In honour of the centennial anniversary of the flight of the Silver Dart in Baddeck, Nova Scotians can celebrate the first person to fly an airplane in Canada through a new online exhibit presented by the Nova Scotia Archives. J.A.D. McCurdy and the Silver Dart: Canada’s First Aerial Navigator features 65 photos, news clippings, portraits, and artwork dedicated to the Cape Breton-born engineer who took to the skies in 1909 under the guidance of inventor Alexander Graham Bell. “Nova Scotia has always been a home for innovators,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The legacy of J.A.D. McCurdy, Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association is an important part of our history and appeals to residents and visitors alike.” The virtual exhibit traces the life of Mr. McCurdy, from his childhood in Cape Breton, his landmark flights and impact on the history of aviation, and his time as Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor. Featured in this exhibit are photographs of the Silver Dart soaring above the snow-covered scenery of Baddeck Bay, McCurdy and Premier Angus L. MacDonald addressing the future Queen Elizabeth, and celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Silver Dart in 1959. “We are proud to present this tribute to a truly inspiring Nova Scotian,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “We are pleased that Mr. McCurdy’s family has chosen to donate his personal papers to the province of his birth.” Centennial celebrations will take place across the country on National Aviation Day, Feb. 23, but the spotlight will be on Baddeck, where the history of aviation in Canada began. “J.A.D. McCurdy is considered a father of Canadian aviation and a great subject for the Nova Scotia Archives’ virtual exhibit,” said Shane MacFarlane, Chair of the Silver Dart Centennial Association. “The work done by Mr. McCurdy, and the legacy he left behind in Baddeck with the flight of the Silver Dart, is a significant part of our heritage and one that this exhibit and our events will celebrate.” The exhibit is on the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/mccurdy/ . Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.
According to him, the rehabilitation measures taken by the Sri Lankan government were not at par with the expectations. Referring to the attacks on Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan security forces, Rosaiah said: “The fishermen of Tamil Nadu, who earn their livelihood in their traditional fishing areas of the Palk Bay region, are victims of repeated harassment and murderous attacks by the Lankan Navy.” Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah Friday urged the Indian government to impose economic sanctions on Sri Lanka and take steps to ensure that those displayed by the ethnic conflict there returned to their original homes.Delivering his address on the first day of the first assembly session of 2013, Rosaiah said: “I reiterate the resolve expressed by the Tamil Nadu assembly June 8, 2011 to urge the Indian government to initiate action by working with other nations for imposition of an economic embargo on the Sri Lankan Government till the Tamils living in camps are resettled in their own places and are allowed to live with dignity, self-respect and equal constitutional rights on par with the Sinhalese.” The Sri Lankan military, which vanquished the Tamil Tigers, has repeatedly denied the charge. (IANS) He said the Tamil Nadu government was anguished at the harassment of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy while the Indian government showed “utter disregard” to their woes.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has emerged as a trenchant critics of the Sri Lankan regime for among other things the mass killing of Tamil civilians in the ethnic conflict that ended in May 2009.