ICYMI: Yesterday, the Bank of Canada announced that Viola Desmond will become the first woman to have a portrait appear on a regularly circulating bank note. Ms. Desmond will be featured on $10 bills starting in late 2018, having been selected by Finance Minister Bill Morneau from a short list of five iconic women. Ms. Desmond, who died in 1965, was a black woman who dreamed of owning a hairdressing business, despite the issue that aesthetic schools in Halifax, where she resided, did not accept black students at the time. She eventually went on to open her own studio, and later fought desperately for human rights, and valiantly against racial discrimination. She became well-known for refusing to sit in the ‘black section’ of a movie theatre, a decision that saw her criminally charged. Ms. Desmond only received a pardon for her charges posthumously from the government of Nova Scotia in April 2010.
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