Lawyer: Roughly half of N.S. provincial parks awaiting designation, like Owls Head was before delisting

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Nicole Munro
The Chronicle Herald
June 28, 2020

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HALIFAX, N.S. — Starting Monday, an environmental lawyer will make his case to a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge to allow for a judicial review of the delisting of Owls Head Provincial Park and its negotiated sale to a private golf course developer. 

But the two-day hearing is only the start to ensuring Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forestry is open and transparent about all of its provincial parks, whether they’re officially designated or pending approval, Jamie Simpson said. 

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Jim Vibert: Public to be consulted on Owls Head

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Jim Vibert (
The Chronicle Herald
February 7, 2020

The public consultation that should have taken place before the provincial government removed Owls Head from the parks and protected areas list will now fall to the prospective developer of the land.

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin said Thursday that public engagement, in a fashion approved by the province but conducted by Lighthouse Links, the company that’s proposing to build a multi-course golf resort on the site, is a precondition of the land’s sale.

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Owls Head becomes ground zero of land protection battle with province

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February 5, 2020
The Chronicle Herald

Journalist and writer Jim Vibert has worked as a communications adviser to five Nova Scotia governments.

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If, for 45 years, successive provincial governments and, more importantly, Nova Scotians believe and treat a piece of the province as a provincial park, can the current government negate that 45-year-history, decide the land was never a park, and sell it off for private development? 

Stephen McNeil’s government believes the answer to that question is “yes,” and groups determined to protect the land are adamant that it’s “no.”

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LTE: 9-iron irony at Nova Scotia’s Owls Head Provincial Park by Candace Stevenson

Letter to the Editor
Contributed by Candace Stevenson
The Chronicle Herald
January 22, 2020

Is it not ironic that the province is seeking our input on six new protected wilderness areas at the same time as it quietly removed a provincial park from the current list without any consultation?

Owl’s Head Provincial Park should not become a commercial golf course. Does provincial designation mean anything any more?

Candace Stevenson, Halifax

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