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Acadian Monument Unveiled on Halifax Waterfront

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors to the province have a new reminder of an important chapter of the province’s history. A monument commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians (or the Great Upheaval), was unveiled today, July 28, on the Halifax waterfront. The monument overlooks Georges Island where thousands of Acadians were imprisoned following the Order of Deportation of 1755. “Today we want to bring attention to the most tragic of events in the history of Acadians, and honour their contribution to the history of Nova Scotia,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “While the deportation brought tremendous hardship to the families who were separated, it did not succeed in erasing the culture and heritage of the people.” Administrators of the British Colony in Nova Scotia made the decision to deport the Acadian people on July 28, 1755. It is estimated that about 2,000 Acadians were imprisoned on Georges Island during the next 10 years, and thousands were deported to various locations along the eastern seaboard and as far away as Europe. Several of those who were imprisoned on Georges Island died trying to reunite with their families. “The commemoration of the Deportation, as well as events like the celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first French settlers in the province, and the Congrès Mondial Acadien of 2004, have entrenched the importance of their heritage in the hearts of the Acadian people of Nova Scotia,” said Napoléon Chiasson, president of the Fédération Acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the provincial organisation that represents the interests of Nova Scotia Acadians and French-speaking citizens. Organized by the fédération and the Office of Acadian Affairs, the unveiling of the monument is part of the international commemoration of the Great Upheaval of the Acadians, lead by the national Acadian organization, the Société Nationale de l’Acadie. “This represents an opportunity for all Nova Scotians and visitors to come to better appreciate the province’s distinct heritage,” said Mr. d’Entremont. The monument is situated beside the boardwalk on the Halifax waterfront between Electropolis and Bishop’s Landing.last_img read more

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 8:02 am MDT In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a “sale pending” sign is posted atop a realty sign in front of a home in Surfside, Fla. The National Association of Realtors releases its January report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases, on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 per cent to 104.2 last month. December’s figure was also revised higher to show a decline of only 1.5 per cent, considerably better than a previously estimated drop of 3.7 per cent.The index is now 8.4 per cent above its level one year ago and is at the highest level since August 2013.The data point to a rebound in sales of existing homes in the coming months, particularly as the spring buying season gets underway. Measures of sales and construction fell last month, raising concerns that the housing market would continue to struggle after a weak 2014. But economists expect that strong job gains, low mortgage rates and solid consumer confidence will give a moderate boost to home sales this year.“Through the volatility, the trend in home sales is probably up modestly at least,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients.Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale.The largest increase in signed contracts occurred in the South, where they rose 3.2 per cent, followed by the West, where sales rose 2.2 per cent. Contract signings inched up just 0.1 per cent in the Northeast, where heavy snow may have weighed on housing. Pending homes sales slipped 0.7 per cent in the Midwest.The increase in signed contracts comes after some disappointing data at the start of the year. Sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 per cent in January to a nine-month low, while sales of new homes slipped 0.2 per cent. And new construction of homes and apartments fell 2 per cent in January.But healthy hiring should encourage more Americans to start looking at homes. There are 3.2 million more Americans earning paychecks than there were 12 months ago. And younger Americans are finally seeing strong job gains, which could push up the number of first-time homebuyers, a critical ingredient in any housing recovery.Mortgage rates remain near historic lows. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.76 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That has ticked up in recent weeks, but is well below the 4.33 per cent average from a year ago. read more