July 27, 2017 3:41 pm

Owner of spice shop in hot water with OQLF over English-only website

WATCH ABOVE: OQLF drama in Montreal.


The owner of a Montreal spice shop has drawn the ire of Quebec’s language watchdog because of an English-only website.

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Peter Bahlawanian, who owns a Los Angeles shop that has an outlet in Montreal, has been under pressure to translate the company’s website into French.

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He says he set up the site when he originally opened his Spice Station store in the United States in 2009 and has been serving his American clientele since then.

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Two years later, he opened two shops in Montreal, gave his business a French name and translated the names of the 450 spices he carries.

One of the stores later closed.

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This past June, the province’s language watchdog advised Bahlawanian to translate the website into French, which he says would cost him $4,500.

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