CBS News Logo Viola Desmond, described as Canada’s Rosa Parks, memorialized on $10 bill

GATINEAU, Quebec -- A black woman often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday that Viola Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018. A businesswoman turned civil libertarian, Desmond built a business as a beautician and mentored young black women in Nova Scotia. It was in 1946 when she rejected racial discrimination by sitting in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. She was arrested and fined. Her actions inspired later generations of black people in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada. Racial segregation in Canada in the 1940s was not enforced in the same way it was in the U.S. when Jim Crow laws were in place between the late 19th-century and the mid-1960s. But there was an informal practice of segregation that took place quietly in Canadian theaters, hotels and restaurants. Continue Reading

Park memorializes fire that killed 100 at Station nightclub

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff  May 22, 2017 WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Scotty Dunbar was torn about showing up at Sunday’s dedication of a long-awaited memorial on the site of the Station nightclub fire, where 100 concertgoers perished 14 years ago.The 38-year-old vocalist from Woburn lost two friends in the fire, and he survived only by diving through a window, slicing his body with shards of glass. He wasn’t certain whether he wanted to revisit the experience in such a public way.But surrounded by family, friends, and other survivors, Dunbar said he was glad he came instead of putting off the visit to a more quiet day. Advertisement “This is definitely amazing,” he said, standing feet from a stone memorial memorializing one of his friends, Derek Gray, of Dracut. He said he’ll never forget the bond they shared. “Our love for hard rock music brought us here.” Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Hundreds of survivors, family members, elected officials, and supporters turned out for the dedication of the memorial park for the nation’s fourth-deadliest nightclub fire, which injured an additional 230 people.The dedication began on a festive note, as a band played rock music under a mostly sunny sky, but it then struck a more somber tone as the official ceremony unfolded.“This park is a gift to you — the families,” said former Rhode Island governor Donald Carcieri. “May God bless you, may this memorial forever honor your loved ones.”The memorial park featured a stone stage that has been erected in the area where the original stage was. Advertisement Individual stone markers throughout the park identify each deceased victim with Continue Reading

Prince’s family, friends mourn the icon at intimate Paisley Park memorial service, with plans underway for a public musical tribute

Prince, an intensely private person despite his oversized public persona, is being memorialized in services big and small. A private Saturday gathering at Prince’s sprawling suburban Minneapolis compound offered friends and relatives the chance for an intimate farewell — after fans outside were surprised with purple gift boxes. Inside were concert T-shirts and CDs, distributed as a thank you to the mourners who have flooded his estate since the rock icon died there Thursday at 57. Longtime Prince associates Sheila E. and Larry Graham, who wore a purple suit with matching fedora, came out to speak about their late friend. “Thank you for the support and the love, and all the hugs,” said Graham, who offered hugs of his own to some fans. “I appreciate that. And I know that Sheila feels the same way that I feel, that Prince made us all a better musician . . . He pushed us, he made us better and so we miss him deeply.” Graham and Sheila E. then headed back inside for the private service, which was also attended by Prince gal pal Damaris Lewis. “Thank you very much,” said Sheila E. “We appreciate you for being here.” Workers in black T-shirts adorned with a photo of Prince brought flowers, food and tables inside the home, and state troopers were gathered at Paisley Park to escort the mourners inside. Prince’s brother-in-law said plans were underway for a large-scale public musical memorial — although the details remained sketchy two days after the Purple One’s sudden death. The memorial “is in the works,” Maurice Phillips, who’s married to Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson, said to The legendary 5-feet-2 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was cremated Friday afternoon following a four-hour autopsy by the local medical examiner. Prince’s Continue Reading

Prince cremated with ‘no fuss, no drama’ ahead of private Paisley Park memorial service

The ever-mysterious Prince was cremated without fanfare Friday after authorities released his body from an autopsy, the Daily Mirror reported Saturday. The “FUNKNROLL” singer, who died Thursday at 57, had “very precise ideas” of how he wanted to be laid to rest — and so shortly after his body was released from a 9 a.m. autopsy in Ramsey, Minn., family members had his body cremated at a funeral home about 2 p.m., sources told the British paper. “He wanted it to be kept to the minimum of fuss. Prince was such figure you don’t need a funeral to remember him by,” a family friend said. “He wanted to simply disappear with no fuss, no drama, no fanfare. It was just his style.” PRINCE AUTOPSY COMPLETE IN MINNESOTA, POLICE PROBE DOES NOT CLARIFY WHETHER LETHAL PRESCRIPTION OPIATES PLAYED ROLE IN HIS DEATH Photos obtained by the paper show Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, her son Prez and another family member apparently shepherding his ashes into a car after the four-hour-long service. “Throughout his life and following his Jehovah’s Witness faith Prince made it clear to his family that if he ever were to be taken from us he wanted to die with dignity,” the family friend said. Family members have not commented on the final destination of the ashes, nor have they provided details on funeral or memorial service arrangements. Meanwhile, a private function Saturday drew friends and loved ones — including musicians Larry Graham and Sheila E. — to the music megastar’s Paisley Park compound in suburban Minnesota. A larger, public memorial is in the works, Nelson's husband, Maurice Phillips, told the site Continue Reading

