Francis Campbell
The Chronicle Herald
October 9, 2021

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The Owls Head tug-of-war is headed to the province’s highest court.

Wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, a local environmental group, hope to break new environmental law ground in an appeal of the decision by Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice Christa Brothers in the Owls Head saga.

… Brothers wrote in her decision that “the fundamental defect” in Simpson and Bancroft’s position is “that there is no recognized common law duty of procedural fairness owed by the Crown to the public at large.”

“We think that it’s time to make that shift in common law, the environment has become such an important issue for Nova Scotians and Canadians generally that it is time to recognize that the government does have an obligation to be transparent when it comes to important lands with ecological values.”

Lawyer Jamie Simpson

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