Sunday, August 22, 2004

Enforcing Bilingualism

Dr. Grenville Goodwin's signs in his Ottawa optometry office have been in English for 53 years. Now he must change them and add French, according to the Canadian federal government. Goodwin is mad and sees no reason why he should not continue to provide his services in English only. But there is a catch. He is renting office space from the the federal government and the rules are that both French and English signs must be visible. The rules apply also for French business owners who must also provide signs in English.

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