FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS!
I KNOW THAT YOU ALL HATE LENGTHY MESSAGES BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE IF YOU COULD JUST STOP FOR A MINUTE AND READ THIS! IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME! PLEASE!
I know that many of you (almost all of you) don’t even live in Trenton, Ontario, nor might you even know where it is, but i’m still going to reach out to as many people as I can and tumblr seems like a good place.
So now I am on to tell you about a man named Frank Meyers and why he needs your help.
Frank Meyers farm has been in his family for generations, and what I mean by that is basically since the land was given to his ancestors by the Crown in 1798.
“For six years now, Frank Meyers has been doing his best to ignore the elephant on his farm. Ask him about it—the fact that the federal government wants to kick him off his beloved land in order to build a new headquarters for the military’s elite special forces squad—and the 84-year-old brushes it all aside, like the dirt on his pants. Meyers, a dairy farmer for seven decades, is dealing with his …bad luck the only way he knows how: with pride, toughness and a bit of humour. “What are they going to do?” he asks. “Bring a task force in to take me out? They might have to.”For Maclean’s readers, the Meyers legacy has become a familiar one. The direct descendant of a loyalist war hero, Frank Meyers farms the very same plot of land that King George III bestowed on his famous forefather as gratitude for his legendary service during the American Revolution. Now, more than two centuries later, the Canadian government wants it back—ironically enough, to build a new headquarters for Joint Task Force 2, the army’s top-secret commando unit. Since 2007, the public works department has been buying up hundreds of acres directly north of CFB Trenton, the country’s largest and busiest air force base. But Meyers insisted, over and over, that he would never part with his portion, approximately 220 acres. In February, the inevitable happened: Ottawa filed a notice of expropriation. ”
This petition needs 750 more signatures so even if you don’t live in the area this could really make a difference if you sign it. With that much history in one place, you could even argue it is part of this towns heritage (considering his crops have been feeding families in the area for quite some time). To see a man ripped from his lively hood would be awful and I think it would be a shame people wouldn’t be doing much to stop it from being taken away.
Here is a video with an interview of Frank Meyers.
Here is a lengthier story than my explanation:
Here is the petition below:
This is someone who may lose their land (land old enough that it could be considered heritage land based on such a lengthy history of one family) Yet it may be expropriated and right now this petition may be the only thing that could help.
(Sorry for the long message friends… but this is honestly one of the saddest things that has gone on in my town… and I for one don’t want to see something like this go through.)
If you could please sign the petition or even reblog it or link it on twitter or facebook to get the word out you would be making a difference. (And believe me I wouldn’t ask this if I didn’t think it important)