A New Canadian Fifty-Dollar Bill Leaves the Bank for a Brief Period of Time

As of March, there are new fifty-dollar bills here in Canada. I discovered this when I was handed money to go buy printer ink for work because I neither have a reason to use large bank notes, or especially keep up with the latest gossip on them. The new fifties are made of a plastic polymer so they’re un-rip-able—literally slick. They come with lots of new security features—if you’re going to start printing your own Canadian money, do it now before the old easier-to-copy ones are completely weeded out of circulation. Those things, however, aren’t its coolest feature, which is: the intersection of plastic bill + security features = giant see through clear space, right in the middle. May I present: the afternoon-joy-ride of having a fifty dollar bill to hang out with (as experienced entirely from my desk):

Canadian fifty-dollar bill has a cup of coffee. 

Canadian fifty-dollar bill studies differential equations.

Canadian fifty-dollar bill examines sad, opaque pieces of money on their way to meet their fate in the laundry machine coin slot.

Canadian fifty dollar bill stalks people on Facebook (fifty-dollar bill—just like us!).

Canadian fifty-dollar bill, meet your evil cousin.

Canadian hundred-dollar bills have had this design for a while, and smaller denominations are going to be rolled out in 2013. Exciting!


Shannon Palus just might never move back to America.


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Megano! (#124)

What, how did I not hear about this, as I live in Canada and also read the news? They would not shut up about the freaking penny.

Okay, this is not really relevant, but I’m asking this here because I don’t know where else to ask it…I will be moving to Canada in a few months (Montreal), and I don’t know the first thing about what kind of bank or credit union I should open an account at. Is there one that is generally accepted to be good? One to be avoided?

shannon (#969)

@mirror_father_mirror I opened an account with RBC when I moved here a couple years ago for the sole reason that there are RBC atm machines all over the McGill campus, but its worked out as a bank! if you’re doing the whole Canada/America thing, some banks are easier on the international atm fees so that’s worth checking out. and if you go with Scotia Bank though, you can get a credit card that gives you movie tickets as rewards.

shannon (#969)

@mirror_father_mirror just do not go with Rogers for cell phone service. they’re the worst.

@shannon Thanks for the reply! Sorry this is weirdly late, but I only just stumbled across your comment. Perhaps you are still out there somewhere? Who *should* I go with for cell phone service? I would like to have an iPhone.

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