Monday smiles – Dogs (don’t) have to be bilingual in Montreal

800px-Dogs_and_people_in_snowy_dog_parkFollowing Friday’s post on bilingualism in Canada

A spoof news report led to quite a few red faces in Quebec a couple of weeks ago. CBC Radio ran a story about a new City bylaw which was to require dogs to learn French and English commands, otherwise “dog parks would descend into chaos”. City employees were to be on hand to administer comprehension tests for basic commands.

The ‘new bylaw’ came in a context of disputed language laws in the province (see this post about retailers’ signs), and therefore, it seems, was considered quite plausible.

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