Letter: Close Park Loophole

Bill 19 did go to a vote at second reading and was voted down by the Tory MLAs. It sought to forever remove the use of the “minute letter loophole” by any future government, no matter what its stripe. The need may arise to change the status of a provincial park, but if so, then it must be subject to a wide and inclusive public consultation in full view of all Nova Scotians.


The Tide is Turning

Save Owls Head is a dynamic and inspiring movement, where scientists, Mi’kmaw Land and Water Protectors, and everyday citizens have come together in an effort to protect our province and our planet. 

More and more, Owls Head Provincial Park symbolizes the inherent values we recognize and the world of possibilities we envision. 


Presentation to MLA Kent Smith

On December 1, 2021, a group of concerned citizens met with Eastern Shore MLA Kent Smith to advocate for legally protecting Owls Head Provincial Park. Christopher Trider, Dr. Kristina Boerder, and Celes Davar spoke about the park network, the science, and new opportunities for the province.

This presentation proposed ways to ensure legal protection of the site’s significant conservation values, the wider park network, and important cultural landscapes (while still working towards a thriving Eastern Shore).


Thinking Bigger

Acquiring land to expand parks and protected areas is an important investment for future generations. Linking natural areas helps to protect biodiversity, provides corridors for wildlife, and improves the carrying capacity of natural systems. Carrying capacity is important in that it determines the extent to which human activity can occur in these areas without negatively impacting the ecosystems.

We should be looking at acquiring more public land at Owls Head provincial park to include in the designated area now that it will not be sold and destroyed.


Chris Miller: Owls Head Needs Legal Protection

Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas are important. These are places where we go to be outdoors with friends and family. They help clean the air and water. They contain important ecosystems and provide crucial habitat for lots of different species. We need these places for our health and well-being. 

That’s why the sale of public lands at Owls Head Provincial Park was doomed from the beginning. It matters too much to too many people. Our parks are not a commodity to be traded or sold. On the contrary, these are places that are to be treasured and must be carefully looked after for future generations. 

With the withdrawal of the “letter of offer” for Owls Head, the Nova Scotia government must now ensure that these public lands receive the legal protection that was promised a long time ago. Owls Head needs protection under the law so that future governments will not be tempted to sell off this ecological jewel for any reason.