The Bank of Canada is making a molehill out of a mountain.
The central bank had claimed that its new plastic $10 bank notes included an image of majestic Mount Edith Cavell, a prominent peak in the Canadian Rockies south of Jasper, Alta.
But a sharp-eyed professor in Toronto, who had hiked the mountain with his family, thought something was amiss when the image matched neither his memory nor his photos.
Hitesh Doshi contacted the Bank of Canada by email last November, shortly after the new $10 notes were released, to say something was amiss. He kept getting the runaround until last week.
The Bank of Canada notified him by email to identify the mountains: Lectern Peak and Aquila Mountain on the left side of the bill; Redan, Esplanade and Gargoyle in the centre; and Mount Zengel on the right.
“I can confirm that we changed the description of the $10,” bank spokesman Alexandre Deslongchamps told The Canadian Press on Monday. The mistake was made during improper documentation of the images being used to develop the bill.
The Bank of Canada website has been updated with the new information.
“This is a big time boo-boo. The most sinister thing for me is the way they dealt with it,” said Doshi. “If you didn’t know what you were looking for on their website, you wouldn’t notice anything different.”