We have one of those televisions that allow you to customize certain aspects. For instance the start up channel can be programmed to a favourite. Turning on my mother’s television brings you to CNN, as that is what she watches most. In my house my fiancée – aka my significantly better half – has arranged things to have The Weather Network appear when the TV is turned on. To be precise, the French-language weather network, MétéoMédia, comes on.
The reason she likes to monitor things meteorological is that coming from Venezuela where there is relatively little variation in weather conditions – it is for the most part warm and sunny – so she is amazed at how things change here.
The reason she has keyed in the French version is that with the exception of local updates, The Weather Network tends to present its national report as if the province of Quebec did not exist. They jump from Ontario to New Brunswick and beyond. I assume they do so because there is a French-language channel that focuses primarily but not exclusively on the conditions and forecasts for Quebec.
Well, note to The Weather Network, there are plenty of English-speaking folks here who could, I suspect, garner their information from MétéoMédia, but still feel shut out by The Weather Network. There is no need to delve into the long history of Quebec’s linguistic squabbles here, there are plenty of blogs that do that. On this occasion my gripe is not with the French side of things, but the English.
Would it be a big deal to include Quebec in the coast to coast forecasts?
At one time Toyota Canada, based in Ontario, sent all documentation to new car owners in Quebec in French. Only once the owner went to the trouble of contacting Toyota and requesting English papers were they sent. (And I have been told it took some cajoling to get the situation sorted out.) IKEA Canada still mails only French language catalogues to Quebec homes; indicating English books can be picked up in the store.
As one who, like many others, has twice voted to keep Quebec in Canada, it is annoying to see an alleged national weather station opt to leave out the largest province.