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Recent Activities

bulletarrow On January 16, 2014, an article written by Paul Allen, Loyola High School is defending freedom of religion, was published in the Montreal Gazette. You can read the article at the following link or under the Public Statement section of this website.
bulletarrow On December 19, 2013, the ESCC submitted its brief on Bill 60, (the Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests) to the provincial Committee on Institutions. The Council hopes to be selected to present its brief during the public hearings in Quebec City, which began on January 14, 2014, as part of the Committee's general consultation. The brief is available in English and in French
bulletarrow On June 5, 2013, the ESCC released its Annual Report for 2012-2013. Read more to learn of the ESCC's activities over the past year.
bulletarrow On February 11, 2013, the ESCC issued a statement expressing its support of the actions and resolutions taken by the Quebec Community Groups Network in opposition to Bill 14, An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of human rights and freedoms and other legislative provisions as well as highlighting three points of Bill 14 it finds particularly troubling. The statement can be read in English and French.
bulletarrow On January 21, 2013, the Board of Directors appointed Anna Farrow to the position of Executive Director of the organization. She succeeded Martin Murphy, who retired after seventeen years of service with the Council. To learn more about the new Executive Director, please read the announcement.
bulletarrow On April 16, 2012, the ESCC issued a statement on the report of the National Assembly's Select Committee on Dying with Dignity. (read more)
bulletarrow On April 5, 2012, Bishop Thomas Dowd wrote an open letter to the community informing us that a special assembly was being organized for June 9, 2012, the purpose of which was to discuss the future of communications within the English-speaking sector of the Archdiocese of Montreal.  The ESCC acted as the Secretariat. It submitted a brief to the General Assembly's Steering Committee. You are invited to visit the website of the Assembly for updates regarding developments.
bulletarrow On November 29, 2011, the ESCC wrote to the Chairperson and fellow Commissioners of the English Montreal School Board stating that it strongly opposed the possible closure of St. Gabriel School, the only English school in Point-Saint-Charles. (read more)
bulletarrow On October 14 and 15, 2011, the ESCC was one of the co-sponsors of a major conference entitled Trauma and Transformation – The Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse Crisis which was held at McGill University. For further information, please visit the conference’s website at
bulletarrow On June 8, 2011, the ESCC wrote to the Minister for Families, Yolande James, to register its opposition to the provincial government's restrictions directed at faith-based early childhood centres or daycare centres which receive subsidies from the Government of Quebec…(read more in English or French). The ESCC Board of Directors felt the Minister's reply of September 7, 2011 was unacceptable and wrote to her again on November 8, 2011 (read more in English or French).
bulletarrow On December 17, 2010, the ESCC presented its brief before the Federal Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care … (read more)
bulletarrow On November 24, 2010, the ESCC released a statement regarding the Catholic Times…(read more)
bulletarrow On October 28, 2010, the ESCC co-sponsored a public lecture delivered by world-renowned Catholic Sociologist, José Casanova…(read more)
bulletarrow On September 15, 2010, the ESCC adopted its Strategic Plan 2011-2016 at its AGM held at Loyola High School …(read more)
bulletarrow On September 7, 2010, the ESCC presented its brief before the Standing Committee on Dying with Dignity in Montreal. You may read the brief in English or French, listen to the National Assembly's audio recording or read the transcript of the presentation.
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