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Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s: Our Community, Our Health, Our Future

Community organizations send their letters of support for our campaign Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s: Our Community, Our Health, Our Future  in light of Bill 10 and the great, irreversible harm it could do to the protection and community leadership of  linguistically and culturally adapted services for the English-speaking community of Quebec City.

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About Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) is an autonomous, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of a dynamic English-speaking community in the greater Quebec City region and to the promotion of its interests.  Please visit our site and Facebook page to stay informed. For more information: Mr. Jean-Sebastien Jolin Gignac, Executive Director 1270, chemin Sainte-Foy, bureau 2141 Québec (Quebec) G1S 2M4 info@veq.ca T: 418 683-2366

To consult Bill 10 in its entirety, click here. Pour consulter Projet loi 10, veuillez cliquer ici.

Updates_______________________________________

Bill 10: Amendments aim to reassure Anglophones

Québec, December 10, 2014 – Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka – Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced a series of amendments to his controversial proposed health-care reform at the National Assembly on Monday, December 1.

If passed, Bill 10 would consolidate the provincial health-care infrastructure, abolishing the independent boards of directors of some 200 public health-care providers (CSSS) and replacing them with 21 (initially 19) integrated regional bodies known as CISSS (integrated health and social-service centres) or CIUSSS (integrated university health and social-service centres). Read more…

Voice of English-speaking Québec Press Release – Communiqué de presse

Québec, December 8, 2014 – Voice of English-speaking Québec – “A full week has gone by since the Minister made public commitments to protect English language institutions and services, but we have yet to see any written amendments to Bill 10 that will protect Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s,” says Jean-Sébastien Jolin-Gignac, VEQ’s Executive Director.  “Our community will not accept losing control of this irreplaceable institution and its historic assets.”

“The fact that this issue remains unresolved at the close of the parliamentary sessions for 2014 is very unsettling,” continues Jolin-Gignac. “We are looking for amendments to the Bill that would turn the Minister’s assurances into changes to Bill 10 that will protect the autonomy of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s and its owner corporation.  If Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s loses its corporation and has insufficient protection for its delivery of services in English, our community’s needs and interests will get lost in the region’s big, new merged health and social services centre, the CIUSSS.”

Read the VEQ press release here.

Sign the QCGN’s petition for bill 10 at www.bill10.com

Projet de loi 10: Barrette prêt à limiter ses pouvoirs

Quebec, 2 decembre 2014 – Canoe – Louis Gagné – [...] Selon Gaétan Barrette, les amendements qu’il propose permettront d’aplanir les critiques formulées à l’égard de son projet de loi sans pour autant en modifier l’essentiel.

«J’avais dit clairement que l’exercice de commission parlementaire allait en être un qui allait être empreint d’ouverture et que, dépendamment des commentaires, suggestions et critiques qui seraient faits, on les prendrait en considération», a-t-il déclaré. Voir la séquence d’actualité ici…

Quebec health minister softens Bill 10 to appease critics

Montreal, December 2, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Geoffrey Vendeville – Bilingual institutions are promised more safeguards and independence, but their boards still won’t be spared.

[...]  Under the rejigged version of the bill, any change to the status of a bilingual institution would require permission from a provincial committee that protects access to English health services. “Now, I imagine that it would be pretty difficult to think that there could be any threat to that status under the eventual promulgation of Bill 10,” Barrette said. Read more…

To watch the press conference where Mr. Barrette shares his amendments to the proposed bill 10, click here.

Le ministre Barrette maintient ses pouvoirs pour les premières nominations des CA

Quebec, 2 decembre 2014, Radio Canada – Gaétan Barrette n’entend pas revenir sur sa décision de s’octroyer le pouvoir de nommer les membres des conseils d’administration et les PDG des établissements de santé.

Ce pouvoir sera cependant limité à au premier mandat de trois ans de ces derniers, précise le ministre de la Santé, qui présentait en début d’après-midi les amendements au projet de loi 10 sur la réforme administrative du système de santé québécois. Le texte ne devrait pas être adopté avant les Fêtes. Read more…

Gaétan Barrette adoucit sa réforme de la santé

Quebec, 2 novembre 2014, Journal Metro – Patrice Bergeron  – M. Barrette a présenté, lundi, pas moins de 160 amendements à son projet de loi 10 qui abolit les Agences régionales de la santé. Il fait passer le nombre de Centres intégrés de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) prévus de 28 à 33, en raison du redécoupage et de l’ajout de centres hospitaliers qui ne seront pas fusionnés. Il a rayé la désignation d’établissement suprarégional, mais introduit celle de Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS), qui préserve la désignation des hôpitaux universitaires, répondant ainsi aux critiques.

