News and events

Message of Condolence on the Passing of Buddy MacMaster

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Musician, mentor and active member of his community, Buddy MacMaster inspired audiences with his extraordinary talent and generous spirit. His genuine love for the music and tutelage of generations of fiddle players has ensured that the unique sound and rhythm of Cape Breton fiddling will be heard in concert halls and community dances across the world for many years to come.

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on National Acadian Day

Friday, 15 August 2014

À l’occasion de la Fête nationale des Acadiens et des Acadiennes, Madame Grant et moi saluons chaleureusement toutes les communautés acadiennes et francophones de la Nouvelle-Écosse et d’ailleurs.

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Statement on the First World War

Monday, 4 August 2014

As we mark the centennial of Canada’s involvement in the First World War, let us pause and reflect upon the sacrifice made by the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who served and the 65,000 who lost their lives in the conflict.

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Public Tours Saturday July 5 Cancelled

Friday, 4 July 2014

Due to the impending storm, public tours of Government House will be cancelled on July 5, 2014.  Tours will resume Sunday July 6 at 10am.

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Winners of New Vice-Regal Wine Award Announced

Friday, 4 July 2014

Three Nova Scotia wines have been selected to receive the inaugural Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines.

Through a blind tasting, an independent panel of experts chose the following wines, in no particular order, as the best among all Nova Scotia wines submitted for consideration:

-- Blomidon Estate Winery: Cuvée L'Acadie, 2010
-- Avondale Sky Winery: Martock, 2012
-- Domaine de Grand Pré: Riesling, 2013

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Garden Party to Go Ahead Indoors

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Due to impending rain today, the Lieutenant Governor's Garden Party will be moved indoors to Government House.  Guests are invited to greet the Lieutenant Governor and enjoy the scheduled musical entertainment and refreshments on the main floor of Government House.

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Annual Garden Party at Government House, June 18

Thursday, 12 June 2014

The public is invited to attend the annual lieutenant-governor's Garden Party on Wednesday, June 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Recognizing Community Spirit

Thursday, 5 June 2014

The annual Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award will be given to several communities that have demonstrated exemplary civic and community spirit in the last year.

From January to March 2014, Nova Scotians sent in their submissions and the communities chosen are:  Bridgewater; St. Peter's, Richmond Co.; Sackville area; Town of Amherst.
 

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Doors Open June 7 & 8

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Government House will be open June 7 & 8 10am-4pm for Doors Open Halifax.  Guides will take visitors on a 30 minute tour of Canada's oldest vice-regal residence and the site of many historically significant events in our nation's history.  Exclusively for Doors Open, the second floor will be open to the public, including the Queen's Suite.  Final tours will take place at 3:30pm.  Join us!

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New Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

Monday, 12 May 2014

Nova Scotia wineries are invited to submit their very best wines to be considered for a new award by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, in partnership with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia.

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on National Day of Honour

Friday, 9 May 2014

On this National Day of Honour, we pay tribute to our fellow Canadians who served in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.

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Nova Scotia Ready to Welcome Royal Couple

Friday, 25 April 2014

The official itinerary for the 2014 Tour of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall was released today, April 25.

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on the 90th Anniversary of the RCAF

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

As the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in Nova Scotia, it is a pleasure to congratulate the current and former members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on the occasion of their 90th anniversary.

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Cancelled - Public Lecture by Mr. Martin Middlebrook April 26

Monday, 31 March 2014
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International Women’s Day Celebrated at Government House

Friday, 7 March 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Women from Nova Scotia were recognized and celebrated today, March 7, at Government House in Halifax with the women's legacy reception and a book launch.

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Students Receive Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award

Monday, 24 February 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Promoting healthy living with a community garden, creating anti-bullying committees, raising awareness about the value of cross-cultural diversity, and championing inclusivity in the classroom are some of the initiatives Nova Scotia students are using to promote respectful citizenship.

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Nominations Sought to Recognize Outstanding Nova Scotians

Friday, 14 February 2014

The province is asking people to nominate, or re-nominate, candidates for Nova Scotia's highest honour.

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Government House Celebrates African Heritage Month with Youth Panel

Thursday, 30 January 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Four young African Nova Scotians will share their insights on youth leadership and community engagement at a panel discussion at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.

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Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall to Visit Nova Scotia

Monday, 20 January 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Premier Stephen McNeil confirmed today, Jan. 16, Nova Scotia is part of The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's three-province tour being planned for May.

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Public Invited to Celebrate Civic, Cultural Excellence at Government House

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Musicians, filmmakers and community leaders are among those featured in new season of public events for the popular Evenings @ Government House series.

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Annual New Year’s Day Levee

Monday, 23 December 2013

NEWS RELEASE - The public is invited to attend the annual lieutenant-governor's New Year's Day levee at Government House in Halifax.

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Christmas Message from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Friday, 20 December 2013

His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia extends warm wishes to all Nova Scotians during the holiday season.  December 2013

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on the passing of Nelson Mandela

Friday, 6 December 2013

Mrs. Grant and I join Nova Scotians and the citizens of all nations in mourning the death and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela.

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Employers Recognized for Championing Persons with Disabilities

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Ten employers in the province have been recognized for championing persons with disabilities in the workplace.

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Speech from the Throne Thursday November 28 2013 14:00 AST

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia will read the Speech from the Throne at the opening of the first session of the 62nd General Assembly of Nova Scotia at Province House in Halifax

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Order of Nova Scotia Honours Five Outstanding Nova Scotians

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Five outstanding Nova Scotians were honoured for their valued contributions in the areas of the arts, medicine, science, business and social issues at a ceremony held today, Nov. 27.

