Who was Hamilton Mack Laing
Hamilton Mack Laing was an important Canadian naturalist, photographer and writer. He moved to Comox in 1922, cleared his land and built his home from a “Stanhope” Aladdin Ready-Cut kit. In 1927, he married Ethel Hart of Portland and they established a successful and commercial orchard which included walnut, pecan, filbert, hazelnut, apple and plum trees. They also grew mushrooms and vegetables. After his wife, Ethel, died in 1944, he sold his original home, Baybrook, and built a new home, Shakesides, on the adjoining lot. He bequeathed the waterfront property to the Town of Comox and it became Mack Laing Nature Park — excerpted from content on the Mack Laing Heritage Society‘s website.
A small charitable society has restored a heritage home and property with the help of local government into a self-sustaining and job-creating destination for people from all over the world. It’s a possible model for Mack Laing’s property and home
Heritage BC warns Attorney General David Eby that allowing Town of Comox to alter terms of Mack Laing trust sets a dangerous precedent for heritage conservation
The BC Association of Heritage Professionals warns provincial cabinet ministers of the serious precedent that could be set by varying Mack Laing’s trust agreement with the Town of Comox to preserve Shakesides
In West Vancouver, BC attorney general sues a municipality for breach of trust. In the Town of Comox, the attorney general defends breaching Mack Laing’s trust. Is the agency’s perspective changing?
Comox legendary naturalist Hamilton Mack Laing’s account of his motorcycle ride from New York to the San Francisco World Exhibition of 1915 is now available in a new edition of his memoir
In a surprising new development, the BC Attorney General has requested a delay in the Supreme Court trial that will determine the fate of Shakesides, the heritage home of Comox pioneer Hamilton Mack Laing
Now that Chief Nicole Rempel has made it clear the Town of Comox failed to properly consult the K’omoks First Nations about plans to demolish Mack Laing’s heritage home, a serious question arises: With whom did town staff and council members consult?
Comox Town Council voted 5-2 this week to continue designing a viewing platform to replace naturalist Mack Laing’s heritage home, rejecting any other proposals for the property, as it prepares to head back to the BC Supreme Court.
The Town of Comox’s self-imposed period of reconsideration about the future of Mack Laing Park has created division not unity, and a growing rift on the issue among town councillors.
Mack Laing Heritage Society archive photo By George Le Masurier he Mack Laing Heritage Society this morning issued an open letter to the Town of Comox mayor and council. Here is their letter: We, the Mack Laing...
Comox Mayor Russ Arnott casts lone vote against out of court conversations to settle dispute over the Mack Laing Trust. But the town must apologize for its historic wrongdoing.
Business plan to restore Mack Laing’s heritage home unveiled, but mayor’s backtracking on a hand-shake agreement to negotiate out-of-court likely means more legal bills for Comox taxpayers