On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in the Halifax harbour, resulting in what is now known as the Halifax explosion. Ligoure’s fifteen-bed hospital was overwhelmed by victims of the tragedy. He worked tirelessly for weeks, treating up to one hundred survivors per day, free of charge.
In January 2023, Halifax Regional Council voted unanimously to add Ligoure’s former home to the city’s registry of heritage properties.
This was particularly exciting news for students in Natasha Camacho’s grade one class at École St. Catherine’s Elementary School in Halifax. Last year, after learning about Ligoure’s important work following the Halifax explosion, Camacho’s students wrote a letter to the city council asking for a plaque to be installed outside the doctor’s former home.