Friday, February 10, 2012

French versus English Volume 47

Danon Yogurt Tells Anglos & Ethnics not to bother applying for Job
Doesn't matter if you speak French perfectly, if it isn't your mother tongue, don't bother applying for this job posted by Danon.
See it here  Job Offer

It is the very first time I've ever seen a job offered with French as a mother tongue being a requirement.

This from the online ad;


LANGUES:
Français: Langue maternelle
Anglais: Courant
 
Methinks that the employment agency that prepared the ad screwed up. I don't think it is legal to include 'Mother Tongue' in a job description.
That type of discrimination is usually exercised during the interview...Ahem..
(Thanks to Phil for the story)

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As a commenter  pointed out, the job description has now been modified on the website to read:
• LANGUES:
Français: Courant
Anglais: Courant  


Danone has replied to this posting as follows;
Danone Canada also commented on No Dogs Or Anglophones's link.
"Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
You are correct in suggesting that “mother tongue” should not have been in the posted job description.
It is, in fact, never one of the criteria for a job application. In this case, the criteria regarding languages should have been “Fluent” in both French and English.
The field “mother tongue” is pre-formatted in our internal database within the General Information section, and it allows us to identify an employee’s mother tongue. The field “mother tongue” was inadvertently copy/pasted in the job description.

We would like to thank you as you have allowed us to not only correct our mistake but also to review our entire job posting process.

Danone has strong social principles and believes in welcoming diversity and allowing it to prosper."
Readers, I consider the matter CLOSED. 

The company has reacted responsibly.
Let's not have any talk of boycott ....
Ex-anglo rights activist joins CAQ
Nobody can question the dedication to Anglo rights of one William 'Pit' Bill Johnson, who has militated tirelessly on behalf of English rights in Quebec for decades. The ex-president of Alliance Quebec has written eloquently over the years, staunchly defending an alternate and inclusive view of Quebec society.

So it is signifigant that he has embraced Francois Legault's CAQ, a strong signal to the English community that it is okay to support the party and that fears of a latent separatist bent is unfounded.

While the Premier howls that the CAQ is a closet separatist party, the PQ is now adopting the line that the party is federalist.

By embracing Johnson, a strong federalist with an anti-Bill 101 pedigree, Legault, in one fell swoop, has displayed by his actions that his 'Rainbow coalition' really will set aside the sovereignty question to concentrate on fixing the economy and the failed 'Quebec Model'
Read Mr. Johnson's explanation on why he joined the CAQ  Montreal Gazette  Alternate Link

Speaking of Francois Legault, Here is a video posted on YouTube, of the leader of the CAQ struggling mightily in English.
It's a bit mean-spirited....so obviously I couldn't resist posting it!



As for speaking English, listen to this sound bite, where the importance of speaking English is underlined.


Guess who said it?

Quebec getting poorer- Quebec Prof
"A study from l'Université de Montréal's business school HEC Montréal has concluded that the income gap is widening between Quebec and wealthier parts of Canada – and that Quebec could be the poorest province in the country within a decade.
The research conducted by HEC's Centre for Productivity and Prosperity found that between 1978 and 2009 the net average household income gains in all other provinces outstripped Quebec's gains.
In 2009, the last year the study looked at, the average resident of Newfoundland and Labrador – traditionally Canada's poorest province – earned just $3,127 less than the average Quebecer, while an Albertan averaged $17,947 more than someone living in Quebec. Read the rest of the story

The fact that the study was prepared by a Quebecer of impeccable credentials augers poorly for the spin artists. I'm anxiously awaiting the explanations which will invariably blame you-know-who.
C'mon, Jean-François Lisée, you're up!

Here is a really good article in the National Post which says much about the economic problems of Quebec and eerily resembles much of what I wrote in my last post. I'm glad the story came out after mine, otherwise I might be accused of plagiarism! Link


Pierre Curzi - Nuttier than a fruit cake
In a piece that smacks of childish wishful thinking, Quebec's resident fantasist Pierre Curzi has pontificated on how Quebec can wrest more power from Ottawa.
Read it and weep over the fact that idiots like him can actually one day exercise power over us.
"There are two ways for the people of Quebec to obtain additional powers of the federal government. The first is to undertake the drafting of a Quebec constitution, irregardless whether it is a provincial constitution or constitution of a country. At the end of the drafting process which would define Quebec values ​​(French language, equality of men and women, secular state, etc..), democratic institutions and the powers necessary for the emancipation of Quebec, the new constitution would be ratified democratically by the Quebec nation and presented to English Canada. Canada would then be required to bargain in good faith with Quebec's constitutional powers enshrined in the first constitution of Québec.
The second way to get more federal powers would be to make several constitutional demands and to hold a referendum to determine which baskets of requests should be submitted as part of the negotiations with Canada.  
In this case, the caquistes could ask Quebecers if they want to repatriate their taxes or treaties like Kyoto. They could also provide citizens of Quebec  the opportunity to decide on the possibility of repatriating cultural sovereignty, justice, the maritime territory, the environment, unemployment insurance or old age pensions. Link{Fr}
Is it that hard to see the essential flaw in Mr. Curzi's argument?
Why on Earth would Ottawa negotiate any of this?

Quebec civil service sending nasty political messages
It seems that the civil service is now in the political message department, posting this rather nasty note to those recently arrived immigrants wishing to obtain information about obtaining a Health card, in English.


