cupcake store to english for quebec


pixiestix
on Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:52 pm

this is a cupcake place i like to go to that has been harrassed by the office de le langue du francais for being too english http://westislandgazette.com/news/story/2013/01/23/cupcake-shop-owner-frustrated-by-language-watchdog/
 

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mamaluv
so stupid! on Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:19 am

Oh my goodness, that is so stupid. I understand that the intent behind the law is to protect french-Canadian culture or whatever, but COME ON.
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melissakj
Sigh.. on Jan 25, 2013 @ 11:06 am

While I get that language is a fundamental element of culture, I find this law to be rather exclusionary and bordering on totalitarian. This kind of legislature will have no beneficial long-term consequences on the issue of Quebec's relationship with Canada as a whole, regardless of whether they end up autonomous or not.
(Which in all likelihood will remain a pipe dream)
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mamaluv
hear hear! on Jan 25, 2013 @ 11:19 am

Very well said Melissakj!
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Ali de Bold
Wow on Jan 25, 2013 @ 01:10 pm

I had no idea they took it that seriously. I wonder what locals think about stuff like this. Anyone from Quebec that could comment?
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melissakj
:) on Jan 25, 2013 @ 01:27 pm

Thank you Mamaluv!

I have a good friend that is an anglophone living in Quebec. She told me she is often made to feel like a second class citizen for being unable to speak french. Obviously it's not reflective of every citizen in Quebec, but segregation is never okay-- especially when it's ingrained into the law by way of some backwards mandate.
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pixiestix
i hear you on Jan 25, 2013 @ 03:43 pm

ive lived in quebec all of my life i am anglophone but speak perfect french and there is so much mud slinging going on here bus drivers refuse to speak to you in english even if your a tourist and need directions they yell at you the metro people tell you they dont have to serve you because your only english speaking and as of lately a local dentist told a family to get out of his practice and refused to treat a 2 yr old because the family was english thats why i posted the cupcake story too, when the weather wasnt so cold the french students took to the streets downtown with a canadian flag they spit on it stomped on it let people run over it with thier cars all while wearing a t-shirt that said we live in quebec the only language is french,the true seperatists are starting to bully and even pick on anyone who speaks english on the streets even if your a tourist or even if you know how to speak french they dont want you to speak any english anywhere at anytime and its getting scary down here
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melissakj
That's terrifying on Jan 25, 2013 @ 04:06 pm

I just don't understand how language could be a point of of such contention. All it really is is a vehicle to convey meaning. Since when is a person any less of a person when the ideas they express are simply codified differently?

L'égalité est pour tout le monde = Equality is for everyone.
The language I speak should have no impact on this concept.
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nscott84
My friend on Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:09 pm

I have a friend in Canada who told me she has been harrassed lately as well because she speaks English online. One instance she told me was an issue using bestbuy.com. I wouldn't think form fillers for an order would be so different. I'm sorry this goes on.
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KatelynRose1984
Ridiculous. on Jan 30, 2013 @ 08:01 am


That's absolutely ridiculous! They should be happy that they have a beautiful and successful business there. I never really understood the language controversy.. It frustrates me!
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Becky
Ridiculous! on Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:41 pm

Deny as much as they want, they are Canadian first, Quebequois second! As far as I know Canada allows the freedom of speech. How is what Quebec doing even legal? What about the Italian restaurants with Italian names, or Indian restaurants with Indian sounding names? Should they all change too? This is so ridiculous.
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