Eastern Shore Forest Watch wants to fight for Owls Head Provincial Park and a new age in environmental law in Canada. This is why I, the treasurer of the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, have started this fund raising campaign. Can you help us?
GOOD NEWS – Nature Nova Scotia joined the fight to help fund raise for the coming legal battle.
An anonymous donor has offered Nature Nova Scotia $5,000 in support of the Owls Head legal fund, asking that we match that amount through fundraising. This means that if we raise $5000 by January 1, 2022, we will receive $10000! You can help us get there by donating to Nature Nova Scotia’s CanadaHelps
page (write Owl Head Appeal in the message line) ,or by mailing a cheque (preferred for amounts above $100) to:
Nature Nova Scotia, C/O NS Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St, Halifax NS B3H 3A6. Either way you will receive a tax receipt.
Of course you can still donate to Eastern Shore forest Watch on this page. All contributions made after November 12, 2021 will count toward the matching donation total. Unfortunately Eastern Shore forest Watch cannot
issue tax receipts.
The government should not have the right to unilaterally—and secretly—do as it pleases with public park lands. Yet that's exactly what happened when the government of Nova Scotia delisted and offered to sell Owls Head Provincial Park without scientific review, public notice, or public consultation. We need to ensure that it never happens again.
Without better legal protections, public lands will perpetually be at risk. Across the province, approximately 125 provincial parks, nature reserves, and wilderness areas are still awaiting designation. In many cases, citizens and communities have no idea that these “parks” aren’t legally protected and that they, too, could be secretly delisted and offered for sale.
Our elected officials should have a duty to us and our planet. When we launched our judicial review, we'd hoped that the Nova Scotia Supreme Court would seize the opportunity to be the first in Canada to recognize the public trust doctrine.
Even though Justice Christa Brothers characterized the government’s actions as “troubling,” she ruled that under the current law, we “were not owed a duty of procedural fairness.”
Isn't it time for that to change?
We believe the answer is yes... So with your support, we want to take this case to the Court of Appeal.
If you believe that the people of Nova Scotia deserve better, that the planet deserves better, please donate today. Big or small, your contribution will help us to push for better legal protections for public lands.
All donations will be reserved for the Owls Head Provincial Park Appeal. Although we cannot issue charitable donation receipts, your donation will be processed in a transparent and accountable manner.
If you'd like to contribute via cheque, please mail it directly to:
Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS B0J 2L0
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