JIM VIBERT: McNeil’s environmental record a litany of broken promises

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Jim Vibert
The Chronicle Herald
November 21, 2020

Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has quite a story to tell on the environment, but unfortunately that’s all it has. The reality is a litany of delayed action and unkept promises.

… Since 2013, Nova Scotia’s goal — adopted unanimously by the legislature — has been to protect 13 per cent of the province’s total landmass for nature.

McNeil promised that his government would reach that goal in its first term. It didn’t. In fact, it hasn’t yet, seven years on.

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JIM VIBERT: Mother Nature’s on the run in Nova Scotia

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Jim Vibert
The Chronicle Herald
October 2, 2020

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As galling as the government’s bluster and bluff about protecting nature can be, more galling yet is the fact that much of the heavy lifting was done before they arrived in office. All they had to do was take credit for the work of previous governments, but when it comes to protecting nature they can’t, or won’t, even do that.

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Jim Vibert: Public to be consulted on Owls Head

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Jim Vibert (jim.vibert@saltwire.com)
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

Jim Vibert (jim.vibert@saltwire.com)
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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