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Report: Millions of Canadians pretending to know who Viola Desmond was

  • Shlabotnik (481 posts)
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    Report: Millions of Canadians pretending to know who Viola Desmond was

    OTTAWA – Early reports suggest that many Canadians are pretending they were familiar with Viola Desmond’s significance in history after the federal government announced her face will be featured on the next $10 bill.

    “It’s about time that someone who freed the slaves gets on a $10 bill,” said Miriam LaCroix of Ottawa, believing that the woman who stoically refused to comply with racial segregation in a Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946 was Harriet Tubman.

    ..Snip… Prior to googling her name, countless Canadians erroneously identified the iconic woman who helped put an end to a Jim Crow law in Canada as the inventor of the zipper, a world champion curler, or a famous brain surgeon.

    More! at: https://www.thebeaverton.com/2016/12/report-millions-canadians-pretending-know-viola-desmond/

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    I’ve gotta admit, I had no clue who she was either.

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  • Live and Learn (1506 posts)
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    1. I had no idea either. People hate admitting they don't know. lol

  • polly7 (2614 posts)
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    2. I knew who she was, but only from something I'd read years ago.

    I’d forgotten some of her story.

    ..Snip… Prior to googling her name, countless Canadians erroneously identified the iconic woman who helped put an end to a Jim Crow law in Canada as the inventor of the zipper, a world champion curler, or a famous brain surgeon.  – funny!  She probably could have been all those things if she’d wanted to.

    Judi-Lynn has a super nice thread in the JPR Reading room.

    • Shlabotnik (481 posts)
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      3. Oh cool, I'll check that out. Thanks n/t

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