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Nova Scotia reimburses court fees, fine paid by civil rights icon Viola Desmond

Global News – Posted February 3, 2021 2:46 pm – Updated February 3, 2021 5:06 pm (https://globalnews.ca/news/7617070/nova-scotia-reimburses-court-fees-fine-viola-desmond/) Viola Desmond became a civil rights icon in Nova Scotia after she refused to leave the “whites only” section in a New Glasgow theatre in the 1940s. Desmond was dragged from the theatre and ultimately charged for not paying the one-cent difference in tax between the ticket she bought and the cost for the “white” seats. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a $26 fine. So she paid the fine. Now, more than seven decades after the incident, Nova Scotia is reimbursing the fine. “I appreciate this, you know, I’m almost speechless,” said Wanda Robson, Desmond’s sister. The issue of the fine was brought to light by...