W E Anderson to Mr. Miyoshi Shikaze, 13 June 1944

W E Anderson to Mr. Miyoshi Shikaze, 13 June 1944

June 13, 1944.
Mr. Miyoshi Shikaze,
Registration No. 13653,
589 Jamison Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dear Sir:
We are in receipt of your letter of May 20, 1944.
Your remarks have been carefully read and we can appreciate that the disposal of your property will be a matter of personal concern. However, the sale of properties to the Director, The Veterans' Land Act was carried out as a part of a policy of liquidation outlined by Ottawa on the basis of appraised values.
Your letter has been placed upon our files so that your comments in regard to this sale will remain on record but we can only advise you that we are unable to consider any alternative in regard to this matter.
In reference to the revenue from the property, you will note from the second paragraph of the statement sent to you that the sale of your property became effective as from the 1st of January, 1943, therefore, all revenue accrued to the purchaser who assumed the operating charges since that date.
With reference to the property you have leased from Mrs. Buchan, while we acknowledge that in ordinary times one might be able to lease this property for a substantial figure, in view of the fact that there is a great shortage of farm labour, we feel that by relieving you of the responsibility to pay rent to Mrs. Buchanan by sub-leasing it at the same rate we have done all that is possible under the circumstances.
Yours truly, Farm Department.



W E Anderson to Mr. Miyoshi Shikaze, 13 June 1944


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