I find the whole thing nasty and objectionable and take particular exception to the part that says you can only participate in Quebec civic and social life in French. T'ain't so.
(Thanks to Frank for the story.)

Pauline Marois - Let the rich pay!
Pauline, Do the Math!
In an absurd piece of pandering, Pauline Marois promised to abolish the proposed Health Tax imposed by the Liberal government.
According to Madame Marois her measure will eventually return $950 million to taxpayers who will be able to inject the money directly into the economy.
To pay for the revenue shortfall, she intends on taxing the rich.

She told reporters at a news conference that a PQ government  would raise the tax rate on those making over $130,000 a year by 4% and by 7% on those making over $250,000 and by reducing certain tax credits such as certain capital gains and credits on dividends. Read the story in French 

But this is the same separatist math used by idiots like Mario Beaulieu intended to mislead and mesmerize.
You see readers, raising taxes on the rich by 4% or by 7% as she said,  may not seem like such a big deal, but it is when it is not really a 4% or 7% rise.

Madame Marois proposes increasing the tax rate on those earning between $130,000 to $250,000 from 24% to 28%, which in her book is a 4% increase and in mine (and anyone who can do math) a 16.6% increase. As for those who make over $250,000 Madame proposed that the tax rate be raised from 24% to 31%, a whopping tax increase of 29% instead of the 7% mentioned.

It means that someone making $130,000 will face a $5,200 extra tax bill and someone making $250,000 will face a $17,500 increase.

The rich already pay quite a bit.
The top 1.5% richest Quebecers pay 33% of the total tax collected and the top 20% pay 70% of all taxes.

In Quebec 40% of taxpayers of those filing a tax return pay nothing.

When asked by a reporter if the new measures would create an exodus of rich people out of Quebec, Madame Marois said that Quebec is still a better place to live than Alberta, because houses and education cost less. ARgghhh!!!  Link{Fr}

But hey, it makes good Press.
Think any of the mainstream media will do the math?

Daycare Strikers push greedy demands
As I told you on Wednesday, Quebec's unionized daycare workers are using a series of one-day strikes to terrorize parents into pressuring the government to give into their demands.
What are these demands?

The glorified babysitters, making between  $14.43 to $21.65 are demanding an 11% raise over three years .
In addition, they want between 11 and 13 paid holidays while the rest of we mere mortals must content ourselves to eight, so we can expect workers to be paid double time if they work on holidays like Valentine's Day or Remembrance Day.

The workers are also demanding 8-10 personal days and six weeks vacation.

There....did I make your day?
Those of you with university degrees making a lot less, you should have majored in Play-Doh!

By the way, in my article on Wednesday, I mentioned that the government subsidies each day care to the tune of $38 per child, per day. An article in La Presse indicates that the subsidy is higher, up to $58 a day. Link{Fr}

Amir Khadir-Too many English daycares
"Unless it is considered “indispensable,” the ability to speak English should not be a criterion for getting a job in this province, Québec solidaire president Françoise David told reporters on Saturday.
“We feel there are probably a lot of jobs where it’s not necessary to speak English,” said David, adding that the awarding of daycare centre permits be conditional to an assurance that “the predominant language in the education of young children be French."
“In Montreal at the moment we have plenty of family run daycares where French is not the predominant language,” she said. “And eventually we end up with children entering kindergarten who cannot speak French, which places them at a disadvantage to other children.” Read the rest of the story in the Montreal Gazette  Alternate Link

'Smoke meat' versus 'Viande Fumé.'
As you've all probably heard by now, Schwartz's, Montreal's iconic smoked meat restaurant is on the verge of being sold to a group that includes Céline Celine Dion's hubby/manager, René Angelil for a whopping 10 million.
For that price, it's obvious that the buyers are purchasing the brand, rather than just the restaurant and I guess it won't be long before we see  restaurants popping up in Chicoutimi and Quebec City.
As the restaurant climbs out of the kitsch and into the mainstream, it will face the inevitable language issues of Quebec.
First order of business will be to francize the name of business and get rid of that nasty apostrophe 'S'

Schwartz's = Chez Schwartz

Surely the OQLF will also be looking seriously at the issue of the restaurant's improper use of French in describing its plat-de-resistance as 'Smoke Meat' (which Francophone Montrealers have used for decades)
But perhaps a case can be made, considering that the French slang 'Smoke Meat' is different front the English 'Smoked Meat,' so perhaps the OQLF will allow the words to pass into the modern French lexicon.
Another issue is the translation of other favorites, like 'Karnatzel." In order to make the reference kosher for the OQLF (pun intended,) the restaurant will likely be obliged to add a French modifier to the Yiddish description,  hence 'Saucisse Karnatzel.'

As for the 'Nash' well, they'll have to work on a translation for that! (perhaps Grignote 'Nash')

The debate rages on as to whether Schwartz's is the best or not.

It is.....hands down.

All the other Montreal wannabes are good, but they don't quite get the spices and the texture perfect and that includes my favorite, Smoked Meat Pete's out in 'Île-Perrot, which I sometimes patronize because I'm out there on business often and Schwartz's is just to damn busy, crammed with tourists.

Don't go to Schwartz's if you're one of those people that orders dressing on the side, it is a guilty experience of decadence, akin to dining at Lafleurs or ripping into a box of Krispy Kreme donuts.

