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

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

VEQ  Press Release, Quebec, October 3, 2014 – 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.

“I have heard from many community members who are extremely concerned about Bill 10,” states VEQ president Taylor Ireland. “VEQ has already met with elected officials to articulate the community’s deep unease and has requested access to the parliamentary hearings on Bill 10. We’re also coordinating community reaction by creating an online information-action hub for the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s: Our Community, Our Health, Our Future campaign.”

Bill 10 will reduce the number of institutions from 182 to 28, creating one amalgamated institution per region called the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS). This would also entail a shift from community-governed boards to minister-appointed boards, which would end the English-speaking community’s historic right to govern its own community-established and directed health institution, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s.

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s has a special mandate as the region’s service provider to the English-speaking community which would, in principle, be transferred to the new CISSS of the Quebec City region. Abolishing Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s board of directors gives rise to serious concern over the lack of local representation to promote the community’s interests, now and in the future.

“For over 150 years, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s has been at the heart of the English-speaking community of the Quebec City region as a leader and innovator. Removing the English-speaking community’s capacity to manage and control its own institution will have a detrimental and irreversible impact on the vitality of our community”, says Mr. Ireland.

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 Québec City region and to the promotion of its interests.  Please visit our website, veq.ca, or our Facebook page.

For more information:

Mr. Jean-Sebastien Jolin Gignac, Executive Director
1270, chemin Sainte-Foy, bureau 2141
Québec (Quebec) G1S 2M4

T: 418 683-2366
F : 418 688-3273

Printable Press Release – VEQ statement on BILL 10

Bill 10: An Act to modify the organization and governance of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies

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

To consult the schedule of the special consultations and public hearings on Bill 10, click here.


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 – 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

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.
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…

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, 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…

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…

Winds of Change Workshop for Newcomers

On October 29th Voice of English-speaking Québec in partnership with Jeffery Hale Community Services is providing a workshop for English speakers who have moved to the Quebec City region in the last few years. Mingle with other newcomers in an informal atmosphere and understand how change impacts your life, while discovering methods of adapting to a new culture and language. Read more…

Learn French and Teach English Fair

Want to learn French or are you looking for work teaching English?  This FREE event is an opportunity for newcomers to discover French as a Second Language (FSL) institutions and English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching opportunities.  Meet and mingle with other newcomers in an informal atmosphere, present yourself to prospective ESL employers, and find out which FSL institution is right for you. Read more…

Quebec City Women’s Club BOOK FAIR

QCWC Book Fair – Saturday, 25 October, 9am to 3pm

This community-supported book sale offers a terrific selection of books in many languages for both children and adults whatever their interests. It is the perfect opportunity to try that new author, delve deeper into a new hobby or interest and greet your neighbors at the same time! With winter around the corner, plan to come and stock up on your reading choices for those cold days when curling up with a good book is the activity of choice! Read more…

Share your immigration experience story!

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is interested in learning about your immigration experience

To document your story, they will be conducting oral history interviews in Québec City from November 10th to 19th. Read more…

MCDC presents “The Night Patsy met Hank”

Don’t miss your chance to see this great acclaimed show that toured the province and is finally coming to Thetford Mines! Read more…

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