Monday , September 26 2022

Viola Desmond banknotes to go into circulation


A $ 10 new banknote, portrayed by Viola Desmond, will enter into circulation within a week, just over 72 years after being removed from a New Glasgow cinema section, N.S.

The pioneer and business woman for civil rights is the first Canadian woman to appear on a regular banknote.

The new bill will also include a map of the northern historic end of Halifax, home to one of Canada's oldest black communities and the place where Desmond opened its first salon.

Irvine Carvery, the prominent Halifax in the north and the former chair of the school, said he was delighted that the bill would pay tribute to both her and the neighborhood.

He says the bill draws attention to the recognition of the struggle African Canadians face throughout history.

The Bank of Canada says the bill will also be the first vertically-oriented banknote in Canada that would allow a more prominent image of Desmond and will differentiate it from the current notes of the polymer.

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