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Transitions from Then to Now – May 25, 2016

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Transitions from Then to Now  – May 25, 2016


Well, the fog had rolled in and rain was threatening as we loaded onto the Ambassatours bus and headed into Halifax but folks were still smiling with the sense of adventure.

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I handed out booklets which had taken many hours (and yes, quite a few dollars) to prepare. Thankfully, folks seemed to find them useful with then and now pictures and tidbits of info for many of the sites we would visit. Grant Kerr then focused our attention on the topic at hand by leading us in worship as our expert driver and community friend, Gary Loughead, eased the bus onto the highway.

Our trip across the McKay Bridge felt like driving straight through a rain cloud but wisps did part enough for us to see Africville and then the new Ambassatours building. We headed down Windsor St and to our first stop at the Ummah Mosque and Community Centre on Matthias St. By going to the following sites, you can learn the story of this Mosque:



We then noted the Lebanese church, Saint Antonios Orthodox, close by the Mosque, on the corner of Windsor and Chebucto streets. This building used to house Saint Matthias Anglican Church and Saint Antonios appears to have done an excellent job at renovating the space to make it function as their own.

The next sites of note were the Common Roots Urban Farm located on what was previously the Queen Elizabeth High School, and then the Citadel High School which opened in 2007 on what was formerly the NS Community College Bell Road campus. Citadel High is a merger of both St. Patrick’s and Queen Elizabeth High schools.

The next drive-by was one that many folks hadn’t seen before – the tear down of the CBC Radio Building which took place earlier this year. This building will be replaced by a new YMCA as well as condos. You can learn more info on this by visiting this site:  http://thechronicleherald.ca/thenovascotian/1249578-journey-to-the-past-at-old-cbc-building-in-halifax

From there we headed up to Citadel Hill where the fog and drizzle had a definitely negative impact on what we had planned to view and chat about, including the Emera Skating Oval and the new Nova Centre development.

From the Citadel, our journey took us past the old and new libraries as well as the recently demolished Doyle Street Block which housed Thackery’s and the Fireside Restaurant, to name a few. According to The Coast, March, 2016, “the entire city block is coming down to make way for a seven-storey mixed-used complex including a boutique hotel, residential units, landscaped courtyards” http://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2016/03/21/demolition-begins-on-doyle-street-block