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Watch Order of Nova Scotia Investiture Ceremony Live

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Order of Nova Scotia investiture ceremony at Government House will be live streamed Wednesday November 27 at 11 am on http://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast/

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Louisbourg Comes to Government House

Monday, 18 November 2013

People will have a chance to listen to unique insights about the Fortress of Louisbourg at the next event at Government House in Halifax, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Remembrance Day

Friday, 8 November 2013

Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion when all Canadians come together to remember those who have fought and served Crown and Country

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Marine Animals to be Featured in Government House Event Series

Friday, 1 November 2013

NEWS RELEASE: A revolutionary look at ocean conditions and marine life will be the topic of the next presentation at Government House in Halifax on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

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Nominations Open for Respectful Citizenship Award

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

PRESS RELEASE - To honour youth who are committed to making a positive contribution to their schools and communities nominations are being accepted for the new Lieutenant Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award.

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Steven Higgins Wins Lieutenant Governor of NS Masterworks Arts Award

Monday, 28 October 2013

The ambitious sculpture, Beyond the Terminating Vista (Rebuild), by artist Steve Higgins, won the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award last night (Oct. 25)

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News Release: Lieutenant Governor Asks Premier-Designate to Form New Government

Friday, 11 October 2013

Lt.-Gov. J. J. Grant today, Oct. 11, received Stephen McNeil at Government House in Halifax and asked him to form a new government.

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Treaty Day

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

It gives me great pleasure to extend warm greetings to all on the occasion of Treaty Day 2013.

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Registration now open for Evenings @ Government House Featuring Eastern Eagle

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

In celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia is pleased to welcome internationally renowned Mi’kmaq singing group Eastern Eagle to Government House for a performance on October 8, 2013

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See Mo Kenney at Government House October 22

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Send an email between September 9-13 to contest@halifaxpopexplosion.com to win two tickets to this much anticipated performance by Mo Kenney in the historic and elegant setting of Government House.

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Press Release: Government House Launches Public Event Series

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant is celebrating civic and cultural excellence with a new event series entitled, Evenings @ Government House.

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Free Summer Tours of Government House Will Finish on August 31

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Visit Government House this Friday or Saturday for the final days of the free summer tour program.  

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Government House to Host Executive Council Meeting

Monday, 26 August 2013

His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant CMM, ONS, CD, (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia is pleased to welcome the Executive Council of Nova Scotia to Government House for the first time since restorations were completed in 2009

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Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Awards Announced

Friday, 16 August 2013

PRESS RELEASE - Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant will recognize young people across the province who show outstanding leadership and commitment to fostering inclusive environments in their schools and communities with the establishment of a new Lieutenant Governor’s award.

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National Acadian Day

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Joyeuse fête nationale des Acadiens!

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Government House Will Not Be Open for Public Tours August 23

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Please be advised that Government House will not be open for public tours on Friday August 23, 2013. 

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Natal Day

Friday, 2 August 2013

Mrs. Grant and I would like to extend our best wishes to all Nova Scotians this Natal Day weekend 2013

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60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

On the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, we remember and honour the 26,000 Canadians who served in Korea and the more than 500 Canadians who lost their lives in this terrible conflict.

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Public Invited to Sign Book of Congratulations at Government House

Friday, 19 July 2013

From July 23, members of the public wishing to mark the birth of the Royal baby are invited to sign the congratulatory message book available at Government House.

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Message of Congratulations

Friday, 19 July 2013

Mrs. Grant and I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son today, July 22 2013.

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Passing of the Honourable Alex Colville, PC, CC, ONS

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

It is with sadness that Mrs. Grant and I learned of the death of the Honourable Mr. Alex Colville P.C., C.C, O.N.S.

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Reduced Tour Schedule Sunday July 7

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Government House will be operating a reduced tour schedule on Sunday July 7, 2013.  The final tour of the day will take place at 1:00pm. 

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Canada Day

Friday, 28 June 2013

Canada Day is a time for family and friends to come together in celebration of the values, the people and the institutions that make us proud to call ourselves Canadian. 

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Government House Open for Public Tours

Friday, 21 June 2013

Visitors are invited to explore the beauty and history of North America's oldest vice-regal residence this summer

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on National Aboriginal Day

Friday, 21 June 2013

On the occasion of National Aboriginal Day 2013, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the history, culture and vibrancy of the many and varied Aboriginal communities across Canada

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Lieutenant Governor’s Garden Party June 19, 2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The public is invited to attend the annual lieutenant-governor's Garden Party on Wednesday, June 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Government House Participating in Doors Open Halifax June 8 & 9

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Government House is proud to participate in the first ever Doors Open Halifax on June 8 & 9 2013.

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Message from the Lieutenant Governor on the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty's Coronation

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Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Victoria Day 2013

Friday, 17 May 2013

Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Victoria Day 2013

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Passing of Mrs. Rose Marie Abraham

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Message of condolence from the Lieutenant Governor on the passing of Mrs. Abraham, wife of former Lieutenant Governor The Honourable Alan R. Abraham

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Passing of Rita MacNeil

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Message of condolence from the Lieutenant Governor on the passing of Rita MacNeil

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Speech from the Throne

Monday, 25 March 2013

Fifth session of the 61st General Assembly of Nova Scotia

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Governor General announces Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

A new commemorative medal is being created...

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