Broadcasting French swear words during daytime hours violates the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ code of ethics, says the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC). The CBSC’s decision, released Jan. 20, concerned the use of certain French swear words on Prends ça cool and Deux gars le midi, on CKRB-FM 103.5 Cool FM in St-Georges-de-Beauce in Quebec. The current events talk shows aired in the morning and at lunchtime, respectively, on weekdays. During the shows, the hosts used the words tabarnac, calice, chrisse and crissez-moi. The broadcaster argued the terms were used to provoke debate and that other media outlets occasionally broadcast swear words. However the CBSC determined the defence was not valid and that the usage of swear words violates the terms of the Council’s code of ethics, which prohibits the use of coarse or offensive language.