‘Les Miserables’ cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste will be honored with Central Park memorial

“Les Miserables,” the popular Broadway show with the history-making lead will go on, even without one of its brightest lights. Kyle Jean-Baptiste was saluted on and off Broadway as one of the theater’s shining stars Sunday, a day after he died in a fire escape accident outside his Brooklyn home. Jean-Baptiste, 21, made history this summer when he became the youngest actor and the first African-American to take the Broadway stage in the lead role of Valjean in the venerable “Les Miserables.” Friends of the actor are planning a Central Park memorial Monday at 2 p.m. according to Playbill, the theater magazine. Mourners will gather near the park’s Bethesda Fountain, near the north side of W. 72nd St., for a memorial organized by, which highlights the achievements of blacks on Broadway. “Yesterday, a young man who was kind, thoughtful, respectful, confident and vulnerable, left our world,” Jean-Baptiste’s family said in a statement Sunday. “He was a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, and a friend. With a smile ‘yay wide,’ a heart worn on his sleeve, and a song always on his lips, he walked with us for 21 years. To say he will be missed would be an understatement. Our pain has no boundaries.” Jean-Baptiste was with a friend on a fourth-floor fire escape outside his parents’ Fort Greene apartment early Saturday when he apparently lost his balance and fell to his death, according to police. Though cops were investigating, police believe the death was accidental. The LaGuardia High School alum was cast in the Broadway musical in May following his graduation from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Visitors who caught the show’s Sunday matinee at the Imperial Theater said they were impressed with the grieving cast’s fortitude. “The performance has been great so far,” said Patrick Vanderploeg, Continue Reading

Penn Park memories: When a monument, not a splash pad, was the big attraction

The Penn Park splash pad is open and providing cool relief for children from the recent high temperatures.That took me back in time to the mid-1940s when Penn Park was considered nature’s “air conditioning,” because of the breezes blowing through it, and as a place where children could exercise their bodies and curiosity.  It was a welcome relief from the homes that seemed to contain the summer heat.There was no splash pad back then, just a playground, a covered band stand, and a variety of fountains and ponds that were the equivalent of water features. WATCH: York's Penn Park opens splash pad for summer READ: Crossing over York's Boundary line (column) MORE: Find more York County history news The playground was a rather basic affair with pipes holding up the swings, a merry-go-round you pushed with your feet, and a see-saw that seemed determined to pinch your fingers.  Or, worse yet, have a larger child sitting on the far end of the see-saw and then – suddenly – hop off so you went slamming to the ground with a body-rattling “thump.”A youngster in the 1940s could run across the park’s paths to the fish pond, or gaze up at the height of the “Rebecca at the Well” statue fountain as water cascaded from the urn she was holding.Not too far away was the Elk statue atop its craggy base.But, far and away the most popular place to play, was the Civil War monument.We were too young then to realize that Victory, atop the column, was facing north on Beaver Street to symbolize the Northern Army had won the war.The attraction at the monument was the four Civil War-era cannon and wooden carriages that stood guard at the four corners of the monument.Scampering over, under and around the cannon was great sport, indeed.  If you used your child’s imagination, you could also hear the boom of those cannon coming from the west, from Gettysburg.You could also envision those Continue Reading

Celebrate Parks & Recreation month like your favorite TV character

July is national Parks and Recreation Month. Each county and state park in York County has its own selling point – and its own "Parks and Recreation" character. If you love the outdoors (and the show), check out your favorite character's favorite park. Apollo Park has some challenging trails, which makes it perfect for Leslie Knope. Leslie would never back away from a challenge, just like you won't back away from visiting this park for an afternoon hike.     April's one soft spot – besides Andy – was dogs. John C. Rudy's notable spot is its dog park, where you could basically picture April's rescue dog Champion running around on its three good legs. You couldn't help loving Jean-Ralphio and his outlandish life, just like you can't help loving Spring Valley. Horseback riding is popular at this park, and you can just picture Jean-Ralphio riding horses here (while coming up with his next scheme). When you think of Rocky Ridge, it's hard not to think about Christmas Magic. This light festival would be perfect for Tom Haverford, who loved to go big or go home – often with light shows of his own.  More: Best hikes for dogs in York County More: Penn Park memories: When a monument, not a splash pad, was the big attraction More: Save on tickets to parks and zoos If Donna Meagle was going to step foot in a park, it would definitely be William Kain. The scenic boating views make it full of outdoor glamour, and if yachts were allowed it would be easy to picture Donna on one. Let's face it, Ben Wyatt was a quirky character. It only makes sense he would enjoy a quirky park like Richard Nixon. The nature center makes this park one of a kind in York County and probably No. 1 in Ben's heart. One of the weirdest characters on the show had to be Councilman Jamm. Who can forget the time Leslie spent the night singing karaoke with him? Continue Reading

