April 28, 2021
East Coast Environmental Law is seeking a motivated individual with strong legal research skills and an interest in environmental law to join our team as an Articled Clerk starting in June 2021.
East Coast Environmental Law is a regional environmental law charity based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that provides public-interest environmental law services throughout Atlantic Canada. East Coast Environmental Law is governed by a Board of Directors.
We envision a future in which innovative and effective environmental laws and the fair application of those laws provide Atlantic Canadians with a clean, healthy, and ecologically balanced environment that present and future generations can enjoy. We seek to achieve our mission to support the development and fair application of progressive environmental laws and legal orders throughout Atlantic Canada through public legal education, community collaboration, and legal action.
We support grassroots environmental advocacy and the work of environmental non-governmental organizations throughout Atlantic Canada by making environmental laws more accessible and easier to understand. We provide legal research and analysis to enhance environmental and climate policy work, and we work collaboratively with organizations, community groups, and governments throughout the region to foster progressive law reform. When necessary, we also take part in legal proceedings before the courts.
As an Articled Clerk, you will:
East Coast Environmental Law will strive to advance the interests of equity seeking groups to ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at East Coast Environmental Law and all employees are treated equitably. In accordance with the principle of substantive equality and in furtherance of efforts to remediate historical discrimination and disadvantage, East Coast Environmental Law may prioritize the hiring of applicants belonging to minority or underrepresented groups.
Please note that funding support for this position may require that applicants be no more than 30 years of age at the start date of the position.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]
Application materials may be addressed to Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director.
The application deadline is May 12, 2021.
April 1, 2021
Public litigants make the case that the Government of Nova Scotia should have consulted the public before removing Owls Head Park from the province’s Parks Program and entering into agreement to sell it to land developer
Today, Justice Christa Brothers of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia will hear arguments in a judicial review of the Minister of Lands and Forestry’s decisions to de-list Owls Head Provincial Park from the Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan and to enter into an agreement to sell the land to a private company, Lighthouse Links, for development into a golf resort.
The applicants, Robert Bancroft and the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association, have argued that the province should have consulted the public before de-listing Owls Head. The park, while not legally designated under legislation, had long been thought to be a park. Additionally, it has been managed by the Department as a park for many years under its Parks Program.
“For forty years the people of Nova Scotia have trusted successive governments which assured us that Owl's Head was protected as a Provincial Park. Governments must be required to tell the truth about public land, and to consult the public when such a major decision is contemplated”, says Barbara Markovits, a director of the Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association.
The outcome of the judicial review could have wide-ranging consequences for the public’s interest in having its parks and specially protected Crown lands, which are managed for the benefit of present and future generations, set aside in favour of private development.
Bob Bancroft pointed out the need for governments to act more in the public’s interest as a key issue. “The secrecy of this government in de-listing this park to offer it for private sale at a bargain price, and its cavalier attitude about transforming a biologically rare coastal site into golf courses that will pollute the ocean, shines a spotlight on elected officials who are not acting in the public interest”.
Ms. Markovits also pointed to the broader impact the decision might have for other protected Crown Land. “The secret decision to de-list Owl's Head from the Parks and Protected Areas plan was wrong. Of the more than 200 Provincial Parks in Nova Scotia, over 100 are not legally designated, like Owl's Head. If this decision stands, the government could sell them all tomorrow.”
The judicial review hearing will begin at 9:30 AM at the Law Courts in Halifax.
Barbara Markovits 902-845-2620
Bob Bancroft 902-386-2501
Jamie Simpson 902-817-1737
Mike Kofahl 902-494-7121