A Year in the Campaign—2021 Highlights

The iconic Save Owls Head signs were spotted in ridings all across the province. Concerned citizens were eager to crowdfund the cost of the signs in order to raise awareness and send a clear message to the provincial government. Provincial sign coordinator Karen Reinhardt organized fundraising, orders, transportation, and over 50 volunteers who distributed signs in their communities, from Yarmouth to Cape Breton. From the court case to making Owls Head Provincial Park an election issue, let’s take a look at some of the ways the group has been advocating for positive change.

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Presentation to MLA Kent Smith

On December 1, 2021, a group of concerned citizens met with Eastern Shore MLA Kent Smith to advocate for legally protecting Owls Head Provincial Park. Christopher Trider, Dr. Kristina Boerder, and Celes Davar spoke about the park network, the science, and new opportunities for the province.

This presentation proposed ways to ensure legal protection of the site’s significant conservation values, the wider park network, and important cultural landscapes (while still working towards a thriving Eastern Shore).

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Lindsay Lee: Why I’m Here Today

I am going to be honest with all of you. Despite the importance of this bill, part of me would rather not be here today. Part of me would rather be spending time with my family—something that many environmental advocates like me sacrifice on a daily basis, in order to fight for climate justice and biodiversity. No one wants to spend all of their free time fighting for the environment. No one wants to camp out in the forest to protect mainland moose habitat or spend their weekends sending emails that are routinely ignored.

I am compelled to be here, because the state of our province and our planet demands real change, right now.

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“The Best Defence of Democracy”
Bob Bancroft’s Speech

Thank you all for coming today. The ethical aspect of the Owls Head issue is important and needs to be heard. I’m grateful to all of you who have supported this cause and the legal effort.

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the best defence of democracy is a well-informed citizenry.

The Nova Scotia government clings to an economic growth model that attaches more value to wild coastal habitats when they become golf courses. Forests have more value as woodpiles and wildlife just keeps getting in the way of so-called “progress.”

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