Bancroft v. Nova Scotia (Lands and Forestry) 2021 NSSC 234 August 1, 2021 To the people of Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia): We would like to extend our gratitude to the applicants—respected wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft and local environmental group Eastern Shore Read more…
In a province now dotted with yard signs, there’s one in particular that the Liberal party should take heed of: “Stop the Gov’t Sale, Save Owls Head Provincial Park.”
Premier Iain Rankin is portraying himself as the candidate who will tackle climate change and biodiversity loss. But during his tenure as minister of Lands and Forestry, he endorsed a clandestine deal: offering to sell a biodiverse park to an American developer, who plans to grind it into sand (seriously).(more…)
We’d like to extend our thanks to Nova Scotia filmmaker Jerry Lockett, who is producing a series of short videos inspired by environmental advocates, scientists, and participants in the legal case. Together, concerned citizens can accomplish incredible things. Bob Bancroft Read more…
The province’s top court has ruled that the proper channel to remedy a perceived Liberal government wrongdoing on Owls Head is “not through the courts but at the ballot box.”
“The ballot box is a blunt tool and a trip to the ballot box once every four years is not an appropriate tool for addressing an injustice such as this,” he said. “There are a lot of injustices out there that are best suited for the courts to deal with,” says lawyer Jamie Simpson.
The project has been hotly contested and met with protest.
In the court’s decision issued Friday, Justice Christa M. Brothers noted the court can’t intervene because the decisions made by elected officials were within their lawful authority.
The justice says the issue should be decided at the ballot box, and not the courts.(more…)
In the timely decision, Brothers wrote that if citizens have a problem with politicians’ decisions, they should head to the polls.
“In such circumstances, if a remedy is sought by the public, the proper recourse in our constitutional democracy is not through the courts, but at the ballot box.”(more…)