Peter Banting needs your help to preserve the Canadian birthplace and childhood home of his late relative Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin. (Sir Frederick is pictured left, in World War One army uniform, and below.)
Sir Frederick's proud nephew, Edward Banting, was the last member of the family to live on the farm in Canada where his famous uncle was born, and left it to the Ontario Heritage Society (OHS) before his death in 1999 - on the understanding that it was to be developed into a camp for children with diabetes and a museum dedicated to his uncle.
However, in 2006 the OHS sold the land and its contents to property developers who intend to erect housing on the site.
Backed by Diabetes UK Chief Executive Douglas Smallwood, we are urging supporters to get behind Peter Banting's campaign to have an order put on the site, which under the heritage act would prevent commercial development of the land.
The Banting Family homestead
If you would like to support Peter Banting’s campaign, please write to the Ontario Conservation Review Board, c/o Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation, 2 John Ave., Alliston, Ontario L9R 1J8, Canada, or firstname.lastname@example.org.