[...]Par ailleurs, le ministre donne des garanties supplémentaires aux anglophones pour le maintien de leurs services et de leurs établissements. Read more…

Réforme en santé: Barrette jette du lest

Québec, 1 decembre, 2014 – La Presse – Tommy Chouinard- Le ministre Gaétan Barrette amende sa réforme du réseau de la santé dans l’espoir d’apaiser les critiques. Il limite ses pouvoirs de nomination des dirigeants des nouveaux centres intégrés de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS). Le nombre de CISSS et celui de membres au sein des conseils d’administration sont revus à la hausse. Read more…

Voice of English-speaking Québec Press Release – Communiqué de presse

Québec, November 27, 2014 – Voice of English-speaking Québec – VEQ is still very concerned about the future of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s and its critical role for the English-speaking community of the greater Quebec City region. “During the parliamentary hearings, all parties acknowledged the importance of maintaining the community’s control over the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s given the very great risk of seeing the needs of the English-speaking community drowned in the ocean of the Francophone network,” says Jean-Sébastien Jolin-Gignac, Executive Director of VEQ.

“We are still waiting to see how this will translate into concrete amendments to the legislation. The fact that a member of the opposition in the National Assembly recently called for the end of bilingual services in the network’s institutions heightens our worry, and illustrates well why the Minister must take action to ensure that the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s retain its ability to effectively serve the local English-speaking community.”

Read the VEQ Press release in English here.
SVP veuillez prendre connaisance du communiqué de presse de VEQ en français ici.

Pétition : Retrait du projet de loi n° 10 et consultations sur l’avenir du réseau public de santé et de services sociaux

To sign this petition, you must complete 3 steps:

  1. Step 1: fill out the form that appears below the text of the petition and send it (you must accept the signing conditions before sending the form).
  2. Step 2: consult your electronic mailbox and open the message sent by the Assembly.
  3. Step 3: in this message, click on the link enabling you to register your signature.

To sign the petition on the National Assembly webpage click here…

Retraites et contrôle des effectifs: des bâillons en vue

Quebec, 21 novembre 2014, Le Soleil – Jean-Marc Salvet – [...] Le ministre de la Santé, Gaétan Barrette, a évoqué la semaine dernière le fait qu’un bâillon pourrait être passé pour forcer l’adoption avant Noël de son projet de loi sur l’abolition des agences régionales de santé et de services sociaux. Le leader parlementaire. Read more…

Quebec reforms threaten Jewish health, social institutions: brief

Montreal, November 24, 2014, CJN - Janice Arnold – [...] The JGH, in particular, would have difficulty recruiting top clinical staff and researchers from elsewhere in Canada and around the world, the brief stated, because its individual reputation would be “overshadowed by and subservient to the CISSS. “Prospective recruits would… be reluctant to join the JGH, given the deterioration of the hospital’s academic mission through the loss of its supra-regional status.”

The community is worried because the bill, tabled by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette in September, does not contain any explicit safeguard for the distinct religious or cultural identity of institutions, or for their bilingual status. “It is only a matter of time before donors and volunteers will begin to wonder why they owe any allegiance to an institution whose values and direction are dictated from above and are no longer consistent with many decades of history and tradition,” the brief states. Read more…

Quebec health reform Bill 10 puts Health Minister at centre

 Manitoba, date published not listed, Evidence Network – François Béland – [...] In other words, Bill 10 creates a bureaucracy-ridden health care system. What will decision-makers do when faced with reduced responsibilities? What will a Minister do with his extended powers? He will enact rules, issue directives and ensure that they are implemented.

The reform aims to decentralize the system’s entire process of decision-making. But a local decision-making structure that has been decimated with excessive centralization will result in an over-sized bureaucracy. Instead of centres that will be accountable to the population, this bill promises to emasculate establishments to the will of the Minister.

A version of this commentary appeared in the Huffington Post and Ottawa Life

Une réforme néfaste pour les anglophones

Montreal, November 21, 2014, La Presse -Richard Y. Bourhis – [...]Les institutions de santé désignées bilingues incarnent l’identité et la culture des communautés de langue anglaise dans plusieurs régions du Québec. Plus les institutions de santé à statut désignées ont des activités de gouvernance et de pratiques médicales soutenues, plus ces communautés locales ont la possibilité de retenir leurs membres au Québec, d’attirer des expertises d’ailleurs et, par conséquent, de mieux servir l’ensemble des patients francophones et anglophones.

[...]Comme le savent trop bien les minorités francophones du reste du Canada, une perte de soutien institutionnel est encore plus néfaste pour la vitalité des minorités linguistiques que pour celle de la communauté majoritaire. La seule garantie du maintien d’un droit de recevoir des services en anglais ne suffira pas à compenser la perte d’institutions identifiées à la minorité anglophone du Québec et ne garantira nullement le respect réel de ce droit. Read more…

Réforme de la santé: le ministre doit devenir un meilleur vendeur

Quebec, 21 novembre 2014, Le Soleil – Éric Caire – [...]le ministre de la Santé veut se précipiter dans une importante réforme sans l’avoir bien expliquée à la population, aux patients et aux acteurs du réseau. Il veut procéder trop rapidement, mais malheureusement, plusieurs questions demeurent sans réponse. Bref, le ministre a été un très mauvais vendeur et n’a pas encore clairement démontré en quoi sa réforme sera bénéfique pour les patients. [...] Des rumeurs laissent entendre que le gouvernement libéral pourrait forcer l’adoption de ce projet de loi à toute vapeur en suspendant les règles de l’Assemblée nationale. Cela serait totalement irresponsable et injustifié. Le ministre doit corriger le tir, apporter des réponses aux critiques constructives et écarter dès maintenant l’idée d’un bâillon. Read more…

