The stories of climate change and sea-level rise are written in the rocky shores and beaches of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Coast. The eroded headlands and glacial till have created the migrating sand platforms, our beaches, and marshes. Drowned bays, coves, and inlets, cobble storm berms, rock ridges, and cliffs all stretch along the length of the Eastern and South Shores.
Owls Head has long been recognized as a “representative” coastal landscape, first as a candidate National Park component, then as a survivor of the community battles to emerge as a Provincial Natural Environment Park component of the Eastern Shore Seaside Park System.
Continue reading “Deep Roots”
Written by Karen McKendry, Ecology Action Centre
Owls Head Provincial Park has been proposed for legal protection as a park for a long time, and effectively used as an unmanaged park since at least the 1970s. But why was it not legally protected before? And why does that matter? And what’s this Plan that Owls Head was listed in?
Continue reading “Owls Head Provincial Park and Legal Designation”
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
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.
Continue reading “Protecting Canada’s Carbon Sinks”
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”
Letter to the Editor
Contributed by Dusan Soudek
February 6, 2020
If you think the provincial cabinet’s secret decision to remove Owls Head Provincial Park reserve (or an “undesignated” provincial park in government-speak) from a list of public properties slated for permanent protection is of interest only to a few Eastern Shore locals, think again.
Many other provincial parks in HRM, and elsewhere in Nova Scotia, are “undesignated” under the Provincial Parks Act and hence enjoy only administrative protection—not legal protection. On the Eastern Shore, they include Paces Lake Provincial Park, Lower East Chezzetcook Provincial Park, Liscomb Point Provincial Park, and others farther east. Closer to home, they include the immensely popular McCormacks Beach Provincial Park in Eastern Passage and Herring Cove Provincial Park and Blind Bay Provincial Park outside Halifax.
Continue reading “LTE: Owls Head(ache) Provincial Park”
In conversations with a couple of politicians, both Liberal and Conservative, I have heard the expression: “I am on the fence.”