Politics

Official languages reports draw commissioner’s concern

Two new reports, issued within the last two weeks, highlight the concerns of Federal Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser over the impact of what he calls the government's laissez-faire approach to official languages in the federal public service and the Canadian military.

Three new members join VEQ Board

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Photo: Pauline Moisy

Three new members will join the Board of the Voice of English-speaking Quebec next year. Kathleen Poulin, Diana Stavert and Warren Thomson will replace Edward Sweeney, Stephen Burke, and Ann Martell, whose terms have come to an end. The three new members were elected at Friday's annual VEQ meeting at Jeffery Hale Hospital.

Speed limits and their enforcement

After the unification of City of Quebec, I had hopes that there would be some rationalization of the bizarre speed limits we endure every day. I'm still waiting.

Board chairman statement out of line

The Quebec government is expected to make a decision quite soon concerning the access to English schools matter - the Bill 104 issue.

Rahim Jaffer’s corporate welfare habit

Regardless of what one thinks about Rahim Jaffer's post-Parliament activities, or his recent testimony about assertions he improperly lobbied former colleagues, few people have noted an obvious point: someone first elected as a fiscally conservative Reform MP in 1997 was eagerly going after millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

Valcartier playground equipment needs upgrade

"In a nutshell, this school is about 55 years old and the (playground) equipment is limited," said Valcartier Elementary School teach Paul Barker.

Barker is spearheading a fundraising effort to upgrade and modernize the equipment. Barker said the goal is $75,000, with the effort looking toward a variety of sources.

Irish Heritage Québec continues effort to move St-Pat’s plaque

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Photo: Ken Schankler

Efforts by Irish Heritage Quebec to have a commemorative plaque moved from St-Patrick's High School will continue in earnest, said Joseph Lonergan.

Morrin Centre nears fundraising goal for renovations

It's down to the short strokes for the Literary and Historical Society in its search for funds to complete renovations to the Morrin Centre.

Centre Director Simon Jacobs said last week that he has received word that the City has approved a grant that will leave Historical Society "offhand about $110,000" short of its goal.

Tories hold lead in fundraising, polls

Polls showing the Progressive Conservative party with a large lead match the Tories edge in fundraising. One survey last week, conducted by Leger Marketing, had the Tories with an 11 point lead over the federal Liberals.

Government recognizes significance of maple products

The historic significance of maple syrup and other maple delicacies, which are widely considered one of Canada's flagship products, has received official recognition by the Government of Canada.

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