The BBC has a short piece on Montreal: O…
The BBC has a short piece on Montreal: One Square Mile of Canada – with lots of subtle mistakes and clichés, alas. It’s presented by Lyse Doucet, a longtime BBC reporter, who’s from New Brunswick.
For starters – the Main is anything but “sweeping” – that makes it sound like a grand Paris boulevard rather than the cranky one-way thoroughfare it actually is …”once the symbolic dividing line between the city’s French and English speaking communities” – again a cliché and never really true: anglos lived in Hochelaga and Rosemont, francophones in Ville Émard and Verdun and all over … “the Quartier Chinois, or Chinese quarter” – actually, we call it Chinatown, and it’s more a small shopping area now than a “quarter” where many people live.
“Maple Spring”? That translates printemps d’érable which was mostly just a pun on printemps arabe. And translating Garde-Manger as “The Larder” is just kind of weird.
And hey – Mount Royal is not a hill.
But “the mighty St. Lawrence River” – it’s always fun to spot one of those.
Nice chat with Mike Finnerty though.
(I can’t tell whether this is a piece in itself, or a teaser for a longer report. But I do know it’s part of a series on Canada that the network is doing.)