Friday, March 6, 2015

Canada's Central Bank is Telling People to Stop 'Spocking' Their Money

Canada's central bank is urging citizens to stop drawing on their their $5 notes in a tribute to deceased actor Leonard Nimoy, reports CNBC.

In a trend dubbed "Spocking," Canadians have taken to drawing pointy ears and tiled brows on top of Canada's seventh prime minister, Sir. Wilfrid Laurier, to make him look like Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human Star Trek character made famous by Nimoy.

The central bank hates that this is going on, all the more reason to think it is a great new frontier.

The bank issued the following statement:
It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes because neither the Bank of Canada Act nor the Criminal Code deals with mutilation or defacement of bank notes. However, there are important reasons why it should not be done.

Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.

Canadians can help keep their bank notes in good condition so they circulate longer (e.g., by placing them in a wallet and avoiding defacing, misusing, stapling, creasing or crumpling them).

Though the new polymer notes are very durable, they are not indestructible. All bank notes—polymer or paper—should be handled appropriately. If they are, polymer notes will last at least 2.5 times longer than paper notes under normal circulating conditions.


  1. Chinese police run secret operations in B.C. to hunt allegedly corrupt officials and laundered money

    Chinese police agents have been conducting secret operations in Canada — a top destination for allegedly corrupt officials — seeking to “repatriate” suspects and money laundered in real estate.

    Vancouver city officials will not comment on co-operation with Chinese agents in “Operation Fox Hunt,” or on suspects pointed to by Chinese news services.

    Xinhua news agency reported that while China does not have extradition treaties with Canada, the United States and Australia — the three top destinations for corruption suspects — in 2013 Canada and China signed an agreement to share assets connected to corruption.

    Starting in 2014, Chinese agents came to Canada and other countries, Xinhua reported.

    The Province found indications in various data sources of large wealth allegedly misappropriated in China and invested in condo and commercial developments and private residences in and around Vancouver.

    Also, according to The Province’s review of data posted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, there are a number of offshore shell companies linked to addresses in Vancouver, West Vancouver and Richmond, with connections to Mainland China.

    “The U.S. and Canada are key targets for (Operation Fox Hunt) investigators. Both places are popular with corrupt officials because both are highly desirable locations in which to house family members and educate children, and neither has an extradition treaty with China,” Mulroney wrote.

  2. Now that's funny. It had me reaching for my wad of cash. All I've got are Washington and Jackson, and their hair is way too big.

    Now try to imagine a USG response to someone doing this to US paper.