The City of Dieppe, New Brunswick passed a by-law over a year ago, requiring all advertising signs to be in both French and English. With this new by-law, a grace period of almost eight months was given as a way for the commercial signage to adapt to these new rules.
However, not everyone is complying with this by-law and the City is now faced with issuing fines. The reasons for this non-compliance appears to be varied. Most concerns seem to be that having signs in both French and English is affecting business in some way.
The history of the requirement of bilingualism in commercial signs in the City has been a very controversial one. The by-law came into being after a petition was brought forth by francophone members of the community. This was met by much opposition and was even accused as being discriminatory.
With the current trend of business ignoring the by law, the controversial history may once again become apparent.
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