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Quebec’s 2002 amendment struck down by Supreme Court

The provincial government must now rework a law barring certain students from going to public English-language schools after the Supreme Court of Canada last week ruled the law unconstitutional, a decision that has "angered" the province's government.

Bill 44 has “worrisome” implications for CEGEPs

A provincial bill that has "worrisome" implications for Quebec colleges is likely to become law by the end of the year.

"There are a number of things that are worrisome," said Kenneth Robertson, Director General of Champlain Regional College, whose three campuses include Champlain-St.Lawrence College serving 1,000 students in Ste-Foy.

[Photo] Anglo organizations pleased with Lebaume meeting

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photo by VEQ

From left to right: Lorne Mulroney, Louis Hanrahan, Richard Walling, Jean Robert, Helen Walling, Guylaine Caron, Ron Corriveau, Mayor Labeaume, Michelle Morin-Doyle, Michael Boden, Simon Jacobs.

 

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A Tax-effective Stimulus to Strengthen Canada’s Charities

The government's fiscal stimulus plan has provided crucial funding for Canada's economy during this global economic and financial crisis. While a few not-for-profit organizations have benefited directly from the fiscal stimulus plan, Canada's hospitals, universities, social service agencies and arts and cultural organizations are facing fundraising challenges.

Mayor Labeaume encourages Quebec City’s young voters and repeats the need to restore the Quebec Bridge

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Photo: Marie White

Quebec Mayor Régis Labeaume visited François-Xavier-Garneau College last Wednesday. Accompanied by first-time candidates Francine Lortie for the St.Louis-Sillery district and Claude Thibeault for St. Sacrement-Belvedere, he arrived just before noon in the students' popular Salle des pas perdus.

Ready for the Next Challenge

An Interview with Pierre Paul-Hus, potential candidate for the Conservative Party in Louis-Hébert

Pierre Paul-Hus is a man ready for the next challenge. He greets me at his office on Rene Levesque with a firm handshake and guides me to the boardroom, a formidable room complete with a floor-to-ceiling safe (the building was formerly a bank).

QESBA to meet at Concorde next weekend; Bill 88 on agenda?

The Quebec English School Board's Association will meet next weekend at the Loew's Concorde Hotel for what is being billed as a professional development conference.

The conference, scheduled for October 16 and 17, offers participants a choice of paying the $85 fee by check or billing it to the school boards in which the participants represent.

No room for spiritual or thought provoking commentaries in the QCT

I have been a subscriber to the QCT for the last six years. Even though I no longer live in Quebec City, I have continued to support it as an important vehicle for the Anglophone community.

Local students defy survey results, get involved on political scene

Passionately involved in everything from student council to parliamentary simulation, local students seem more interested in politics than ever, despite far from encouraging survey results.

Letters From Afghanistan

Good Idea, Bad Idea

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Letters from Afghanistan

The Times they are a-Changin'

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Letters from Afghanistan - Toilet Scribbling

Bathroom wisdom in the Theatre of War

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Over the years, I have come to espouse a theory: that the state of a given society can be determined by the words of wisdom that its members write on toilet walls.

As I sit here listening to South African singer Koos Du Plessis' song, Skadus teen die Muur (Shadows on the Wall), I'm reminded of the brevity of life, especially in this environment.

A funny way to kick off a new era of accountability

It's a funny way to kick off a new era of accountability, the way the Central Quebec School Board is being so hush hush about National Assembly Bill 88, scheduled to be implemented, at least in part, with the issuance of new guidelines July 1.

Riding the Tiger

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Photo: Cecil Stoughton, White House, July 11, 1963

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address after being elected president of the United States of America.

It was a stirring speech.

I actually have it and many others on an old vinyl record at home.

Listening to it one day, a passage from that particular speech struck me.

