I don't know how much of my American audience lives in areas affected by the rise in Spanish use (sometimes culminating with Spanish monolingual businesses), but I hope there are enough that can relate to what I'm about to say. It's common knowledge that the province of Quebec is, for the most part, the last bastion of the French language in North America. And as such, some of its regions (read: Montreal and its southern suburbs) live a day-to-day struggle to try and keep French as the main language there. While this is a worthy cause in theory, in practice those who defend it make me want to slap them in the face. With a heated frying pan. I'm saying this because they're trying to preserve the language in all the absolute worst ways possible.
Today, an activist movement lodged a thousand complaints to the governmental organization in charge of the French language. A THOUSAND. Wanna know what these were about? Company names. No, I'm not kidding. Subway, Home Depot, Canadian Tire and friends have a secret agenda, which is to destroy the French language by... HAVING AN ENGLISH NAME. I'm quaking in my boots!
No, seriously, to them having an English company name contributes to Montreal immigrants not learning French and adopting English as their only language (which is the REAL core of the problem). Now they want to change the law to force any of these companies to add a French descriptive in front of their names. As if that's going to change anything. Who in the blue hell doesn't know what Home Depot sells? My father's English is absolutely dismal, and even he knows! What about, say, EB Games, who, sacrilege of sacrileges, already have such a descriptive... IN ENGLISH? BURN THE WITCH!
Goddamn this place. No wonder English Canadians can't take us seriously, with these knights of uselessness pretending to speak for the rest of us.