Category Archives: Community

Passing of Backlands Advocate Alan Ruffman 28Dec2022

Alan Ruffman, a marine geologist well known to the environmental community in the Halifax area and a regular participant in public hearings related to the Backlands, passed away on Dec 28, 2022. Some extracts from A legacy of community activism: … Continue reading

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Seeing is believing! 8Nov2022

You have to see the uniqueness of the Backlands to believe that such a rare and rugged place exists in HRM. This aerial video of the Backlands is worth a million superlatives. The Drone Team is led by Antonio with … Continue reading

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In the Chebucto News: Rugged. Rich. Rare. Protect Purcell’s Cove Backlands 2Nov2022

An article by Cathy Vaughn in the latest (November) issue of the Chebucto News makes the case for protection of the Backlands very succinctly.  It begins: Rugged granite barrens, rich ecosystems, and rare glacially sculpted landscapes are tucked among Spryfield’s … Continue reading

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Wed Oct 26: Supreme Court Case & Implications for Planning and Nature Conservation!

From Our HRM Alliance “Join our hybrid public talk on Wednesday October 26, 2022 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM by one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, David Donnelly. Join us to learn about a landmark Supreme Court of Canada case … Continue reading

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October 11, 2022: Public Hearing on Phase 3 of the Regional Plan Review

RESCHEDULING NOTICE: The Public Hearing for the Regional Plan Review, Phase 3 originally on the agenda for Tuesday, September 27th has been RESCHEDULED to October 11, 2022 at 6pm, in Regional Council Chambers (City Hall) – 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax. … Continue reading

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Please share your thoughts about what’s special, what you value about the Backlands (by Sep 30, 2022)

The Backlands Coalition advocated for the protection of the area now named Shaw Wilderness Park and that advocacy was just the beginning. There is much more to protect in the Backlands, including wetlands, lakes and streams, a river, wilderness habitat … Continue reading

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Lover’s Lane to Turtle Bay: A path to Williams Lake 19May2022

From Kathleen Hall, Martha Leary and Murray Coolican: “We are writing about lands along the shore of Williams Lake known bureaucratically as PID 41342080. “We are stewards of the lake and it’s watershed and do our work through Williams Lake … Continue reading

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Request for zoning change, if granted, would seriously undermine ecological integrity and recreational potential of the Purcell’s Cove Backlands 4April2022

Original Post Apr 4, 2022 Modified Apr 19, 2022 Received from C.M. March 30, 2022: URGENT: Purcell’s Cove Backlands under threat of development Dear neighbours and friends of the Backlands, There is some very disturbing news to share with you … Continue reading

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The Halifax Regional Plan review: “Unprecedented population growth” puts the pressure on decision-makers 9Jan2022

Delving into the current Regional Plan review  can be challenging because of the voluminous materials and complex consultation and decision-making processes but how it all pans out  affects all of us; accordingly,  it behooves as many of us as possible … Continue reading

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May 11, 2021 – Halifax and West Community Council to consider the recent HRM staff report on the Church of Christ Lands

UPDATE May 11, 2021 9 pm: THE MOTION WAS PASSED View video of meeting Staff presentation begins at 1:38 (hr, min) Kathleen Hall, Karen Mckendry and Martha Leary made presentations at the end; go to 2:05 (hrs minutes) Tonight Halifax … Continue reading

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