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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines

The call for submissions for the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines was announced today by Government House, Halifax. The award, established by His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in 2014, recognizes the outstanding quality of locally sourced and produced wines, and honours the commitment and craft of those in Nova Scotia’s wine industry. The administrative process for the award is conducted in conjunction with the Winery Association of Nova Scotia and Taste of Nova...
Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Message from The Queen on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Today, as people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean gather to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, there will be difficult memories of loss and of suffering, but also memories of many heroic acts of bravery and of sacrifice on the part of those who served. On this day a century ago, thousands of Canadian soldiers stood far from home together with their allies in defence of peace and freedom. They fought courageously and with great ingenuity in winning the strategic high point of Vimy Ridge, though victory came at a heavy cost with more than 10,000 fallen and wounded. I am...
Friday, April 7, 2017

Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

On Sunday, 9th April 2017, we solemnly commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle in France is often cited as where a young Canada demonstrated its place amongst the nations of the world. Canadian Soldiers from all across the nation fought as a single force in the Canadian Corps. The victory generated a sense of nationalism at home in Canada. We pause on this 100th Anniversary to remember the sacrifices of the 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded in this battle of the Great War.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Tartan Day in Canada

Today we mark Tartan Day where we recognize and celebrate the contributions of the Scots and their descendants in Canada. On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day. It is celebrated on April 6 because it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, the day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia, where it was declared an official day by the provincial government. It then spread across the country, with many provinces joining over the years.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean. Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens. Contained within the Baton will be a written...
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Heritage Day 2017

On Monday, 20 th February 2017, Nova Scotians will mark Heritage Day. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Heritage Day 2017 will honour Mi’kmaq heritage, culture and the many accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people. We honour the Mi’kmaq people for their historic and continuing role in Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaq people and their rich culture are a vital part of what makes Nova Scotia a wonderful place to live and visit. During his time as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, accompanied by Her Honour Mrs. Joan...
Friday, February 17, 2017


Yesterday afternoon, His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, granted a Free Pardon to the late Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy at a ceremony at Government House. In addition, the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, offered an official apology to the family of the late Grand Chief. Grand Chief Sylliboy was 44 years old in 1927 when he was arrested and convicted under the Lands and Forests Act for hunting muskrat and possessing pelts out of season. He faced racism and discrimination throughout his court challenge. The Grand Chief...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Flag Day

On Wednesday, 15 February 2017 we celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the adoption of the Canadian Flag. Adopted by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons, and formalized by a Royal Proclamation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 28 January 1965, the National Flag of Canada (the “Maple Leaf”) was raised on 15 February 1965 at 1pm EST, Parliament Hill, Ottawa...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Call for Nominations – Order of Nova Scotia

Call for Nominations – Order of Nova Scotia Nova Scotians are encouraged to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding citizens by nominating, or re-nominating, individuals deserving of the Order of Nova Scotia. Nominations for the province’s highest honour are being accepted until Friday, March 17 to be eligible for consideration this year. Recipients of the Order are chosen for making significant and lasting contributions to their communities. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, Province House, MLA and MP offices in Nova Scotia,...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Due to ongoing weather conditions and for the safety of all road users while roads continue to be cleared, tonight’s Evenings @ Government House event featuring Professor David Divine is cancelled. The presentation will now take place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 ...