Québec Language Police:

« trop d'anglais sur l'inforoute ? »

The Office de la langue francaise (OLF) has dispatched its language police to surf the Net and track down web sites operated by Quebec companies that contain too much English, and not enough French.

Humourless technocrats reign on Infobahn!
- Les gendarmes patrouillent l'inforoute -
The Convergence, 21jun97, (David Jones)

Players:

Micro-Bytes Logiciel
This web site contains lots of French and English.

l'Office de la langue française
This web site contains `virtually' no English. La Charte de la langue française n'est pas disponible en anglais.

Micro-Bytes Mini-FAQ
The webmaster for Micro-Bytes has created a web page with answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the whole OLF v. Micro-Bytes affair. Visit this page for the latest news.

Correspondence:

letter from OLF to Microbtyes (06feb97)

letter from OLF to Microbtyes (29may97)

Email Addresses:

Micro-Bytes Logiciel --> info@microbytes.com
Staff at Micro-Bytes say they are encouraged by words of support and don't mind receiving your email. They will try to give everyone a personal reply, but they may become overwhelmed.
l'Office de la langue française --> scom@olf.gouv.qc.ca
L'Office de la langue française would like to hear your thoughts on the matter.
Louise Beaudoin --> louise.beaudoin/depute/pq@assnat.qc.ca
The provincial Minister of Culture and Communications would like to know if you agree with her view that the OLF has jurisdiction to regulate content on the Internet in Quebec.
Clifford Lincoln --> ?email?
This local MNA for Pointe-Claire has spoken out in support of his constituent.
Sheila Copps --> min_copps@pch.gc.ca
The Canadian Heritage Minister has already stated publicly that the OLF lacks jurisdiction over the Internet. She is apparently reluctant to act until the matter goes to court.
Anne McClellan --> ?email?
The new Justice Minister might be expected to have something to say about provincial bureaucrats threatening and harassing Canadian citizens by claiming authority that is clearly outside their jurisdiction. It might be viewed as negligent and irresponsible to let citizens be needlessly intimidated.
Stéphane Dion --> ?email?
The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs ought to have something to say about whether policing Internet content is a federal or provincial matter, n'est-ce pas?

Media Coverage:

Net user to take on OLF in court
Montreal Gazette, 31jul97, (Katherine Wilton)
Quebec store caught in language Web
Globe & Mail, 23jun97
'Nitpicking' language police told to ease off
Toronto Star, 22jun97
Summer flics
Toronto Star, 22jun97
Bill 101 on the Web
Montreal Gazette, 21jun97, (Louise Beaudoin)
Montreal party officials resign over language
Toronto Star, 21jun97, (Robert McKenzie)
Quebec controls Web: Minister
Montreal Gazette, 20jun97, (Elizabeth Thompson)
À la chaudière
Le Journal de Montéal, 19jun97, (Michel C. Auger)
Un nouveau virus sur le Web : L'OLF
La Presse, 19jun97, (Alain Dubuc)
Now it's business-card police
Montreal Gazette, 19jun97, (Jonathon Gatehouse)
OLF overstepping its jurisdiction on Internet: Copps
Montreal Gazette, 19jun97, (Elizabeth Thompson)
Language police bust Quebec Web site
Convergence, 18jun97, (David Nodwell)
Absurdity language of choice on Net
Montreal Gazette, 18jun97, (Matt Friedman)
Smashing the little problems
Montreal Gazette, 18jun97, (Don Macpherson)
OLF makes Quebec look ridiculous
Montreal Gazette, 18jun97, (Clifford Lincoln)
Internet language policy under fire
Montreal Gazette, 18jun97, (Elizabeth Thompson, Mike King)
Web Anglais? Non, S'il Vous Plait
Wired News, 17jun97, (Ashley Craddock)
OLF right to patrol Web: Beaudoin
Montreal Gazette, 17jun97, (Elizabeth Thompson, Mike King)
Quebec's language cops slammed over Net policy
Calgary Herald, 16jun97, (Mike King)
Language police patrolling Internet sites
Montreal Gazette, 14jun97, (Mike King)


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