Opinion: Bill 10 health-care administrative ‘reform’ seems likely to backfire

Montreal, November 20, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Paul Lamarche, Réjean Hébert and François Béland are professors in the Department of Health Administration, in the School of Public Health at Université de Montréal. This article is also co-signed by their colleagues Nicole Leduc, Régis Blais, François Champagne, François-Pierre Dussault, Lambert Farand, Marie-Josée Fleury, Mireille Goetghebeur, Mira Johri, Lise Lamothe, Nicole Leduc, David Levine, Michèle Pelletier, Louise Rousseau, Claude Sicotte and José Carlos Suarez Herrera.

“Centralization is not a guarantee of efficiency in our public health-care system. Scientific data shows clearly that a decentralized system is closer to the centres of decision-making of the population and allows for health and social services to be better adapted to citizens’ needs, especially those of the underprivileged or those living in rural or outlying communities.  [...] The creation of regional mega structures will result in an important loss of linguistic, cultural and community identity. Institutions that have been serving their communities for many years and are essential for their role in maintaining community ties and supporting community development will be lost”. Read more…

Liberal government may override PQ’s “systematic obstruction” of Bill 10

Montreal, November 20, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Geoffrey Vendeville – The PQ has accused Barrette of trying impose a reform on the health sector that would concentrate power in his hands. Under Bill 10, the health minister would have the right to appoint CEOs and board members of umbrella organizations overseeing the province’s hospitals, youth protection centres and other institutions. The bill would also give the minister the power to suspend a CEO for up to six months if a board “does anything incompatible with the rules of sound management.” Read more…

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QCGN want Health Minister Barrette to slow down on bill 10

Quebec, November 18, 2014 – Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka -  [...] Richard Walling is past president of the Provincial Advisory Committee on the dispensing of health and social services in the English language, current president of the Quebec Health and Social Services Foundation, and executive director of Jeffery Hale Community Partners. “The realities across the province are different for different regions,” he said.“Most of the designated [bilingual] institutions are on the Island of Montreal, but we are the last and only one in Quebec City,” said Walling. “We encourage the government to work with us to understand the overall impact of this legislation and what the best solutions might be for these local realities.” “The legislation as originally tabled swallows us up whole,” Walling explained.  “We’ll go from being extremely well represented on our own board to being part of a huge CISSS with 30,000 employees. If [Jeffery Hale Hospital] is swallowed up into a huge structure where it represents  less than 2 per cent of the  population, this would be  a devastating blow to the  institution and the culturally and linguistically adapted services it provides. Read more…

Bill 10 is a runaway train, says mass coalition of Anglo groups QCGN want Health Minister Barrette to slow down on bill 10

Quebec, November 17, 2014 – CJAD –  Bill 10 will cut off the English-speaking community from their health care institutions and threaten even their bilingual nature, say a coalition of three dozen anglophone community groups who spoke out in Montreal today. [...] “I know the minister is telling us ‘don’t worry, be happy. We’ll fix it. Until we see it, in writing, in the law, we are not only going to be unhappy, but we are going to be extremely worried,” said former MNA Clifford Lincoln, who become involved in the health care system as a volunteer as the father of a mentally impaired child, who passed away a few years ago. Read more…

QCGN calls for slow implementation of Bill 10

Montreal, November 17, 2014 – Global Montreal – The QCGN is calling on Quebec’s Health Minister to delay implementation of his plans to transform the health and social services system to ensure proper consideration of English-speaking community concerns. Watch here…

 

Quebec Community Groups Network demands changes to Bill 10

Montreal, November 17, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Karen Seidman - [...] With the bill expected to be adopted before the current session ends on Dec. 5, Saber-Freedman argued there isn’t sufficient time to make the proper amendments to the law that will ensure the continued autonomy of these community institutions. And Barrette’s promises to make the necessary changes haven’t done much to alleviate their concerns. “Our community needs more than expressions of goodwill,” Saber-Freedman said at the press conference. Read more…

Liberal Health Minister Gaetan Barrette downplays healthcare fears over Bill 10

Montreal, November 17 2014 CBC News – Minister says changes will save money and improve health care – even for anglophones. He tells Radio Noon host Shawn Apel he is listening to concerns, but won’t delay changes for long. Listen here…

Western Quebec municipalities opposed to Bill 10

Ottawa, November 17 2014 CBC News –Chloe Fedio – Legislation proposes to change organization and governance of Quebec’s health and social services.  [...] “We stand to lose a lot, economically speaking, because we’re going to lose a lot of professionals and high-paid civil servants that work in the area. And we may stand to lose also some services on the long run,” said Michel Merleau, the warden of the regional municipality La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.