Don't order your sandwich 'lean' or you'll be taken for a Rube by the surely waiters. Schwartz's smoked meat is drier than the norm and needs the fat to complete the taste experience.

How to order. 'Sandwich - Fries - Pickles- Black Cherry.' That is the Schwartz's experience. Never forget the Cott's Black Cherry soda, it has been de rigueur for as long as I can remember.

Think I'm wrong about Schwartz's being the best in North America?

Read this account by an expert who has visited all the great North American delis and places Schwartz's head and shoulders above the rest. You can also watch famed jurist Alan Dershowitz biting into his first Schwartz's sandwich.  Great reading!

My favorite Schwartz's story;
One night after a hockey game at the old Montreal Forum we headed out to Schwartz's and as we were just about finished eating, four Calgary Flames (whom I will not name) were seated at our table (which are communal.)
Clearly out of their depth, they asked for the waiters recommendations and then ordered...gasp!... two glasses of milk and a side of mayonnaise for the sandwiches.
The waiter flinched, but after rolling his eyes, walked away and proceeded to loudly announce sarcastically to the entire restaurant that the hockey players wanted 'milk and mayonnaise.'
My eating partner was beside himself and could hold back no longer. Turning to the players he told them loudly that;
"If you put mayonnaise on your sandwich, I'll throw up all over you!" HaHa!

By the way, one of my favorite things at Schwartz's is the dry steak spice which they sell for a couple of bucks behind the counter and is well worth it.
Bring it home and use it on your steaks at your next BBQ and you'll be in for a treat.
Positively the finest, probably because they include coriander seed in the mix (the same spice as in the smoked meat.) Sprinkle a little on your meat (one side only) and grill. 
Add a little more at the table on the finished product. Simply the best. The real taste of Montreal.

May the Schwartz be With You.

Mea Culpa
Last week I had a bit of fun with a fellow who wrapped his new electronic electric meter from Hydro-Quebec with aluminum foil in order to block those 'harmful' rays.

I stated that I didn't know if these emanations caused any harm or not and I received quite a scolding, deservedly so, in several emails.
I should have checked my facts before saying something so stupid.

The so-called rays involved are in fact completely harmless.

"According to McGill Science and Society Director Joe Schwarcz, radio frequency studies are conclusive: the meters will not have negative health effects.

"We know that radio frequency cannot break chemical bonds and in order to induce cancer you need to break chemical bonds," said Schwarcz.

Poisson cited another concern, her feeling that Hydro-Quebec was ignoring her right to choose.

"I don't have a cell phone, I've never had one. As for WiFi, I will be switching back to cables because I have the choice," said Poisson. "With smart meters, you don't have the choice."
LINK  
Case closed......

Minister hits back at complainers
OTTAWA - The federal government is brushing off criticism of its plan to spend $7.5 million to celebrate the Queen's 60th anniversary on the throne.

There has been some grumbling from anti-monarchists, notably in Quebec, that the Diamond Jubilee would cost so much money at a time of deep budget cuts.

But Heritage Minister James Moore had an answer for those critics Tuesday.

He said the federal government had spent way more on other celebrations, and referred specifically to the 400th anniversary of Quebec City in 2008.
''These sums have always existed within the department for these kinds of events. Look, $100 million was spent on Quebec City's 400th anniversary,'' Moore told The Canadian Press. LINK

Touché, or as we say in English, Shaddup awready!

From Scotland, lessons on separatism
Here's an interesting article on a possible Scottish referendum written by Andrew Coyne for The National Post;

"Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?

That is the question Scotland’s separatist First Minister, Alex Salmond, proposes to put to Scottish voters in a referendum sometime in late 2014. Ten words, no subordinate clauses, its meaning incapable of confusion. Compare it with this little essay in obscurity:
Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?" Read the rest of the article

Please have yourself a very nice weekend!

73 comments:

  1. Many very good points as usual, thank you Sir!

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  2. One of the best "french-versus-english" volumes in sometime.

    BTW, I'm disgusted with Danone...

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    1. And we are the stupid ones by not doing anything...no wonder Seppie is flourishing here. He maybe true: we're cowards...

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    2. For sure, they should be Boycotted.

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    3. Vote with you wallet....

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    4. Editor, I have to say, there's more in this post that I agree with than usual. Yet, I still have few objections.

      1- Concerning the daycare story.
      You will have to agree that in a Bill 101 context (like it or not, it's still the law right now), children will be at a disadvantage if their first contact with french is in grade 1, in a french school they have to go to. I think that's the main point of the quote you cited.

      Also, finding a french daycare is getting difficult in Montreal, especially in the west end, and that's not normal ! Believe me, I have first hand experience.

      2- Schwatz's
      That piece is the weakest of the post. It's entirely based on pure speculation. You just dressed a straw man and then undressed him to further your anti-bill 101 argumentation.

      Also, for your information, the official, bill 101-compliant name of the restaurant is: "Chez Schwartz's Charcuterie Hébraïque de Montréal Inc.". So there. Notice the apostrophe s and the french descriptive. I think Mordecai Richler actually wrote a piece about this long-ass name back in the days.

      Besides, don't you dare say that Deli Snowdon is a copy cat.
      http://www.delisnowdon.ca/

      3- Monarchy celebration issue
      James Moore is such a demagogue, dear god !

      How can one compare the anniversary celebrations of the eldest of our cities with the birthday of a foreign dignitary ? Who deserves a 7.5 million birthday party payed with tax dollars ?

