OLF peeved at Order of Pharmacists

Posted By: Claude Beaulieu · 12/19/2012 3:39:00 PM

A pharmacist who's been practicing in the West Island since the mid-60's is upset about a letter re received recently from his professional Order, which itself had received a warning from Quebec's Office de la Langue Francaise about a violation of the language law.

The pharmacist who brought this story to our attention and asked not to be identified or recorded says he's angry about an order from the OLF, which has told the Quebec Order of Pharmacists to have its members remove English-language posters and flyers from their pharmacies pertaining to Quebec's code of caution on medication.
Order of Pharmacists president Diane Lamarre says the OLF's directive was never questioned

As for the anonymous pharmacist -- a bilingual anglophone -- he as told CJAD News that he always serves his clients in the language of their choice.

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  1. Lesley posted on 12/19/2012 04:01 PM
    Are the kidding ?????? To remove info on health issues in either language is a crime against society!!.
  2. Pierre posted on 12/19/2012 04:45 PM
    The OLF, an instrument of the PQ is there to turn up the heat on English speaking Quebeckers so they get fed up and throw in the towel and move away. A strategy born in 1995 after Parizeau's infamous speech. They need "NO" voters to move away if they ever are ever to get their "Country".
  3. ralf ferly posted on 12/19/2012 04:53 PM
    C'est absolument révoltant.
  4. Nancy posted on 12/19/2012 04:56 PM
    Have these people all gone mad???????? I say, send the whole bunch of them to North Korea. Maybe they'll be happier there! It's quite evident to me that anglophones here are simply not wanted or respected in any way.Thank goodness I'm getting out of here in the near future! The sooner the better! I was born and raised in Quebec... what a shame to feel that you MUST leave.
  5. Debbie Wood posted on 12/19/2012 05:11 PM
    Are you kidding me. When do we say enough....
  6. marjorie posted on 12/19/2012 05:15 PM
    that should be again the law cause this is people life we are talking about and you want them to do a doctor job wow what a grovenment we got
  7. Carole Davies posted on 12/19/2012 05:18 PM
    Can someone please tell me why this isn't being taken to the Human Rights Commission OR, indeed, to the United Nations to truly expose the total amount of discrimination toward the English-speaking (i.e. foeigners in their own land) people in the PROVINCE of quebec, and totally ignored by our FEDERAL government???
    1. Jay posted on 12/25/2012 08:30 AM
      @Carole Davies That is what I have always asked myself. I am upset with the Federal government too for having left us to the wind. A couple of weeks ago I had surgery and two different nurses were really terse with me, a visible minority, refusing to speak to a groggy me in English, bossing me about, even though I had been responding in French to them. In two separate incidents one finally spoke English when I didn't understand something and told her angrily in French that although I speak French I didn't know all the medical terms in French... 6 hours after surgery....The other one never introduced herself and after asking if I was English or French continued in French to lace into me, falsely accusing me of not following procedures. I was following my doctor's directives. Having witnessed how she treated the 3 others in the room I told her in French how she had chosen to mistreat only me and later that evening she spoke some English to me. It was not even 18 hours after major surgery. We have no rights. We are treated like second class citizens. In the 21st century how is this acceptable? Why are the roads allowed to be signed only French not considering the well-being of all? A pharmacist needs to be able to communicate. Very often it is a life or death situation. People often advocate animal rights more than people's rights.
  8. Tash posted on 12/19/2012 07:09 PM
    I can't believe what this is becoming. Quebec has always been a beautiful place and known for its cultural diversity. This is going way too far. They will be putting everyones safety at risk. I have worked in a pharmacy for over 10 years as a technician and can tell you that all of our clients, no matter the language, rely on the information that we provide for them. Can you imagine the dilemas we'll be facing if one of our clients become seriously ill or even die because they were unable to understand the written instructions on their vials??? We value ALL of our customers and we are in the field to protect and provide them with all necessary information pertaining to their medication, both over the counter and prescribed. To do otherwise is unthinkable! Does Pauline Marois realize that this is NOT a third world country nor is there a DICTATORSHIP!!! We live in a democracy and as a Human, we both have and are entitled to HUMAN RIGHTS!!
  9. Clara posted on 12/19/2012 09:02 PM
    I am beginning to think that the Quebec Government has totally lost their marbles. Their hospitals will fill by leaps and bounds, costing them so much money that they will regret the day they decided to have French only signs in their pharmacies. How can they be allowed to do something that will cause so much tragic to so many English people. Who will help the elderly? The many people here in Quebec who does not speak French nor have the technology to help them out? I feel very sad living here and being English, I almost feel like the government is trying to rid itself of all the English language people.
  10. Jenny posted on 12/19/2012 09:09 PM
    And yet our federal government is sitting pretty in Ottawa not saying anything. How sad is this??
  11. unreal posted on 12/19/2012 09:19 PM
    This is going to far,when is Canada going to step in to stop this nonsense.
    What are the Anglos a disease that has to be put down.I think we should have another election immediately.
    I'am embarrassed to be governed by cavemen!
    What a mistake to let the PQ in power again,hopefully a new leader can bring peace,and jobs to this city.This is our health,what are they doing?
    Mme.Marois should stop this group, they bring hatred to everyone.That is what we get when they have all the funding available to go out and harass the pharmasists who serve us on daily basis.
    Metro rude,you get beat up if you speak in english.
    English education comes with a price,now wanting an exam in french to graduate!
    What next stamp our foreheads with ANGLO beware,do not look at them!
  12. Franz09 posted on 12/20/2012 04:23 AM
    It is hard enough to understand medical information in your mother tongue, let alone a second language. To deny patients the right to choice of language concerning their health information is a huge violation of patient's rights. Someone needs to pull in the reins on this out of control OLF. They are hell bent on the destruction of everything English with no regard to the consequences of the public's suffering from their ignorance. This has to stop immediately!
  13. joanne scullion posted on 12/20/2012 08:27 AM
    bill 14 is not even passed what the hell is going on, is this what lady marois means that quebecers should all be watch dogs and be language snitches this is disgusting, this is why we all have to show up for the anti bill 14 demonstration 17 of feb ruary
  14. Mary posted on 12/20/2012 08:35 AM
    If we are entitled to healthcare in english then obviously we are entitled to any serious health warnings in english as well as prescriptions in ENGLISH. I always ask for mine to be typed up in english and receive it no problem. It's about time people start standing up to the OLF. In fact it's about time Marois saves us tons of money and puts the OLF out of commission. If there were ever an office we don't need they are it!
  15. Realist posted on 12/20/2012 09:37 AM
    Well I guess this is one way to reduce the english population of Montreal. I just can't help but wonder what the OLF and other bureaucrats are thinking about when they decide that safety precautions should only be available to francophones.
  16. m posted on 12/20/2012 11:57 AM
    This is disgustingly dangerous and shows me all the more that I made the right decision to leave the province
  17. enoughcrap posted on 12/20/2012 03:53 PM
    This is too disgusting to even discuss. It is time for our federal government to meet with anglos to discuss the "true facts" pertaining to this bunch of heathens who are attacking people like a pack of wild dogs.

