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Project to Renovate Province House Gardens

May 9, 2018

A project will begin later this spring to renovate the south gardens of the Nova Scotia legislature.

“This much-needed refresh will enhance the accessibility of the legislature grounds and beautify them in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House in 2019,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Murphy. “The grounds will be more attractive and inviting to Nova Scotians and visitors.”

Enhanced accessibility will be an important component, with paving stones replacing gravel on the pathways and ramps added to improve accessibility to the park area. Paving stones will replace the current asphalt driveway on the Hollis Street side of the building.

New benches will be installed in the area surrounding the statue of Joseph Howe, as well as planter boxes, flowering shrubbery and new sodding. The site’s drainage system will be enhanced and the grade improved.

The project calls for improved lighting to the Hollis Street side of Province House and the Joseph Howe statue, as well as more traditional lamp posts.

Province House will remain open during the renovation. The project is expected to be complete in early September.
 


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A project will begin later this spring to renovate the south gardens of the Nova Scotia legislature in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House in 2019. 

Enhanced accessibility, drainage and lighting will be important components of the project.   

Province House will remain open during the renovation.

The project is expected to be complete in early September.

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Media Contacts: Marla MacInnis
                902-424-1750
                Cell: 902-499-6428
                Email: Marla.MacInnis@novascotia.ca  

Nova Scotia Legislature Launches Renewed Website

The Nova Scotia Legislature has a new, more accessible website.

The aim of the renewed website, launched today, Dec. 13, is to improve and expand access to information about the legislature and the work of members of the legislative assembly.

“The website is a valuable tool for communicating to and educating people about the various functions, procedures, traditions and people that serve as the legislative branch of the government,” said Speaker of the House Kevin Murphy. “This new website has greater functionality and accessibility for users and maintains our commitment to transparency and responsible government.”

The website, nslegislature.ca, features integrated legislation and bills, quick access to top tasks, and a responsive design. Users will have a customized experience based on their preferred device. The website was launched in 1995. Nova Scotia was one of the first provincial jurisdictions in Canada to have an online presence.

The legislature was also the first provincial jurisdiction to adopt Twitter, and recently expanded its social media presence to YouTube and Facebook.

The launch coincides with the birth of Joseph Howe, journalist, politician and public servant. He championed access to information and dedicated his political career to furthering the public good.

“The renewed website builds on Nova Scotia as a jurisdiction of firsts - all for the public good,” said Mr. Murphy.

The new website is in both English and French.

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The Nova Scotia Legislature has a new, more accessible website.

Speaker of the House of Assembly Kevin Murphy says that the new redesign will improve service by featuring greater functionality and accessibility for users.

The aim is to expand access to information about the legislature and the work of members of the legislative assembly.

The website redesign features integrated legislation and bills, quick access to top tasks, and a responsive design. Users will have a customized experience based on their preferred device.

The new website is in English and French at n s legislature dot ca.

Media Contact: David McDonald
902-424-5932
Email: David.McDonald@novascotia.ca