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Canada put "wrong" maple leaf on new Canadian dollar 20 bill: expert

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Canada put "wrong" maple leaf on new Canadian dollar 20 bill: expert

By Randall Palmer | Reuters – 6 hrs ago

http://news.yahoo.com/canada-put-wrong-maple-leaf-canadian-dollar-20-195337455--business.html

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Bank of Canada has barked up the wrong maple tree with its new plastic banknotes, using a foreign Norway maple leaf as the emblem on the notes instead of the sugar maple that the country has on its national flag, an eagle-eyed Canadian botanist says.

The untrained eye might not at first spot the difference between the maple leaf on the new $20, $50 and $100 bills and the North American sugar maple.

But it is clear to Sean Blaney, a botanist who tracks plants for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Center in New Brunswick, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

"The maple leaf (on the currency) is the wrong species," he told Reuters on Friday.

He said the Norway maple has more lobes or sections and has a more pointed outline than the sugar maple, and the lobe that rises in the center is shorter than the sugar maple's.

The Norway maple was imported from Europe and is now also common in North America. Blaney said it was probably the most popular tree along streets in central and eastern Canada.

"It has naturalized to Canada," he said. But it's not the grand sugar maple.

The central bank said the image on the new bills was purposefully designed not to represent any specific species but rather to be a combination of various kinds.

"It is not a Norway maple leaf. It is a stylized maple leaf and it is what it ought to be," said Bank of Canada currency spokesman Julie Girard.

She said the banknote designers created the image with the help of a dendrologist, a botanist who specializes in trees and shrubs.

"On the advice of this expert, steps were taken to ensure that the design of the leaf in the secondary window is not representative of a Norway maple," she said, adding that it was less rectangular than a Norway maple.

Blaney is not buying the explanation. "I think it's just an after-the-fact excuse," he said.

"That may have been their intention, to not have it be a specific species of maple, but they should have drawn it differently if that were the case, because the maple that they've drawn is quite clearly a Norway maple."

The Bank of Canada had to apologize in August after news broke that it replaced the picture of an Asian lab assistant on its new C$100 banknote with a woman who looked more Caucasian.

Focus groups said Asians should not be the only group represented. Critics then accused the bank of racism.

(Editing by Janet Guttsman and Mohammad Zargham)

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I feel bad for the bank of Canada... All they are trying to do is make our money safer.

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How can a drawn maple leaf be "of the wrong species". :lol: It's a drawing!

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But it is clear to Sean Blaney, a botanist who tracks plants for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Center in New Brunswick, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Should'nt he be studying real plants at work instead of sitting around staring at money. what a tool.

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But it is clear to Sean Blaney, a botanist who tracks plants for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Center in New Brunswick, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Should'nt he be studying real plants at work instead of sitting around staring at money. what a tool.

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Our money is the laughing stock of north america.

Every time i go to the states, i show my buddies canadian money and they laugh. I tried using a twenty in mexico and they laughed at me. For the record, i always stash a twenty spot in my wallet.

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Our money is the laughing stock of north america.

Every time i go to the states, i show my buddies canadian money and they laugh. I tried using a twenty in mexico and they laughed at me. For the record, i always stash a twenty spot in my wallet.

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In other news, one Canadian botanist needs more to do

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It's what he does. It's only natural that he would notice it. I don't know what you do but when I'm out and about I notice deficincies in my own trade. Anyhow it would appear someone at the mint may be indulging in other kinds of leaves...

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It's what he does. It's only natural that he would notice it. I don't know what you do but when I'm out and about I notice deficincies in my own trade. Anyhow it would appear someone at the mint may be indulging in other kinds of leaves...

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Our money is the laughing stock of north america.

Every time i go to the states, i show my buddies canadian money and they laugh. I tried using a twenty in mexico and they laughed at me. For the record, i always stash a twenty spot in my wallet.

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I got my hands on some of these bills the other week, and the first thing I noticed was the odd looking maple leaf. And I dont even like plants.

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Wow no way people. Our banknotes are supposed to represent the fabric of our nation, and they should get the right maple leaf onto our money.

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Our money is the laughing stock of north america.

Every time i go to the states, i show my buddies canadian money and they laugh. I tried using a twenty in mexico and they laughed at me. For the record, i always stash a twenty spot in my wallet.

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Our money is the laughing stock of north america.

Every time i go to the states, i show my buddies canadian money and they laugh. I tried using a twenty in mexico and they laughed at me. For the record, i always stash a twenty spot in my wallet.

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Good to know that info. For a second there I thought I was in Norway, lol.

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Our money is the laughing stock of north america.

Every time i go to the states, i show my buddies canadian money and they laugh. I tried using a twenty in mexico and they laughed at me. For the record, i always stash a twenty spot in my wallet.

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