Friday, December 6, 2013

Surplus government of Canada properties.

The Dominion Coal Blocks, which are located east of Fernie, British Columbia. Parcel 73 covers 2,000 hectares of land, while Parcel 83 covers more than 18,000 hectares of land. Since the year 1905, the federal government has owned the Dominion Coal Blocks.The Fraser Institute is calling for the devolution and privatization of all federal properties in British Columbia, including the holdings of the CBC, Canada Mortgage and Housing, Canada Post, Agriculture Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Veterans Affairs and the National Parks.
The Dominion Coal Blocks near Fernie, British Columbia, owned by Natural Resources Canada.. 
Surplus Canada Post properties
4877 Argyle Street (and 4th)
Port Alberni, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.1370 ha.    1 Building.

Government of Canada Building
1323 5th Avenue (at Quebec)
Prince George, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.6550 ha.  1 Building

2 Laird Drive in Toronto, Ontario - a developer wants to build a 7-storey, 78 unit apartment building on the land. The Canada Post building was apparently worth $835,000 dollars.

The Notre-Dame-de-Grace Post Office in Montreal:
Notre- Dame- de- Grace Post Office in Montreal. Quebec.
Government of Canada Building
192 Stewart Street West
Vanderhoof, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.1204 ha.   1 Building

Government of Canada Building
62 Victoria Street West
Kensington, Prince Edward Island(Malpeque)
Disposal of the whole property.

Government of Canada Building
450 Main Street
Alberton, Prince Edward Island
Disposal of the whole property.

Government of Canada Building
120 Main Street
Guysborough, Nova Scotia
Disposal of the whole property.
Land Area: 0.1615 ha.    1 Building.

Government of Canada Building
15 Main Street
Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia
Land Area: 0.0697 ha.   1 Building

Government of Canada Building
1315 Union Street
Canso, Nova Scotia
Disposal of the whole property.
Land Area: 0.1070 ha.  1 Building

The Winnipeg Canada Post complex on Graham Avenue is a 12-storey office tower and mail processing

The Paul Martin Building in Windsor, Ontario.

The main post office in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A former Canada Post and Bank of Canada Building in Toronto was sold to financier E.P. Taylor and then to Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc:
The former Canada Post property at 10 Toronto Street, Toronto Ontario.

Canada Customs buildings and land

Customs House-Government of Canada Building
816 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.2558 ha.    1 Building.
Property Number 24426
870 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Land Area: 3.6420 ha. or 8 acres.

The Sir John Carling Building in Ottawa, Ontario.
Service Canada Buildings and Land
Sir Lionel Chevrier (Land)
111 Water Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
Land Area: 1.2493 ha. or 3 acres.

Pinetree Line sites-The Pinetree Line was a series of radar stations operated by NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defence Command.) Located in the the northern United States and in Canada,  most of the Pinetree Line stations in Canada were decommissioned. (Information from Wikipedia):
CFS Alsask SK
CFS Armstrong ON
CFS Baldy Hughes BC
CFS Barrington NS
CFB Beausejour MB
RCAF Beaverbrook NS
CFS Beaverlodge AB
Cape Makkovik Air Station NL
Cartwright Air Station NL
CFS Chibougamau QC-
CFS Cold Lake AB
CFB Comox BC
Cut Throat Island Air Station NL
CFS Edgar ON
Elliston RIdge Air Station NL
CFS Falconbridge ON - The military base was sold via an Order in Council-
Order in Council - October 23, 1986-The Surplus Crown Assets Act
    The former CFS Falconbridge. Authority for the Minister to sell 259 ha of land to General Leasholds Ltd.
Fox Harbour Air Station NL
CFS Foymount ON
Frobisher Bay AB
CFB Gander NL
Goose Air Force Base NL
CFS Gypsumville MB
CFS Hoberg BC
Hopedale Air Station NL
CFS Kamloops BC
CFS Mont Apica QC
CFS Moosonee ON
RCAF Station Pagwa ON
RCAF Parent QC
CFS Penhold AB - The Diefenbunker at Penhold was systematically demolished by the federal government after the Hell's Angels or Satan's Choice indicated that they wanted to buy the property.
The former Diefenbunker at CFS Penhold in Alberta.
RCAF Station Puntzi Mountain BC
CFS Ramore ON
CFS Resolution Island NU
Saglek Air Station NL
CFS Senneterre QC
CFS Sioux Lookout ON
Spotter Island Air Station NL
Saint Anthony Air Station NL
Redcliff Air Station NL
CFS St. Margaret's NB
RCAF St. Sylvestre QC
Stephenville NL
CFS Sydney NL
RCAF Tofino BC
CFS Yorkton SK
The Pinetree Line site that is currently "surplus" is located in Stephenville:
Property Number 00854
Main Street
Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

Land Area: 142.7660 ha.

