Sunday, May 18, 2014

Royal Tour: Prince Charles & Wife Camilla Arrive In Halifax

They rolled out the red carpet as Prince Charles and his wife Camilla touched down in Nova Scotia. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Halifax shortly after 6:30pm last night for the start of a four day visit to Canada. Public events will take place throughout Monday in Halifax. An official "Welcome" ceremony will be held in the city to start the day. Prince Charles will also plant a tree in Halifax Public Gardens. It will be rooted right next to a tree planted by his grandfather in 1939. That's when King George VI planted a tree to mark the Royal families first visit to Canada. Later in the day, Prince Charles and Camilla will be presented with three coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first visit by the Royal family to Canada. They will spend a portion of the day in Pictou County then move on to Prince Edward Island and finish their tour in Manitoba on Wednesday.(Photo: Justice Minister Peter MacKay, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Premier Stephen McNeil await arrival of members of the Royal family).

Here's CKBW/HANK FM's Steve MacArthur on the arrival on Prince Charles and Camilla

Award Created For Best Wines

The best in Nova Scotia wines will be recognized by the lieutenant governor's office. Wineries are being encourage to submit their very best wines to be considered for a new award. The award is called the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Nova Scotia Wines. An independent panel of experts will select three to five wines as the best in the province. The winner will be picked through a blind selection. Winning wines will be announced in July and recognized at Government House in a special ceremony.

No Injuries After Major Fire At Milford Lodge

There has been a major fire in Annapolis County which has completely destroyed the historic Milford House Lodge. Roughly 75 firefighters responded early this morning. More than 20 cabins near the lodge had been rented out for the long weekend but there are no reported injuries. There had been a fire at Milford Lodge back in 2000 but it was then rebuilt.

Committee Appointed To Develop Dementia Strategy

Several health professionals and a family caregiver are among a large committee tasked with developing Nova Scotia's first strategy for people with dementia. The province has appointed 17 members to be part of the group. The executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Lloyd Brown and Ruby Knowles, executive director of Continuing Care at the Department of Health and Wellness are the committee co-chairs. The dementia strategy initiative was first announced in January. It aims to improve access to services, provide support for caregivers, and ensure people affected by dementia can remain independent for as long as possible. The strategy will be delivered to the minister next spring.

Royal Tour: Prince Charles Makes First Halifax Stop In 30 years

It will mark his first visit to Halifax since 1983. Steve MacArthur is covering the Royal Tour.

The following streets near Grand Parade will be closed from 7 a.m. until noon, Monday, May 19:
-- Barrington and Argyle, between Duke and Prince streets
-- Carmichael, from Grafton to Argyle streets
-- George, from Granville to Barrington streets.

Itinerary for event at Grand Parade:

The official party and The Prince of Wales will give remarks, then the couple will lay a wreath at the cenotaph and sign guest books before a walkabout. This will be the only time His Royal Highness will give remarks during his stay in the province.

The Royal Couple will tour the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre, which will be open to military families only. They will meet with groups that provide support to military families, participate in a Victoria Day Military Family Festival, watch a youth ball hockey game, and take part in a coin presentation and plaque unveiling.

Tour of Public Gardens:

The Prince of Wales will tour the Public Gardens at 12:30 p.m., where he will learn about the history of the gardens and its role in the city, and the restoration of the Jubilee Fountain. He will attend a bandstand concert, and meet members of the Dahlia Society and other groups. His Royal Highness will plant a tree beside an oak tree planted by His Royal Highness's grandfather King George VI in 1939. A set of coins honouring the 75th anniversary of the 1939 Royal Tour will be presented to His Royal Highness by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Tour of Northbrook Community Centre:

The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Northbrook Community Centre at 12:35 p.m., where she will have a private meeting with a family who has benefited from Alice Housing programs and tour the centre. Her Royal Highness will proceed outside to a community barbecue and do a walkabout during Family Fun Day celebrations.

Tour of Halifax Seaport Farmers Market:

A visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be the last stop of the day in Halifax. The Prince of Wales will tour the market at 1:15 p.m. and will meet with vendors, a youth farmer and young entrepreneurs. He will be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for performances by local musical artists, and meet with urban farming groups, including Hope Blooms, before proceeding to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to join in a tea with war brides and Second World War veterans.