Calls for land protection continue, as Nova Scotia nearly reaches 13% target

Black Duck Island from Scanlan Point
Indigenous activists and conservation groups say Nova Scotia needs to set a higher target for land protection as it comes close to reaching its 13 per cent goal


Katie Hartai
Halifax Today
October 20, 2020

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“In the beginning the 13 per cent was a great goal, but the more I learn and share, the more I realize that’s not where we should stop,” she says. “We definitely need to increase that number to allow for more Indigenous-led conservation but also to create more protected spaces for all of Nova Scotia and the people here.”

Melissa Labrador, Mi’kmaw Activist

Chris Miller [executive director of CPAWS NS] says the province needs to make more space for Indigenous-led conservation in the spirit of reconciliation, but also to sustain the health of the planet for everyone.

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Most HRM Council Candidates Want to Save Owls Head Provincial Park

Richard Bell
The Eastern Shore Cooperator
October 15, 2020

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Opponents of the secret sale last year of Owls Head Provincial Park by the Department of Lands and Forestry took advantage of the upcoming election to ask every candidate for HRM Council, “If the matter is before Council, would you support upholding the Regional Park designation, in order to protect Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve?”

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LTE: Unfinished Homework

Letter to the Editor
Contributed by Lindsay Lee
The Chronicle Herald
October 7, 2020

Voice of the People – October 7, 2020

Unfinished homework

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin teased that he’d be making an “exciting announcement” on Monday. Here are some truly exciting announcements that he could (and should) have made before declaring his intention to run for premier

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JIM VIBERT: Mother Nature’s on the run in Nova Scotia

Beach Meadow

Jim Vibert
The Chronicle Herald
October 2, 2020

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As galling as the government’s bluster and bluff about protecting nature can be, more galling yet is the fact that much of the heavy lifting was done before they arrived in office. All they had to do was take credit for the work of previous governments, but when it comes to protecting nature they can’t, or won’t, even do that.

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Labrador Tea by Lindsay Lee
BARBARA MARKOVITS FROM EASTERN SHORE FOREST WATCH ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THAT We are within $500 of our goal for legal fees.

Background

As you know, the people of Nova Scotia have won the first round! Justice Coady of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has granted us an extension to file an application for a judicial review (regarding the delisting of Owl’s Head Park from the list of Provincial Park Reserves).

We (Forest Watch and Bob Bancroft) have now officially requested this judicial review. This next step will take more time and more money. In August, we estimated that we would need an additional $10,000 to address the issues in the judicial review process.

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New Update on Legal Fund

Barbara markovits from Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association announces that there is roughly $2500 left to Raise for legal fees

Background

As you know, the people of Nova Scotia have won the first round! Justice Coady of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has granted us an extension to file an application for a judicial review (regarding the delisting of Owl’s Head Park from the list of Provincial Park Reserves).

We (Forest Watch and Bob Bancroft) have now officially requested this judicial review. This next step will take more time and more money. In August, we estimated that we would need an additional $10,000 to address the issues in the judicial review process.

A generous anonymous donor has contacted us with an offer to match all donations up to $5000! Therefore, we are seeking $5000 in matching donations.

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