Crazy (Fou) Quebec

Where do you begin with Quebec? My American friends can’t believe the language laws, or that there is a government agency to actually enforce the use of French in retail businesses, and the workplace. More on this soon. It’s crazy.

One of my favorite Montreal bylaws that will soon be in play is the banning of traditional wood stoves. According to CBC News, The city says 50,000 homes in Montreal have to get rid of the wood burning appliances by the end of 2020.”

What I love, in addition to the nonsense of government forcing residents to replace (or go without) something as vital as heat, through the balmy northeast winters, is the following quote from CBC, regarding Montreal:

…”though they say they are not sure exactly how they will deal with anyone who does not comply.”

Perfect. I can see it now. The door-to-door Woodstove Enforcement division of the government!

If it weren’t so oppressive, it would be funny.


2 Replies to “Crazy (Fou) Quebec”

  1. It is not an unreasonable suggestion. The motivation for a wood-burning stove in Montreal is esthetics. Everyone has central heating. And there are problems with breathing on so e cold days when there are temperature inversions. As for enforcement, any home has to undertake a building inspection if there are renovations planned. This could be done incrementally.

    1. Thanks again here, Andrew. This is a good subject to discuss, and I (as you well know) just dislike intervention by government as a rule. I am always open to discussion on stuff like this. A la prochaine, Andrew. Merci encore.

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