      Hmm, what was the cost of the firearm registry them conservatives want to abolish because it's too expensive, already ? 4 million ? But Elizabeth Windsor's birthday is worth 7.5 million ? No shit !

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    5. Apparently someone complained or have realized the 'mistake'. They seem to have changed it. It now says:

      • LANGUES:
      Français: Courant
      Anglais: Courant

      I wonder if it was a company-decision or some dumb-a** HR manager that wrote the requirements! But something tells me that whoever applies to the job does not have a pur-laine Québecois name will not be called to the interview!

      Good to know, I will not buy their products from now on (unless the price is really-really-really reduced)!

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    6. "You will have to agree that in a Bill 101 context (like it or not, it's still the law right now)"

      This may be out of context, but I'm sick of hearing buffoons justifying the existence of Bill 101 by boastfully proclaiming "It's the law". That so called law is as valid as the former laws in the southern states that mandated segregated "colored sections" for African Americans on buses, drinking fountains and schools. Or laws in Europe that stated Jewish persons could not own businesses or operate professional practices. Always the same bullshit about protecting what is a supposedly superior culture from the inferior, and Quebec is absolutely no different. Yes, Quebec will be remembered in history books right alongside other racist states and organizations.

      On a lighter note, in the Schwartz's debate... If only the editor's entry were written some 20 years ago, I would be agreeing with him whole heartily! Unfortunately those mouth watering, to die-for, smoked meat sandwiches Schwartz's once served (which to this day, I STILL crave!) no longer exist. Maybe I've just been unlucky the handful of visited I made in the past 3 years, but what I tried was very dry and barely resembled what I tasted back in the early 90's. Still OK, but not succulent. I'll pass on commenting on the fries, except to say unlike years ago, are not even remotely the same (and not in a good way).

      Interestingly, back in the summer I ate at Snowdon restaurant and ordered a smoked meat sandwich and fries, with low exceptions, but was surprised to discover it was almost as good as Schwartz's from the past! (moist, juicy and tasty! Even the fries were fantastic). Note I said almost as good. :) Of course with Schwartz's currently in a slump, I'd have to give the nod to Snowdon Deli. I've yet to try Smoke Meat Pete or The Main, been meaning to though.

      I still remember my father taking me to Ben's deli in the late 70's or early 80's, and having a smoked meat sandwich, cherry coke and fries. It was actually pretty good back then, or at least from what I remember all those years ago.

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    7. $4mm for the firearm registry? You're off by a factor of 500. Try $2 billion. Besides, any money they spend on her, is money that won't be wasted on hiring more OQLF brown shirts.

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    8. Damien,

      I noticed that in your post you mention something from the Kool-Aid we’ve all been drinking concerning defending our Country, our homes, our person, so I couldn’t resist writing the following:


      “We are a civilized society and for the first time we have a complete and effective gun registry. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow us into the future”
      These are the words of Adolf Hitler.

      We should always remember that the main reason Hitler caused so much carnage was because he carefully crafted his plans for a national gun registry, which he then used to confiscate all weapons from his people so that he be unopposed. With a mere 12 thousand goons he was able to force 70 million Germans to follow the Nazis!

      Why would a free society want to follow the path that Hitler set for his people?

      Why would a government of a free society need to register the unconcealable long guns?

      Why would a population want to facilitate criminals to easily choose witch homes to rob based on the hacked knowledge of who has a gun?

      Why would a peaceful society want the criminals who will never register weapons, and the cops who answer to politicians be the only ones with guns?

      Our military is small and our borders immense. Should Canadians not be allowed to help the military should harm come to us?

      Hitler took Greece rather quickly as he was advancing at a rate of about one country a day yet he got his ass kicked at The Battle Of Crete because Cretans were armed and fought him for 10 days. The Battle of Crete was unprecedented because it was the first time invading Nazi troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.

      Why is this important?
      Because a population must never divulge to its enemies, foreign or domestic, what resistance it can employ!

      As we sit on the sidelines of this crappy show of incompetence by our politicians, lets not give them more ammunition to render us no counts with.
      Do you think Hitler could have ever caused the death of so many if Germans had a way to oppose him?

      The scariest thing about Canada is that Canadians think that there will never be trouble on their soil.

      To those who think this is about hunting, think again!
      All political parties that believe in freedom must agree to scrap the LONG Gun Registry!

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    9. "Good to know, I will not buy their products from now on..."

      *Une faillite assurée pour ce géant le l'industrie alimentaire.SVP,ne faites-pas ça!!!

      *sarcasme

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    10. "Une faillite assurée pour ce géant le l'industrie alimentaire.SVP,ne faites-pas ça!!!"

      Same thing to you for not buying Molson.
      Sarcasm both ways.

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    11. Anonymous8:45,

      I don't think that Hitler succeeded because of a gun registry. I think he succeeded in gaining power by instrumentalising the despair and the humiliation of the german people.

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    12. "Why would a population want to facilitate criminals to easily choose witch homes to rob based on the hacked knowledge of who has a gun?"

      Parano à l'américaine?

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    13. Right after reading this post, I wrote to Danone. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with them changing the requirements in the job posting, however, I was and still am disgusted.

      First I received, what appeared to be, an automatic response to my complaint. Later, I received a personalized email from a customer service rep...


