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OQLA is a not for profit organization made up of volunteers who are concerned about the
slow and methodical disappearance of the English language in Quebec.

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Keep up to date with our progress in the promotion and preservation of English within Quebec by continually visiting this page for our latest press releases.


Victoria Day Rally for an Officially Bilingual Montreal

Press Release - Monday May 13th, 2013
Victoria Day Rally for an Officially RecognisedÃ? Bilingual Montreal

We are holding a rally to denounce language-based discrimination and acts of violence that have continued steadily (Mr Bina, latest hate crime episode), after the election of the Parti Quebecois (PQ) in September 2012, directed towards Montrealers who speak English, hence the desire, and that of several groups, to have Montreal officially recognized as a Bilingual City by our political representatives, to settle what 80% of its inhabitants know as fact.

We are holding this on Victoria Day, May 20th, at NDG Park (Parc Girouard) at 12 pm (noon), since we wish to re-enforce our ties with the rest of Canada and do not believe in the politically-charged Fete des Patriotes as statutory by the ethno-nationalists in the Quebec Government.

A short Memorial for Wilfred Vincent O'Neill shall also be held also during this event, since it was 50 years ago on April 21st [1963] that his life was taken for simply putting out the garbage behind the Armory on Pine Avenue, by the members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ).

Speakers so far shall be: Mark S. Bergeron, Leader, Equality Party 2.0, Norbert Bedoucha, Activist, and Hugo Shebbeare, Spokesperson for the Quebec Office of the English Language

For event details online, please see tinyurl.com/dxl6rws Friends and Family Welcome!

OQLA at Public Hearings on Bill 14 April 9th- One Week Away & Still Space on the Unity Bus!

On Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, at 5 PM Hugo Shebbeare will be speaking on behalf of the Quebec Office of the English Language at the Provincial Legislature (AssNat.qc.ca), Quebec's National Assembly, for ten minutes, followed by a half hour of questions by Members & Ministers of the Cultural Committee to him and colleagues from across the groups involved in the Quebec Civil Rights Movement.

A copy of the brief is here on his SkyDrive, and Facebook users can join the Event online.

There is currently still place on the bus, and we invite the Press to join us on this historic occasion, where we, Quebeckers from all backgrounds, fill the Salle de conseil legislative - Legislative Council Room (a.k.a. the Red Room), officially known as the Sir Louis LaFontaine Room. Approximately 80 can be in the room during the Committee hearings.

Thanks to Unity Group spokesperson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and her great organizing skills, a bus has been scheduled to depart 12 pm (Noon, April 9th) from Montreal, and arrive in Quebec City well ahead of the scheduled hearing time. The meeting point for the Unity Bus, is just NW of the Namur Metro from Decarie Blvd, or NE entrance on Jean-Talon. There shall be plenty of parking for those who want to leave their car at this location.

Bus Trip Montreal-QC City (Round Trip): Payment must be before hand and with this online method.
For those who cannot go, please donate, to help pay the way for others who wish to come last minute.

The goal is to ensure Bill 14 never becomes law!

Sitting at the table with Mr Shebbeare shall be the following
(They may answer questions during 30 minute period post-brief):

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Head of the Unity Group - Chef, Groupe d'unite canadien

Antoinette Mercurio, Unity Group Spokesperson - Porte-parole, Groupe d'unite canadien

Activiste, droits des minorites linguistiques, Entrepreneur, Tourisme Caleche

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Activiste, droits des minorites linguistiques, College St-Joseph, Toronto

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Leader, Equality Party 2.0, Chef, Parti d'egalite 2.0

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Universite Laval, Law Student - E?tudiant en droit - famous for his Tout Le Monde En Parle performance with Beryl Wajsman (02/13), for his many articles against Bill 14, even appearance on March 27th, 2013 already at the Committee.

 

Thank you and hope to see you there.

I am a Champion for Canada, et le Quebec est inclus dans mon pays !



Hugo Shebbeare

Spokesperson - Porte parole

Quebec Office of the English Language
Office quebecois de la langue anglaise

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514-705-3404

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The OQLA is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are concerned about methodical undoing of minority language rights in Quebec. Our primary objectives are to preserve and promote the English language within the province, to ensure that the English language does not become extinct in Quebec, and to make sure that companies provide bilingual signage in accordance with the language laws of Quebec.

