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Quebec language police target Chelsea store owner's Facebook page

Social Media is now on the radar of the Quebec language police.

Eva Cooper owns Delilah in the Parc - a shop in Chelsea. She received a letter from the language office telling her to translate everything posted on her store's Facebook page into French.

Cooper tells CTV Ottawa she's shocked and says social media is a grey zone with language.

"I'm not interested in posting a French posting and then to have the identical one in English. So, I may end up mixing English and French together," said Cooper.

All of Cooper's employees are bilingual and the signage in the store is also listed in both languages. She says she speaks with customers in their preferred language.

"No one's paid me a membership fee to be a part of my Facebook page - it's free, it's up to them to like us."

Cooper uses the shop's Facebook page as its main presence online.

She's asked the agency to send her the French-only letter in English but has yet to receive it. Cooper has been given until March 10 to respond to the notice and to come up with ways to address the issue, or face a fine.

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  1. JamesC_003 posted on 02/27/2014 08:48 AM
    *sigh* ... Will Quebec ever understand that they are preventing business growth in their province with laws like these?
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