MICHAEL GORMAN: Former land planner says province’s golf proposal a ‘betrayal’

Nova Scotia favours golf resort proposal to protecting Owls Head provincial park

Michael Gorman
CBC News 
Posted: December 20, 2019

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A former provincial park planner for the Nova Scotia government says a proposal that would see coastal Crown land sold for a potential golf resort is a “betrayal of the public trust” and should be stopped.

Last March, without public notice, the province removed the pending protection designation from Owls Head provincial park.

The change allows the government to enter into negotiations to sell the 285 hectares of park reserve in Little Harbour on the Eastern Shore to a company that wants to build as many as three golf courses in the area.

“I felt that there was basically an ironclad commitment in place for that property to remain protected and designated, so I was just shocked that it was happening,” said Chris Trider, who spent 21 years working for the former Natural Resources Department, now known as Lands and Forestry.

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