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The bill celebrates Canada's heritage and diversity.
Production starts this summer.
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She's the first Canadian woman on the $10 bill.
"She represents courage, strength and determination."
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"Words and symbols matter."
On Thursday, the Bank of Canada announced Viola Desmond will be the first woman (other than the Queen, of course) to appear on our currency.
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Bank of Canada whittles options down to five.
The lack of diversity on our money is hardly fitting for a country that likes to think of itself as a leader on progressive issues. Even the U.S. is getting ahead. Now that this oversight is finally being rectified, our question is: why just one?
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Viola Desmond's crime? Sitting in a section of the movie theatre reserved for white Canadians.
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Groundbreakers who don't have the recognition they deserve for helping build our great nation.
No disrespect to Lincoln Alexander, Viola Desmond, Dudley Laws and the many black Canadian pioneers that have and continue to make vital contributions to Canadian society, but Subban has the potential to be the most important and influential black in Canadian history.
For all the racial adversity the Unites States have faced, they still elected a minority to head a major party and their country. When it comes to honouring their heroes, American cynosure comes in all colours. Canada could stand to learn a thing or two from this particular slice of Americana which fosters a more inclusive, more perfect Union. In Canada, the archival whitewash persists.