“We’re not only losing jobs, we’re losing leadership in the region and that’s something we’re in desperate need of in the rural areas of the Outaouais.” Read more…

Focus Montreal: Affects of Bill 10

Montreal, November 16, 2014 – Global Montreal – Listen to Lawyer Eric Maldoff’s very informative take on the possible cumulative and ripple effects of bill 10. A very clear cut answer on the argument of preserving the foundations and our Minister’s goodwill v.s. signed and sealed legal protection. Watch here…

Bill 10 stirs opposition from Quebec anglophone groups

Montreal, November 17 2014 CBC News -“What Bill 10 does to achieve that objective is totally, totally unnecessary and very damaging to our institutions and to our community,” Sara Haber-Freedman said. She said the bill would allow the health minister to appoint a board for a health-care “mega-institution”, leaving the community cut off from control. Read more…

Quebec unions ask that Bill 10 be scrapped

Montreal, November 13, 2014 – Global Montreal – Caroline Plante - “It would be possible to have a CISSS and at the same time maintain the legal nature of all institutions that have that type of legal structure, which is a corporation,” Barrette said. “We are trying to fit that into Bill 10.” Barrette promised to pay especially close attention to problems in the regions. He said he was particularly sensitive to the case of Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City. “We could include them in a CISSS but leave them with the capacity to manage the most part of their own affairs,” he said. Read more…

Social media used to highlight ‘side effects’ of Quebec’s Bill 10

Montreal, November 12, 2014 – Global News – Karen Macdonald - “The strength of our institutions lies in part in the fact that the communities in which they provide services take a great interest in them.” Patterson expressed concern that government-appointed boards would be less involved in the healthcare organization they serve. Others agree. Jean Robert, president of the Jeffrey Hale Foundation, told Global News that foundations may stop donating to local institutions if they don’t feel connected. “If for some reason we say this is really no longer our hospital, yes it is in name, but it’s just not part of who we are anymore.” “Then the Foundation starts to question whether we should be putting millions of dollars, it’s not just $150, it’s millions of dollars, invested in St. Brigid’s Home, Jeffrey Hale.” Read more…

Bill 10: A “line in the sand” that cannot be crossed

Quebec, November 12, 2014 – Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – submitted by David F. Blair, LL.B., C.M. – [...] The English-speaking population founded both institutions before Confederation and has continually mobilized its efforts since then to ensure their sustainability and success. Members of our community are part of the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s at all levels: they are volunteers ; they are the employees who give the services; they donate to foundations that support the institution; and they are active in its governance. It was in a volunteer capacity that my great-great-grand-father, the Reverend David Marsh, founded the hospital thanks to a bequest from the estate of businessman Mr. Jeffery Hale. It is with pride that I served as a volunteer member of the board of both the hospital and the foundation. Today, my father resides at Saint Brigid’s, where he receives wonderful care in English from a very dedicated and committed staff. Read more…

Bill 10: Critics fear health care reform will hurt access

Montreal, November 11, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Karen Seidman -[...]Perhaps the most dire warning comes from Jean-Pierre Ménard, a lawyer specializing in medical issues, who said Quebecers had better “wake up” before this bill is passed and they find themselves deprived of fundamental rights because “people do not realize what is happening.” [...]“You want to limit investigations to the most serious cases and try for more community-based, volunteer services to help families,” Trocmé said. But in a system where front line workers don’t feel supported and worry their decisions will be questioned by managers who don’t really understand the situation, it will create a more “interventionist” system — which bucks the current North American trend.

“The delicate balance we strive to achieve in this field could be affected by the scope of this change,” he said. “And once the balance shifts, it’s very hard to go back.” Read more…

 Libéraux et péquistes favorables à l’anglais dans le réseau de la santé

Quebec, 11 novembre, 2014 – Le Devoir - Robert Dutrisac – [...] Le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Gaétan Barrette, a affirmé que les organismes anglophones comme le Réseau communautaire de la santé et des services sociaux (RCSSS), par lequel transitent les subventions fédérales dont une partie est versée aux agences de santé, « ne dictent rien à personne » et ne font qu’exercer « une saine vigie des plans d’accès dans la langue de la minorité », des plans d’accès exigés par la loi québécoise. Read more…

Réforme de la santé: Barrette compte «aller jusqu’au bout»

Quebec, 11 novembre 2014, Le Soleil – Pierre Pelchat – Le ministre Gaétan Barrette s’est dit, mardi, déterminé à mettre en place sa réforme de la santé malgré les nombreuses critiques du projet de loi 10. [...] «Vous nous dites un paquet de choses qui peuvent être extraordinaires. Tout ça est bien beau mais c’est un acte de foi auquel vous nous conviez et sans grand motif de crédibilité. C’est un chèque en blanc que vous nous demandez de signer. Je pense que vous en demandez pas mal». Read more…

Selon les établissements de santé: La réforme Barrette risque d’entraîner plus de problèmes

Quebec, 11 novembre 2014 – TVA nouvelles – NATIONAL -Président de l’Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux (AQESSS), Michel Gervais [...].  Invité à témoigner devant la commission parlementaire chargée d’étudier le projet de loi 10, M. Gervais a prévenu que la réforme projetée par le ministre de la Santé, Gaétan Barrette, risque d’entraîner plus de problèmes qu’il en réglera. Read more…

