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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:51 PM

Quebec language police go after 'pasta' on Italian restaurant's menu

Source: The Globe and Mail

The word “pasta” is a little too Italian for Quebec’s language cops.

They’d prefer something more in the language of Moliere than Michaelangelo when it comes to menus, even in Italian restaurants.

“Pasta” wasn’t the only word that left a sour taste when they recently chewed over the menu at Buonanotte, a trendy Italian restaurant in Montreal. There were several other words that didn’t have enough of a French flavour for the Office Quebecois de la language francaise.

... Diane De Courcy, the minister responsible for the language law, tweeted that she was “amazed” at the situation: “I’m going to have someone look into this to see what happened,” she also told reporters in Quebec City.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/mamma-mia-quebec-language-cops-dont-like-the-italian-in-restaurant-menu/article8905318/

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:34 AM

1. I looked online for a menu (en francais) for Maxim's in Paris.

Couldn't find one. I wonder if THEY have their menus reflecting francophilic tendencies. Les spaghetti?

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:39 AM

2. Quebec trips over itself

Quebec's government has one goal which is separation from Canada,current government is on a renewed effort to eradicate anything English and has an entire government department set up for this purpose its called the office de la langue Francais and they have unlimited powers when it comes to the law concerning English, stories like "Pasta Gate" abound and are almost a daily event.
Insanity like this =[link:http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/10/22/f-quebec-language-laws-bill-101.html|

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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:59 AM

3. More insanity from Quebecs Language police.


These separatists are batshit crazy, and they are the ruling provincial government at the moment, stuff like this goes on almost daily..
[link:http://www.lfpress.com/2012/10/15/big-box-stores-could-shut-down-over-quebec-language-threat-expert|

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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:44 AM

4. The depth of the insanity.

On Saturday, La Presse columnist Yves Boisvert penned a scathing account of a recent visit by a singularly enthusiastic OQLF inspector to Holder restaurant in Old Montreal. The owner of the high-end brasserie, Maurice Holder, told Boisvert he was asked to cover up the “redial” and “hold” buttons on the restaurant’s phone with opaque tape, and to do the same for the “ON/OFF” button on the microwave.

The last straw? Being ordered to take down the “W.C.” sign on the washroom door. The initials, which stand for “water closet,” are commonly used to mark bathroom doors in France, Holder pointed out to the inspector.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Beef+owner+digs+into+pastagate/8007898/story.html#ixzz2Lnuq87yr

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