The Mack Laing Heritage Society of the Comox Valley Newsletter
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MLHS Newsletter No. 3 - February 2017
MLHS Annual General Meeting and fundraising evening of fun, music, skits, sing-along and readings on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Little Red Church in Comox. Doors open at 6:30 pm

The evening will feature Comox Valley playwright and entertainer Judy Johnson. Harold Macy, Kelly Madden, and Ed Varney will share poetic experiences. Music will be provided by Joe Ziner & Friends, and the Fiddlejam fiddlers from Merville. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.
There will also be a silent auction. Refreshments and light snacks will be available.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the evening will begin with a very short AGM.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, or by donation and may be purchaded at Blue Heron Books in Comox, Bop City Records in Courtenay, Gatehouse Gallery in Cumberland and at the door.
Shakesides, February 5, 2017

The Town of Comox has applied to BC Supreme Court to break the Mack Laing Trust, so that they can demolish the house and erect a viewing platform. If they fail to get approval, they state that they will remit the trust money to the Attorney General of BC. The Trust account should now be worth almost $500.000. And what about Shakesides itself?

This issue involves more than just the money left in Trust. The trusteeship of the Town over the past 35 years is now in question.

The MLHS, through Freedom of Information requests, continues to discover new information about the Town's handling of the Trust and Shakesides house itself.

The next meeting of the MLHS will be Thursday,  March 2, 2017, at 3 pm - 4 pm in the upstairs meeting room of Quality Foods, Driftwood Mall, Courtenay.
Anyone is welcome to attend meetings, which occur monthly, on the first Thursday of every month.

The details of the Town's proposed application to BC Supreme Court, as presented and approved by Council on Februrary 1, 2017, may be read in pdf format on the MLHS website HERE . Ironically, this date was just 4 days before Mack Laing's birthday. He was born on February 5, 1883.

Decafnation's, George LeMasurier has been following this issue and made comments on his blog HERE

It has also emerged that the Comox Valley Naturalists, a group to which Mack Laing belonged, were in discussion with both Laing and the Town of Comox in the late 1970s and early 1980as - before he died - to create a shoreline nature house. In 2013, CVNS offered to create a nature house in Baybrook house, which the Town acquired in 2011. This house was built by Laing in 1923. However, despite a viable business plan and community and government support, the Town voted to demolish it and Shakesides in 2015. Baybrook was demolished on BC Day August 2015. Shakesides, as a trust property, was prevented from being demolished by the Attorney General of BC.

Heritage BC has offered assistance in restoring Shakesides and several local groups and many individuals have also pledged support and expertise. The plan need not cost Comox taxpayers anything. The Town, however, remains adamant that the house be demolished. Why?

Read up on the history of both Baybrook and Shakesides, and learn more about Mack Laing himself, on the MLHS website:
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