The Chronicle Herald
October 2, 2020
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As galling as the government’s bluster and bluff about protecting nature can be, more galling yet is the fact that much of the heavy lifting was done before they arrived in office. All they had to do was take credit for the work of previous governments, but when it comes to protecting nature they can’t, or won’t, even do that.
Continue reading “JIM VIBERT: Mother Nature’s on the run in Nova Scotia”
Robert Bancroft and Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association (Applicants)
Nova Scotia Minister of Lands and Forestry and
Continue reading “Justice Coady’s Decision in Bancroft v. Nova Scotia (Land and Forestry) 2020 NSSC 214”
The Attorney General of Nova Scotia representing
Her Majesty the Queen In Right of the Province of Nova Scotia (Respondents)
Office of the Premier
7th Floor, One Government Place
1700 Granville Street
March 10, 2020
Dear Premier Stephen McNeil:
Owls Head is an ecologically significant area along the Eastern Shore that is deserving of legal protection. It contains a number of rare ecosystem types, as well as important habitat for migratory birds and species-at-risk. It is a key headland within the “100 wild islands” ecosystem.
Continue reading “Save Owls Head Joint Letter”
It is important to remember that when Premier McNeil says there is no history of Owls Head as a protected space, he is lying.
When other politicians claim that there is no history of Owls Head as a protected space, they are lying too. We have provided clear, unequivocal evidence, prima facie proof of the protected status of Owls Head Provincial Park for the past 45 years.
Continue reading “A Park is a Park, is a Park, is a Park”
We are fighting to save Owls Head Provincial Park.
We are fighting on many fronts and must remain vigilant.
The Court case—thank you Eastern Shore Forest Watch and N.S. Biologist Bob Bancroft—opens another front. It gives us oxygen, like Katie Porter’s report, the public meeting at Ship Harbour, the work of Richard Bell in the Eastern Shore Cooperator, the hundreds of people who have joined this group and share its posts, the work of Stan Frantz on the website, Sydnee Lynn’s determination to stop the sale and destruction of Owls Head, the work of the Conservation Groups: CPAWS and the EAC. The comments, the posts, the public engagement, and dialogue are all keeping us moving forward together, an army of common purpose.
Continue reading “We Fight On”
Caitlin Porter, MSc, Research Associate
Jeremy Lundholm, PhD, Professor & Department Chair
Ecology of Plants in Communities Lab
Saint Mary’s University
To the Honourable Labi Kousoulis,
We are biologists and environmental scientists writing to express our concern with the potential development of the proposed Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve.
Over the past 15 years, the Ecology of Plants in Communities lab at Saint Mary’s University has worked with collaborating NGO and NS provincial government partners to describe and classify heathland ecosystems across Nova Scotia. We have included the proposed Owls Head Provincial Park Reserve in our field surveys. Our years of data reveal that Owls Head is ecologically unique and of importance to biodiversity conservation.
Continue reading “Letter to MLA from Concerned Scientists”