Myrna McGregor found out when her six-year-old daughter came home from school and told her the kids were all saying ‘they’ were going to take their homes and put on airport there. They learned the truth on the news that night.
Bill Lishman (left) and Michael Robertson, The Pickering Fusilliers
Bill Lishman and Michael Robertson.
Bill Lishman built a model of the lunar-landing Eagle.
Brenda Davies went on to be one of the three women who occupied Ernie Carruthers’ house for the Last Stand. When she died, her airplane hat was displayed at her funeral.
The headlines could be from today…
Barns like this are a vanishing part of the Ontario landscape. They are also heritage structures worthy of protection.
In 1972, at the time
of expropriation, the 126 working farms on this land produced annually: 4 million gallons of milk 200,000 eggs 45,000 bushels of wheat 30,000 chickens 375,000 pounds of pork over a million pounds of beef
So has protest!Elder Barclay and
his son Eli were pioneers, farmers and rebels in 1837, in the so-called Famers‟ Revolt. In 1972, and again in 1995 and 2005 Barclay descendants fought to save their ancestral homes from demolition.
The penalty in 1837 In
early Ontario protest was often synonymous with treason: the penalty was death. Peter Matthews, settler of Brougham,was hanged beside Samuel Lount and the family lands were takenaway “in perpetuity”. Brougham was known as „Radical Corners‟.
Melody Manor in 1972A century
later Ever Green Villa had a new name, Melody Manor. It was still a lovely home outside the thriving rural community of Brougham. As the oldtimers used to say, ‘God was in his heaven and all was right with the world…’
Michael Robertson hears bulldozers and
rides his horse to a house that is being demolished. He knows the airport’s been stopped. He climbs to the secondstory window and prays, as they continue to batter the house beneath him.
But it really is over.
The bulldozers stop.The house is lost, but the battle is won. And the celebration begins!
“We have a magnificent public
asset. As learned manytimes over, however, such a resource can be squandered easily: and once lost, it is gone forever.” Lorne Almack from the Green Door Alliance Federal Lands Prospectus
“We have to move beyond
just being against an airport in North Pickering and start pursuing the idea of a Land Trust.” Ajax-Pickering MP Mark Holland