    I am beginning to want to pray for the end of the world as of midnight tonight in hopes that our country will be rid of these vicious subhumans.

    To my fellow Canadian anglos, god bless and merry christmas.
  18. Tazylady posted on 12/20/2012 04:13 PM
    This QOLF is a club house for aliens - right ? because they're certainly not human ! - just by their actions toward the English and their health among other issues !!
  19. Lillouie posted on 12/20/2012 04:19 PM
    Is this the OFL's way to kill off the English speaking people?
  20. Sheryl posted on 12/20/2012 04:25 PM
    The last time I looked, Quebec was still a part of Canada and Canada had 2 official languages, French and English. So why is the OLF allowed to wipe English out at every possible chance and why is the Federal government not stepping in to put the OLF in its place?
    1. Jenny posted on 12/21/2012 11:31 AM
      @Sheryl Sheryl, I am truly not sure any more. If we are "still" part of Canada, then where is the Federal government in all this? Why are they not stepping in to say "ASSEZ" (just in case they do not undersand ENOUGH IS ENOUGH). I wonder if the Liberals were in power they would have ignored their duty as Federal goverment towards its constituents? I'm just saying. When will Mr. H step up to the plate and use his newly found love of the French language and beat some sense in Mme. Marois. Why is he visiting North Korea and not come to his own back yeard and see what abuse of power is going on here? Pay attention your honorable Mr. H. PAY ATTENTION.
  21. enoughcrap posted on 12/20/2012 06:10 PM
    I will continue to exercise my right of expression and opinion by repeatedly reposting my comment until it appears here. My comment: "Sorry Tash, but I'm afraid I can't support your description of kebec. It has not been as you describe, Quebec has always been a beautiful place and known for its cultural diversity during my adult life. It was very interesting prior to PE Trudeau's political scam but it is not a place that average anglo Canadians would cross the street to help. I can only wish the franco kebecers the worst of whatever comes their way - they deserve to be treated the same way they have historically treated their captured colonies and now us
  22. Stan posted on 12/20/2012 08:41 PM
    Yes, they are attempting to drive out the unfrench, so that they can regress back to a 'better' time when they toiled the land by day and sang french songs by night. Those of us they can't drive away they are apparently trynig to kill off in hopes that we wil OD on OTC drugs.

    Eventually the OLF will be armed with accent reading devices, where anyone suspected of not being 100% francophone will have to speak into a microphone, and, if you 'blow' less than 100, you'll be tazered and never heard from again.
  23. maria posted on 12/21/2012 07:49 AM
    I will also say why do we not get the human rights commission involved, this is
    bordering abuse - very close to the countries that tried to get rid of their minorities
    in not so nice ways. I for one will be trying to contact the human rights commission
    but what ends up happening is their is always so much bureauocracy and red tape you end up throwing your hands in the air and say "forget about it", and you say to yourself it is easier just to move - but it is our Federal Governments fault because they have allowed
    the PQ and the Liberals to Let this OLF get away with what ever they want. If Harper does not step in and put a guardian (if that is what u want to call it) in to watch out for us then we are in for a wicked ride. But then again with all government bureauocracy this will
    end up costing money and again it will be our taxes - Anyway we go at it we loose.
  24. CAROL posted on 12/21/2012 11:37 AM
    Pharmaceutical instructions should be posted in as many languages as possible. IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  25. paul posted on 12/21/2012 12:09 PM
    Maybe it's time the fedral gouverment sterp in because quebec is falling apart in a big way
    1. Chris posted on 12/21/2012 02:05 PM
      @paul Sheryl, Jenny, and Paul THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE ENGLISH QUEBECERS. Either take a stand and FIGHT or just sit and weep. What can I tell you. Why don't we get up and bring this to the HUMANS RIGHTS Commission and then if that does not work bring it to the SUPERIOR COURTS - if the Muslims can wear their body coverings in court and in public, then for the love of God why can't the English speak IN ENGLISH. Where is the logic in that. I don't know who made a comment under that article but he/she is right 100000%. This is insane
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