Twenty years ago (Nov 29, 2003)…

Colin Stewart leads discussions
on Nov 29, 2003

“A team of professionals from various agencies and organizations including HRM, DNR, CFIA, Parks Canada, Dalhousie University, and Nova Scotia Field Naturalists, had been assembled to assess risk and develop an approach to the remediation phase. The goal of remediation is to mitigate short term risks while protecting the ability to restore the park over the longer term.” – from HRM Council Report, Jan 13, 2004

On Nov 29, 2003, several Halifax Field Naturalists/Friends of Point Pleasant Park participated in a tour of Point Pleasant Park, followed by a discussion of ‘what to do now’ led by Colin Stewart at Park Maintenance facilities on Point Pleasant Drive.

Colin was a well known and liked naturalist/consultant/NGO leader especially appreciated for his abilities to bring different interests together to discuss and take action on controversial environmental issues.

Colin battled cancer and died on Mar 15, 2004, far too young in life. In the final sentence of a tribute to Colin,  Halifax Field Naturalist colleague Bob McDonald wrote “Even though severely weakened by his illness, Colin continued to work on what was to be his last major challenge: the remediation and restoration of hurricane Juan-devastated Point Pleasant Park”.

Colin’s work set the stage for the widely applauded Comprehensive Plan of 2008.

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