I am pleased and honoured to serve as counsel for the Lake Loon-Cherry Brook Community Development Association, and its efforts to preserve the Lake Loon Community Centre. For those unaware, the Community Centre has been at the center of this historical, African-Canadian community for the past several decades. The land is owned by the community; however, there is presently an ongoing conflict versus Halifax Regional Municipality over rightful ownership. All documents present would support the contention that the government does not own this parcel of land, and cannot order the forced demolition of this historic structure. Hopefully, HRM will ‘do the right thing,’ and relinquish its bid to expropriate the Community’s land.
Today, there was a great turnout for the protest rally — with dozens of members of the community showing up, and wielding protest signs. I was also pleased by the appearance of both television and print media. Onward ….