New Viola Desmond Bill Launched, Today
North Sydney’s Wanda Robson will be the first person to buy something today with the new 10-dollar bill featuring her sister Viola Desmond.
Robson will be on hand for the ceremony to launch the bill at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz and museum president John Young will join Robson at the event.
Robson says she plans to use the new bill to buy a copy of the book about Desmond’s life she co-wrote with Cape Breton University professor Graham Reynolds.
She says she plans give it to her 12-year-old granddaughter.
Desmond became a crusader for civil rights after she was arrested for sitting in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946.