Owls Head court case stalling golf courses, much-needed jobs, Lighthouse Links argues

Francis Campbell
The Chronicle Herald
December 11, 2020

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It’s unfortunate that the golf course proposal for Owls Head “continues to be delayed by this lawsuit which deprives Eastern Shore residents of what could be as many as 200 badly needed local jobs, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lighthouse Links said in a statement released to media Thursday.

… The Crown properties, according to the provincial documents submitted to the court in November, include a variety of coastal barrens and wetlands, exceptional bedrock-ridged topography and are home to the piping plover and the barn swallow, two species at risk.

The properties were removed from the protected list in March 2019 without public notification or consultation.

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Video: MLA Kevin Murphy Defends Secret Delisting Process at Chamber Meeting

MLA Murphy Defends Owls Head Delisting Process

In this video from the Musquodoboit Harbour Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Old School in Musquodoboit Harbour on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, MLA Kevin Murphy mounts a vigorous defense of the controversial decision by the provincial government to remove Owls Head Provincial Park from a list of protected areas in order to sell it to a very wealthy American couple who want to build as many as three golf courses there. [We apologize for the loud typing in the background.]Here are a few highlights to listen for: 1. Murphy insists that despite all of the documents identifying the land as “Owls Head Provincial Park,” the land was never anything more than “unceded Crown land…a piece of property that does not enjoy any protected status.” [Our italics]2. People who thought that the land was protected simply did not read the relevant documents carefully enough and missed all of the “ifs.” 3. It was a “previous government” that released “Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia” in 2013. 4. The Cabinet was entirely within its right to use a “minute” letter to keep its decision to delist the land a secret. 5. He said there were some people who never want to cut down a single tree, but the province needed to strike a “balance” between protecting the environment and economic development. 6. He was hearing from many people in Little Harbour and “many significant business people in our area who have reached out to me who have expressed their support for the process…”[Our italics]7. He criticized the media for only telling “one side” of the story.

Posted by Eastern Shore Cooperator on Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Video of the Musquodoboit Harbour Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Courtesy of the Eastern Shore Cooperator. Please allow a moment to load.

In a video on the Eastern Shore Cooperator’s Facebook page, MLA Kevin Murphy mounts a vigorous defense of the controversial decision by the provincial government to remove Owls Head Provincial Park from a list of protected areas in order to sell it to a very wealthy American couple who want to build as many as three golf courses there.

Richard Bell, Eastern Shore Cooperator
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