OQLF backs off after targetting bar on the Main over its name


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.

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  1. Rhonda Buckland posted on 05/20/2014 12:05 PM
    How did Newtown get away with it...especially that the name comes from a common French name? Just wondering...
    1. Richard posted on 05/20/2014 06:38 PM
      @Rhonda Buckland I was going to say the same thing...Also Nickels They get away with it because they are rich Quebecers
  2. LMAO posted on 05/20/2014 12:37 PM
    If it's taken them 20 years to spot the issue than maybe it's time to close this department as the inspectors are obviously blind or useless. It's time to either allow businesses to earn a living or owners to tell these clowns they will not be intimidated and are closing their doors.
    Why have they not told the Casino to cover the English instructions on the slots or manufacture their own French language signs to cover them? Its so easy to pick on the little guy as usual.
    1. Murray posted on 05/20/2014 07:52 PM
      @LMAO Why not file a complaint with the OQLF re the casino?
  3. SStM posted on 05/20/2014 05:06 PM
    It would seem that the Quebec Restrictions on the Public Use of Minority Languages do not apply to members of the majority. I assume that there are no anonymous snitches reporting francophone owned businesses from using English and other minority languages in public. Perhaps the owner of Blue Dog should claim that his use of the artistic logo is a piece of art or a political protest and then it ought to be protected by freedom of speech. Or maybe a big black duct tape X over the art : Muzzling the Blue Dog .That might be even more entertaining in the court of public opinion. It IS artistic. I like it. Too bad the Quebec Bashers want it removed. This action by the language police embarrasses and humiliates all Quebecers.
  4. Eric posted on 05/20/2014 08:22 PM
    If your store name is in English you need to add a French descriptor? Heck, I would need an English descriptor if I only saw the store name Blue Dog ! **LOL*

    And I guess the sign under it that says bar/barbier is not enough of a descriptor for the Francaphone community? Give me a break!!!
  5. sstm posted on 05/20/2014 10:19 PM
    How much $ did that little escapade cost the taxpayer? Travel expenses , rental of office space for the IQ's that worked on the dossier, their hourly rate, etc etc. How many times a day does this type of travesty occur ? We can assume that it happens quite often , otherwise the brain trust wouldn't find it necessary to maintain this organ of the Quebec government.
  6. Leo posted on 05/21/2014 08:16 AM
    And we teach our kids not to be bullies???
    Wow, this is how we teach our kids to treat each other? ... Beat up on your fellow english speaking neighbor, .... beat up on your neighbor who wears religious head scarfs. Nice job guys. I'm sure this is very encouraging to foreign investors thinking of moving to Quebec.
    We are a bloody JOKE!
  7. Christina posted on 05/21/2014 04:19 PM
    Such nonsense!! Btw, how come a government appointed group OLF uses an English word in its name. Office de la langue francais, should it be 'bureau'?! It's such a waste of my tax money. What is better for sustainability; preservation of the French language or proper education and health care for its citizens? I will never understand the OLF
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