Quebec Language Police

English-Only Retail Websites Blocked In Quebec

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Business

Either under pressure from Quebec’s language watchdog or on their own initiative, numerous English-only retail websites have blocked access to shopp...

Why Quebec Wants This Restaurant's Decorations Removed

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Business

In the latest skirmish over Quebec’s language laws, a Montreal area salad bar is fighting an order from the province’s language office to remove d...

Quebec Language Cops Back Down On Facebook Demand

CBC | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Business

A Chelsea store owner says Quebec's French-language office has "softened" its position over her English Facebook page.  In February, Eva Cooper r...

Quebec Defends English Facebook Page For N.Y. Office

CBC | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada

After Quebec's language watchdog ordered a women's clothing store to translate its Facebook page into French, one of the government's own Facebook pag...

Quebec's Language Bill Doesn't Apply To Facebook Page: Lawyer

CBC | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Business

Quebec's language law does not have jurisdiction over social media because it's intended to start conversations and not promote or sell products, acco...

Creole-Speaking Hospital Workers Get Quebec Language Police Attention

CBC | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada

Two Montreal hospital workers have caught the attention of the Office québécoisde la languefrançaise for speaking to each other in Creole. The OQ...

'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?

Language Police Order Removal Of Frozen Yogurt Spoons

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.21.2013 | Canada Business

Quebec’s so-called language police are evidently going after plastic frozen yogurt spoons. A Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt location in the Montreal a...

Quebec Ministers Urged To Speak Only French To Counterparts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The Quebec government has introduced a new initiative that encourages cabinet ministers to speak only French to their counterparts from other...

WATCH: They Speak English, 'Then We Punch Them In The Face'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics

The Language Police are at it again – and this time, they’re going ‘under the cover.’ In the YouTube comedy that follows Quebec's 'Pastagat...

WATCH: Quebec Language Police Kick Anglo A**

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada

It's the not-too-distant future and Sgts. LaJoie and Bourgignon are patrolling the mean streets of Montreal. Their first call? ANGLO OFFENDERS. ...

Attitude Adjustment Needed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The new leader of Quebec's Liberal party has called for an attitude overhaul when it comes to language in the province and criticized curre...

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.

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...

New Quebec Language Police Target? 'Steak'

CBC | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics

More Montreal restaurateurs are speaking out about the demands imposed by Quebec's language police over signs and menu items that are not in French. ...