Tag Archive for: Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Jeune Barreau de Montréal organizes provincewide bilingual legal clinic

Quebecers will have the chance to have a free 15-20 minute consultation with a lawyer during a province-wide bilingual legal clinic organized by the Jeune Barreau de Montréal, along with the Barreau du Québec and the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge praises the initiative: “The biggest challenge that an English speaker faces when they’re looking for legal services is knowing where to go.”

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Quebeckenaren kunnen door een nieuwe taalwet amper nog aan het Frans ontkomen

Bill 96 will make Quebec less attractive for outsiders looking to bring business to the province, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, executive director of the QCGN. “The business community is not shouting its opposition from the rooftops,” she adds.

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Protection du français : Au-delà de la loi 96

Premier François Legault’s alarmist attitude and actions when it comes to the protection of French has caused bridges to be burned between the Quebec government and the English-speaking community, says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge. She explains that many Anglophones view various measures by the Quebec government, such as Bill 96, as a direct attack on the vitality of their communities. “We don’t want that to cause an exodus,” Martin-Laforge adds: “We must rediscover a spirit of social cohesion.”

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Obituary: Sheila Goldbloom dedicated her life to the community

Sheila Goldbloom, a prominent figure within Quebec’s English-speaking community, passed away at age 96. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge comments: “Sheila embodied civility; she was a person of integrity and honour and a particularly effective advocate. She motivated us to care more, to do more, to make a real difference in the lives [of] all English-speaking Quebecers.”

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Opinion: Ensuring that English-speaking Quebecers receive their due

In an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette, QCGN President Eva Ludvig and Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge write that Bill C-13, the modernization of the Official Languages Act, offers “an asymmetrical approach in law toward official languages that places the future of our community at considerable risk.”

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Language law Bill 96 adopted, promising sweeping changes for Quebec

Bill 96, the provincial government’s controversial legislation aimed at protecting the French language in Quebec, has been adopted in the National Assembly.

“It’s a sad day. I think it’s a sad day for all of Quebec,” said QCGN director Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

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Anglophone employment concerns as passing of Quebec’s Bill 96 looms

The stereotype of Quebec Anglophones being wealthy, prosperous, and homogenous is a myth, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN.

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‘Making monsters of each other’: Businesses fear impact of Quebec language law

As Quebec’s contentious language law heads closer to adoption, the province’s business community is growing increasingly anxious about what it could mean for their bottom line, with some companies considering leaving entirely.

As it stands, incidents of non-compliance are worked out between companies and the Office québécois de la langue française, with negotiable compliance timelines. Bill 96 would change that process.

“It upsets the environment of trust,” added Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Quebec linguistic groups separated by strong labour divide, report shows

A report prepared by an independent provincial organization reveals a stark labour divide between Quebec Anglophones and Francophones.

The 44-page document prepared by the Provincial Employment Roundtable (PERT) illustrates Quebec’s Francophones have a higher employment level and earn more money compared to their Anglophone counterparts.

Some argue the English education system needs to do a better job in improving French language skills with English-speaking students.

”We cannot afford as a society in Quebec to be educating young people for them to go to another province,” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Health access committee reform concerns advocates

A regulation changing the composition of the Provincial Access Committee (PAC), the review body which oversees programs developed by regional health authorities to ensure access to English-language health services, was quietly adopted in late December.

“It’s difficult to see the effect of this reform on the care provided to individuals, but it doesn’t make it easier,” says  Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN.

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