Major retailers victorious in court against Quebec government over French signs
MONTREAL - A judge has ruled that major retailers do not have to modify their commercial names to French to continue operating in Quebec.
A Quebec Superior Court justice says businesses that have storefront signs with their trademark name in a language other than French do not contravene the French Language Charter.
Several retailers took the province's language watchdog to court after they were told to change their names or risk losing the right to do business in the province.
The Office quebecois de la langue francaise wanted the companies to change their signs to either give themselves a generic French name or add a slogan or explanation that reflected what they sold.
The businesses included Best Buy, Costco, Gap, Old Navy, Guess, Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Curves.
Language watchdog Jean-Pierre Le Blanc says it'll be up to the attorney general's office to decide whether to appeal Wednesday's ruling.
Read more Business News
- Snowbirds hit townKelowna
- Pilot out of hospitalVernon / N. Okanagan
- Highway 97 reopenedVernon / N. Okanagan
- Wildfire doused quicklyCentral Okanagan
|QHR Technologies Inc||1.20||+0.05|
|Anavex Life Sciences||0.2675||+0.0025|
|Copper Mountain Mining||2.86||-0.11|
|Sunrise Resources Ltd||0.035||+0.015|
|Mission Ready Services||0.155||-0.035|
Photo: Thinkstock.comWays to reduce your Debt:Make a budget and get budget counselingA basic first step for debt reduction is to prepare a budget and plan your spending. Once you have a budget, you mu...
The Big Picture Geopolitical tensions rattle markets The spectre of rising geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Gaza cast a shadow over an otherwise positive week in the markets. News that a passenger...
Photo: ContributedI have the pleasure of witnessing people delegate tasks quite often. Sometimes with tremendous success and sometimes with disastrous consequences. I have chaired a lot of committees...