Interview with Kevin Murphy (With Audio)

January 3, 2020

Sydnee Lynn, the founder of the Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Facebook Group, scheduled an interview with Eastern Shore MLA, Kevin Murphy. We commend Sydnee and Paula Jane Milsom, who attended the meeting with Sydnee, for their initiative, their composure, and for giving a voice to the numerous citizens concerned about the secret delisting and potential sale of Owls Head Provincial Park. Please allow the videos a minute to load.

https://www.facebook.com/sydnee.mckay/videos/10157442789216117/
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LTE: In dark over Park Development

Re: “Golf developer threatens Owls Head park” (Dec. 30 Reader’s Corner). Along with Dusan Soudek, we are shocked, dismayed and incredulous that the status of this park reserve could be changed in such a sneaky and underhanded way! Not only is this action — to remove the proposed 267-hectare parcel from protection to profit — despicable on every level, it flies in the face of actions taken and funded to establish the protection of 100 islands of the Eastern Shore.

Announcements in 2016 by the federal MP, provincial MLA and councillors for the area promoted the saving of these ecosystems, which would include the wetlands and barrens of the shoreline.

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LTE: Golf developer threatens Owls Head park by Dusan Soudek

I am shocked and dismayed at the possible demise of Eastern Shore’s Owls Head Provincial Park. According to recent media reports, our provincial government decided some time ago to remove this proposed 267-hectare coastal park from the list of properties proposed in 2013 for protection as provincial parks, wilderness areas and nature reserves. The parcel, consisting mainly of rugged barrens and wetlands, is apparently to be sold to a U.S. developer and turned into one or several golf courses.

This decision by cabinet was taken in utmost secrecy following extensive lobbying by a recently defeated provincial cabinet minister, in spite of the fact that the original Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia, involved extensive consultation with interest groups and members of the public. The provincial park, or, more accurately, the provincial park reserve, contains a number of rare ecosystems and endangered species, besides providing many recreational opportunities and public access to the coast.

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Group calls for government to re-commit to protecting Owls Head Provincial Park

On the Eastern Shore sits a piece of coastal crown land that was — up until last week — on a list to eventually be protected

Victoria Walton
Halifax Today
December 22, 2019

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“It’s one of about 90 or so sites that have been identified across the province for their conservation value and are awaiting legal designation, or to be made official by the provincial government,” says Caitlin Grady with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

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MICHAEL GORMAN: Former land planner says province’s golf proposal a ‘betrayal’

Nova Scotia favours golf resort proposal to protecting Owls Head provincial park

Michael Gorman
CBC News 
Posted: December 20, 2019

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A former provincial park planner for the Nova Scotia government says a proposal that would see coastal Crown land sold for a potential golf resort is a “betrayal of the public trust” and should be stopped.

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