Bank of Canada shows off new $5, $10 notes

The Bank of Canada's new $5 and $10 polymer notes were unveiled Thursday at Vancouver's VIA Rail station.

Canadian space exploration and railway heritage feature prominently on the new bills, which are said to be "safer, greener and cheaper" than their predecessors.

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“The image on the $5 note serves as a reminder of the dedication and hard work of so many people the Canadian Space Agency,” said astronaut Chris Hadfield of Space Oddity and film critique celebrity.

"The construction of the transcontinental railway helped to build modern Canada,” said Via Rail president Marc Laliberte. The $10 bill  honours “the many thousands of workers who helped with this engineering feat.”

One Star Trek fan commenting on a Huffington Post article in August under the name of 'shatner99', suggested putting William Shatner on the $100 and James Doohan ("Scotty"), who stormed Juno Beach on D-Day, on the $50.

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