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Friday, May 8, 2020

75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Today, 8 May 2020, we mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day). In 1939, forces of Nazi Germany invaded Poland and so commenced nearly six years of fighting in the Second World War. Britain entered the war against Germany on 3 September 1939, and one week later Canada entered the war on 10 September 1939. On 7 May 1945, the Nazi German Army offered a complete and unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces and victory in Europe was attained. The next day, the people of the Allied nations rejoiced after many years of great hardship and sacrifice. More than one million...
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

75th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day – Peace Tower Carillon Recital – Friday, 8 May 2020

To mark the 75 th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day, there will be a special recital played at the Peace Tower Carillon on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at 12:00pm Eastern (1:00pm Atlantic) on Friday, 8 May 2020. The House of Commons Dominion Carillonneur – Dr. Andrea McCrady – will perform a playlist that is reflective of music from the Second World War period. The program will last 45 minutes. The recital will be audio live-streamed via the following website: The playlist is as follows: - O Canada - Prelude on Thaxted , by Sterling Proctor, arranged...
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands

Today, 5 May 2020, we mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. Canada’s part in liberating the Netherlands played a key role in the culmination of the Second World War as the Allied forces closed in on Germany from all sides. As many as 175,000 Canadians took part in the campaign that began in September 1944 and ended on 5 May 1945. This enormous effort to free the Dutch from Nazi German occupation came at a heavy cost with the loss of over 7,600 Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen. Many are buried in cemeteries across the Netherlands with over 2,300 being...
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Death of Six Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

Their Honours join all Nova Scotians in mourning the deaths of six members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died when the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter operating from HMCS Fredericton crashed in the Ionian Sea on Wednesday, 29 April 2020. The four aircrew and two sailors who were lost are: Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, RCN Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, RCAF Captain Kevin Hagen, RCAF Captain Brendan Ian MacDonald, RCAF Captain Maxine Miron-Morin, RCAF Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pike, RCN HMCS Fredericton, which deployed on OP #REASSURANCE on 20 January 2020, is based in Halifax, and the air...
Friday, May 1, 2020

75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

On Sunday, 3 May 2020, we mark the 75 th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in which the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force played a pivotal role. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous campaign of the Second World War in which Canada and other Allied nations battled against the submarine wolf packs of Nazi Germany. It was critical to the victory in the war that the sea lines to Britain and Europe be kept open. Vital supplies were transported across the Atlantic in merchant ships that were escorted by the navy and air cover was provided the air force...
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Day of Mourning

Today, 28 April 2020, we mark the Day of Mourning. The Day of Mourning is held annually in Canada on April 28 and is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. The Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.
Monday, April 27, 2020

Moment of Silence for RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson - 24 April 2020

On Friday, 24 April 2020, at Government House, and along with Nova Scotians and Canadians across the country, Their Honours observed a moment of silence in honour of RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who tragically died on Sunday, 19 April 2020 while doing her duty to stop the mass shooter. Their Honours each placed a rose in memory of Constable Stevenson. A short video of the Moment of Silence can be viewed at: