Call Me Fitz – Call ME Gone

The former Wacky’s Building, and recently the Call ME Fitz Headquarters for 3 seasons. Special thanks to Innovative for recording the historic event. The New Fitzpatrick Motors is making room for a new parking lot for the car dealership in real life.

Auction Adventures Las Vegas Motocycle Auction

Pitstop to CES and Titanic Display

Earth Day in New Minas, Nova Scotia

Great clean up in New Minas today by all the great volunteers! Special thanks to K-Rock, Innovative Systems,Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, Valley Waste Management, Scotia Security Shredding, and other corporate sponsors…along with all the volunteers to make this a great success.

Titanic Eve Night of the Bells

Photo montage by Innovative

Titanic Eve Night of the Bells
presented by The Chronicle Herald
Saturday, April 14, 2012

The story of the Titanic and Halifax’s connection to one of the world’s greatest ocean tragedies.
Narrator: Canadian Icon, Gordon Pinsent. Performances by:
Stadacona Band
Rhapsody Quintet
John Gracie
Barber Shop Quartets
Titanic Orchestra
Evans and Doherty
Hallelujah Praise Choir
Nova Scotia Mass Choir
Laura Smith
George Jordan
Lennie Gallant
Rosalie Peppard
Camerata Xara Young Women’s Choir
Samantha Gracie
Dylan Guthro
Andrew Machum
Glenn Coolen
Sarah MacLeod
Amethyst Dancers
Scaip Na Cleiti Dancers
RCMP Pipes and Drum Band

Titanic Spiritual Ceremony

Photos taken at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, during the Titanic Spiritual Ceremony.

Parks Canada News Release

Government of Canada recognizes Canadians efforts
in recovering Titanic victims
Actions of Canadians brought comfort to families of the deceased

Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 15, 2012 – On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today honoured the efforts of Canadians in the recovery of victims of the RMS Titanic disaster. Minister MacKay announced that the Government of Canada will establish a commemorative plaque to recognize the key role that Canadians played in recovering the victims as an event of national interest.

The ceremony was held as part of a Titanic 100 service at Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

“The sinking of the Titanic brought heartbreak to many individuals, but perhaps no Canadian province was more affected than Nova Scotia,” said Minister MacKay. “Whether buried at sea, in one of three Halifax graveyards, or returned home, each Titanic victim was treated with respect by Canadian sailors as they carried out their sombre mission.”

The British passenger liner RMS Titanic, billed as the ‘unsinkable ship,’ left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 with more than 2200 passengers on board. Four days later, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg off the coast of Canada and sank the following day, April 15, 1912. Even though the Halifax port was closer to the wreckage, the Cunard liner Carpathia, which rescued the 705 survivors, headed to the more southerly destination, New York, in order to avoid icy conditions.

Still, Halifax would soon play a key role in the chronicle of the RMS Titanic. Within days of the disaster, four Canadian vessels were dispatched to search for victims. White Star Line, the Titanic’s owner, chartered the cable ship CS Mackay-Bennett from Halifax, Nova Scotia to retrieve victims. Three other Canadian ships joined the search: also from Halifax, the cable ship Minia, the Canadian Government lighthouse supply ship Montmagny, and from St. John’s, NL, the sealing vessel Algerine. Each ship left with embalming supplies, undertakers, and clergy.

“Today, we honour and recognize the key role that Canadians played in recovering RMS Titanic victims,” said Minister Kent. “Their efforts brought comfort to the families of the deceased, and added to the great legacy of Atlantic Canadians who faced such tragedy with grace, respect and fortitude.”

Of the more than 300 bodies recovered by Canadian seaman, 119 were buried at sea, and 59 bodies were sent home. The remaining 150 victims were buried in three Halifax cemeteries: Mount Olivet, Baron de Hirsch, and Fairview Lawn Cemetery. The majority of the victims, 121 in all, rest at Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at Canada’s treasured natural and historic places.

Titanic Event Halifax August 14, 2012 – Tribute Video by Innovative

Titanic: Not Only A Local Interest…..

On the contrary, below is a link to a featured article by the LA Times. A written work of LA’s perspective of the 100 years marking the Titanic disaster.

La Times – Titanic

World media flocks to Halifax to tell Titanic story – CTV

CTV Atlantic
Date: Friday Apr. 13, 2012 5:36 PM ET

CTV Video Coverage – Click Here to Watch

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy is big news in the Maritimes, particularly in the Halifax area which has its own claim to Titanic fame, but the event is making waves worldwide too.

Reporters, photographers and TV crews from around the globe have flocked to Halifax this week as they have chosen the Nova Scotia capital as the perfect place to tell the tragic story.

The Fairview Lawn Cemetery looked more like a movie set Friday morning as NBC correspondent Kevin Tibbles broadcast from the Titanic gravesite for The Today Show.

“I think that this city is a city that represents what happened to the Titanic,” said Tibbles. “This is a city that mobilized itself at that time and I think that’s the reason why we’re here.”

Halifax was the closest mainland port able to help with the recovery mission in the North Atlantic and several cable ships left the city to bring bodies back.

More Titanic victims are buried in Halifax cemeteries than anywhere else in the world and a TV crew from Southampton, the English city from which the RMS set sail, was visiting one today.

About 550 Southampton residents lost their lives in the sinking and many are buried in Halifax. The TV crew started work on their coverage of the 100th anniversary a year ago.

“There wasn’t enough money to send them home so this is where our people are, and that’s why we’re here, really,” says ITV correspondent Mike Pearse.

Those who are organizing the events commemorating the sinking of the Titanic say they knew there would be significant media attention, but it has exceeded their highest expectations. [Read more…]

Halifax gets ready for the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic.