Putters, protests and politics: The battle over a golf resort at Owls Head

Bruce Frisko
CTV News at 6
February 21, 2020

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HALIFAX — Even as an American developer appears to be re-thinking a proposal to build a high-end golf resort on Crown land in Nova Scotia, protesters went ahead with a planned demonstration outside the legislature, while the Liberal government defended the idea inside.

… Murphy spoke to reporters as the House resumed sitting Thursday, responding to a sizable protest outside the building. About 100 demonstrators braved a windchill of -15 to demand the province reinstate the 285-hectare parcel of Crown land at Owls Head as a protected area, awaiting legal protection.

The issue made headlines just before Christmas when it was revealed the land had been quietly removed from the list, and an American couple, Beckwith and Kitty Gilbert, planned to buy it and build as many as three golf courses in the area.

The proposal prompted an immediate backlash because the area includes coastal barrens and wetlands.