A nightclub that's been a fixture on the Main for more than two decades says it has settled its differences with Quebec's language authorities — over its name.
The Blue Dog Motel had been warned it must change or modify its name, or face a penalty.
Owner Raphael Kerwin says he got a phone call this afternoon telling him it was all a mis-understanding.
"He says we're in the clear and he says it was because they had a gone a few months before and taken the picture before we had changed the sign, but we changed the sign almost a year ago." says Kerwin.
A letter sent to the establishment by the Office québécois de la langue française was posted on its Facebook page Monday night.
It states that following an "inspection" of the premises, the OQLF has found the name Blue Dog to be in violation of several sections of Bill 101, including the section which requires businesses with English names to carry a French descriptor.
"I'm just more annoyed than anything," says Kerwin. "We put it on Facebook yesterday, and we've had such a great response from both French and English people saying this was just totally ridiculous."
OQLF spokesperson Jean-Pierre Leblanc says in the overwhelming majority of cases, the issue is resolved without penalty.
"98 percent of cases are all settled in collaboration with the business and the OQLF," Leblanc says.