L’hôpital Jeffery Hale pourrait aussi être épargné

Quebec, 6 novembre 2014 – TVA – Marc-André Gagnon – Après l’hôpital Laval et le CHU de Québec, l’hôpital Jeffrey Halep ourrait aussi échapper aux fusions envisagées dans le cadre de la réforme du ministre Barrette. C’est du moins ce qu’a mentionné jeudi matin le ministre de la Santé, Gaétan Barrette, à son arrivée au caucus libéral. «Je vais faire des aménagements autant pour l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie que, par exemple, le Jeffrey Hale», a déclaré le ministre. Read more…

Read Voice of English-speaking Québec’s brief submitted to the Health & Social Services committee

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s: The cornerstone of health, vitality and growth of the English-speaking community in the Greater Quebec City Region

L’Hôpital Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s: essentiel à la santé, à la vitalité et au développement de la communauté anglophone de la région de la Capitale-Nationale

Bill 10: Barrette reassures English-speaking community groups

Quebec, November 5, 2014 – Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka – Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette promised to protect the availability of English-language health services in Quebec City at parliamentary hearings on Thursday, October 27, about a bill that has left many Anglophones skeptical. Read more…

Bill 10: Richard Walling stands up for community governance

Quebec, November 5, 2014 – Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka – Richard Walling’s life began at Jeffery Hale Hospital. “I was born at the Jeff , and I like to think they never let me leave,” Walling says with a smile. “Jeffery Hale  - Saint Brigid’s has been a part of my life for all my life,” he says. “I volunteered to perform at Saint Brigid’s Home as a young participant in the Shannon Irish Show, and my first job after university was at Voice of English-speaking Québec, doing a needs analysis on health and social services.” Read more…

Hôpitaux anglophones: Barrette rassure

Quebec, 31 octobre, 2014 – Le Devoir – « Vous ne pouvez avoir une meilleure écoute qu’aujourd’hui », a répondu le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux Gaétan Barrette aux leaders de la communauté anglophone venus lui faire part de leur inquiétude en lien avec la réforme du réseau de la santé. Ils craignent de perdre le contrôle de leurs hôpitaux. Read more…

Quebec Community Groups Network appears before the Health and Social Services Commission at the National Assembly

Quebec City, October 30, 2014 – National Assembly – To view the video footage, click here.  To sign the QCGN petition in opposition to Bill 10, click here.

Bill 10 ‘a catastrophe’ for English institutions, Anglo group warns

Montreal, October 30, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Peggy Curran - The future of hospitals such as St. Mary’s and the Jewish General in Montreal, Jeffrey Hale-Saint Brigid’s in Quebec City and Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins in the Eastern Townships — and the viability of the English-speaking communities that depend on them — will be at risk unless the Quebec government revamps its health reform legislation, warns a coalition of community groups. Read more…

QCGN obtains promises from minister at Bill 10 hearings 

Quebec City, October 30, 2014 – Global News – Anglophone groups say the government’s proposed healthcare reform not only threatens anglophone institutions, it eliminates them. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) appeared before the parliamentary committee in charge of studying Bill 10 on Thursday. They demanded the bill be changed to protect local governance. Watch newscast here…

Barrette vows to protect anglo community under health care reform

Quebec, October 30, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Geoffrey Vendeville - Health Minister Gaétan Barrette assured the English-speaking community on Thursday that their rights will be protected under his health care reform. But a coalition of anglophone groups said the voice of traditionally English-speaking institutions will be drowned out after the “catastrophic” bill abolishes the boards of all but one English health establishment in the province. Read more… 

The PQ’s Jean-François Lisée stands up for anglos against Bill 10

Quebec, October 30, 2014 – CJAD –  Anglos express concers for future of their health institutions. The Quebec Community Groups Network found an unlikely champion in Jean-François Lisée when the group stood up to denounce Bill 10 at the National Assembly today. Read more…

 QCGN presents its brief on Bill 10

Quebec, October 30, 2014– QCGN – The government must find a way to ensure that Quebec’s English-speaking communities continue to have some degree of control and management over the institutions that it built and has supported for generations. It must also ensure thatinstitutions designated to provide bilingual services are not abolished by the provincial government’s sweeping health care reforms. Read more…

Vent de colère chez les anglophones - La communauté pourrait s’adresser à la justice pour défendre ses établissements

Quebec, 30 octobre, 2014 – Le Devoir – Amélie Daoust-Boisvert - L’abolition de 22 des 23 établissements de santé anglophones du Québec qui découle du projet de loi 10 de Gaétan Barrette soulève l’ire de la communauté anglophone, déterminée à défendre ses institutions jusque devant les tribunaux. Les hôpitaux anglophones ne fermeront pas, mais la communauté craint que la perte de leur gouvernance locale ne soit que la première étape vers leur marginalisation. Read more…

