The Purge

This page accumulates research notes about The Purge in Nova Scotia.

Also see: GaryKinsman who wrote the book on it.

Most people don't know about The Purge. Our people were surveilled, dehumanized, and held under the microscope like a science experiment.1

Between the 1950s and the 1990s, the Canadian government responded to national security concerns generated by Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union by spying on, exposing and removing suspected LGBTQ individuals from the federal public service and the Canadian Armed Forces.

January 28, 1985
ChronicleHerald: Hard Core Lesbians Fired from CFS Shelburne. Article is about events the previous summer.2
March 1, 1985
"NDP Justice Critic Svend Robinson has contacted GAE concerning the Shelburne Case, details to follow3
March 6, 1985
Poster making and planning meeting at Rumours4


1. MargotDurling, description of the 2SLGBTI+ National Monument proposal
3. ibid
4. ibid