Mark Carney tackles the mystery of the maple-scented money

THE incoming governor of the Bank of England is facing some sticky questions as he serves out his time as head of the Bank of Canada – over the plastic bank notes that were introduced in the country in 2011.

And the most pressing demand for Mark Carney? Are they scratch-and-sniff bills with the perfume of maple syrup? Proving that Canadians are a highly patriotic bunch – or just love their pancake breakfasts – the smell of money was the hottest topic in a year of correspondence to the bank.

“I would like to know ... once and for all if these bills are in fact scented, as I do detect a hint of maple when smelling the bill,” says a typical email, according to the The Canadian Press.

Sadly, bank officials were quick to scotch the rumours. But The Capitalist hopes they took note. Nothing like the sweet smell of success to make spending more fun.

■ GREAT Ormond Street Hospital and Canadian bank RBC will take to the trading floor in a fortnight to ring the London Stock Exchange’s opening bell for the fourth anniversary of the charity’s 5km fun run. A record 4,000 people have signed up to take part in the RBC Race for Kids event in Battersea Park on 9 June, with over £125,000 raised so far. Last year’s race raised over £500,000. Many of the runners are RBC staff themselves, including RBC Capital Markets European chief executive Harry Samuel, chief operating officer David Thomas and Patrick Meier and Josh Critchley, co-heads of European investment banking.