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
February 13, 2016, 7:20 pm ASTLast Updated: February 13, 2016, 7:21 pm
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.