Surplus Agriculture Canada Experimental Farms
The Delhi Research Farm in Norfolk County, Ontario.
In 2005, the federal government wanted to close four major experimental farms:
1.) The Dairy and Swine Research Centre in Kapuskasing, Ontario.
2.) The Atlantic Cool Crop Research Centre in St. John's NL.
3.) The Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
4.) The Crop and Livestock Research Centre in Nappan, Nova Scotia.

In the year 1988, 91 acres of land were annexed from the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, the Clyde/Merivale lands.
The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario.

A Privy Council Order-in-Council transferred Terry Hughes Park in Westminster, BC to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:
       1991-11-07-CMHC-Transfer to the CMHC the Title to 3.5 hectares of land situated in New Westminster,British Columbia, Terry Hughes Park, for residential development.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation holdings

Graham Spry Building, 250 Lanark Avenue in Westboro Ottawa.
Lordco Auto Parts bought a huge CBC warehouse in Burnaby, British Columbia. During the 1980's and 1990's, Unitel Communications rented the building:
     April 19, 1991-Order-in-Council
     Authority for the CBC to renew a lease to Unitel Communications-CBC Warehouse, 2555 Douglas Road, Burnaby, British Columbia.
 In 2002 the Crown corporation divested the Graham Spry Building at 250 Lanark Avenue in Westboro, Ottawa.
A former CBC building in Burnaby, BC, rented by Unitel during the 1980's and 1990's.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The B.C. government dissolved the Provincial Capital Commission.

The Art Deco building at 812 Wharf Street in Victoria features a ziggurat or a steeped tower.
The Provincial Capital Commission, a Crown corporation, owns many iconic properties in Victoria, British Columbia, including:
 The CPR Steamship Terminal,
 Crystal Garden,
Victoria's Inner Harbour,
The Belleville Ferry Terminal,
St. Ann's Academy
 The Wharf Street tourist centre.
Ship Point

 Architect Francis Rattenbury designed the Parliament Buildings in Victoria; the CPR Empress Hotel and the CPR Steamship Terminal.
Victoria's Inner Harbour.The Fairmont Empress Hotel, a former CPR hotel, can be seen in the background.

The CPR Steamship Terminal in Victoria, British Columbia.
B.C. NDP MLA Carole James said: "There's a concern you could see the commercialization of these heritage buildings or the selling off of these assets that belong to everyone."(From: MetroNews Canada-Luke Simcoe,November 21 2013.)

Post Offices are sold through a multinational real estate company, CB Richard Ellis. I saw the CB Richard Ellis high-rise office building in Newport Beach, California,which is across the street from a high-end shopping mall, Fashion Island.

In 1991, the BC government managed 379 provincial parks covering 5,364,000 hectares of land.(From a 1991 Environment Canada directory.)

The City of Ottawa designated the B.A. International Building a heritage property.

The Canadian Bank Note Company, 145 Richmond Road Ottawa.(Wikipedia).
In August of 2013, the Canadian Bank Note Company purchased the B.A. International Building:
The British American Bank Note Company Building, 975 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa.

1892-CPR Engine.
From: The Ottawa Public Library (A Carnegie Library), downtown.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Privatization benefits the rich, not ordinary citizens.

A February 1980 article in Macleans Magazine by Liberal Senator Eugene Forsey.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denationalized thousands of council flats in England, which were affordable housing units.Who profited from the "right-to-buy" program? The son of Margaret Thatcher's housing minister and his wife, who own 40 apartments.
Developers are selling former Crown property for millions of dollars. Kirstie Allsop and Phil Spencer frequently sell council apartments on their television program "Location,Location,Location."

 At one time, "The Universal Man" stood at the base of the CN Tower-- the statue is now relegated to a shopping centre parking lot:
"The Universal Man" by Gerald Gladstone, in Toronto Ontario.

