Meet Viola Desmond (Scholastic Canada Biography)

Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer! On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre . . . and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for […]

Viola Desmond: Her Life and Times

Many Canadians know that Viola Desmond is the first Black, non-royal woman to be featured on Canadian currency. But fewer know the details of Viola Desmond?s life and legacy. In 1946, Desmond was arrested for refusing to give up her seat in a whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Her […]

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!

Finalist for the 2011 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction “On behalf of the Nova Scotia government, I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Viola Desmond’s family and to all African Nova Scotians for the racial discrimination she was subjected to by the justice system … We recognize today that the act for which Viola Desmond […]


Michaëlle Jean, Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie depuis janvier 2015, a vigoureusement pris la parole partout pour positionner l’action de l’Organisation sur l’échiquier multilatéral, dans ces temps troublés par des attentats meurtriers, des exodes migratoires jamais égalés, et des processus électoraux agités. On a entendu la voix de la Francophonie lors de discussions de haut […]

Michaëlle Jean

This biography of Michaëlle Jean is a high-interest, low-vocabulary book for adolescents and adults with limited literacy skills. In 1968, Michaëlle Jean and her family fled Haiti to escape dictator Duvalier’s regime. She came to Canada as a refugee. Michaëlle worked as a journalist and broadcaster. At 48 years old, Michaëlle’s life changed when she […]