Confederate monument discussion comes to Indianapolis over Garfield Park’s memorial

The Indianapolis Parks and Recreation department will begin exploring options to remove a monument memorializing the deaths of Confederate prisoners of war in Indiana. Linda Broadfoot, director of Indy Parks, said in a statement Thursday evening that the monument is currently "not in a location appropriate for its original purpose." "Our intention is to work with the City-County Council and our philanthropic partners to explore all available options to remove the monument from Garfield Park and ensure that, if it is to be on public display, it is within a historical context that does not affect a parks system that belongs to all Indianapolis residents," she said. Related: Low-profile Confederate monument marks Indianapolis' Civil War history After Charlottesville:: 5 things you can do to fight hate That statement comes after City-County Council Majority Leader Monroe Gray issued a statement calling for the monument to be relocated. Citing a violent clash between white nationalist protesters and counterprotesters in Charlottesville this past weekend, Gray noted in the statement that the park was named after President James A. Garfield, who served as a major general in the Union Army.  This monument to confederate prisoners of war holds no historical significance to President Garfield and is a painful reminder that slaves were forced to fight for the Confederacy in order to prolong their own slavery. The site of Camp Morton, where these rebel soldiers were held is now known as Herron-Morton Place, adjacent to our cherished Martin Luther King Park. The remains of these individuals have been relocated to the privately owned Crown Hill Cemetery, which in our opinion is an example of a more fitting location for this headstone.City-County Council President Maggie Lewis also released a statement Thursday afternoon addressing the monument, saying she'd be willing to facilitate conversations regarding its Continue Reading

National Park Service starts its second century with a $12 billion maintenance backlog

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – A week before the hot July 4 tourist crush, water was running low.Grand Canyon’s pipeline had broken.Again.It happens a lot — sometimes dozens of breaks in a year — but this summer it happened after a malfunctioning air conditioner already had stalled a primary pump and slowed the uphill flow into South Rim storage tanks.The aluminum tube was considered an engineering marvel back in the 1960s, when workers assisted by helicopter chiseled its trench across the canyon floor and walls.RELATED: Learn about all of Arizona's national parks | Adventurers wanted: Explore Arizona with XAZ | National Park Service celebrates 100 years | Why parks matter: Nature improves your brainNow it’s a curse.Its perennial bursts are among the costliest of problems that an agency founded 100 years ago with a mission to preserve and promote America’s natural and historic heritage has had to let slide.The National Park Service starts its second century this month on a mission for duct tape.The parks have a list of deferred maintenance that is $11.9 billion long and counting. It includes everything from leaky roofs and outdated sewage systems to eroded trails and pockmarked roads.Grand Canyon’s administrators cranked out alerts and imposed water restrictions that week in June, hoping to keep the tanks on the South Rim from dropping so far that they would have to do the unthinkable.Would they really close America’s second-most popular national park?Not this time, it turned out. The patch held and the July 4 crowd likely didn’t notice.It could have easily turned uglier. Officials had warned that if a jolt of cold spring water through the hot, empty pipe had blown another leak, as commonly happens when the pumps restart, they might have had to close the park gates to reserve everything left in the tanks for fire readiness.Park engineering and facilities chief Don Continue Reading

2,753 empty chairs mark loss of 9/11 victims in haunting Bryant Park memorial

A sea of empty seats, 2,753 in all, flooded the lawn of Bryant Park in waves of loss Sunday. A poignant exhibition featured one vacant folding chair for each person who died at the World Trade Center ten years ago. The chairs stood silent, 35 closely spaced rows of them, completely covering the lawn. Jochen Hellback, 45, of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, found the chair exhibit haunting. "It's so spare - and they turn south towards the Twin Towers," he said. On the terrace above the roped-off lawn, a companion exhibition called Collective Memory took place. A group of women dressed and coiffed like early 1960s secretaries and two conservatively dressed men sat in front of manual typewriters. They took dictation on a very personal subject: Participants answered the question, "What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?" Dov Lichtenberg, a visitor from Tel Aviv, had a ready response. "The most important lesson is you should take your enemies seriously," said Lichtenberg, 69. "They mean exactly what they say." Frank Dammers, 59, an artist from Amsterdam who's been doing paintings of what the new 1 World Trade Center will look like, took a totally different tack. "There's too much hate in this world," he said. "We are all the same." One of the transcribing typists was artist Sheryl Oring. She plans to turn people's answers, spelled out on slips of white paper, into a future exhibition. Participants kept thanking her for letting them sound off. Not everyone was into her project, though. "Some people find it very cathartic," said Oring, 45. "Some people backed away; it's too hard." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading