Restored to it’s Visional Luster

Remembering Mona Parsons – A Presentation by Andria Hill

A reflection on Mona Parsons  born 1901, in Nova Scotia; she became a member of informal resistance network in Holland from 1940 -1941.

Andria Hill is the author of a newly released non-fiction book : From Privilege to Prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe. Andria tells the story of this unlikely war hero, through an inspiring and vibrant public speech held at Acadia University in Wolfville Nova Scotia on November 8, 2012.


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Remembrance Day Tribute


Take part in a Remembrance Day Ceremony near you this Sunday, November 11.

Gaspereau Vineyards Ranked in the Top 25 Wineries of Canada

Article by Taste of Nova Scotia

Gaspereau, N.S. – For the first time ever, a Nova Scotia winery has been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Wineries.  Gaspereau Vineyards, located in the Gaspereau Valley, south of Wolfville, has recently learned about their placing.

“We are so proud of our winemaker, Gina Haverstock and the whole team at Gaspereau Vineyards. Placing 16th out of the 25 top wineries in this country is a first, a wonderful tribute to some great winemaking and it’s a milestone for the Nova Scotia wine industry to be recognized amongst the more established and larger wineries across the country,” says Carl Sparkes, owner of Gaspereau Vineyards.

In addition to the Top 25 award, Gaspereau entered their first ever traditional method sparkling wine, the 2009 Pinot Noir Brut, only to have it become a Gold Medal Winner in the sparkling wine category.  “I am truly blown away by this win.  This is a national competition and we were up against wineries from Ontario and British Columbia, wineries who have been making this type of wine for years.   2009 was the first year  Gaspereau Vineyards made traditional method sparkling so to get a score of 91 and win a gold medal is really, very special.” says the Nova Scotia born, European-trained Haverstock. [Read more…]

David Boyd Visits Wolfville

David Boyd, leading environmental lawyer, launches new book, The Right to a Healthy Environment.


News from Nova Scotia’s Grassroots

Natascia Lypny

Building on his previous book, The Environmental Rights Revolution (2012), David Boyd describes how recognizing the constitutional right to a healthy environment could have a transformative impact, empowering citizens, holding governments and industry accountable, and improving Canada’s green record. David’s new book, The Right to a Healthy Environment, makes the case that constitutional recognition of environmental rights and responsibilities would both reflect and reinforce Canadian values, much as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms confirmed and enhanced our commitment to equality. Copies of The Right to a Healthy Environment, signed by the author, will be available for purchase. [Read more…]

Minister Announces Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Funding Trustees

Communities, Culture and Heritage

November 5, 2012 11:10 AM

The Acadian and francophone community and all Nova Scotians will continue to celebrate Grand Pré as the Birthplace of l’Acadie and a dynamic agricultural landscape reclaimed from the sea.

Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra and Education Minister Ramona Jennex hosted a ceremony at Province House today, Nov. 5, to announce the three trustees for the Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Funding Trust.

The trustees are Peter Herbin of Grand Pré, Marie-Paule LaForge of Halifax and Robert Palmeter of North Grand Pré.

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Health & Wellness Department – Health Grants Help Build Stronger Communities

Health & Wellness

Nov 5, 2012

This year the Department of Health and Wellness will give $146,000 in grants to seven projects. The recipients are:
–Clare Organization Representing Disabilities, Clare, Digby Co., $12,000
–Schizophrenia Society Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, $17,610
–Laing House, Halifax, $27,000
–Healthy Minds Co-operative, Halifax, $28,420
–Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth Branch, $12,500
–Self-help Connection, Halifax, $32,470
–Evangeline Recreation Society, Kentville, $16,000

The funds are distributed to the groups through a community organization, and the groups often have access to the organization’s staff for support.

In addition to the consumer-led initiative grants, the province recently released its first-ever mental health and addictions strategy, Together We Can: The Plan to Improve Mental Health and Addictions Care for Nova Scotians.

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