The last several weeks have been full of events reminding us that we really do live in a special part of the world. So many people enjoying our city, each other, and some beautiful weather - I was thrilled to be a part of it.
Canada Day was incredible. Hundreds of people came to Alderney Landing to get some pancakes served up by the Lions Club. We raised the flag and sung O Canada and everyone had a great time. After that I was at a Citizenship ceremony. Fifty-five new Canadians were sworn in that morning supported by a whole room full of family, friends, and members of the community.
Later, I helped volunteers give out water and cookies at the free concert at Sullivan’s Pond with music supplied by the Paul Simons trio. This is always a lovely event and no wonder, being held in such a peaceful locale.
In July we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pride Week, which was also held in remembrance of Raymond Taaval.
The NDP had an energetic and brightly dressed gang walking, marching and dancing. The energy of the crowd was incredible. People were dressed in bright colours adorned with bold jewellery and huge smiles. They laughed and sang and shouted out “Happy Pride!” while music blared from every float. Thanks to the organizers of the Parade and Pride Week, great job!
This month we celebrated the founding of Dartmouth (and Halifax) with Natal Day. I had a blast walking in that parade too, meeting folks and handing out more Canada flag pins. The crowds were great, the kids all had big smiles on their faces, and we managed to avoid any rough weather. In fact, despite the dire forecasts, the whole day went off without a drop of rain. How lucky are we?
Finally, as I write this, we are in the middle of the Olympics and what a great job our athletes are doing representing Canada. Whether they were awarded a medal or not, they’ve all done so well, and carried themselves with such honour, it really makes me proud.
All 11 athletes from Nova Scotia who are in London with Team Canada are amazing. They, and the rest of our Canadian athletes have earned our support and respect and I’d like to thank their families, friends and coaches for all of the work and support they’ve given to this wonderful group.
Robert Chisholm is the NDP MP for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour