Nova Scotians visiting select provincial museums, parks and cultural centres this month can learn the Gaelic names of plants, topography and more from author, broadcaster and educator Roddy Maclean (Ruairidh MacIlleathain). Mr. Maclean is visiting from Scotland for Gaelic Awareness Month to share his knowledge and experience of the Gaelic language and culture, and how they relate to the environment. He will be holding information sessions starting Friday, May 16. “The Gaelic interpretation of nature is unique as Gaels have their own names for native species of plants and animals in the local environment,” said Mr. Maclean. “In many cases, these have unique and fascinating stories and heritage attached to them, and I enjoy sharing that with the people who come to my presentations and workshops.” As the Scottish government’s Gaelic ambassador in 2012-13, Mr. Maclean has been recognized for promoting the Gaelic language to non-Gaelic speakers and developing a greater understanding within Scotland’s Gaelic-speaking population of the relationship between the language and culture to the local environment. “We are very pleased to welcome Roddy Maclean to our province. His work is well known and very highly respected in the Nova Scotia Gaelic community,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Gaelic Affairs. “His work in Gaelic development in Scotland is laudable and we are confident that his visit will further reinforce and build upon our Gaelic language, cultural resources and on the strong and warm ties that exist between Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Nova Scotia.” Mr. Maclean will deliver workshops and presentations at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, Museum of Industry in Stellarton and the Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Sydney. For a list of Mr. Maclean’s presentations and other Gaelic events, visit http://gaelic.novascotia.ca/events .
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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid hints about further stimulus measures for Europe and hopes for another strong run of bank earnings in Canada.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,715.69 +7.59 0.05%S&P 500 — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.Dow — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.Nasdaq — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 7.59 points to 14,715.69 with volume light because New York markets were closed for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.There was also major news on the merger and acquisition front as Pfizer said it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca. The announcement Monday came a week after AstraZeneca’s board rejected a proposed US$119-billion buyout offer from Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue. Pfizer had been waiting for AstraZeneca to engage in merger talks by a Monday deadline.The Canadian dollar rose 0.08 of a cent to 92.08 cents US.European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the bank could engage in large-scale bond purchases to combat the negative spiral of low inflation if need be. Draghi’s remarks held out the prospect for action to stimulate the weak eurozone recovery at the ECB’s next governing council meeting June 5.The meeting will take place against the background of a slow recovery in the 18 countries that share the euro currency and concern that Europe may fall into a crippling downward price spiral.“His tone has certainly shifted over the past few months or so; the comments like the one we saw overnight certainly reinforced that thesis,” said Jean-Francois Dion, portfolio adviser at RBC Wealth Management.“Most economists think we will see some outright quantitative easing next month.”The base metals sector led TSX advancers, up 0.76%. Commodity markets were closed in New York, but July copper gained two cents to US$3.19 a pound in electronic trading.The financials sector was also supportive, up 0.2% as traders look to take in earnings from National Bank (TSX:NA) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) on Tuesday, Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) on Wednesday and CIBC (TSX:CM) on Thursday.Hopes are high for another string of solid reports after Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) posted earnings last week that blew past expectations, with strong contributions from major divisions and lower loan loss provisions.“Overall, good numbers and expectations have certainly shifted higher following the numbers from TD and Royal,” added Dion.“Sentiment towards the banks has certainly improved quite a bit here over the past few months or so. Initially there was quite a bit of concern around the Canadian housing market potential for a hard landing. That seems to have been sort of washed out to some extent . . . and that has certainly helped rerate some of the banking stocks.”The energy sector was flat as July crude moved down 17 cents to US$104.18 a barrel.The gold sector was the major decliner, down 0.25% even as June bullion gained 90 cents to US$1,292.6 an ounce.In other corporate developments, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) shares jumped $1.76 to $105.20 as the retailer signed a multi-year deal with TSN that will see the sports broadcaster develop and produce content for the retailer’s traditional and digital marketing channels, including traditional and digital flyers, social media and online advertising and in-store advertising.WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYCANADANo major data scheduled for release.UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Durable Goods Orders (April)9 a.m.S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index10 a.m.Consumer Confidence Index (May)CORPORATE NEWSCANADABank of Nova Scotia: Analysts expect earnings of $1.31 per shareNational Bank of Canada: Analysts expect earnings of $1.05 per shareUNITED STATESNo major earnings reports of note.