Obama visit a good sign for Canada-US relations: Consul General to Quebec City

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Photo: Scott French

With US President Barack Obama expected to land in Ottawa Thursday for his first official international visit, political pundits are expounding on the significance of the trip and speculating about what might be on the agenda for discussion between Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

St. Lawrence Well Represented at Forum Etudiant

Cegep Champlain St. Lawrence was once again very well represented at this year's Forum Etudiant, held at the National Assembly from January 6-10

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Photo: Assemblee Nationale

The 17th edition of the Forum Etudiant took place from January 6th to January 10th 2009 at the National Assembly and the Delta Hotel in Québec. 5 Students from St. Lawrence participated in this activity:

Obama portrait a labour of love

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Photo: Scott French

In a building that once housed a women's undergarment manufacturer and a ball bearing factory, one can find artist Tom Cohen's studio. Drawing on the consumer products that populate our day-to-day lives -- flyers, paper, even Kleenex boxes -- Cohen is taking what is old, forgotten or thrown away and making something new again.

Quebecers gather for President Obama

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Photo: Nelson Peters

People crowded into chairs around a big screen, pushed against the bar and stood on their tiptoes in the adjoining hallway this Tuesday at Universite Laval to get a glimpse of Barack Obama's official swearing-in as president of the United States.

Snapshot of an ever-shifting political landscape

Four years ago, when the Parti Québécois was engaged in another of its bruising internal battles, Premier Jean Charest stepped back, and with the péquiste fur flying, looked on with a bemused air and said "c'est mon job d'être plate."

No talent to waste: literacy an economic priority

To the Leaders of Quebec’s Political Parties,

We heard proposals during this past electoral campaign on how to deal with the economic crisis at our door. The situation is, in fact, worrisome, and the economy is the focal point of each party's position.

PLQ win majority despite renewed sovereignty debate

In the sub-artic temperatures of Monday's provincial election, the Liberals won a majority government and allayed fears that the Prime Minister's recent anti-sovereigntist rhetoric would have a backlash on the province's federalist party. In fact, the party that seems to have been hurt most by the federal Conservatives' harsh condemnation of sovereigntists is the Conservatives themselves.

Charest talks economy, skirts language

During a recent visit to Quebec City, Liberal leader Jean Charest, the man who will most

Study seeks source of unemployment amongst Anglophones, Allophones

Why aren't bilingual anglophones and allophones being employed in Quebec City? The launch of a new study by the Quebec Multilingual Committee and Emploi-Québec promises to find out this winter.

Anglo Issues Downplayed in Quebec Election Campaign

Of all of Quebec's political parties, only the ultra-nationalist Parti Indépendentiste has drawn reference to specifically anglophone issues this provincial election campaign. In particular, the party has proposed the closing of English hospitals and schools.

Quebecers help choose new American president

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Photo: Scott French

Why Quebecers still vote for the Bloc Quebecois

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Photo: QCT archives

As I returned home from guiding in Old Quebec on a particularly chilly October day, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how much we carry our heritage with us in Quebec, and how the recent federal election results underscored this tendency.

Picknell runs Green to raise awareness

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Photo: Scott French

St. Nicolas resident Shirley Picknell presented herself for the second time as the Green Party candidate in Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière in last week’s federal election. The QCT sat down with the well-known volunteer and part-time teacher in the English-language community to get her take on the federal election campaign, her second time around.

What Quebec City’s English-speakers want from Canada’s next government

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Photo: Scott French

On the eve of Tuesday’s federal election, the QCT asked people in Quebec’s English-speaking community about the issues they feel are most important for Canada’s new government to address.

Parents waiting to pick up their children from Holland School on the Thursday before the long weekend offered a variety of answers, from Afghanistan to health care in the province.

Bad day for an election

Of all the days of the year Stephen Harper could have picked for our next election, why did he pick the one he did?
The day following National Thanksgiving Monday.

By acting thus, the primest of all ministers has in all probability incurred the wrath of an entire segment of his electorate: the Quebec south shore summer cottage community.

Quebec-Centre shapes up as two‑horse race

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Photo: Scott French
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