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Linguistic Rights Support Program replaces Court Challenges Program

A new support program has taken root to help promote and develop Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities.

With two official language groups sprinkled across the country, the newly-launched Language Rights Support Program aims to help those groups participate in every aspect of life in Canada - in their mother tongue.

Xenophobia and secularist ideas are wiser

I've read a lot of drivel in my time, much of it undoubtedly from my own pen, but Dr. Lugosi's meandering 07 April QC-T commentary entitled Missing the "Mark" (on the question of the burqa and niqua) is right up there with the worst of it. It's not the point of view he supports that is of concern here.

City weighs Morrin Centre contribution

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Photo: Chronicle-Telegraph's photo file

The city is still weighing what kind of contribution it will make towards completing renovations at the Morrin Centre.

City Councilwoman Michele Morin Doyle said the Morrin Centre file is still under analysis.

Canada's Prisoner of Conscience

Canada has reached a new milestone in jailing David Little, whose crime is to keep inviolate his conscience. Little is now Canada's famous prisoner of conscience, joining the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Canada has now opened itself to investigation by Amnesty International.

Same hospital, different treatment

A few years ago on April 14, I arrived at the Bowen's hospital in Sherbrooke for a cat-scan. When I asked the employee at the reception how to get to my destination, I was directed rather abruptly to a room on the second floor. There, a nurse, or someone dressed like a nurse, told me to change to a blue thing-a-ma-jig that ties in the back and leaves your knees showing.

Listen up

The tumult and the shouting have died; Clothilde Rapaille has left for parts unknown, licking his wounds and updating his CV, our Mayor has made his peace with the members of the Press and muzzled his Councillors with respect to you-know-who.

While the rest of us brush our wounds, and move on.
But before you move too far...

Missing the “Mark” on the question of the burqa and the niqab

The tempest over Bill 94 in the Quebec Legislature may be far more sinister than a simple question of discrimination or gender emancipation, for the proposed law is at its root a violation of section seven of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The fundamental principle of privacy finds its home in the idea of "life, liberty and security of the person."

Will Ann Coulter dare take on tyrannical Canadian hate speech laws?

Home buying a good investment in Québec

According to the 17th Annual RBC Homeownership Survey, 90 per cent of Quebec residents believe that buying a house or condominium is a good investment, with 26 per cent saying they are likely to purchase a home in the next two years, up from 22 per cent in 2009.

Lawyers salivating over governments’ sin taxes

In 2001, a class action suit was brought by 120,000 problem gamblers in Quebec. They demanded that the costs of treating their addiction be covered by Loto-Quebec - the quasi-crown corporation allegedly responsible for the personal and financial disaster unleashed upon their lives.

New research facility slated for Valcartier

Minister of National Defence Peter McKay has announced an investment in defence infrastructure in the province of Quebec at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier.

Québec Ombudsman says major changes are needed to city Police force investigative procedures

In a special report tabled in the National Assembly last week, Québec Ombudsperson Raymonde Saint-Germain concludes that major changes are needed in the investigative procedure implemented in Québec for incidents involving police officers.

She states that "the status quo is neither acceptable nor in the interest of citizens, police officers, or sound governance."

Federal government has announced $700 million joint investment to aid Québec’s crumbling infrastructure

The federal government has announced a total joint investment of more than $700 million to upgrade infrastructure throughout the province of Quebec.

Health Minister involved with Shannon complaints

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Photo: Doris Fritschmann

A new television news report as well as tests showing the severity of water contamination near the Valcartier military base has aroused the curiosity of Quebec's health minister.

School board conflicts of interest

On January 8, 2010, the National Post reported a controversial story concerning the creation of an office of the ombudsman at the Toronto District School Board. The proposal suggested the ombudsman would report to the education director, and not the board.

Continentalism and Québec Sovereignty

I often ask myself the question: What earthly good do the Parti Québécois and the Bloc Québécois think they're doing within the context of today's post-modern political landscape?

Healthcare wait times are are not humane

The Wait Time Alliance has added the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons as its 14th member.

Federal Cabinet Members come to Quebec for a Soirée Bleue

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Photo: Nelson Peters

This past Thursday an elegant crowd gathered at the Chateau Laurier to welcome the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Josee Verner as well as Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice.

Higher voter turnout improves democracy

Canada will have a great opportunity to improve its democratic process and the electoral turnout rate during the next federal elections.

Indeed, during the ballot, the Government will again have the opportunity to consult Canadians on several major issues.

Quebec Government Set to Initiate Public Debate on the “Right to Die”

The Quebec government has agreed to open public debate on the so-called "right to die," by establishing a non-partisan ad hoc commission mandated to seek public and expert opinion on the issue.

“Sovereignists want Québec to defy Supreme Court ruling on Bill 104”

In Montreal a downtown rally last month kicked off "a vast campaign of public mobilization" designed to pressure the Quebec National Assembly to declare it will defy an Oct. 22 decision on English-language schooling in Quebec handed down by Canada's highest court, prominent Quebec nationalist Mario Beaulieu said ... The court declared Bill 104 unconstitutional.

Supreme Court of Canada rules class actions not the appropriate procedure to quash municipal by-laws

A deeply-divided Supreme Court of Canada recently held that a class action is not an appropriate procedure to challenge the validity of a municipal by-law in a ruling that may have an impact for all common law provinces even though the decision dealt with the Quebec provincial regime for class action authorization.

Michael Ignatieff gave speech at Université Laval

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Photo: Leberal.ca

New Léger Québec Poll: 17-pt Bloc Lead

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Le Devoir is reporting on a Léger Marketing poll of Quebec voters. The Bloc has a very strong lead, and is at their 2008 level. This score is inflated, however, by the weak Liberal number. They are tied with the Tories who are also at 2008 levels.

The New Democrats are riding high at 17%, while the Greens are at only 5%.

QCGN seeks young leader in Quebec City region

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking one person aged 18 to 29 in the Quebec City region for a project to develop leadership skills among young English-speaking Quebecers.

I will get my H1N1 vaccine

I was appalled that the QTC published the letter from Diane Cunliffe ("Poison" Vaccine Madness, in which she expresses the belief that vaccines are dangerous and should not be taken) without some sort of statement from an appropriate medical authority concerning its veracity (or lack of same).

Canada must maintain its Canadian International Immunization Initiative

For many years, Canada has had a very effective program of immunizing children around the world, thus preventing deadly diseases such as measles, tetanus and tuberculosis.

Consequently, I hope the government's plan includes the necessary investments to maintain and even extend our important Canadian International Immunization Initiative.

Response to Stefan Jetchik's thoughts on assisted suicide

I read with great interest my friend Stefan Jetchik's comments in the November 11th edition of the QCT concerning the bill that is currently before the House of Commons which relates to assisted suicide.

Water system on the way; legal fight continues

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Photo: Pierre Little

A new water system, supplying 70 percent of Shannon's population with clean water, should be ‘'fully operational'' by next May, even as attorneys for plaintiffs in Shannon and the federal government continue to spar over a lawsuit filed against the government.

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