      ----- Forwarded Message -----
      From: Danone
      To:
      Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 9:50:29 AM
      Subject: Danone.ca - Answer to your question

      Dear J,

      Thank you for taking the time to write to us.

      I will forward your message to our HR department.

      You can be assured of Danone's consideration for all comments and questions from its customers.

      Thank you for having communicated with Danone and please do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions or comments. It remains, as always, our pleasure to serve you.

      Have a great day!

      Customer service
      Danone Canada Inc.
      PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE! Emails sent to this address will not be answered.


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      To whom it may concern.

      It has been brought to my attention that your company is openly discriminating against non-Francophone candidates for a job posting featured on your website entitled; "Spécialiste développement au détail - Junior/Vente (Boucherville)" (http://emplois.isarta.com/cgi-bin/emplois/pm.cgi?action=show&temp=display_ENG&login=15146).

      In this Job post it is clearly insinuating that you are only seeking candidates who are French Canadian.

      LANGUES:
      Français: Langue maternelle
      Anglais: Courant

      I find it terribly disturbing to see this level of open discrimination in today society. Non-francophones make up approximately 30-40% of the Montreal metropolitan area. To deliberately exclude them from employment opportunity, based on a demographic such as mother tongue, goes against every right and freedom of the civilized world.

      Surprisingly, I do not see this type of discriminatory disclaimer on your products. I assume excluding 30-40% of the population from purchasing your products, or by inference; reducing your sales or stock price by 30-40% would not have the same desirable effect...

      I honestly hope that this was a simple grammatical error and not a deliberate attempt at excluding employment opportunity based on ones heritage or "mother tongue". I hope this `incident` is corrected promptly.

      /Concerned Montrealer/Quebecer/Canadian


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      This was the personalized message I got from their Customer Service rep;


      ----- Forwarded Message -----
      From: Michele MORIN
      To:
      Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:52:51 AM
      Subject: In response to your email

      Hi,

      Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.

      You are correct in suggesting that “mother tongue” should not have been in the posted job description.

      It is, in fact, never one of the criteria for a job application. In this case, the criteria regarding languages should have been “Fluent” in both French and English.

      The field “mother tongue” is pre-formatted in our internal database within the General Information section, and it allows us to identify an employee’s mother tongue. The field “mother tongue” was inadvertently copy/pasted in the job description.

      We would like to thank you for your email, as you have allowed us to not only correct our mistake but also to review our entire job posting process.

      Danone has strong social principles and believes in welcoming diversity and allowing it to prosper.

      If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact me.

      Best regards,


      Michèle Morin
      Responsable Service aux consommateurs
      Danone Inc. - Canada
      http://www.danone.ca
      100 rue de Lauzon
      Boucherville, Québec
      J4B 1E6


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      I am happy that I took a stand on this and voiced my opinion. I must say I was surprised at their quick response.

      What corrective action will be taken... will remain an unknown.

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    14. @ AnonymousFeb 10, 2012 08:45 AM

      Lesse:

      Premisse 1. Hitler enacted a gun registry

      Premisse 2. The previous canadian government enacted a gun registry.

      Conclusion. The previous canadian government is like Hitler i.e. after our rights and freedoms.

      'Nuff said.

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    15. Damien,


      I wonder if you really paid attention when you read my LONG Gun registry piece. If you did, you would have seen how I mention that those guns are unconceivable. It’s not as if we’d have the Wild West back. It is imperative for a free society to be able to assist the military in the defense of freedom. In a free society, the population is not meant to be a sitting duck.

      Are you saying that all Germans were Nazis or are you agreeing that if that monster could have worried of a revolt, he would have not been able to cause all that carnage?

      Lets remember that long guns are not handguns.

      If your Premise 1 and 2 brought you to your Conclusion, I suggest that you deny the relentless efforts of most governments to illuminate all opposition.


      Let me also remind you that the young woman whose life we’ve been robed of in the Dawson tragedy was done so with registered guns. Pushing an agenda of ruling by exceptions is not freedom.

      Did you know that there are more guns per capita in Canada than there are in the USA?

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    16. I wonder if you really paid attention when you read my LONG Gun registry piece. If you did, you would have seen how I mention that those guns are UNCONCEALABLE. It’s not as if we’d have the Wild West back. It is imperative for a free society to be able to assist the military in the defense of freedom. In a free society, the population is not meant to be a sitting duck.

      Are you saying that all Germans were Nazis or are you agreeing that if that monster could have worried of a revolt, he would have not been able to cause all that carnage?

      Lets remember that long guns are not handguns.

      If your Premise 1 and 2 brought you to your Conclusion, I suggest that you deny the relentless efforts of most governments to illuminate all opposition.


      Let me also remind you that the young woman whose life we’ve been robbed of in the Dawson tragedy was done so with registered guns. Pushing an agenda of ruling by exceptions is not freedom.

      Did you know that there are more guns per capita in Canada than there are in the USA?

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  3. Well I must say that I would love to spend time on each of the good points you’ve posted Dear Editor, however time will not permit, but
    I’d like to address the Bill Johnson news.

    Mr. Johnson claims that François Legault is dedicated to not polarize the province even though he had been championing so much hateful and divisive acts as a PQist. How about some first hand information to have the oustridges want to investigate further?

