Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Preserving The Lands Around The Shubenacadie Canal

On Friday I introduced a bill in the legislature ensure the preservation of archeologically significant lands around the Shubenacadie Canal near Lake Loon.

The bill has a lengthy convoluted title which I won't even begin to try and repeat here. The name of the bill is almost longer than the bill itself.

The bill would give special protection to a tiny piece of provincially owned land which is the site of work done by the original canal builders. People drive by Lake Loon all the time without recognizing that the original canal builders in the 1800s saw this lake as a way to ensure Lock 3 would never run dry. The piece of land in particular is home to the remaining archeological remnants of a water control system that were a central element of the heritage waterway.

While it is unusual for opposition bills to be called for a vote, I have some hope the government will let this particular legislation move forward.

There is no cost involved in this bill as the provincial government owns the land already.

As well, since the government was unable to provide funding for the commission's capital plan this year this bill will help the commission still show some momentum.

There are many hardworking volunteers with the canal commission, and members of the public, who have become active in calling for this bill to move forward so the site can be properly protected and recognized.

Protecting archeologically important sites is important. My hope is this bill plays a small part in helping recognize one of Nova Scotia's many important heritage sites.