Sweetheart Deal for Owls Head

Richard Bell
Eastern Shore Cooperator
Published online on December 1, 2020

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In the latest round in the fight to stop the province from turning Owls Head Provincial Park into an American billionaire’s three private golf courses and acres of luxury housing, the Department of Lands and Forestry (L&F) released another round of documents with dramatic new information.

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Update on Court Costs from Forest Watch

Statement from Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association

Good News: The people of Nova Scotia have won the first round! Justice Coady of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has granted us an extension to file an application for a judicial review regarding the delisting of Owl’s Head Park from the list of Provincial Park Reserves. We are also requesting a judicial review of the provincial government’s Letter of Offer to sell Owl’s Head Provincial Park Reserve to Lighthouse Links Development Company.

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Owls Head Sale Opponents Back in Court

Richard Bell
Eastern Shore Cooperator
August 23, 2020

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Opponents of the proposed sale of Owls Head Provincial Park to an American billionaire took the next legal step forward on August 18 with the filing of an amended version of their January request for a judicial review. A hearing to set a date for the full judicial review will take place on September 23, although the trial itself will probably not take place until 2021.

The amended petition challenges two different secret decisions by Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin:  the decision to de-list the park on March 13, 2019 and the decision to entertain a Letter of Offer with the golf course developer on December 19, 2019.

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Opponents to Owls Head golf proposal will seek judicial review

Company wants to build up to 3 golf courses, a housing development and more

Michael Gorman
CBC News
August 18, 2020

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Armed with a favourable court ruling, a retired biologist and environmental group will seek a judicial review of the Nova Scotia government’s decision to remove 285 hectares of Crown land from the pending protected status list.

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Timeline of Promised Protections

OWLS HEAD provincial park: A RECOGNIZED CANDIDATE FOR PROTECTION FOR 45 YEARS

MAY 1, 1975

Eastern Shore Seaside Park System

“The concept of an Eastern Shore Seaside Park System was unanimously approved-in-principle by local community representatives on May 1, 1975. This proposed concept was the product of co-operative efforts by the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests, the provincial government, public participation advisors, and elected citizen representatives.”

Eastern Shore Seaside Park System Brochure
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