English groups worry about loss of health care control

Montreal, October 30, 2014 – CTV News – Quebec’s plan to eliminate a layer of the health care bureaucracy under Bill 10 is causing a stir, especially in some anglophone health care and social services institutions. The Quebec Community Groups Network appeared before a national assembly committee on Thursday to argue that Bill 10 will be a catastrophe for anglophones. Read more… 

Editorial: Bill 10 would be ‘catastrophic’ for English-speaking Quebecers

Montreal, October 30, 2014 – Montreal Gazette Editorial Board – The Quebec Community Groups Network explained to the government Thursday why the proposed major structural reforms to the health system will be “catastrophic” for the English-speaking community and its members. Testifying before a committee of the National Assembly, the QCGN said it is not opposed to the objectives of Bill 10, which are to improve efficiency, slash bureaucracy and save an estimated $220 million annually in the health system. But it ardently opposes the plan that would see 128 existing facilities like the Jewish General or St. Mary’s hospitals technically cease to exist in law and be made “installations” of 28 new super-boards called Centres intégrés de santé et services sociaux (CISSS). Read more…

Citizens’ concerns – Bill 10: Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s board member speaks out

Quebec, October 29, 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka – [...]“At the hospital, I met a lot of people who didn’t have a lot of financial resources or education, and they were lost dealing with the health system.” Lemire worries that that sense of loss will only deepen if Bill 10 passes. Bill 10, championed by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, aims to streamline the provincial health system by eliminating the current health and social-services agencies and abolishing the boards of directors of over 200 individual health institutions in the province. The boards would be consolidated into 28 regional health authorities under the direction of 19 umbrella organizations. Board members would be recommended by institutions and by panels of experts, but appointed by the Minister. Read more…

Le ciment ou le sable

Quebec, 29 octobre 2014, Le Soleil – Pierre Asselin – Le rouleau compresseur de la loi 10, modifiant l’organisation et la gouvernance du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux, risque d’écraser des institutions qui sont vitales pour la survie et le développement des communautés anglophones du Québec. Read more…

Bill 10: Parliamentary committee hears from local Anglophone groups

Quebec, October 29, 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka- [...] Richard Walling, chair of Jeffery Hale Community Partners, worries that if his institution is placed under the management of a Francophone board appointed by the Minister of Health, English-language services will fall by the wayside. “Without people [on the governing board] who get up every day thinking of our [English] services, we could be looking at a slow erosion of services.” [...] “The survival of our services is closely linked to the survival of our community. Logically, this bill would abolish community-level governance and reduce the level of local knowledge and expertise available to us, and would leave us to become a drop in a huge ocean (said Gignac). Read more…

QCGN petitions against bill 10

Montreal, 28 octobre 2014, QCGN  – QCGN has launched a petition against Bill 10 (www.bill10.com), which will abolish health and social service institutions and have an extremely negative impact on the English-speaking and minority communities. ”We must speak with one voice to tell the Minister of Health to engage in a thorough process of consultation, study and risk assessment before his bill to restructure the healthcare system is brought before the National Assembly,” urged QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting that the community is mobilizing to stop Bill 10 in its present form. Lamoureux urged Quebecers to sign and share the petition and to make their voice heard loud and clear via all means possible including sending letters to the ministers, to MNAs and through social media.

Anglos in Townships, Quebec City seek protections under health reform

Montreal, October 23, 2014, Montreal Gazette – Geoffrey Vendeville – Two English-language groups urged Health Minister Gaétan Barrette on Thursday to protect anglophone minorities in his sweeping reform of the health-care bureaucracy. Speaking after a parliamentary commission on Bill 10 on behalf of the 14,500-strong anglo minority in Quebec City, Taylor Ireland of the Voices of English-speaking Quebec pointed out that, for his community, the city’s bilingual hospital is more than just a place to go for treatment. “It’s an identifier for our community, a source of pride,” he said. The VEQ squeaked into the list of more than 60 groups invited to the commission at the last minute with the help of local MNAs. Originally, the Quebec Community Groups Network was supposed to be the only Anglophone voice at the commission. Read more…

Two more anglophone groups invited to testify at Bill 10 hearings

Quebec City, October 23, 2014 – Global News – Voice of English-Speaking Quebec (VEQ) and the Townshippers’ Association were finally able to address the National Assembly committee in charge of studying Bill 10. Initially, only the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) had been invited to take part. Watch newscast here…

Voice of English-speaking Québec and Townshippers’ Association appear before the Health and Social Services Commission at the National Assembly

Quebec City, October 23, 2014 – Global News – To view the video footage, click here.

 

Townshippers’ Association and Voice of English-speaking Québec lend voices to Bill 10

Quebec City, October 22, 2014 – Following an initial rejection to present at the public hearings for Bill 10, Townshippers’ Association and Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) have accepted an invitation to appear before the Health and Social Services Commission at the National Assembly in Quebec City at noon on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Initially the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) was the only anglophone group invited to take part in the consultation on the proposed legislation which would see healthcare institutions merged and regional healthcare agencies abolished. Read more…

A Word from Stephen Burke, Chairman of the Central Québec School Board

Quebec, October 22, 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Stephen Burke -  “I would like to touch upon the present reorganization of the health and social services within the QMA. As a member of the English-speaking community of the QMA, I am quite worried about the future of Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s (JHSB), should we no longer be directly involved in the management of both institutions, which have always been dear to our community. I do plan to bring the issue before our Council table as it may well be only the beginning of a process to reorganize public institutions. For sure, education might well be next and thus it is in our best interest to show our support to our colleagues in health and social services. There are times when a community needs to stand by its institutions and that time has come for the JHSB.”

