Members of the MLHS were happy to be given the opportunity to thank former MP John Duncan for his support as it attempted to save Baybrook for public use as a nature interpretive centre. Two MLHS members attended the official retirement party for Mr Duncan at Mt. Washington, Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Thanks to the efforts of Mr Duncan and his staff, the National Trust of Canada was informed about Comox Council’s decision to demolish the original home of Mack Laing and consequently researched its history. It issued a letter to the Town of Comox, Mayor and Council, stating their opinion that the house had heritage significance and asked that they reconsider their decision to demolish.
That letter was dated July 31, 2015. Baybrook was demolished six days later, on August 6, 2015. The National Trust letter has never been officially acknowledged. The letter may be read in full here: National Trust Letter, Baybrook House
By way of thanks, Mr Duncan was presented with an official Baybrook t-shirt, featuring the artwork of Brian Scott.