Opponents to Owls Head golf proposal will seek judicial review

Company wants to build up to 3 golf courses, a housing development and more

Michael Gorman
CBC News
August 18, 2020

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Armed with a favourable court ruling, a retired biologist and environmental group will seek a judicial review of the Nova Scotia government’s decision to remove 285 hectares of Crown land from the pending protected status list.

Jamie Simpson, the lawyer representing Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, said his clients are awaiting a court date. The move follows a decision earlier this month by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court granting Bancroft and the association additional time to proceed.

“We believe that the Department of Lands and Forestry ought to have been letting the public know what was going on regarding these deliberations, regarding this decision-making, and should have offered the public a chance to give their opinion on whether this was a good idea or a bad idea or to provide additional information the minister might not have been considering,” Simpson said in an interview.

Simpson said although his clients are pleased to be moving ahead with the process, Owls Head was one of about 100 properties identified in the Parks and Protected Areas Plan still awaiting official protection. Until that designation comes, each of those properties remains as vulnerable as Owls Head, said Simpson.

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