Younger Introduces Bill To Protect Shubenacadie Canal Lands
May 1, 2010
(Halifax, NS) On Friday, April 30th, Liberal MLA for Dartmouth East Andrew Younger introduced legislation in the House of Assembly that will ensure the preservation of archeologically significant lands in and around the Shubenacadie Canal.
The bill will amend “The Special Places Act” to include the designation of the Lake Loon area as an important archeological site.
“The Shubenacadie Canal is one of our province’s historic treasures and a unique environmental asset,” says Younger, a staunch advocate for both the project and the Shubenacadie Canal Commission. “We must do all we can to protect the site and bring the waterway back to life.”
Younger points out that the lands near Lake Loon are of note because of the work done there by the original canal builders.
“It was their way to ensure enough water flow for Lock 3 and for the Portobello Plane - a central element of the heritage waterway.”
Younger, who is also the Liberal environment critic, is hopeful that the NDP government will call his bill for debate in this legislative session.
“The NDP have spent over $75 million dollars to protect land across our province - by moving my bill forward, we can preserve more land without a cost to the taxpayer.”