PC government dragging its feet on Owls Head commitment, NDP says

“When a party uses words like despicable, one would expect urgency in rectifying the situation,” Claudia Chender, the MLA for Dartmouth South, said during question period Friday in reference to Premier Tim Houston’s characterization, while in opposition, of the Liberal deal to delist and enter into an agreement to sell Crown land at Owls Head.

“When will the Conservative government actually make that order in council and stop the sale,” Chender asked Tory Rushton, minister of natural resources and renewables.

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Owls Head advocate ‘cautiously optimistic’ with new N.S. premier

Tim Houston hasn’t outright said he’d stop the golf course development plans, but an advocate for the Eastern Shore land believes the premier will protect the coastal land

“There’s no question that this is an important public resource that needs to be protected and kept in public ownership,” Trider said. “We’re very confident in any sort of fair and transparent hearing that we will be victorious. And we were never offered that, we were never afforded that possibility with the Rankin government.”

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Internal email shows bureaucrats worried Owls Head talking points were misleading

In his written opinion, file investigator Darrin White took issue with the department’s decision to hold back the documents in the first place.

“The public body failed to properly exercise its discretion and, knowing that public interest and scrutiny was high, did, in fact, use its discretion as a means to withhold information it knew was important to the public.”

… The department appeared to recognize the importance of the information held back because it cited that as a reason for the redaction, he wrote.

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