Commemoration

Dartmouth man pushing for new ferry to honour Viola Desmond

Bill Zebedee wants third new harbour ferry to bear the name of renowned Nova Scotian

Voting for the new ferry name will close on Feb. 15.
Voting for the new ferry name will close on Feb. 15.   Brandon Young

The man who wants the third new harbour ferry to bear the name of Viola Desmond says Nova Scotia hasn’t yet honoured her in a suitable fashion.

Bill Zebedee’s choice is one of five finalists in the Halifax Regional Municipality’s contest to determine the name for a new ferry vessel to be launched in summer 2016.

Desmond was arrested in a Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946 for refusing to leave the ‘whites only’ section.

The municipality has been criticized in the past for the lack of diversity in the shortlist of names for the three ferries.

The other ferry name finalists are:

  • Private John Curwin
  • Vincent Coleman
  • Major Gavin Rainnie
  • Ron Wallace

Signal TV reporter Brandon Young interviewed supporters of the nomination, looking back the importance of Desmond’s achievement in Canadian History.