PS. Special thanks to Todd van der Hayden for interviewing Antoinette Mercurio last week to help promote the event:

Min. of Heath and Social Services Puts English Needs of Children at Risk in Montreal’s East End

For Official Release 19 Oct 2012 - Ministrère de la Santé et Services Sociaux Puts Social Services at Risk in Montreal’s East End

The OQLA Denounces the Ministry of Health's Reorganisation of Social Services for the Special Needs of Children, Families and Schools

As funding for Quebec special needs monies have increased 40% from 2003-2011 in the Boroughs of Riviere des Praries, St. Leonard, Pointe aux Trembles, St. Michel, et al., services have been reduced for the minority English speaking population. Now, A PIVOT team of 8 English speaking psycho-social Professionals in this area has been targeted, and will be soon be disbanded and spread across 9 CLSC zones. This is yet another unwanted attempt by the Parti Québécois, by means of the CSSS, to destabilize the 1M-strong English speaking community by forcing successful groups to disband, leaving our most vulnerable citizens without dedicated resources, such as those suffering from Autism or who are intellectually handicap.

And here's the classic warning sign from the Montreal Health and Social Services Agency (L’Agence) that is cause for concern; thanks to a CTV interview we learn that "services will still be maintained, " claims Jeanne-Evelyn Turgeon. "Really?" said Hugo Shebbeare spokesperson for the Quebec office of the English language, "Please tell us how do you maintain the link with at-risk youth and vulnerable families by disbanding the PIVOT program of its 8 workers who have developed an expertise in servicing the English speaking population living in the East End of Montreal?" It should be noted that PIVOT was instrumental in creating the East Foundation, a charitable non-profit organisation, that was the first to offer therapeutic and recreational activities in English on the Eastern end of Montreal Island, and have been doing so since 1999 - their aid is directly helping 6 High Schools and 8 Elementary Schools..
 
Shebbeare continues: “What we have seen as a pattern before from this provincial government, and thus our cynicism, instead of access to dedicated English social work practitioners with decades of experience in the psycho-social profession, services will be reduced to the lowest-common-denominator of typically unilingual French CLSC environment. We denounce the forced homogenisation of services for this reason. The CSSS and the Agence, must realise that there is a significant lack of bilingualism in the East End CLSCs, which means incompetence for Social Services.“ In the end, there is no compassion for these children with special needs, and no compassion for these families in difficulty.

Under Bill 25, the PIVOT team guaranteed access to English social services in Montreal’s East End. The Pivot team had the means to aid scores of parents and children, therefore under this law the services cannot be removed. From another communiqué, we are told by the QC CSSS have announced $35 million to improve services in July this year, so why is the Pivot team being disbanded? Why not simply add resources to the PIVOT team? Parents and at-risk children, left behind by CSSS and EMSB administrations, are taking this fight onwards aided by the OQLA. We call on the Agence to renew these essential services immediately!

 

Jimmy Kalafatidis, Former President of the Equality Party
Sonya Mullins, OQLA Representative for the East End of Montreal 
Angie Bertoni, Parent and Concerned Citizen

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Quebec Office of the English Language
Office québécois de la langue anglaise
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Tel:             514.360.3202            
 
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The OQLA is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are concerned about methodical undoing of minority language rights in Quebec. Our primary objectives are to preserve and promote the English language within the province, to ensure that the English language does not become extinct in Quebec, and to make sure that companies provide bilingual signage in accordance with the language laws of Quebec. As mentioned in a previous Press Release, our organization strongly opposes violence.
 
In response to the PIVOT being placed at risk, an online Petition to Save East End Language Services has over 500 signatures already.
 

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OQLA is a not for profit organization made up of volunteers who are concerned about the slow and methodical disappearance of the English language in Quebec. Our primary objectives are to preserve and promote the English language within the province, to ensure that the English language does not become extinct in Quebec, and to make sure that companies provide bilingual signage in accordance with the language laws of Quebec.