PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Feb 15

Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:02am EST
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Feb 15 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Snowbirds driving in blithe violation of Florida law were saved by the Geneva Conventions - not the ones governing the conduct of war, but the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.

The licensing brouhaha surrounded an obscure new law - section 322.04, Florida Statutes - which meant that Canadians motoring in Florida, along with all other foreigners, risked arrest unless they were armed with an International Driving Permit. No longer was a Quebec or Ontario drivers' license good enough.

* Long before they can understand what is being said to them, babies can make strategic use of the sound cues that they hear to distinguish between two languages, a new study has revealed.

The finding suggests that children growing up in a multilingual environment are neither confused nor disadvantaged by having to cope with two mother tongues, even when the grammatical structures of the two languages are substantially different from one another.