Email HRM Candidates about Owls Head Park

We encourage concerned citizens to contact the mayoral candidates and candidates in their district about the fate of Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve, which is part of Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax’s Green Network Plan.

The Halifax Regional Municipality election will be held on Saturday,  October 17.  Telephone and electronic voting will run from October 6 to 14, and Advanced Polling dates are October 10 and 13.  

It’s easy to find contact information for the candidates, here.

Not sure what district you’re in? Find out here.

Feel free to use a version of the email below to reach out to your district candidates about this issue. We’d love it if you could share the candidates’ answers when you hear back.

The Letter:

Dear Mr. / Ms. ______,

Thank you for including the environment as a key part of your platform. Natural climate solutions are vital to our health and the health of our planet.

Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve is an ecologically significant property with many conservation values. Owls Head Park had a 45-year history of promised protections and a “Tier 1” conservation rating based on extensive consultations with citizens, environmental organizations, industry representatives, and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.

Unfortunately, Owls Head Park was secretly delisted from Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan. Our provincial government aims to sell the parkland to an American developer for golf courses. Concerned Nova Scotians have been so troubled by these developments that they crowdfunded over $15,000 for a judicial review.

As a possible future member of our regional council, you should know that Owls Head Park is part of Halifax’s Green Network Plan and has Regional Park (RPK) designation from Regional Council. These lands were first designated and zoned for protection/future park purposes by Halifax County Council in 1996. Later, these same lands were designated and zoned for park protection in the first Regional Plan (2006); and reconfirmed again in 2014when the regional plan was reviewed and updated.

Depending on the outcome of the judicial review, the fate of this biodiverse property could be decided at the municipal level.

If the matter is before Council, would you support upholding the Regional Park designation, in order to protect Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve?

I’d like to share your response with the Save Owls Head movement. If you would prefer that your reply remain private, please let me know.

I’ve included some resources below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

_____
District __

Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve and the biodiversity crisis:
http://saveowlshead.org/ecology/we-must-protect-owls-head-to-safeguard-biodiversity/?fbclid=IwAR29Hf6BXgb52bz6wqY_w7-_yyW6srQyi-J53j7wH_SA5PcVaX6hAfh2Xfs

“N.S. won’t protect land with ‘globally rare’ ecosystem that company eyed for golf resort:”
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/natural-resources-protected-land-golf-course-development-1.5397821

Timeline of Owls Head’s Proposed Protections:
http://saveowlshead.org/groupnews/timeline-of-promised-protections/?fbclid=IwAR2KubxFJV1VNnI7y4hhcNTR66TkIC8qg3tt-3v8wkNTdWbmCoEmgcVvbVU

Report on the Ecological Value of Owls Head Crown Land:
http://saveowlshead.org/groupnews/report-on-the-ecological-importance-of-owls-head-crown-land/

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