Despite the court’s contention that the “issue arising in this case has not recurred and may never recur,” a very similar situation could arise from a proposal by Cabot Cape Breton, owners of two successful 18-hole golf courses in and near Inverness on the western side of Cape Breton, applying to the province to lease about one-third of the 275-hectare West Mabou Beach provincial park to develop a third 18-hole golf course in the same area.(more…)
“There still remains the fact that the government, the province, made that decision in secret and we’re arguing the fact that is not a fair way to make that decision, that they should have made that decision in a transparent fashion,” said Jamie Simpson, the lawyer representing the [Eastern Shore] forest watch association.(more…)
“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.(more…)
Opponents took fight against proposed golf course development all the way to N.S. Supreme Court
“I’m very pleased and I think it’s a step in the right direction,” said Bob Bancroft, a biologist who sought a judicial review of the former Liberal government’s decision to delist Owls Head from the Parks and Protected Areas Plan.
… Bancroft said he hopes lessons will be learned in the process.
“I hope that all the underlying measures of how this all happened are dealt with. We need to protect this from happening again.”(more…)
This Bill strengthens the process for designations and removal of designations under the Provincial Parks Act, the Special Places Protection Act and the Wilderness Areas Protection Act. Owls Head Act Bill 191st Session, 64th General AssemblyIntroduced by Gary BurrillFirst Reading: October 15, 2021 Read the bill Background: Gary Burrill, leader of Read more…
Respected wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and local environmental group Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association are heading back to court. In July, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Christa Brothers ruled that there is “no recognized common law duty of procedural fairness owed by the Crown to the public at large.” But the applicants believe it’s time for that to change.(more…)