THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO February 25, 2020 (LSN) The Bank of Canada has announced an online campaign calling for nominations to replace former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, who has been on the $5 bill since 1972. Mayor Bill Mauro is encouraging everyone in the community to vote for Terry Fox to be chosen.
“Terry Fox is a national hero and such an inspirational figure for his Marathon of Hope and battle against cancer,” said Mauro. “He inspired the nation and the world through his courageous struggle, and his determination to raise funds for cancer research.’
After 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, Terry was forced to stop running just outside of Thunder Bay because cancer had appeared in his lungs.
Canadians have until March 11 to nominate. Close to 300 Canadians are in the running, including:
“There are so many deserving candidates being nominated. But the impact that Terry Fox has had on our community, and the legacy he has left, inspires me and I’m sure many local residents to nominate him for this honour. Imagine Terry on the five-dollar bill with the Sleeping Giant in the background.”
Fox’s hometown of Port Coquitlam, B.C. is also campaigning to get him on the bill. Mayor Brad West wrote to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz to express the formal support of Port Coquitlam. Mayor Mauro is writing to Mayor West to express his support. He is also bringing a resolution to Council’s Committee of the Whole on March 2 to endorse the nomination through letters to the Finance Minister and Bank of Canada Governor.
After all the nominations are in, they will be reviewed by an independent Advisory Council. Informed by the public opinion and historical research, the Advisory Council will confirm their short list that will be submitted to the Minister of Finance for a decision. The new $5 note will be in circulation in a few years.
Residents can submit a nomination on the City’s website at : www.thunderbay.ca
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO January 15, 2020 (LSN) Terry Fox has always been a beacon of light to me and his courage gave direction whenever times got a little bit tough, whenever decisions had to be made that were not so clear and changes had to be made that affected others.
To me he was different, he stood for something and he wasn’t afraid to stand out and up for a cause.
I admired him. I admired his individuality and his stamina.
While life is full of fake leaders and gullible followers, Terry stood apart from that crowd and became heroic.
I read about an opportunity to submit a name for who should be on the Five Dollar Bill. There was only one choice for me.
I wasn’t looking for a celebrity who’s skill was to entertain me.
I wasn’t looking for a politician who’s skill was to gather popularity votes and I wasn’t looking for someone self serving or someone demanding sacrifice at the expense of others.
Instead of reading the criteria for submission, I set my own:
The person had to be heroic and worthy of the honour.
The person had to have influenced and changed the lives of others, not by intent but by their actions.
I wasn’t interested in manipulation or dishonesty.
The message their life conveyed would have to be honest, unique and inspiring and only one person fulfilled all of the above and who stood out from the crowd.
Terry Fox crawled before he could walk, walked before he could run and then ran until he could run no more. But he never gave up.
His perseverance, dedication and run continues to this day with a little help from his friends.
I decided to honour Terry with a Five Dollar Bill prototype, created to keep his message alive,
to keep his courageous voice heard and to never let us forget the achievement one little boy accomplished on that highway cold and alone.
My Choice- My Hero- Terry Fox
Artist: Ron Drillen
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