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

If Bill 10 is passed in its present form, Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s will be swallowed up by one giant health board for all public health and social services establishments in Quebec City, abolishing its community-selected board of directors.

Our message is clear:  Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s must remain an autonomous institution under community governance of so that it can effectively continue its leadership role in providing innovative, efficient, culturally and linguistically appropriate services to the English-speaking community.

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 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

T: 418 683-2366

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.


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. 

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…

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…

QCGN petitions against bill 10

Montreal, 28 octobre 2014, QCGN  – QCGN has launched a petition against Bill 10 (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…

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…

Central Québec School Board Elections – November 2

School Board Elections for Central Québec School Board are being held on Sunday, November 2 Read more…

Quebec 101 in Valcartier: Discover Quebec event for newcomers

The Valcartier Family Centre in Valcartier is putting on Quebec 101: Discover Quebec!    Are you a newcomer to Quebec City who has been here form less than three years and who would like to know more about Quebec? Join us for supper to discover Quebec! 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…

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…

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