Category: News

Shakesides receives Historic Statement of Significance

Well known heritage consultants Elana Zysblat and John Atkin have recently completed an evaluation of the significance of Shakesides, the Comox residence of Hamilton Mack Laing. Elana and John are experienced heritage consultants, well-known in British Columbia for their engagement…

The power of words – and how they are used

Re: “Bias not a dirty word, says ex-councillor”, The CV Record, July 26, 2016. Let’s talk about words. As a former leader of the BC Liberals and Comox ex-councillor, you will be well aware of the power of words and…

Baybrook Memorial – August 6, 2016

Baybrook: 1923-2015 The plaque on the memorial cairn behind Shakesides in Mack Laing Nature Park quotes Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau and Mack Laing had much in common. Laing carved his Baybrook property from old growth forest, then in 1923, he…

MLHS thanks John Duncan

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…

Message received: Positive response

The MLHS had a display on Comox Ave during the first three days of the Filberg Festival and had wonderful conversations with a lot of people from the Comox Valley and elsewhere. The majority were aware of the Shakesides saga…

Shakesides windows returned to “neutral”

The Shakesides Windows Saga On February 6, 2016, MLHS members discovered that the plywood covering the front windows of Shakesides had been defaced with common graffiti. A member purchased a can of black spray paint  and covered up the offensive…

The story of Shakesides

Hamilton Mack Laing, a respected Canadian naturalist and writer, moved to Comox in 1922. When he died in 1982, he left property and cash to the Town of Comox. His home, Shakesides, built in 1949, was in fine condition, fully-furnished…

Clarity on the Shakesides issue

Over 30 years ago, Mack Laing bequeathed his waterfront home, Shakesides, as well as a generous amount of money, to the Town of Comox. The money was to be used for the upkeep of Shakesides and for its preservation as…

Make it right!

Make it right, mayor and council of Comox … On Wednesday, July 20, you are scheduled for the final vote on the fate of an historic house called Shakesides, donated to the Town of Comox in trust to be used as…