If our voice is heard, will it be listened to?

Quebec, October 22, 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Marie White – “We should be evolving,” said Gertie Grogan, “not dissolving.” She was surprised by health minister Gaétan Barrette’s recently tabled Bill 10. The bill would reform the health system by merging 182 institutions into 28 integrated health and social services centres (CISSS), one per region, and by reducing the number of administrative boards from 200 to 28. Read more…

Jeffery Hale-Saint-Brigid’s cares for its community

Quebec, October 22, 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Marie White – “My first experience with the health-care system came when I was acting president of the Ladies’ Protestant Home in 1989,” says Barbara Bignell. “I was there when we had to close the home at the corner of Cartier and Grand Allée, beside the Krieghoff house,” Bignell remembers. “It was Saint Brigid’s Home on Chemin Saint-Louis that took in most of the 40 or so elderly men and women who needed a new place to live.” Read more… 

Bill 10 hearings begin in Quebec City

Quebec City, October 20, 2014 – Global News – Concern is mounting over Bill 10, the government’s proposed health-care reform. Hearings into the new piece of legislation began Monday in Quebec City and anglophones are paying particular attention. Jean Robert, President of the Jeffrey Hale Hospital Foundation told Global News the 150-year-old Quebec City establishment is suddenly feeling very fragile. Watch newscast here…

Listen back to coverage of Bill 10 on CBC’s Breakaway and Quebec AM

Quebec City, October 20, 2014 – CBC Radio 1 – Listen as Rachelle Solomon provides an overview of the proposed healthcare reforms in Bill 10, including an interview with VEQ President, Taylor Ireland talking about its effect on the English-speaking Community in Quebec City.
Quebec City, October 20, 2014 – CBC Radio 1 – Susan Campbell interviews Richard Walling, Executive Director of Jeffery Hale Community Partners about Bill 10′s potential effect on the governance structure of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s

Macpherson: Legislation puts pressure on some Liberal MNAs

Montreal, October 15 2014, Montreal Gazette –  Don Macpherson – [...]“If English-speaking Quebecers are no longer able to actively participate in the governance of our institutions to meet the needs of our community, this will inevitably lead to a reduction in access and quality of services which are culturally and linguistically accessible to our community.” [...] Now it’s up to the Liberal ministers and MNAs. They’ve promised that the English-language community groups will be heard on Bill 10. Read more…

Language Commissioner Graham Fraser on language rights in Quebec

Montreal, October 16 2014, Global News -  Quebec’s Health Minister recently tabled Bill 10, an act to overhaul the healthcare system by merging some institutions. Anglophones fear they’ll lose some of their influence, especially when boards start to get swallowed up. Do you think they’re right to be concerned? GF: I certainly think it’s a legitimate concern and I think what we saw on the controversy over the merging of the Constance-Lethbridge Centre in Montreal demonstrated that Minister Barrette is sensitive to these concerns, but we haven’t seen a reflection of that sensitivity yet in the legislation itself. I think there’s always a risk when governments shrink programs and restructure institutions. Watch video here…

Sylvia Martin-Laforge on Global to discuss Bill 10

Montreal, October 15 2014, Global News – QCGN  Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge joined Global News Montreal’s Jamie Orchard to explain why the organization is concerned that English-speaking community are being excluded from debate on Bill 10. Watch newscast here…

Members of the community express their concerns about Bill 10

Quebec, October 15 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Ruby Pratka -  Members of the English-speaking community continued to voice their concerns this week about Bill 10, a bill intended to streamline Quebec’s health care system. [...]“I told my GP that I was getting help from the Jeff and she said, ‘Oh, you go to the Jeff?’ I said, no, they come to me. She about fell off her chair. She said, ‘The English know how to take care of their own.’” If the hospital is merged with other regional health centres, Louise is worried that older Anglophones may not be able to get help in their own language. ” [The language] is going to be a problem, being understood when I get old or if I ever get really sick. When you hurt, you speak in your mother tongue.” Hélène Pouliot and her husband Frank have been using the Jeffery Hale Community Services respite care program ever since he suffered a stroke 12 years ago. Read more…

A community member shares his concerns over bill 10 all the way from the UK!

Quebec, October 15 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Letter to Editor “I too am very worried that bill 10 is just another nail in the English-speakers’ coffin. Born at the Jeffery Hale Hospital and bred in Quebec City, I watch each week as the English make more and more concessions to the government of Quebec. Do something! Don’t lose what little is left.” – Ian Hamilton-Smith, Oxford, UK Read more…

Bill 10: Losing control

Montreal, October 14 2014 CBC News – Ryan Hicks interviews Richard Walling, President of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Foundations ”This bill will disengage the community” says Mr. Walling. ”If you take away one of the key centers that is at the heart of the community, the community itself will become much more fragile. It needs to have institutions with which it can identify and in which it can actively participate in order to maintain a vibrant community”. Watch the full interview 0 – 3: 14 min by clicking here.

