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Bilingual Canines?

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And the latest from Quebec... Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce is proposing a bylaw that requires all dogs in public parks to understand both French and English.

“The current situation in Montreal dog parks in untenable chaos,” LaDouce told CBC’s Pat Kelly on Wednesday. “Half the dogs are getting their commands in French, the others are getting their commands in English. And the various dog commands are incomprehensible to each other.”

The city councilor recalled that he had recently been in a park when “a large Anglo dog, he leaped up onto my shoulder and began to lick and kiss.”

At that point, LaDouce issued the dog a command in French, which he roughly translated as “Hey, go out of this place, fun guy, go.”

“And the dog looked back at me in total incomprehension,” he explained. “Our alienation from each other was absolute.”

“We’re not saying you’re going to turn your dog into a super dog to go on the David Letterman and do this stupid trick program,” LaDouce insisted. “We’re saying basic stuff: 80 or 90 commands that they would speak in both French and in English. Sit, lay down, roll over, do you want to go for a walk?”

If the bylaw passes, city employees would be responsible for testing each dog’s language skills.

“This is a priority for us,” LaDouce said. “I’m working on it day and night and we’re hoping to get it wrapped up by the time we get to tennis ball season in the Summer.”

Here is the interview on CBC:

http://www.cbc.ca/th...cial-languages/

NOTE - consult a dictionary for the word "satire" or see this Globe and Mail article - www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/cbc-radio-satirical-show-this-is-that-sparks-as-much-outrage-as-laughs/article583958/

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Well that province has definitely gone to the dogs............

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Wow, is this storey from the onion, besides most dogs speak sign language and any command as long as "Hey, go out of this place, fun guy, go" would get you a blank stare back from any dog regardless of language.

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Wow, is this storey from the onion, besides most dogs speak sign language and any command as long as "Hey, go out of this place, fun guy, go" would get you a blank stare back from any dog regardless of language.

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Dear lord, the people who run the Quebec government are barking mad...

Wish they would just roll over and play dead.

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Dear lord, the people who run the Quebec government are barking mad...

Wish they would just roll over and play dead.

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This story reminds me of a dog I saw at the SPCA once. He had a sign on his door that read "only understands Mandarin".

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Wow, is this storey from the onion, besides most dogs speak sign language and any command as long as "Hey, go out of this place, fun guy, go" would get you a blank stare back from any dog regardless of language.

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Doesn't the French culture really pride itself on freedom and civil rights?

If I wanna teach my dog to only respond to Portuguese, who's business is it other than my own?

I'm guessing if a dog only spoke French they wouldn't have a problem with it. Bunch of paranoid, insecure frogs.

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Nope from the CBC, I provided the link to the interview in the OP.

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Dear lord, the people who run the Quebec government are barking mad...

Wish they would just roll over and play dead.

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Yah.

http://en.wikipedia....ki/This_Is_That

Given the website linked in the OP also contains a podcast about an Alberta energy company suggesting oil planes as an alternative to the pipeline I'm going to take a wild guess and say this story's not real.

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Dear lord, the people who run the Quebec government are barking mad...

Wish they would just roll over and play dead.

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And if you highlight my post you will see a hidden message at the bottom that says:

NOTE - consult a dictionary for the word "satire" or see this Globe and Mail article - www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/cbc-radio-satirical-show-this-is-that-sparks-as-much-outrage-as-laughs/article583958/

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Someone should challenge it on the rights of immigration and free speech!

But really, would a dog that knows commands in German (like they do with Schutzhund training) be worthy of fines and the time expensed on testing dogs? For that matter, how about dogs that don't know commands - or know very little - in any language? Everyone knows a dog that hasn't been trained, usually smaller, that couldn't sit/stay/come even with a treat involved. I train with hand signals as well as verbal commmands, so my dog would have to be tri-lingual?

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Someone should challenge it on the rights of immigration and free speech!

But really, would a dog that knows commands in German (like they do with Schutzhund training) be worthy of fines and the time expensed on testing dogs? For that matter, how about dogs that don't know commands - or know very little - in any language? Everyone knows a dog that hasn't been trained, usually smaller, that couldn't sit/stay/come even with a treat involved. I train with hand signals as well as verbal commmands, so my dog would have to be tri-lingual?

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If the bylaw passes, city employees would be responsible for testing each dog’s language skills.

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Nice to know civic politics has the right priorities, it's not like homelessness, hunger, transit, policing, infrastructure, and housing are that important. But the language of commands for dogs are more important than all these things.

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