Letter to the Editor Contributed by Verna Higgins The Chronicle Herald August 8, 2020
Very slippery slope
All Nova Scotians should be aware that, in 2013, our province published an “Our Parks and Protected Areas” map for comments by the public.
Owls Head Park appeared under the heading “Park Lands for Review” along with 281 other parks! That list included such well-known provincial parks as Wentworth, Porters Lake, Martinique Beach, Five Islands, Blomidon Lookoff and Taylors Head.
If Owls Head is sold, which of the others might be next?
Letter to the Editor Contributed by Beverlee Brown The Chronicle Herald August 7, 2020
When did “secrecy” become the provincial byword for the governing Liberals?
There is a review of Northwood and its recent COVID-19 problems going on, but we’ve been told the results will be mostly kept secret. Confidentiality is needed in order to protect those named in the review. Wouldn’t it be easier just to not publish their names?
And then there’s Owls Head and the delisting of that area as a reserve in order to quietly sell that land for a golf course. That’s not the premier’s land to sell, especially by changing the rules behind the scenes. It belongs to the province and therefore to the citizens. There should have been a transparent process. If the deal is a good one for Nova Scotia, then secrecy wouldn’t have been needed; a public meeting on the proposal should have been the way to go, allowing full knowledge of the province’s intentions.
The Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia has the opportunity to address tourism, economic development and land conservation in a different way than any other area of Nova Scotia at this time.
As a trained biologist, tourism operator and community economic development facilitator, I’d like to invite a deeper think about the news article above and its implications. My hope is that we embrace a more openly democratic discussion and assessment of tourism and economic development opportunities.
To date, there have been no updates on the possible sale of Owl’s Head Park. I hope that means that the Province is reconsidering that decision. After witnessing all that nature can throw at us throughout this pandemic, I find it disconcerting that we would be willing to hand over pristine, protected crown owned lands to American billionaire investors to spoil and corrupt to their ideals instead of keeping this land for wildlife and for regular Nova Scotians who need it for healing and for physical and mental health.