Showing posts from September, 2021

Julien Feldman re-elected EMSB School Commissioner for Ward 3

Montréal, September 26, 2021 – Julien Feldman has been re-elected as the English Montreal School Board Commissioner for Ward 3, which encompasses the Westmount-Sud Ouest  area. Mr. Feldman (Team Ortona) received 477 votes, compared to 250 for Irwin Rapoport and 164 for Thomas Rolain.  Of the 9,112 eligible voters, 891 votes  were cast and four rejected. When nominations closed for school board elections on September 27, 2020, the office  of chair and nine of the 10 available positions for commissioners were won by acclamation. The election for Ward 3 was scheduled for November 1, 2020 and then postponed until now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chair Joe Ortona congratulates Julien Feldman. About the English Montreal School Board With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the E

EMSB deeply disappointed by CAQ motion on Bill 96

Montreal,  September 15, 2021 -  The English Montreal School Board   expressed frustration and anger with motion passed in the Quebec National Assembly regarding   Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec. This motion, moved by the governing Coalition Avenir Québec,   only refers to an EMSB resolution adopted on September 1 that has since been rescinded . It does not refer to the revised resolution adopted by the EMSB   on Bill 96 September 11 .     You can see the full resolution here.   “It appears quite clear that the  government is just looking for a fight  and to divide Quebecers, creating disunity,” said EMSB Chair Joe  Ortona. “The government is well aware that we modified our resolution. Secondly it is refusing once again to deal with the real challenges and concerns that we have with Bill 96 such as the use of the notwithstanding clause, temporary worker permits and more.  “The government should stop acting as a bully and start focus

Every James Lyng High School student to receive free sneakers at Sept. 15 event

Montreal, September 13, 2021 - Every student  who is enrolled at James Lyng High School (5440 Notre Dame Street West) in St. Henri will be presented with a free pair of sneakers on Wednesday, September 15 (10 am to 12:40 am). This shoe-drive was initiated by first year McGill University Social Work student Julian Grau-Brown and Community Development Agent Sam Karimi-Harati. Julian attended three EMSB schools: Edward Murphy Elementary in Hochelaga Maisonneuve and Dante Elementary in St. Léonard and Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard. He raised over $3,200 for the shoes and also got enough brand new pairs donated to reach his goal.  “I am extremely excited to launch my first official shoe drive,” said Julian. “My goal was to provide an entire high school with brand new sneakers for the start of this school year.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I had the opportunity to be an intern at James Lyng as a behavior technician. However, due to the pandemic, I was unable to finish my pla

EMSB corrects its stance on Bill 96 language legislation

Montreal,  September 11, 2021 -  The English Montreal School Board  Council of Commissioners has corrected its stance pertaining to   Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec.  Bill 96 was introduced in the National Assembly on May 13, 2021. On September 1, 2021, the EMSB adopted a resolution calling on the Quebec government to withdraw Bill 96 in its present form and for the federal government to refer Bill 96 to the Supreme Court of Canada for a ruling on its legality. In the preamble, the EMSB put forward several criticisms of Bill 96.  The Council wishes to acknowledge that it now recognizes that some of these criticisms   were unfounded or mistaken. In particular, the EMSB does not question the fact that Quebec forms a nation.  The EMSB does agree with the importance of protecting and promoting the French language, notably on the island of Montreal, and solemnly affirms its commitment to work with all Quebecers, including the Quebec government