    As the “minister” of “education”, he had such disdain for other cultures that he vehemently refused to allow his own niece to attend bilingual school, even though it was possible to do so. The girl’s French Canadian mother was so disgusted by such backward thinking, that she home schooled her child. This young woman now speaks three or more languages while he, the west islander and possible leader of Le Peuple Conquis, stumbles through with fewer words than Globish requires.

    You may think that because Mr. Johnson endorsed him, it will be safe to carry that scorpion across the river, but that would drown the little freedom that remains here. If you are pissed while John James Charest is in power even though property values have nearly doubled since he’s Premiere, just imagine what hell awaits us all should this treasonist Legault ever take charge.

    On another of your points, I find it interesting that previous blogs had a parody of the shamefully deceptive 95 referendum question at a time when the ten word Scottish Question is being disputed.

    Do you agree that Quebec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of Quebec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?

    Question above and question bellow have the same amount of words, characters and spaces. One caused irreparable damage, and the other just reminds us of that deceit!!

    Do you agree that Montréal should become a Province of Canada after having made a formal offer to Quebec for an economic and political partnership within the scope of the will defending the future of Montréal and the agreement of July 1, 1996?

    I’m willing to bet that the latter question would get over 90% yes though..

    RoC heed our call! The racists are few! Stop helping them by recognizing a cult that has renounced its French heritage in search of a new ambiguous quebecois race. Just how racist are they, if they need to forge such nonsense?

    The time is drawing near!

    VIVE LA PROVINCE CANADIENNE DE MONTREAL!!

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  4. Danon Yogurt Tells Anglos & Ethnics not to bother applying for Job
    – great another company for us to boycott. Real smart idiots. NOT!!!

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  5. 1. The Danone job offer sounds funny when juxtaposed with the Quebec civil service announcement that tells immigrants that a message hasn’t been translated because immigrants must get used to doing things in French, including working. But what if the work is only for the French mother tongue speakers? With French as a second language, and no English, such an immigrant is trapped like a lobster in boiling water, to use the terminology of one famous Quebec statesman. It is reassuring though that most immigrants see through this catch-22 deception, and learn English, so at least they can find jobs in the sectors more open to English, when they realize that in Franco-dominated sectors it doesn’t matter if you speak French if your name doesn’t sound right to the ear of HR.


    2. William Johnson’s case – I used to admire this man. Half Franco half Anglo, perfectly bilingual, educated in both French and English, he was perfect at thrashing Quebec nationalism in both languages. His book “Canadian Myth” was one of the most incisive and articulate criticisms of Quebec nationalism I’ve ever read, and a big fuck-you to the established powers in both Ottawa and Quebec City. When I found out from the Metro paper last week that he’s now backing that smiley opportunist F.Legault, I thought he surely lost his mind. It was a big disappointment, to say the least.


    3. Damien: “Concerning the daycare story. You will have to agree that in a Bill 101 context (like it or not, it's still the law right now),”

    Damien, you’re missing the point. See, the point here is to criticize the “Bill 101 context”, expose it as unjust and unethical, let people like you know that there are a lot of people in this province who oppose the law and break it everyday through civil disobedience, and the major point is that talking about it might one day exert enough pressure to effectuate change.

    Note that laws are never a reflection of some natural order but are rather artificial constructs imposed to work in the name of interests of some social group. History is littered with laws like that, laws that have been opposed long enough to be finally relegated to the ash heap. And that's where 101 will lend up one day.

    Also note that as Stephane Gendron said, there is something called ethics that sits above any law. So he publicly announced that his municipality will deliberately violate 101 because 101 vilates his ethical standard. But I might wasting my time preaching ethics to a cynical and amoral type like you.

    Finally, Rosa Parks was told that “Law is the law” and “What’s the big deal? Whether you sit in front of the bus or in the back, you’ll still get to your destination”. You know the rest of that story.

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    1. "And that's where 101 will lend up one day."

      Le même jour que les feux de circulation?Plusieurs personnes passent tout droit au feu rouge adski,jusqu'au jour ou...BANG!

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    2. Since your only source of information is french indoctrinated media, I feel compelled to present you what it's called "Newton's laws of motion". ( right know you probably shat your pants in admiration )
      There are three laws, but the third is the one of interest to you right now. here it goes:

      "The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear." ( this is accepted as an axiom, in case of course, you understand what's an axiom )

      You be the judge of that.

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    3. ...Since your only source of information is english indoctrinated media

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    5. "Le même jour que les feux de circulation?"

      Only someone on crack could make these comparisons.

      Note that the traffic lights laws:
      1. apply EVERYWHERE in the world (this is your cue to argue a false claim that language laws are also a "normalite mondiale")
      2, generate no controversy
      3. have NEVER ended up on the ash heap of history, like state-sanctioned segregation in the deep south, apartheid, or the Nuremberg laws, to mention only a few.

      There are laws that are universal (e.g. it is illegal to kill, steal, rape, cause harm in every state in the world), and there are laws whose aim is purely to institutionalize privileges of one group at the expanse of others. It's the latter laws that we're talking about here.

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    6. Quebec will never become independent. That's an axiom :)

      "...Since your only source of information is english indoctrinated media"
      Anon, until now there is no law preventing the use of french in ROC, so shaddap you face. I would crawl back in my hole in your place.

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    7. Comme votre ami adski le dit si bien : "some natural order" pas besoin de loi,l"assimilation va plutôt bon train dans le ROC.

