Doing activism right: ‘When it comes to Owls Head, joining a Facebook group is just the beginning’

“So many people want to be an active part of this cause. Oftentimes people join a Facebook group, and that’s kind of the end of it. When it comes to Owls Head, joining the Facebook group is just the beginning. We make sure that the information is accessible, but also that there are opportunities for people to volunteer. We make sure that people are able to have a voice. And that’s something that people really crave,” says Lee.

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Election 2021: Party leaders lay out their priorities

The 38-year old Rankin may be the closest thing to a Green Premier Nova Scotians have seen to date, but he could also be hobbled by his support for the proposed Goldboro natural gas plant (which now seems aborted) and by some past decisions he made during his stint as Environment* minister, when he allowed the Owl’s Head provincial park to be de-listed as a protected place and open for business as a golf course development on the Eastern Shore (Did you know he has a diploma in golf club management?). 

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N.S. voters say environment, health care, homelessness, among top election issues

The Chronicle Herald spoke to people out and about in Halifax about the issues that they care about the most. Here’s what they had to say. 

Environment

For Philip Church, who is from Hantsport and currently lives in a van with no fixed address, saving the environment — and Owls Head Provincial Park specifically from being developed into golf courses and residential properties — is most important.“What’s wrong with the status quo? Why do we always have to be taking more land away from animals and wildlife? I think we’re good where we are,” said Church, 42.

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Help Save Owls Head Provincial Park

Take a moment and think of your favourite park. Maybe it’s a hiking trail, a coastal area, part of a snowmobile network, or a great spot for a family picnic.

Now imagine how you would feel if that park suddenly disappeared. What if your elected officials decided that your recreational spaces, the environment, and public fairness were all less important than catering to a rich developer?

That’s precisely what happened with Owls Head Provincial Park on the Eastern Shore. Our government officials orchestrated 3 years of secrecy at the behest of a billionaire in order for him to buy 5 miles of publicly owned shorefront (for a mere $216,000).

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LTE: Poor Optics

Letter to the EditorContributed by Karen SchlickThe Chronicle HeraldJuly 11, 2021 What is wrong with this picture? The former premier of Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil, accepts an offer from the law firm Cox and Palmer to be a “strategic advisor.” Congratulations, Mr. McNeil! Coincidentally, what law firm is representing American Read more…