an important tool in advocating for seniors.

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Townshippers’ Association concerned over Barrette reform bill’s impact on English-speaking community voice

Townshippers’ Press release

SHERBROOKE, September 26, 2014 Townshippers’ Association and its President Gerald Cutting share in the apprehension voiced by the Quebec Community Groups Network in response to the massive reorganization of the health care sector as proposed in Bill 10 tabled by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.

According to Cutting, the most important issue for the English-speaking community in the Eastern Townships revolves around the notion of local representation. “In reality the principle is rather simple” said Cutting, “the bigger the organization, the smaller the English voice becomes.”

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Bill 10’s merger proposals are a diversity threat

Editorial, The Gazette

Sweeping reforms to Quebec health and social services proposed this week have been touted by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette as a way to slash inefficient bureaucracy and focus care on patients.

But the adverse effects of Bill 10 pose a grave threat to the rights of minorities — particularly the ability of the historic anglophone and Jewish communities to govern cherished institutions and access care in English at designated bilingual facilities in the future.

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QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge on CBC to discuss Minister Barrette’s Bill 10

Click on this link and jump to 2:47 to watch CBC’s Bill 10 report including an interview with QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge in which she emphasizes the importance for the English-speaking community to remain involved in institutions which are essential to our vitality and identity.