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Renaming of Cornwallis Street in Halifax in final stages

By Steve MacArthur Dec 12, 2022 | 9:38 AM


A Mi’kmaw activist is the leading vote getter to have a street in north end Halifax named after her.

Nora Bernard took in more than 2,400 votes as the top choice to rename Cornwallis Street.

It comes after the city held a naming contest and then asked residents to vote on a shortlist of names.

Bernard was a residential school survivor, and fought and won millions in compensation for survivors.

The city has been scrubbing the name of Halifax’s founder from streets, parks and monuments.

Edward Cornwallis was Governor of Nova Scotia in 1749 when he put a bounty of Mi’kmaw scalps. Those actions led to renewed calls to remove his name from prominent locations.

Council will make a final decision on the new name for the street on Tuesday.


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