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Quebec’s English school boards can keep communicating in English, for now

English-language school boards in the province are celebrating a temporary victory after the provincial appeals court ruled it will continue to allow communication in English inside of school boards and with other English-speaking bodies.
Earlier this month, a provincial appeals court agreed to suspend certain provisions of Bill 96, an amendment to the provincial Charter of the French language that demands English school boards communicate in French.
Last year, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) launched a challenge of the bill. Board chair Joe Ortona said the amendments are both ridiculous and unconstitutional.
“It’s a ridiculous provision for an English-language school board. We have many anglophones that work in our system and among each other we speak in English. It’s quite normal,” he said.
“We as English-language school boards are constitutionally protected under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We have the right to manage and preserve our . . .

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