HalifACT 2050: Act to Protect Owls Head Park

The Halifax Regional Municipality is to be commended; HalifACT 2050 is an exciting step forward. Thank you especially to Councillor Richard Zurawski for submitting a motion for a climate action plan.

Despite roadblocks from the provincial government, Regional Council is providing leadership on climate change. On January 29, 2019, Regional Council voted to declare a “climate emergency.” On June 23, 2020, they voted to turn that statement into action by unanimously passing HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together Plan.

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Protecting Canada’s Carbon Sinks

Back Road Bog

A short but beautiful video and article from WWF-Canada explains the value of carbon sinks, and protecting sites like Owls Head, Nova Scotia.

World Wildlife Federation – Canada

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In the face of widespread wildlife loss and climate change, WWF-Canada’s new nation-wide assessment maps gaps in essential wildlife habitat protection and opportunities to protect areas that benefit biodiversity while slowing climate change.

A national habitat crisis

Just as we need housing, wildlife need somewhere to live. Half of Canada’s monitored species are in decline, by a staggering 83 per cent, and even wildlife protected under Canada’s Species at Risk Act are failing to recover. Wildlife simply can’t survive with increasingly degraded or destroyed habitats. They need to find food, mate, migrate and raise their young. Climate change only makes matters worse.

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Letter from the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

Corema Dwarf Heath on Bedrock Ridge, Caitlin Porter

The Honorable Tony Ince
MLA, Cole Harbour-Portland Valley
1081 Cole Harbour Rd Unit 6
Cole Harbour, NSB2V 1E8

February 7, 2020

Dear Minister Ince;

I am writing to you on behalf of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society to express the organization’s support of the groundswell of Nova Scotians who are seeking a halt to the proposed sale of Owl’s Head Provincial Park Reserve. Continue reading “Letter from the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society”

Now vs Then

Every property that made it onto the list of Parks and Protected Areas Plan had a reason to be there. Each had a history. Owl’s Head Provincial Park was property #694 until an arrogant, duplicitous Minister and Cabinet removed it. Now the government is trying to erase Owls Head from the public record. The initial CBC article by Michael Gorman, published on December 18, points to a backroom deal fabricated by lobbyists and political dinosaurs who think that anything is for sale. A secret deal, a Letter of Offer to sell 661 acres of public coastal land to a private developer. At this time, two Ministers have made misleading public statements in attempts to cover the smell of a deal that would not stand the light of public scrutiny or professional review.

Pristine coastal barrens, rare plants, endangered species, water frontage on 5 coves and a lake, sand beaches, ideal coves and inlets for coastal kayaking, did I mention publicly owned? Continue reading “Now vs Then”