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Wall art draws response from language police

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MONTREAL -- One of Canada's most famous restaurants has come forward with its own tale of troubles with Quebec's language watchdog, days after a flap over the word "pasta" made international headlines.

Montreal's Joe Beef, which has been featured on international cooking shows and has a best-selling book, is the latest restaurant to complain about the Office quebecois de la langue franßaise.

This time it apparently came down to some wall art containing English words.

Owner David McMillan said inspectors took issue with a memento from a Prince Edward Island beach that says "exit" and an antique sign above the staff bathroom that says "please leave this gate closed."

They thought another item, an old sign from a Tennessee butcher, was part of the restaurant's menu, he said.

McMillan said he was shocked by the lack of understanding of the inspectors, who were young and seemed like "deer in headlights."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 24, 2013 A6

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