OQLF sends demand letter for use of English on Facebook

Quebec's language watchdog is at it again - targetting a small business for its use of English on social media.

The Star reports the OQLF is going after a small retail boutique in Chelsea for failing to translate its Facebook page into French, warning it will face an injunction and possibly fines if it doesn't comply.

The owner of Delilah in the Parc says she doesn't feel the government has any business poking its nose into what she posts on Facebook.

She has until March 10th to respond to the notice.

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  1. Will Super posted on 02/27/2014 02:55 AM
    First, OQLF sent letters to Dan Delmar's company, Provocateur Communications, demanding a french translation of his website.

    Next, they sent a letter demanding Eva Cooper's retail boutique's Facebook page to be translated in french.

    Soon, the OQLF will send a letter to CJAD demanding them to translate their website also...Can they?
    1. Jennifer posted on 02/28/2014 03:15 PM
      @Will Super I have a suggestion: why doesn't the OQLF pay for the translation from their own pocket?
  2. clint posted on 02/27/2014 08:35 AM
    "Québec Government Office in New York" Face Book is all in ENGLISH......so this means we are not allowed to speak English but we are allowed to speak AMERICAN.....this has all been a big misunderstanding.
    Next time the OQLF tell you to take down your English signs...tell them its not English ...it's American.
    1. markR posted on 02/27/2014 12:42 PM
      @clint Internet, web pages, fall under telecommunication which falls under federal jurisdiction when did it become a provincial matter???
  3. Nica posted on 02/27/2014 08:47 AM
    The PQ, the OQLF...the whole lot of them, have to be the most miserable and pathetic people on the planet.
  4. Gord posted on 02/27/2014 09:13 AM
    Seriously? Remind me where we live again. Last I checked we are not in a communist country. People are sleeping in the hallways of hospitals, and we are paying people to scour social media sites, desert spoons and menus for words that are non-compliant.

    It would be funny if it wasn't so damn sad. Thanks for the brilliant usage of the 65% of my salary you take for taxes!
  5. steve edwards posted on 02/27/2014 09:29 AM
    Where does all this end when citizens finally get the guts to tell a dictatorial government NO? Will the citizens be like the proverbial frog that gets slowly boiled to death as it acclimates itself to hotter and hotter water? Does the Supreme Court of Canada not provide any protections against such fascistic actions. Either somebody stands up and is willing to pay the price for the defence of their civil rights or accept the further and further erosion of your rights and freedoms. Great leaders like Gandhi and
    Martin Luther King faced similar choices.
  6. Joe posted on 02/27/2014 10:01 AM
    Time for the Bon Cop to step in. C'mon JF. This company is using the www to promote itself not the qww to remain stagnant as the olf want us to be!
  7. Realist posted on 02/27/2014 11:49 AM
    Let me see if I have this right? The OQLF is empowered to regulate that businesses registered in Qubec to ensure that they have french websites. Facebook is not a business website registered in Quebec, though Quebec businesses do have a presence there. So in the logic of the OQLF they now have the authority to regulate Facebook.

    Does this apply to LinkedIn,Pinterest etc..., just how far does the OQLF think that they can limit free speach.
    1. Patrick Prudhomme posted on 02/28/2014 04:01 AM
      @Realist "...in the logic of the OQLF..."

      Now THERE'S an oxymoron if ever I heard one!
  8. joeN posted on 02/27/2014 12:40 PM
    Why is this a surprise? We are heading into another provincial election and the PQ and it's extreme supporters are creating language issues to galvanize the voters who do not know any better. The charter plus these petty issues take away attention from the real issues such as the economy, the corrupt deals with unions, the incompetence and mismanagement of our tax dollars.
  9. Ryan posted on 02/27/2014 12:59 PM
    I don't see what the big deal is here. Not only does Google have an easy to use translation page, but there is also apps/extensions you can get for your browser to translate all the websites you see into your language.
    If French people don't want to install an app to make the mostly English internet turn into French, then that's their problem.
    1. George73 posted on 02/27/2014 05:41 PM
      @Ryan The PQ want to keep their serfs ignorant. Next the OQLF will try to block the Google translate function.
    2. Kat posted on 02/28/2014 01:57 PM
      @Ryan The big deal is is that the Quebec government is continuously trying to suppress the rights of tax paying English citizens. And our Prime Minister is allowing these injustices to happen.
  10. Meatplow posted on 02/27/2014 01:18 PM
    They're doing this stuff as a minority government. Imagine how far they will go as a majority. What will be the next target.. our homes?...private phone conversations?....big brother (.or big momma pauline..) will be watching....
  11. Patrick Prudhomme posted on 02/28/2014 03:58 AM
    Sorry but...

    Facebook is considered "social media" and does NOT fall under the category of what's called "advertising".

    Nice try, ya losers!
  12. Rob posted on 02/28/2014 06:56 AM
    OK OK, All of you put your business websites into ENGLISH only. Demand that the OLF be disbanded and bill 101 eliminated. when that happens, gladly return your pages to French or bilingual or whatever you want. Point final.
  13. walter posted on 02/28/2014 07:22 AM
    OQLF has a new mandate. Try to piss of as many English as possible, so the leave.
    Got to get those winning condition for the PQ. Plus they need money.
  14. Willem B posted on 02/28/2014 11:46 AM
    So, what's it going to take for people to do what they are legally able to do -- that is call a non-confidence vote and bring down this minority government?

    The last times this big wheel went around (circa 1980 and again around 1998), we would all wish for byelections where we could cut down the PQ majority and finally call a non-confidence vote.

    Quite frankly, I'm surprised that it has not been done a long time ago. Meanwhile, the lunatics are running the asylum and we're just standing by watching them do it.

    I'm not by any means advocating violence or anything illegal -- simply use the legal mechanisms that are currently at our disposal and put an end to this nonsense.

    Instead, all I hear is complaint after complaint while the PQ gets bolder and bolder, wondering when someone will finally step in and say "no".

    So, how about it? Call your MNA!
    1. Adam posted on 03/02/2014 11:05 AM
      @Willem B Will,
      The problem is no MNA, no party will stand up for Anglo rights. I could jump up and down, and hold my breath until I am blue in the face, and all my MNA would do is has s/he wishs.
  15. Tyson Hodgson posted on 02/28/2014 12:33 PM
    Is this the beginning of Parkagate?
  16. Sharon posted on 03/02/2014 08:14 AM
    There is a cupcake store in ST Jerome, the name is in big letters, SUGAR LADY advertising we sell cupcakes, I guess if you are French owners you can do what you want.
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