Update 21 - The Icing on the Fallbrook Heritage Cake, August 21, 2009
We are very pleased to be
communicating with our staunch supporters after a rainy summer. Joan
Kadoke, Jim Kirkwood and Graeme. Erin and Kris of Scottish Studies, U.of
Guelph have been working intensely on the oral history project with the
Ballinafad elders. It is going very well and will be available on the
electric scotland and scottish studies websites, and eventually in a
book being prepared by Joan Kadoke.
We have just learned that
the Halton Hills City Council has become impatient also and will have
their final vote on the Fallbrook Heritage Site, September 21,
2009 at Halton Hills City Council at 18.30. In our next update,
we will give you more specific details on how to come to the meeting or
contact Mayor Richard Bonnette and members of council to support our
campaign to restore the Fallbrook complex(mill millrace, McClure-McKay
Home, native site and bridge). A very sympathetic and articulate source
close to council has informed us just recently that Council is leaning
strongly to designating the complex which would be a complete U-turn. We
will identify him with appropriate thanks after the meeting. It is time
to mobilise our energies and supporters as we slowly move to victory. A
victory that will be dedicated to the elders of Ballinafad, whether
native iroquois, scot crofters or present day farm descendants.
Today, we present you the
icing which originated once again with the report prepared by Tom
Murison. The Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Minister of
Culture, who own Scotsdale, have supported us from the beginning and
whom we have have consulted regularly over the last year, requested that
a heritage study be done on the Fallbrook Bridge. Halton Hills wished to
see if it could be preserved or demolished. The final report is being
presented to you in exclusivity today on the Electric Scotland website.
It calls clearly for the preservation of the bridge as is and the whole
site. Go to the Electric Scotland site (Google Fallbrook Farm Heritage
We will be back to you
next week with an update on Tom Murison's current project, the
restoration of heritage buildings at the Railway Park, south of the C.N Tower.
Tom reasserts his commitment to the project. We await the approval of
the Credit Valley Authority.
Sandy McKay, Steering
Commitee, Friends of Fallbrooké
Heritage Evaluation Report, Halton Hills Culvert #54c (.pdf file)