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    10. "generate no controversy" dixit adski

      Vous ne connaissez pas mon beau-père.

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    11. "Quebec will never become independent."

      À force de le répéter,vous allez peut-être finir par vous convaincre.Chiez-vous dans vos pantalons lorsque vous entendez le mot "Référendum"?

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    12. Referendum referendum referendum ... hmm, nothing. What about you? Wet dreams? THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN !

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    13. "...It's the latter laws that we're talking about here."

      Comme disait un de nos célèbres politiciens : La Loi c'est la Loi!

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    14. "Chiez-vous dans vos pantalons lorsque vous entendez le mot "Référendum"?"

      Guess what? No one is afraid of your silly referendum! The Yes side has already lost twice, and that was before the Clarity Act. Face it, if there was a referendum with a straightforward question like: "Do you want Quebec to secede from Canada and become and independent country?", there is no way that the nationalists would win.

      Unfortunately for you, the majority of Quebecois don't want to separate. Too bad, so sad! :(

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    15. @ adski (kinda applies to Apple IIGS as well)

      This comment thread is taking an interesting turn. If only it weren't polluted by troll garbage. Thank you for making the effort of... Wait, but you did call me cynical and amoral.

      I guess that is because you inferred (mistakingly) that I had no knowledge of the difference between the law and ethics. From there, you reasoned that someone who only has the law as a moral guide is in effect amoral. However, such is not my case.

      I do agree that ethical is above legal. I do not mindlessly follow the law, and if you read carefully, you will note that I did not use the legal argument to justify bill 101 in my previous post (even though I do support bill 101).

      Ethics, unfortunately, are not objective truths, and too often, aren't even intersubjective (is that word English?). Therefore, individual codes of ethics often end up in conflict. The law aims, among many other things, at settling the conflict between diverging ethics within a society. It protects us from the anarchy of colliding ethics. Now, in our system, law is voted by paliament, which is elected by the people. If you think the law is immoral or unethical, campaign against it. People will decide if they agree.

      Truth be said, campaigning against Bill 101 in Québec is political suicide.

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    16. Ethics in Quebec have been corrupted by state propaganda, just like state propaganda in the US turned people into mindless flag waving mass that is ready to go to war without the slightest reflection. The ruling elites often corrupt people for the sake of control. In Quebec this has been the case. If the majority of this population supports a law like 101, then this is an amoral society by my, fine, subjective ethical standards.

      Another canard of yours is to equate democracy with some sort of purity of the laws that democratic states churn out. In that, you forget how easily the masses can be manipulated by the elites. Very easily, in fact. And as Dr.John Gray of Oxford wrote:

      "It is often forgotten that democracy, defined chiefly by elections and the exercise of power in the name of majority, can be as repressive of individual freedom and minority rights as dictatorship – sometimes more so"

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  6. Ça manquait de poutine chez Schwartz.Hé bien,c'est réglé!

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  7. The sound bite on learning english is from Parizeau.

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  8. "By God I'll boot the rear of anyone who can't speak English" Jacques Parizeau April 13th 1992, Time Magazine.

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    1. "By God I'll boot the rear of anyone who can't speak English"

      Seppies would say anything to suck up to the Americans. Canada should therefore deal with Quebec the same way the US does. Ignore for the most part, and chastise when necessary.

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    2. I have an old pair of steel toe Kodiak's he can use

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    3. "Seppies would say anything to suck up to the Americans. Canada should therefore deal with Quebec the same way the US does. Ignore for the most part, and chastise when necessary."

      "Why do you have to be such a "cactus" lodged in the ass"???What's the thrill of it??? Why do you hate us so much???What Have we done to you so you can be so resentful and hateful toward us????"

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  9. "By God I'll boot the rear of anyone who can't speak English"

    Jacques réagi parfois de façon bizarre sous l'effet de l'alcool :)

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    1. The funny thing is that Parizeau always seems to be under the influence of alcohol. Must be the bad wine he makes... LOL

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  11. Attention Readers;
    Was on my way to Pincourt and inspired by my post, I decided to stop in at Smoked Meat Pete's.
    It was closed!!!!
    What gives? ........Anyone know?

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  12. From their website: reopens March 3rd for the annual B-day bash.
    http://www.smokemeatpete.com/Home.htm

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  13. Éditeur,rien de mentionné sur le site de la succursale de l'île Perrot.

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  14. William 'Pit' Bill Johnson qui supporte la CAQ ? Un parti politique remplies d'ex-péquistes et qui possède une politique linguistique pro loi 101?


    Ohh la belle ironie !

    Je suis sur que les anglo-québécois seront pas assez con pour voter CAQ juste parceque Bill dit qu'il faut le faire !

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    1. Oh please, just shut up, will you???you never come up with logical points or straight answers, so why bother trolling around on a daily basis while you could be doing a who lot of other things meaningful and useful instead.

      Why do you have to be such a "cactus" lodged in the ass"???What's the thrill of it??? Why do you hate us so much???What Have we done to you so you can be so resentful and hateful toward us????

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  15. "Je suis sur que les anglo-québécois seront pas assez con pour voter CAQ..."

    Vous les sous-estimez,de toutes façons,ils sont coincés.Aucune issue possible à part Johnny boy qui les a trahi plus d'une fois.

