GPNS Calls for a Halt to the Sale of Owls Head
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Green Party of Nova Scotia is calling on the Rankin Government to stop the sale of Owl’s Head Park Reserve.
“We urge the Members of the Legislative Assembly to pay close and serious attention to
the hundreds of letters addressed to them, the thousands of petitioners and the multitude of red signs across the province, calling for the cancellation of the proposed sale of Owls Head.” said Interim GPNS Leader, Jessica Alexander.
“In 2013,” she pointed out, “the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, citizens, environmental organizations and industry representatives were all consulted prior to the release of the Provincial Government’s ‘Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan’. Owls Head was listed as site #694 in that plan.”
“We agree with lawyer Jamie Simpson, who explained in his arguments to the court on behalf of his clients Bob Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association ‘The heart of this issue is really the secret removal of a park’s [pending] protected status.’ If the province has nothing to hide then it should consult the public before selling off this prime property, or any crown land, which is owned by all Nova Scotians.
Alexander says this will be an issue that all Green Party candidates will fight for in the upcoming provincial election. “We support new jobs, and economic development for the communities surrounding Owls Head, but we want them to be locally generated jobs, year-round jobs. Not jobs that alter the natural habitat of the rare and at-risk species in the area and threaten the environment for those who live there,” she concluded. It’s time to continue to build Nova Scotia’s reputation as a leader in ecotourism, a sector that is expected to grow to $103.8 billion (US) in the next 6 years.(1)
Ian Rankin has a chance to correct as Premier the mistake that was made when he was Minister responsible for Owl’s Head Park and the decision was made to sell the land. The Green Party of Nova Scotia calls on him to respect the peace and friendship treaties with the Mi’kmaq nation and the right and reasonable expectation of the electorate to be consulted about changing a plan they had helped craft, back in 2013.
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Contact: Jessica Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) Allied Market Research: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/01/18/2160003/0/en/Global-Ecotourism-