Pastagate

The World Is Too Grey For the PQ's Black and White Agenda

Toula Drimonis | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

The last days of the provincial electoral campaign have made me feel people's disillusionment and frustration at the lack of inspiring options even more profoundly. During the debates Marois, Couillard, and Legault behaved like they were in a cage fight, barking insults at one another. It took all the self-restraint that I had not to switch channels. But, contrary to everything around me, I'm hopeful. I'm convinced that I'm witnessing a new breed of Quebecer emerge. One that isn't so easily defined... and therefore not as easy to manipulate and pigeonhole. Nothing will ever be as black or white as it once was, because the world we now live in is a million shades of grey.

Couillard: PQ Using 'Coercion' Tactics

CBC | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics

With less than a week left before Quebecers head to the polls, Liberal leader Philippe Couillard spoke with CBC Montreal's Debra Arbec on both the p...

The Biggest Food Scandals Of 2013

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Another year, another chance to demonstrate just how large a role food plays in our lives. Whether it was about the politics, the outrageous creations...

'Pastagate' Prompts Changes

CP | Melanie Marquis, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The internationally renowned Pastagate affair has resulted in new ways for Quebec's language watchdog to handle its beefs.The Office quebec...

Menchie's Forgot to Ask: How Do You Say "Sweet Moosic" in French?

Samara Perez | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Business
Samara Perez

The Office Quebecoise de la Langue Francaise has opened an investigation into the yogurt chain Menchie's. The issue: The plastic spoons are embossed with English words. At a certain point, Quebec citizens must ask: Can we sleep at night despite knowing that a spoon is not 100% bilingue?

Does Anyone Know What Quebec Stands For Anymore?

Mike Sholars | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Mike Sholars

Quebec: As the Distinct Society you have fought so valiantly to become, what are you doing with that responsibility? Are you addressing the cultural and racial coexistence challenges that face every growing populace? Are you attempting to be an equal and balanced partner with the rest of Canada?

This Island Nation Doesn't Need Language Police, Do We?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Without depleting state funds for a Ministry of the official language, Aruba has preserved the specificity of its culture against the current. Could it be that survival and flourishing of a culture isn't tied to the spelling of the word "pasta" on a restaurant menu?

Would You Support a Liberal Leader Who's Pro-Segregation?

Tony Kondaks | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Tony Kondaks

Can you imagine a leader of one of Canada's main federalist parties supporting laws which give rights to members of one group while denying those same rights to others? I can't. What makes Justin Trudeau unfit to lead the Liberal Party of Canada and the country is his support of segregation.

Quebec Language Watchdog Head Resigns

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The head of Quebec's language watchdog agency resigned Friday following a series of controversies that have created embarrassing headlines ...

What I Learned This Week: Quebec's Language Police Are Great for Business

Andy Nulman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Andy Nulman

The recent crackdowns by Quebec's French-language watchdog troupe (officially known as the OQLF) is actually designed to BENEFIT Quebec's English-speaking minority (a.k.a. "Anglophones") and small business. The global attention generated by the OQLF will spawn a new breed of tourist, "Wordies," who will flock here to eat, drink and take pictures in all the affected places.

Quebec Prosecutes Restaurant Over Extra ‘F’ In ‘Cafe’

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Business

A Montreal coffee shop is facing prosecution under Quebec’s language laws over its name, which spells “cafe” with an extra “f,” according to...

Objecting to "Pasta" Is How the OQLF Makes Profit

Tom Kott | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) has put itself on an inevitable journey to self-destruction in the last two weeks. "Pastagate" started when a Montreal-Italian restaurant was told that the term pasta violated the Quebec Charter of the French Language as it was not a proper French term. The fewer, legitimate claims of language violations the OQLF receives, the more they have to pursue weak cases and go digging through restaurant menus. The OQLF must investigate the most absurd cases they receive if they want to keep getting their yearly $19 million budget and keep their 248 jobs. Creating new divisions among Quebecers is a profitable business for them.

What Quebec Learned From Pastagate

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - A public-relations stew involving pasta has pushed the Quebec government to re-examine its recipe for handling alleged violations of the pr...