W are in the process of closing down this fundraising campaign. If you are still interested in donating, please send a check made out to:
EASTERN SHORE FOREST WATCH ASSOCIATION
22 Debaies Cove Road
Lake Charlotte, NS B0J 1Y0
Once again, Forest Watch and Bob Bancroft, the two applicants in this lawsuit, send their heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated thus far. You will be able to find more information on the progress of the lawsuit in updates on this page, and on the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association Facebook page.
[The following text describes what this Go Fund Me campaign is all about. While we are no longer accepting donations, we will continue to offer updates on the progress of the lawsuit and other new developments that may impact the lawsuit. For the latest updates on all Owls Head developments, go to "Save Little Harbour/Owls Head from Corrupt Backroom Deals " on Facebook.
And prevent more secret losses of our land to private developers!!
When Sydnee McKay saw this CBC article: N.S. won't protect land with 'globally rare' ecosystem that company eyes for golf resort , she was upset. Sydnee recognized the land in question; her family has lived in Little Harbour for generations. Immediately, she set up a Facebook group: “Save Little Harbour/Owls Head Nova Scotia from Becoming a Golf Course.”
To say her concerns were shared by many is an understatement.
To date the group has 2,500 people and it is still growing. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society reports that more than 1,500 people have sent letters to the government asking government to save the park*.
YOU CAN HELP SAVE THIS AREA. $15,000 is needed to stop the sale.
Going to court is the only short-run solution that can stop the government from going through with its plans. So the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association and wildlife biologist Bob Bancroft are bringing a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to find that the province acted unfairly when it secretly delisted Owls Head Provincial Park.
We do not have time to wait. Lands and Forest Minister Iain Rankin has already signed a Letter of Offer, and he refuses to reveal the contents to the public. He could sign off on the sale at any time. And this land, Owls Head, is one of many other pieces of Crown land that could be delisted as protected parkland and sold to private developers for all sorts of purposes. Secretly.
Your help is needed! The private developer claims to want to build three golf courses. But our concern is not simply for his plans for our land. The Nova Scotia government secretly made this decision almost a year ago. The land contains a globally rare coastal habitat ecosystem home to several species of conservation concern. But most important, we need to show the government it cannot act without consideration for the people and the ecosystems that support us all.
Going to court isn’t free. We’ve lined up one of the province’s best environmental lawyers, Jamie Simpson. He’s the lead attorney right now for another lawsuit against the Department of Lands and Forests for failing to uphold the Endangered Species Act.
We need to raise $15,000 as quickly as possible to take this lawsuit through the courts. Every dollar you give sends a message to the government that we’re not going to put up with this secret decision-making about the fate of our public lands.
Thank you so much for your support. All funds will go to the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association to pay for this court case. Forest Watch's Treasurer, Patricia Egli is handling all funds. We’ll be posting regular updates on the progress of the lawsuit here.
P.S. For more news and background on the lawsuit, you can sign up for the Facebook group, Save Little Harbour/Owls Head from Corrupt Backroom Deals , or check out the Eastern Shore Cooperator newspaper’s Owls Head Resources Page
*The government likes to claim that Owls Head was never protected. But for the last 45 years, the land has been identified as a park or a protected reserve on many government documents.
- Robert Walsh
- Linda Mason
- geoff Aikens
- Anna Osburn