Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association applauds the Province’s decision to legally designate Owls Head Provincial Park, but points out that the underlying issues that put Owls Head at risk remain.(more…)
Natural Resources and Renewables
June 14, 2022
Originally published here
The Province is designating Owls Head as Nova Scotia’s next provincial park.
Natural Resources and Renewables Minister Tory Rushton announced today, June 14, the protection of 266 hectares of Crown lands at Owls Head in Little Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality.(more…)
The Assembly has always had very serious concerns about potential impacts to Mi’kmaw archaeological heritage and our Mi’kmaw and Aboriginal Rights at Owl’s Head, where there are already six known and recorded Mi’kmaw archaeological sites.(more…)
Landmark Citizen-led Victory Towards Protecting Owls Head Provincial Park
Group advocating for Owls Head Provincial Park and others to finally receive legal protection
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…)
Mi’kmaw Grandmothers and members of the grassroots “Save Owls Head” movement will be hosting a rally at Victoria Park in Halifax on August 7 at 1:00 PM, calling on Nova Scotian voters to protect our provincial land and parks at the ballot box.(more…)
Nova Scotians concerned about the environment and climate change need a Premier and a government that won’t do secret deals to put protected lands at risk.
Hammonds Plains-Lucasville PC candidate Julie Chaisson noted that as Lands and Forestry Minister, Liberal Leader Iain Rankin secretly delisted Owls Head provincial park reserve to allow an American couple to buy the land. The Rankin Liberals also gutted the previous PC government’s landmark Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, moving decision-making away from the Legislature into the cabinet backrooms.
“The choice in this election is clear: more secret deals that put Nova Scotia’s environment at risk with Iain Rankin or real solutions for our environment with Tim Houston,” said Chaisson. “Having Iain Rankin, the architect of the Owls Head secret deal, responsible for our environment is like having an arsonist in charge of fire safety.”
Bancroft v. Nova Scotia (Lands and Forestry) 2021 NSSC 234 August 1, 2021 To the people of Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia): We would like to extend our gratitude to the applicants—respected wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and local environmental group Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association—for standing up for Nova Scotia’s parks and Read more…