Bilingual dog bylaw, Canadian passport changes, million dollar bill, swimming scallops

Canada: Where everyone can walk on water, at least four months of the year. (Citadel, Quebec/Detroit Photo Co./Library of Congress/FLICKR)

Canada: Where everyone can walk on water, at least four months of the year. (Citadel, Quebec/Detroit Photo Co./Library of Congress/FLICKR)

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Season 3 Episode 15

This week on This Is That: We talk to the new head of Passport Canada about the allowances they are making for passport photos such as allowing you to smile in your picture.

We check in with our Cross-Canada Community Calendar to tell you about some neat events happening across the country this holiday season.

The head of a group of Toronto financiers comes on the program to tell us why he and his peers are actively lobbying the Canadian Mint to make a one-million dollar bill.

We play your calls in reaction to a story we ran last week about an Alberta energy company that wants to fly oil out of the province using retro-fitted water-bomber airplanes.

The Nova Scotia Tourism board announced this week that they would be allocating 80% of its promotional budget for a lesser known provincial attraction called "Swimming with the Scallops." We speak with the attraction's facilitator and a Nova Scotian who has experienced 'Swimming with the Scallops,' to learn more.

And, we end this week's show with a story that received a lot of traction in the past couple of days: Pat Kelly speaks with Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce about a proposed bylaw that would require all dogs in Montreal dog parks to understand commands in both official languages.

Since conducting this interview, Mr. LaDouce has amended his bylaw proposal and Pat Kelly had the chance to follow-up with him to learn why he changed his mind. You can hear the interview over here.       

We want to thank Cesar Milan, K.D. Lang, The Drudge Report, New York Magazine, Raw Story and Yahoo News for getting the word out about the above story.

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