An in-depth look at our lives as Anglophones in Quebec

Special series and CBC-commissioned EKOS poll reveal realities of English-speaking Quebecers

February 18, 2013 – How are Anglophones in Montreal and across the province feeling about their communities, cultural institutions and their future under the current PQ minority government? What is the relationship between Anglophones and Francophones?  How challenging is it to find services in English in Montreal or in Baie des Chaleurs?

Starting today, CBC Quebec will take an in-depth look at life for English-speaking Quebecers in a special two-week multi-platform series called Living English.

CBC_LogoAs part of Living English, CBC Quebec will present the results of an exclusive poll conducted by EKOS Research surveying 1001 Anglophone Quebecers on a series of questions ranging from politics, access to social services, education and how Anglophones feel about their future in Quebec.

“We’ll be sharing the stories of English-speaking Quebecers and exploring the realities of living here as a minority inside a minority,” says Shelagh Kinch, Managing Director of CBC Quebec. “Throughout the series as we share our poll results, we’ll be asking the public for their stories. We’d love to hear from a cross-section of Anglophones – those born and raised in Quebec and those who have moved here and made it their home.”

CBC will be releasing the poll results and broadcasting related stories as follows:

Monday February 18th Attitudes towards the Parti Quebecois government

Wednesday February 20th – Integration and belonging with Francophones and French culture

Monday February 25th – Attitudes and thoughts on education

Wednesday February 27 – Realities of getting services in English

Living English Public Forum – Protection of English Culture

The series will culminate with a CBC-hosted Public Forum on Thursday March 21 – 7 p.m., at the Crowley Arts Centre in N.D.G., where the public will have its say about the protection of English culture. The forum will be live streamed at cbc.ca/montreal. Jean-François Lisée will be among the special guests. Moderated by CBC’s Mike Finnerty and Debra Arbec, forum highlights will be featured on Friday, March 22 on CBC Radio One’s Daybreak, CBC Television’s CBC News Montreal at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11pm as well as cbc.ca/LivingEnglish.

ON TELEVISON: CBC News Montreal with Debra Arbec and Andrew Chang (weekdays at 5, 5:30 and 6pm ) will feature special Living English coverage, including exclusive interviews with members of the community and comprehensive and surprising stories about the challenges and fun of living English in Montreal.

ON RADIO:  88.5FM/104.7FM in Montreal – Daybreak with Mike Finnerty (weekdays 5:30am -8:30am) and Homerun with Sue Smith (weekdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm) will feature compelling stories from English-speaking neighbourhoods and interviews with community and political leaders. Radio Noon, Quebec AM, Breakaway, All in a Weekend and C’est La Vie will bring listeners stories from Anglophones from across the province.

CBC Radio’s Homerun – Live at D.D.O. Civic Centre

Homerun with host Sue Smith will be broadcasting live from the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre (12001 de Salaberry) on Thursday February 28 from 3-6pm, and talking about Living English on the West Island.

ONLINE: cbc.ca/LivingEnglish features exclusive original programming, multi-media content, and interactive tools. The public can answer sample questions from the EKOS poll and compare their responses with the poll results, explore our Quebec story map, submit their own story, and upload photos and video.

Join The Conversation:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cbcmontreal
Twitter: #CBCLivingEnglish

About the Poll
The survey was conducted by EKOS Research and is based on a telephone survey using a random sample of 1001 Anglophone Quebecers (Anglophone as defined by Statistics Canada Census data), 18-years and older. Surveying took place between January 15th and 23rd, 2013.
The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. (Please note: the margin of error increases when the results are subdivided for sub-groups such as age, gender etc.)

About CBC News
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