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    Canada bans passport smiles


    Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 07:00 JST
    MONTREAL — Canada has banned the public from smiling or frowning for passport photos, the foreign ministry announced Tuesday.

    Canadians must send a photo with "a neutral expression — that means no laughing, smiles, frowning," said ministry spokeswoman Suzanne Meunier. "The mouth must be closed," she added.

    The new measure came into force on Aug 15, but the spokeswoman said the public announcement could not be made because of a huge power cut which hit Ontario province and the northeastern United States at that time.

    Meunier admitted that the photo order had caused some controversy. But she said it had become necessary because of a recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and to make it easier to recognize passport holders.

    Still, she said that those who had already sent in pictures showing a toothy smile should not worry.

    "We have already received photos with a small smile that we are ready to accept," she said.

    But the smile amnesty will run out on Nov 3, Meunier said. From then on, only serious passport photos will be allowed. (Wire reports)
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

  • #2
    ooooohhhhh k then

    think maybe I got up too early and am seeing things LOL
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    • #3
      Methinks a little man in a grey suit, sitting in a windowles office, in some large Government office block, counting the endless days to retirement thought that one up. Your tax $$$$ at work.
      United Kingdom branch, IACOJ.

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      • #4
        Martin, you are probably not far from the mark. I think this is just another case of some senior officer doing a "make work" project to justify his high end wage.
        If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

        "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

        "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

        Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

        impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

        IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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        • #5
          Angry Canadians

          Oh, wait, no frowns either. Nevermind. :-|
          Omnis Cedo Domus

          www.hinckleyfd.org

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          • #6
            Actually as goofy as the Canadians seem we do that. I don't think that it's required however when I was a travel agent we took passport photos and we were told to tell the people to keep a neutral expression on their face no smiling, laughing and mouths closed... no teeth showing.

            Strange!
            The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn...

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            • #7
              and they are doing this becausseeeeeeeeeeeee?????
              I havent failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.

              - Thomas Edison

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              • #8
                When Jean Chretien finally leaves, let them try to get the smile off my face.

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                • #9
                  A Canadian Auditor was working on a Task force to find where Government monies were being wasted. He Walked into the local Federal Building and Asked the First person he saw behind a Desk, "Tell me exactly what you do here?"

                  "I really don't know". The Employee replied.

                  The Auditor walked over to another employee, "What do you do here?" he asked.

                  " I really don't know either." the 2nd employee replied.

                  " Ah, Hah!" Exclaimed the Auditor as he hammered his fist on the Desk.

                  "DUPLICATION".

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                  • #10
                    can you do this ?> WOW !!!!!!!! < bad idea
                    IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
                    Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
                    ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
                    RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
                    LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
                    I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
                    "but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
                    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/show...60#post1137060post 115

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                    • #11
                      Josh! Stop that. Quit wasting time. NO EXPRESSION.

                      8^| (click!)
                      Omnis Cedo Domus

                      www.hinckleyfd.org

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                      • #12
                        NEWSFLASH!!

                        And also in todays top story, FunCo makers of gag gifts and party favors reported a dramatic increase in the exporting of "fake Billy Bob" teeth throughout Canada. The Ceo of FunCo F. Henry Hedgeback is puzzled. Film at 11:00
                        IAFF

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