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Friday, July 18, 2014

Halifax mentioned in national list

Facing stiff competition, we make the cut for "buildings needlessly destroyed"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

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Showing once again that Halifax isn't some second-rate, small-town city that can't compete with the big boys, the demolition of the former Halifax Infants' Home has been selected by Heritage Canada The National Trust as one of their top four historical losses this year.

The 115-year-old testament to our shared history was boldly (and surprisingly) demolished last week, despite some crybaby moans from those who hate progress.

"This important historic institution once gave shelter and medical support to single women and their infants," Heritage Canada boasts. "It stood as a remarkable testament to the emerging role of women in late-19th-century Halifax."

Not no more, it don't!

Saint Mary's University, who had owned the building since 1998, figured it was just cheaper to buy a new building then save the current one. The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia suggests the building could have been saved for a fraction of SMU's estimated cost, but we all know what sort of jerks they are.

Including the Infants' Home, Nova Scotia had two of Heritage Canada's top four losses. The Point Aconi Lighthouse in Capstick, Cape Breton earned a spot by burning down in February. Though an act of nature doesn't sound at all as impressive as a big wrecking ball smashing shit.

Some might say the loss of any culturally-significant property without full and proper public consultation is an insult to our heritage, but those people are stopping us from succeeding and should be expelled from our borders.

The historic destruction of property glass is half-full, you know?

Some pioneer house in Shilo, Manitoba and a mansion in Quebec were also on the worst losses list.

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