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Zak Metcalfe on Purcells Cove’s elegance

I think we have another Backlands fan: “I never lived in a city before Halifax, needing always to be within walking distance of the wild and that’s something urban life simply couldn’t offer, not like the Confederation Trail in rural … Continue reading

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Jan 18, 2017: The Halifax Greenbelt: a panel event

Are you wondering what the Halifax Green Network Plan is? Are you wondering how a Greenbelt could lower your taxes and boost the economy? Or maybe you’re wondering which parks and corridors would be included in the Greenbelt? Join us … Continue reading

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Glorious Days of October in the Backlands

A few photos from today in the Williams Lake backlands. The recent rains have partially recharged the wetlands, but the water level in Williams Lake was still very low. Photos by JackPine. Click on photos for larger versions. Jack Pine … Continue reading

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Saturday Oct 15: NOCTURNE, Wild at Heart

Susan Tooke has done it again! Her video animation “3B: Backlands, Badlands, Burbs”, projected on the Halifax Central Library, was a hit at last year’s outdoor art festival. This year, she teams up with Lukas Pearse (projection) and Daniel O’Neill … Continue reading

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Message of thanks from NCC

On behalf of Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I want to thank you all for your support of the proposal to create an Urban Wilderness Park within the Williams-Colpitt Lake portion of the Backlands. Your letters, emails and presence at … Continue reading

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Urban Wilderness Park update

Hello everyone, Council’s recent endorsement of the Shaw Group Ltd. / Nature Conservancy of Canada proposal in the Backlands certainly is great news! On September 20, Councillors voted 14-1 to accept the Halifax staff recommendations to move forward with negotiations … Continue reading

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Halifax regional council moves ahead with proposed Purcells Cove park

Good News! See Metro News

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Shaw Group/Nature Conservancy of Canada Proposal: Supportive staff report goes to Regional Council

“It is recommended that Halifax Regional Council direct staff to: 1. Proceed with negotiations to acquire the lands (PID 00052407) and return to Regional Council for consideration of the key terms and conditions for the 379 acres that address the … Continue reading

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Williams Lake Backlands – Big decision by Regional Council on Sep. 20, 2016

Halifax council will be presenting a recommendation Sept 20 on whether to approve a proposal by the Nature Conservancy of Canada to acquire almost 400 acres of land in the Williams Lake backlands and set it aside indefinitely as a … Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 6th at 10AM at City Hall: BMBCL

Your help is needed to protect what could be the largest urban park in all of Canada. The long-promised but yet-to-be-delivered Blue Mountain Birch Cove Regional Park is under threat. It could be a mini-Keji for Halifax, but a terrible … Continue reading

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