I sure hope my son, Robert, doesn’t bulldoze me when I am old and decrepit.
Of course I am referring metaphorically to the houses built by Mack Laing that are scheduled for the bulldozer. I agree with the Town of Comox that the Shakeside house is beyond repair. However Baybrook House, where Alice Munro spent a winter, is in much better shape. An independent engineer in Courtenay did an inspection and agrees, the house is sound and needs upgrading for public use.
I, as well as many others, do not understand why Comox town council is so fixated on its destruction. Alice Munro, our only Nobel Prize winner for literature, wrote her short stories in that house. She must have been inspired by Brooklyn Creek that meanders into Comox Bay, with distant views of Comox Glacier, Mount Arrowsmith, and Denman and Hornby Islands. This time of year the park is alive with wild flowers and nesting birds. To lose this piece of history would be a tragedy.