If Owls Head can be sold, then so can any of 200 other properties awaiting designation

Contributed by Shawn Rosvold
The Nova Scotia Advocate
April 26, 2021

Originally published here>

Go ahead. Call us crazy.

We bought a house in Herring Cove last summer without setting foot in it.

One of the chief reasons that we chose this lovely home is that it backs onto Herring Cove Provincial Park Reserve. We were assured that the park would never be developed because it’s permanently protected. We were wrong.

It turns out that our current premier, and former Minister of Lands and Forestry, Iain Rankin entered into a Letter of Offer with an American billionaire to sell the designated Owls Head Provincial Park for a pittance… All while intentionally withholding information about this sweetheart deal from the public.

Okay, that’s concerning – and arguably despicable – but what does it have to do with me in Herring Cove? Well, as we were shocked to find out, a lot.

If the government’s secret deal to sell and destroy Owls Head Provincial Park (and the surrounding marine environment) to build a golf course goes through, then that will give a green light to every greedy developer and their attached politicians to try to sell off these gems. These areas should be protected for me, my children, my grandchildren, and generations to come.

So, I have a pony in this race. And if you live near any of 200 other properties awaiting designation, then so do you. I do not want to gaze upon condos from my new home in Herring Cove. I want to enjoy what nature has given us, and I want to pass that on to my family. I also plan to vote in the upcoming election, and I will do everything in my power to stop the clandestine Owls Head Provincial Park giveaway.

Shawn Rosvold, Herring Cove

Why Don’t You Give a Hoot?

In his editorial cartoon, Matt Dempsey captures the essence of the province’s secret delisting and potential sale of the Owls Head Provincial Park to turn it into golf courses and resort. The park was slated for formal protection after decades of public consultations.

Editorial Cartoon by Matt Dempsey
The Nova Scotia Advocate
April 19, 2021

Originally published here.

Ongoing series by Matt Dempsey. click to enlarge.

Environmentalists and locals rally at Law Courts to defend pristine Owls Head from turning into golf courses and resort

Robert Devet
The Nova Scotia Advocate
April 1, 2021

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KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Well over 100 people gathered at the Halifax Law Courts on Lower Water Street this morning to send the message that Nova Scotians don’t like secretive deals turning a biologically rare coastal site into golf courses and resorts for rich people.

The rally occurred at the Law Courts to support biologist Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, who before Justice Christa Brothers of the Supreme Court argued that the province should have consulted the public before de-listing Owls Head. 

… “The government has a choice. They can either do this the easy way or they can do this the hard way,” said Tynette Deveaux of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club. 

“We’re going to succeed regardless. You all know we’re also fighting for the future of the planet. We can’t lose and we won’t lose because we’ll stand together and we’ll figure this out. The golf course will never be built because if we don’t win in the courts, folks are going to sit on the roads to block those trucks from trying to create a golf course,” she said.

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After three weeks of camping out, lone protester told to leave Grand Parade

Robert Devet
The Nova Scotia Advocate
January 6, 2021

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Jacob Fillmore, the young man camping out on the Grand Parade across from Halifax city hall in support of the threatened mainland moose in Western Nova Scotia has been told by city staff to leave within a day or so.

… Jacob started camping out here three weeks ago, after spending time with the forest protectors deep in the woods of Digby County. When he returned to Halifax he felt that continuing the protest in downtown Halifax would be the best way to keep the threatened mainland moose in the public eye. 

And it’s not just the moose, he is equally upset about what’s happening with Owls Head, and the state of Nova Scotia’s threatened species altogether, he says. On his Facebook page he talks about his support for the water protectors fighting Alton Gas.

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