Province to Negotiate Purchase of Backmans Coveys Islands

first_imgNova Scotians could soon own two small islands, considered to be the jewels of Mahone Bay. Natural Resources Minister David Morse told members of the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association today, Nov. 10, that the province will negotiate with the owners of Backmans Island and Coveys Island to bring both properties under Crown ownership and protection. “Both locations would be a wonderful legacy for all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Morse. “Residents and tourists have come to appreciate the beauty and unique nature of Mahone Bay. Public ownership would ensure that the pristine qualities of the islands remain intact for generations to come. We hope to finalize purchase arrangements before March 31, 2007. When that’s complete, we look forward to working with members of the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association on future stewardship programs.” John Meisner, chair of the association’s acquisitions committee, says said the commitment by the province’s commitment demonstrates tremendous shows vision. “We are very pleased that our partnership with the Department of Natural Resources continues to develop in such a positive manner,” said Mr. Meisner. “It started with the acquisition of Andrews Island last year, which our members supported financially in a big way. The potential addition of Backmans and Coveys islands to public ownership would provide long-lasting value to Nova Scotians and visitors from around the world.” For more information on the Mahone Bay Islands Conservation Association, visit the website at www.mahoneislands.ns.ca .last_img read more

David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin launch tour linking ecology economics

TORONTO — Environmentalist David Suzuki and former bank economist Jeff Rubin have kicked off a cross-country speaking tour calling for a fusion of ecology with economics.The pair, authors of recently published books, appeared Sunday at the Word on the Street book festival in Toronto. They called for the environment to stop taking a back seat to economic concerns such as jobs and growth.Suzuki says economists and decision-makers in finance and politics should start thinking about ecological principles — concern for the rules that let species survive — and ensure their decisions incorporate environmental sustainability.Rubin, former chief economist for CIBC, argues that the first step is to realize endless growth is short-sighted, given the finite supply of easily accessible resources and the environmental toll of consumption and industry.The tour includes eight more talks in six provinces and ends Nov. 8 in Victoria.Jeff Rubin has also been critical of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, which proposes to take Alberta oil sands to Asia via the ecological sensitive regions of British Columbia. The economist believes Canada should stop exporting raw bitumen and build refinery capacity in Canada to export higher value-added petroleum products like gasoline and diesel.“The export of raw bitumen is simply not in Canada’s long-term economic interests,” Mr. Rubin said in a blog post on his website. “And regardless of the economics, the Great Bear is no place for oil pipelines, oil refineries, or oil tanker traffic. That’s why I’m supporting Coastal First Nations and WWF as they say ‘No’ to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and I will be supporting their efforts to secure a more sustainable future for the Great Bear region.”With files from Financial Post staff read more