- ILLUSTRATION LIZ MAC
Current arms: Based on the coat of arms of the Ramsay family of Scotland (because Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia George Ramsay founded Dal back in 1818), this seal swaps the Ramsays’ griffon and
Current motto: Ora et Labora (“Pray and work”)
Proposed arms: Have you heard about the fancy new impressive life-altering Dalplex? Us too, which is why we’ve made it the focal point of this new and improved arms, and given it the fierce protection of two tigers. (The university’s second-most popular mascot.)
SAINT MARY'S UNIVERSITY
Current arms: An open book bearing the university motto rests on top of a shield that’s marked with the insignia of the Society of Jesus. The shield carries two crowns—for the British Empire and the nation—and a thistle for the province of Nova Scotia.
Current motto: Age Quod Agis (“What you do, do well”)
Proposed arms: A howling husky is subbed in for the thistle to shout out the varsity teams/mascot at SMU, and both crowns are replaced with the institution’s true royalty—footballs. The Society of Jesus logo must go, and a big full moon takes its place because of the university’s stellar astronomy department and the most impressive Burke-Gaffney Observatory.
UNIVERSITY OF KING'S COLLEGE
Current arms: The St. Andrew’s Cross, the crozier and the key are borrowed from the arms of the Diocese of Nova Scotia as are the trees, which indicate Prince Edward Island (why?), the provincial arms of which feature four trees. The paschal lamb is taken from the arms of the Diocese of Fredericton (also why?) and the crown gives a nod to Oxford University, King’s campus
Current motto: Deo, Legt, Regi,
MOUNT SAINT VINCENT UNIVERSITY
Current arms: The Mount pays tribute to the coat of arms of the family of Elizabeth Seton (who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity) by featuring its three crescents, and Saint Vincent de Paul with the heavy use of blue and gold. The book represents knowledge, the maple leaves Canada and the dove symbolizes the holy spirit (“knowledge is a means of wisdom, the highest gift of
Current motto: Veritas ad Deum