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What's opened and closed on Truth and Reconciliation Day

Here's a look at what you can expect
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Every Child Matters flag hanging in north end Halifax

Nova Scotia will be marking Truth and Reconciliation Day on Friday, Sept. 30.

Provincial government offices, public schools and regulated child care will all be closed.

Here's a look at what else you can expect.


Due to the impacts of Hurricane Fiona, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre made the difficult decision to reschedule the planned activities on the Halifax Waterfront and at the Centre for National Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept. 30 and and Treaty Day on Oct. 1st.

This year's Treaty Day celebration, scheduled for Monday, October 3, in Halifax, has been postponed due to the continuing impacts of hurricane Fiona. The Province, Mi'kmaq Grand Council, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw Chiefs and the Treaty Day Committee made the decision.

Halifax City Hall will be lit in orange on Friday. The municipality will also be hosting a flag raising at 10 a.m. at Grand Parade, featuring a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Proclamation reading by Mayor Mike Savage with remarks by Chief Deborah Robinson.

City Hall will also be lit in orange on Saturday to mark the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month. 

On Oct. 3, residents are invited to attend a flag raising ceremony taking place at 11:30 a.m. at Grand Parade, with a reading of the Treaty Day Proclamation by Deputy Mayor Lovelace.


Businesses have been given the choice to remain open and you can expect to be able to shop at major grocery store chains and pharmacies.

However, NSLC stores will be closed on Sept. 30.

Mic Mac Mall, Halifax Shopping Centre and Sunnyside Mall will have reduced hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other shopping centres may also have reduced hours of operation.

Expect banks to be closed.

Some other businesses have indicated they plan to close or have reduced operating hours, so it's best to call ahead or check social media and/or websites for more information.


The Macdonald Bridge is closed this weekend.

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on holiday service on Friday.

The Alderney Ferry will run every half hour, departing the Alderney terminal at 7:30 a.m., with the final crossing departing the Halifax terminal at 11:45 p.m. 

There will be no Woodside ferry service.

Paid on-street parking will be free.


Halifax Public Libraries branches will be closed on Sept. 30.

Most municipal recreation facilities will be closed. People are urged to call their facility for specific information.

Nova Scotia Museum sites are open with free admission.


Canada Post will not be collecting or delivering mail.

There will be no municipal solid waste collection on Friday. If that's your day, take your garbage, organics and recyclables to the curb on Saturday, Oct. 1. 
The Otter Lake Waste Management Facility and Municipal Recycling Plant will be closed Friday, but will be open for regular service on Saturday.  

The Household Special Waste Depot will be closed on Saturday.

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating regular hours on Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Alderney Gate, Bayers Road and Musquodoboit Harbour Customer Service Centres that provide in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Friday.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid offices are closed on Friday.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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