Michael GormanCBC NewsApril 1, 2021 Full Article Here> Owls Head might never have been a provincial park, but the fact so many Nova Scotians believed it was — and, indeed, even government officials — should have made public consultation a requirement before the province considered selling it, Nova Scotia Supreme Court heard Read more…
FRANCIS CAMPBELL: Owls Head fate debated in court, premier defends decision, rally calls to stop the sale
Francis CampbellThe Chronicle HeraldApril 1, 2021 Full Article Here> Inside the courthouse, lawyer Jamie Simpson challenged Iain Rankin’s March 2019 decision, as then minister of lands and forestry, to remove 285 hectares of Crown property at Owls Head from the protected areas plan and to enter into sale negotiations that Read more…
Pre-hearing brief submitted on behalf of the applicants with respect to their application for judicial review
The Applicants in this judicial review challenge the following decisions:
a.the Minister of Lands and Forestry and Treasury and Policy Board’s March 13, 2019 decision to remove Owls Head Provincial Park from the Parks and Protected Areas Plan of 2013; and
b.the Minister of Lands and Forestry’s December 16, 2019 decision to execute a Letter of Offer with Lighthouse Links Development Corporation in order to sell the Owls Head Crown land for private development into resort residences and two or three golf-courses.(more…)
Eastern Shore Cooperator
August 23, 2020
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.(more…)
Company wants to build up to 3 golf courses, a housing development and more
August 18, 2020
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.(more…)
Eastern Shore Cooperator
August 6, 2020
… Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady heard arguments from the applicants’ attorney Jamie Simpson and from Lands and Forestry attorney Jack Townsend on June 29 and issued his opinion today in favour of the applicants.(more…)
Battle is over Owls Head, a 285-hectare piece of Crown land on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore
August 5, 2020
In a decision released Wednesday, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady granted Bancroft and the forest watch association more time to file their request for a judicial review.
“The Applicants have a reasonable excuse for the delay,” Justice Coady wrote.
Coady added that the applicants “will suffer prejudice if the extension is not granted” but the respondent “will suffer little prejudice” if it is.(more…)