Lots of things to see and do in Halifax & Nova Scotia

As we move from July to August, there are plenty of negative things to focus on in our city, our province, our country and our world. While these things should always provoke a discussion and in some cases, inspire us to take action, it’s sometimes important from time to time to recognize and celebrate what we have.

After my last blog post, I took some vacation time with my family – my first break since the spring election campaign. We went camping (as opposed to campaigning!) along Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. What an experience to be able to camp under the stars near the Atlantic Ocean https://www.murphyscamping.ca, take a boat cruise in and around the 100 Wild Islands http://www.100wildislands.ca, spend an afternoon at the hidden gem that is Taylor’s Head Provincial Park beach http://www.novascotia.com/see-do/outdoor-activities/taylor-head-provincial-park/1863, dine and sample some local craft beer at the historic Henley House in Sheet Harbour https://www.facebook.com/TheHenleyHouse/and enjoy some hands on historical fun at Sherbrooke Village https://sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca. It’s fun to be a tourist in your own province and feels good to support local businesses or visit some of our provincial parks and museums.

Of course, all vacations come to an end. Before going back to work, I joined with more than 50 PC Party friends and supporters to march in Halifax’s 30th Annual Pride Parade with PC Leader Jamie Baillie, MLAs Barb Adams, Tim Halman, Brad Johns and other candidates from the last election. Although I have marched in the Pride Parade in previous years (as chair of Neptune Theatre), this was my first time to be with my political party of choice in one of Canada’s largest Pride parades. Not only am I grateful for those in the LGBTQ+ community who supported my recent campaign in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, even more importantly, I am thankful for the many positive contributions those in the community make each and every day for Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canada. There’s much more we can to do to promote equality, respect our differences and stop discrimination in our society. We nonetheless have made some progress in our city over the last 30 years of Pride.

It was great to welcome Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio (Second from left) to her first Halifax Pride Parade. Pictured here with us are Dartmouth North PC candidate of record Melanie Russell (second from right) and one of my campaign team members David Henderson (right)

The conclusion of Pride week also coincided with the return of the Tall Ships to the Halifax waterfront. I know there are issues downtown with parking, construction and transit. I hope the decision-makers listen to the concerns people bring forward and make improvements for the weeks, months and years ahead. But what an amazing four days it has been welcoming these amazing ships from here at home and around the world. I’m sure we will all remember Sunday’s fireworks (whether we saw them or like me, heard them at home!).

Monday morning, the talented staff at Halifax Convention Centre hosted Picnic at the Parade – a free public breakfast to mark the Tall Ships. Since the Grand Parade is literally across the street from my office (but 15 floors down), it was something to which I couldn’t say no! I can’t wait to welcome other visitors to Nova Scotia in 2018 at our new Halifax Convention Centre (when some of that construction will be done).

Today at 12 noon Tall Ships 2017 will be wrapping up with the Parade of Sail. Where will you be watching the departure of these amazing vessels? I’ll be checking them out with some of my co-workers from our office with the great view of Halifax Harbour.

I promise I’ll get back to some serious policy oriented blog posts.

Then again, the Buskers Festival starts tomorrow. Aren’t we lucky to live here?