The Chronicle Herald/Saltwire
June 18, 2022
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Lindsay Lee, secretary of the association, said the Owls Head provincial park has been 47 years in the making and Owls Head isn’t the only pending protected area in a vulnerable position.
Across the province, approximately 125 provincial parks, nature reserves, and wilderness areas are still awaiting designation, meaning that they, too, could be secretly delisted, Lee said.
“Without stronger legal protections, Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas will perpetually be at risk,” Lee said.
That protection could come from a shift in common law to recognize that “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 told The Chronicle Herald in the past.
… “Whether it happens through the courts or it happens by [passing a] law, people would like to see this dealt with so the situation can’t happen again,” Lee said of the Rankin decision to originally delist Owls Head.