St. Leonard jungle gym subject of complaint to OQLF
Published Monday, February 8, 2016 4:36PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 9, 2016 8:36AM EST
The borough of St. Leonard is trying to figure out if it will have to deal with a complaint made to the Office Quebecoise de la Langue Francaise.
A play structure in Hebert Park has a rotating tic-tac-toe panel for children at play, and the nine spinning cylinders have a planetary theme.
Each panel includes a picture of a planet in the solar system, along with its name in multiple languages: Chinese, French, English, Japanese, German, Korean and Spanish.
The problem the OQLF is investigating is that the languages are only identified in English, so under the name Mars appears the word "English", and under the word "Marte" appears the word "Spanish," for example.
That text violates Bill 101, which says signage in Quebec must be more prominent in French.
The investigation is still in the early stages, and the borough of St. Leonard said it was unaware of the OQLF complaint until it was contacted by the media, and that as of Monday afternoon it had yet to be contacted by the OQLF.
In a written statement on Monday, the borough said that the majority of playground equipment suppliers are American, and that the equipment was chosen by selecting the lowest bidder.
The borough says it still does not know if it will have to do anything about the complaint.