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  16. Re bill 101:

    "If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace." Ludwig Von Mises

    and:

    "Hitler and his clique conquered Germany by brutal violence, by murder and crime. But the doctrines of Nazism had got hold of the German mind long before then. Persuasion, not violence, had converted the immense majority of the nation to the tenets of militant nationalism. If Hitler had not succeeded in winning the race for dictatorship, somebody else would have won it." Ludwig Von Mises

    DD

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    2. DD, I love both quotes. They're so applicable to Quebec, the second one more indirectly, the first one directly.

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    3. Thanks adski,here's a couple more. Von Mises is an Austrian economist (not to be confused
      with the "Keynesian" quacks).

      "Representative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll. If the members of parliament no longer consider themselves mandatories of the taxpayers but deputies of those receiving salaries, wages, subsidies, doles, and other benefits from the treasury, democracy is done for."

      "As soon as we surrender the principle that the state should not interfere in any questions touching on the individuals mode of life, we end by regulating and restricting the latter down to the smallest details."

      DD

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    4. Hey DD,

      Hitler or, as you say, anyone else would not have been able to go as far without the systematic disarmament of Germans. I refuse to believe that all Germans were Nazis. If that monster worried of a revolt or opposition, he would have not been able to cause all that carnage. He made sure he was unopposed and did what ever the hell he wanted. And HELL he DID infuse!

      Perhaps you wish to side with the antigun lobbyist, but remember I spoke of the UNCONCEALABLE Long Guns. Not hand guns. It is imperative for a free society to be able to assist the military in the defense of freedom or to defend against its enemies, foreign or domestic. In a free society, the population is not meant to be a sitting duck.

      We are on this blog primarily because treasonists want to continue their ethnic cleansing by hiding behind democracy, and you tell us that we should give politicians more tools to render us no counts with? FREEDOM DOES NOT COME FOR FREE!

      On your other note, a large part of the converting of the immense majority to the tenets of militant nationalism came from the simple rule that the German nationalists followed, witch was “We don’t need you. We have your children.”

      When I pass by the Quebecois schools where Our Canadian Flag is missing, I thank God my parents got me out of there early enough to learn another language and see how amazing our country really is!

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  17. This post is OT.

    To the resident trolls:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kFNYuteAjA&feature=player_embedded

    Yup, that's you. Obnoxious jerks !

    If the hat fits, wear it.

    OT off.

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  18. Damien,vous n'êtes pas l'auteur de ce blogue.Laissez monsieur l'Éditeur gérer No dogs comme il l'entend.Si vous n'aimer pas la liberté d'expression,vous connaissez la suite...Sherif Damien.

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  19. That Quebec Civil Service message is disgusting, mean spirited and just plain wrong. English is also an official language of Quebec (read BNA Act) with deep roots in Quebec. As an allophone that speaks both Canada's official languages I'm opposed to my civil service discriminating against immigrants that speak English. I want Quebec to prosper and attract the cream of the crop when it comes to immigrants. This sort of thing just makes them look elsewhere to settle down and pay taxes. And this crap is posted by a Liberal Federalist government??

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    1. Completely agree. Just do your job, Civil Service, and spare me the side order of morality.

      Moreover, it's Quebec and not Québec in English. It's a transliterated Native word and English happens not to use the acute accent. One doesn't say "KAY-bec" in English, just as one doesn't say "Queue-bec" (pardon the rather crass pun) in French.

      The fact that this is often overlooked by all levels of government (and some of the francophone commenters on this and other sites when writing in English) is as much an embarrassment to such people as a public official who ought to be bilingual but isn't.

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    2. Âdalarasu Manou,Proud Donut shop owner here in CanadaSunday, February 12, 2012 at 11:25:00 PM EST

      "English is also an official language of Quebec"

      Mais pas la langue du travail...Désolé.

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    3. Well, you're wrong, up to a certain point. Bill 101 allows businesses of under 50 employees (which are the majority of companies in Quebec) to be run in English. As well, exemptions are given to companies, if the OQLF finds it necessary (eg Bombardier and CAE).

      It only makes sense that companies be run in English, if need be, because the language of business with our biggest trading partner and, of course, around the world is English.

      More and more francophones realize that English is a good competency to have and I hope that there will be more and more exemptions granted by the OQLF, so that our economy can prosper.

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  20. Damien est probablement un comptable qui porte des bas brun jusqu'aux genoux...L'été.
    Jamais vu de posts aussi drables.Exprimez-vous Damien!Laissez le petit diable en vous s'exprimer et arrêtez d'être aussi lécheux...

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  21. "Also, finding a french daycare is getting difficult in Montreal, especially in the west end, and that's not normal ! Believe me, I have first hand experience."

    Ok,message reçu.Nous allons faire le nécessaire à l'avenir pour que vous ayez tous vos services "In French" dans l'Ouest de Montréal.Aucun problème monsieur Damien.

    Avez-vous d'autres "Breaking news" comme celle-là Damien?

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    1. Avez-vous d'autres "Breaking news" comme celle-là Damien?

      N'est-Il pas le petit garcon qui jouait dand le film, `the Omen`. Il est un petit diable.

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  22. "Ok,message reçu.Nous allons faire le nécessaire à l'avenir pour que vous ayez tous vos services "In French" dans l'Ouest de Montréal.Aucun problème monsieur Damien."

    Vous etes tres drole me petit pauvre homme du Kwebec. LOL Bien sur, je suis certaine que vous avez un petit tete et un grande bouche.

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