Province Offer Condolences to Norway
Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse is offering heartfelt condolences to the people of Norway in the wake of the attacks on July 22 that killed 76 people. “I know all Nova Scotians are shocked and saddened by the attacks and join me in expressing our sorrow for the people Norway, their families, friends and relatives,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “Nova Scotia has a strong bond with Norway: we both have a long North Atlantic shoreline, and Nova Scotia was a base for hundreds of young Norwegians during the Second World War.” Friday’s attacks began with a bombing outside government offices and was followed about 90 minutes later by a mass shooting at a youth camp that killed at least 68 people, including a number of children. A man has been arrested and charged for both attacks. Some people have left flowers on the Norwegian war memorial in Halifax and there are plans for a possible memorial service to recognize the province’s strong history with the Scandinavian country. When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, hundreds of ships stranded at sea sought help, including seven factory ships and 16 whalers that came to Halifax. The sailors were eventually housed at “Camp Norway” in Lunenburg, which eventually became a training school for some 1,400 sailors who would serve with the Royal Norwegian Navy. The Norwegians became well established along the South Shore from Chester to Liverpool.