Environment Media release

PSA: Save Owls Head rally, February 20, Halifax


Time: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Date: February 20, 2020

Location: Grand Parade (1770 Barrington St., Halifax) and Province House (1726 Hollis St., Halifax)

Route: The group will gather at the Grand Parade in downtown Halifax before marching to Province House (the Nova Scotia Legislature), where the guest speakers will address the crowd.


Members of the Facebook Group Save Little Harbour/Owls Head From Corrupt Backroom Deal will be holding a rally to save Owls Head Provincial Park on February 20 2020 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm starting at Grand Parade and then marching to Province House to hear from speakers.

“We are holding this rally because we want the government to reverse its secret decision to sell Owls Head Provincial Park to a private developer to turn into golf courses,” said Little Harbour-born Sydnee McKay, the founder of the Facebook group, which has grown to more than 3,000 members since she started it on December 19, 2019. “Nova Scotia governments have been telling us for the last 45 years that Owls Head Provincial Park was slated for permanent protection. All we want is for the present government to honour this commitment.”

Additional Background on the group may be found in the previous press releases on the web site: SaveOwlsHead.org
Purpose of the Save Owls Head grassroots movement
Quotes from leadership of the Save Owls Head movement


12 :30 Gather & Prepare, March:

  • Gather at the Grand Parade
  • Distribute signs, posters, and postcards
  • Chris Trider: Call to march on the House of Assembly.
  • March down Prince to Hollis to the entry of Legislature
  • Sidewalk march with noise-makers and chants
  • Gather on the legislature grounds

12:45 – 1:00 Rally Call:

Brief introductory remarks Chris Trider followed by the land acknowledgment by Darlene Gilbert, Mi’kmaq Grassroots Grandmother

1:15 Speaker:

Tim Houston, Leader of the PC Party NS

1:30-1:50 Speaker:

Gary Burrill, Leader New Democratic Party

2:00-3:00 Speakers:

Pam Baker, Local resident, concerned citizen
Karen McKendry, Ecology Action Center
Thomas Trappenberg, Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia

3:00- 3:30 Return March:

Chants and march up Prince to Granville,
Gather along Granville and more chants.
Return to Grand Parade, network, and disperse.