LTE: Owls Head rally tally lowballed

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Letter to the Editor
Contributed by Ian Guppy
The Chronicle Herald
February 25, 2020

Re: Your Feb. 21 front-page news story on protesters rallying to save Owls Head park. It is good to see this important issue of our government’s secret delisting and removal of Owls Head Provincial Park from Nova Scotia’s Parks and Protected Areas Plan receive the coverage it deserves. However, ironically, this is undermined by an inaccurate account of the number of participants at the rally. I attended and would estimate, based on that experience and counting people in post-event photos, that the crowd was easily twice the size than what was reported.

Owls Head Provincial Park is a unique and beautiful place. We have very little public land in Nova Scotia, let alone along our coast. This, together with its high conservation value, makes it a priceless coastal public property. We need to stop the government’s sale of this land to private interests. For the future of Nova Scotia and the planet, I hope this is the path we take.

Ian Guppy, P.Eng, Halifax

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Pam Baker – Save Owls Head Rally

We thank concerned resident Pamela Baker for speaking at the Save Owls Head rally and for giving us a copy of her statement to post on this website for those who could not attend.

Although I am suspicious that this sale of Owls Head/Little Harbour has anything to do with golf courses, I have nonetheless examined why the development and construction of these courses would be wrong for this property.

I am not a scientist, so I cannot expertly address the ecological damage that could be the result of this project; however, my brother’s background as General Manager of two major golf and country clubs in Ontario and experience in design and construction has been invaluable to me.

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Group marches to the legislature to protest proposed sale of Owls Head

Chris Trider, photo Peter Barss
Covert delisting of the land from park protection rallies community members.

The Coast
Mira Dietz Chiasson
February 21, 2020

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A determined group of Nova Scotians gathered yesterday at Grand Parade Square to protest the sale of Owls Head, a planned provincial park that was recently de-listed by the provincial government. Despite cold temperatures, approximately 120 people were in attendance, wearing hats and mittens, chanting “Stop the sale, save Owls Head.”

“Development would be welcome. But none of it should come at the expense of a rare ecosystem”

–Pam Baker

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First Video from Today’s March

February 20, 2020 March and Rally in Downtown Halifax

Nova Scotians say NO to the NS provincial government de-listing Owls Head "Provincial Park": designated as a provincial park on NS gov't websites and maps: for 45 years on a Protected Areas list to officially be made a provincial park. Nova Scotians say NO to the provincial government intention to sell Owls Head to a developer. Owls Head belongs to the people of Nova Scotia.

Posted by Ann MacLeod on Thursday, February 20, 2020

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