English-speaking groups in short supply at health-reform hearings

Montreal, October 9 2014, Montreal Gazette -  Geoffrey Vendeville – When hearings begin on Quebec’s controversial health reform bill at the end of the month, only one English-speaking group is expected to have a seat at the table. [...] The Voice of English Quebec, a non-profit based in Quebec City with 60 community-group partnerships, said they applied to sit in on the hearings, to no avail. “Given the impact of the bill on our community, we have a legitimate right to be heard,” said VEQ president Taylor Ireland. Read more…

English-speaking community excluded from debate on Bill 10

 Montreal, October 8 2014, CNW Telbec - The Quebec Community Groups Network learned today that it is the only English-language community group scheduled to be heard at hearings on Bill 10, which proposes a massive reorganization of Quebec’s health care system.

“We are outraged that our community is essentially being shut out of the debate on Bill 10,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting the proposed legislation would have a huge impact on institutions that were built and supported by Quebec’s English-speaking community for many generations. Read more…

More community members share concerns in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph about changes to health system

Quebec City, October 6 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Letter to Editor “I read Robert Dinan’s letter in the QCT about changes to the health system and their impact on Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s.  I am really concerned that this will have a negative effect on services in English [...]“  – Chris Ludgate “I am writing in response to Bill 10 and how it could spell the end of community governance over Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s.  Members of my family live in Ottawa and they benefit from the services of the Montfort hospital, which went through a similar battle a few years ago to preserve a minority language institution. [...] – Bill Donnelly Read more…

Quebec English community concerns over health reform

Quebec City, 07 October 2014, Life in Quebec – Right now in the Quebec region there’s tension in the air and a palpable amount of concern for the vitality of an important mainstay of the English community. Read more…

Concerns over the reorganization of the Quebec health system and its impact on Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s

Quebec, October 3 2014, VEQ Press Release IN Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph – Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) joins a growing number of voices, among them the QCGN, expressing strong reservations about Minister Barrette’s proposed Bill 10 (Loi modifiant l’organisation et la gouvernance du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux) that was tabled on September 25th. Read more…

Printable Press Release – VEQ statement on BILL 10

Could Liberal healthcare reform be a threat to English institutions?

MONTREAL, September 26 2014, Rachel Lau – Health Minister Gaetan Barrette tabled a bill Thursday to completely overhaul Quebec‘s health care system. But with these proposed changes, English institutions across the province are worried about whether or not they will be able to keep their independence under the new reform and whether there could be a negative impact on the quality of life of their patients. Read more…

QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge on CBC to discuss Minister Barrette’s Bill 10

Montreal, September 26 2014, CBC  – Click on this link and jump to 2:47 to watch CBC’s Bill 10 report including an interview with QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge in which she emphasizes the importance for the English-speaking community to remain involved in institutions which are essential to our vitality and identity.

Townshippers’ Association concerned over Barrette reform bill’s impact on English-speaking community voice

Sherbrooke, September 26, 2014, QCGN website Townshippers’ Association and its President Gerald Cutting share in the apprehension voiced by the Quebec Community Groups Network in response to the massive reorganization of the health care sector as proposed in Bill 10 tabled by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette. Read more…

Bill 10′s merger proposals are a diversity threat

Montreal, September 26, 2014, QCGN website  Sweeping reforms to Quebec health and social services proposed this week have been touted by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette as a way to slash inefficient bureaucracy and focus care on patients. Read more…

English-speaking community very concerned about Barrette reform bill

Montreal, September 26, 2014, QCGN website  The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and its community stakeholders are concerned about a massive reorganization of the health-care sector. We are apprehensive about the impact these profound changes will have on our community’s capacity to remain involved in institutions that are essential to our vitality and identity. Read more…

Gaétan Barrette tables bill to overhaul Quebec’s health care system.

The province is pushing forward with a massive reform of the health care system. Read more… 

R. Dinan shares concerns in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph about changes to health system.

Quebec City, September 24 2014, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph As past president of the board of directors of Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s (JHSB), I am extremely concerned about the pending changes to the public health system recently reported. Read more…

 

Computer Workshops for Seniors

VEQ, in partnership with Quebec High School and the Community Learning Centre are presenting a series of youth led computer workshops for seniors .  Each workshop is approximately an hour at Quebec High School in the VCN room. Read more…

19th Annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

For 19 years now, the English-speaking community has been jointly coordinating the success of a Community Christmas Hamper Campaign for families in need. We distribute about 230 Christmas hampers to English-speaking households in the Quebec City region, which is an enormous challenge with a most heart-warming outcome. The holiday spirit is about giving and whether its food, a monetary donation or simply the time in your schedule, we appreciate every member and volunteer who contributes to this incredible community experience! Read more…

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