Former CPR properties that are National Historic Sites of Canada.

New Brunswick
The McAdam Railway Station
Montebello-Manoir Papineau, home of Louis-Joseph Papineau.
Montreal- Windsor Station. In the year 2007, Canadian Pacific marketed Windsor Station.The classified ad is from the Globe and Mail newspaper:
Quebec City- The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel.
.Sainte-Genevieve-de-Berthier- The Berthier Railway Station.
Trois-Rivieres- The Canadian Pacific Forest Product Mill. (Demolished in 2002).
Toronto- The John Street Roundhouse, built in 1929.
Toronto - Union Station - Once owned by Canadian Pacific and Grand Trunk, now owned by the City of Toronto, which is ruining the building.
Canadian Pacific Railway Station- sold to the Province of Manitoba.
British Columbia
Banff National Park- The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kelowna- The Myra Canyon Section of the Kettle Valley Railway. The Kettle Valley railroad bed is now part of the Trans Canada Trail.
Victoria- The Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The war against Canada's architectural history.

The following laws are responsible for the scorched earth policy that resulted in the destruction of many symbols of Canada's railway,military, industrial, broadcasting and maritime history:

Federal Laws
The Canada Post Corporation Act
The Museums Act
The Surplus Crown Assets Act
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act - The loophole: Section 3.4: "This Act applies to lighthouses that are the property of Her Majesty in right of Canada."
The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act - The loophole: Only designated heritage railway stations that are still owned by a railway company under federal jurisdiction are subject to the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.

The Royal Canadian Mint Act (1985) - The Mint has the power to "do all things" (melt down, I presume) to medals, commemorative plaques and tokens made of gold, silver and platinum. Every federal government building in this country featured Canada's Coat of Arms, which contained gold, silver and platinum. Thousands of Coats of Arms were stripped from Dominion Buildings when they were privatized during the 1980's and 1990's. The Air Canada Centre in Toronto was a federal building,Canada Post Headquarters.

The Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street in Toronto, was a Canada Post heritage building.
The Broadcasting Act-The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sold the Jarvis Street Headquarters in Toronto, the former Havergal Ladies College, to the National Ballet School of Canada and to developers.
The National Capital Act (1985) applies to National Capital Commission properties in Ottawa.

Federal heritage laws supersede provincial and municipal heritage laws.
The Ontario Realty Corporation owned, or still owns, the Bowmanville Prison of War Camp, Toronto's Don Jail, Guelph Reformatory, the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.

Individuals who fought to save Canadian landmarks in the past; and people who are currently trying to save historic buildings.
 A Mayor of Toronto John Sewell.
A Federal Minister of Agriculture Bud Olson.
A Federal Minister of Agriculture Eugene Whelan-The Hon. Bud Olson and the Hon.Eugene Whelan
prevented the sale of the Experimental Farm in Ottawa to developers.
Kingston,Ontario City Councillor Bill Glover is trying to prevent the destruction of Kingston Penitentiary.
Writer Andy Russell, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Agriculture Minister Bud Olson at the Lethbridge, Alberta airport.(1972)
Organizations that are preserving Canadian National Historic Sites and Monuments and heritage buildings:
The Heritage Canada Foundation.
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Save the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse - Nova Scotia.
Friends of Windsor Station - Montreal.
Friends of the Farm Ottawa and Friends of the Experimental Farm Ottawa.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society saved the Georgia Cannery in Steveston village, Richmond, British Columbia.  The Cannery Row in Monterey, California is immortalized in a John Steinbeck novel; a 1982 movie starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger, and a Bob Dylan song ---"Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands".

Save the Toronto Railway Museum! John Street Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd.,Toronto, Ontario.
The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Save Postal Station K - Toronto, Ontario. See the Globe and Mail article "A new uprising at Montgomery's Tavern."

Save the Notre-Dame-de-Grace and Snowdon post offices - Montreal.

Historic properties that should be preserved:
The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.-Photographs of my father  in front of the Lansdowne Barracks and Aberdeen Pavilion during World War 11:

Train Stations

Railway Hotels

Grain Elevators


National Historic Sites

The Cold War Diefenbunkers

Government of Canada Buildings-When a federal building is transferred to a Crown corporation, the building loses all heritage designation and protection. The de Havilland Aircraft Building at CFB Downsview in Toronto,Ontario was a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. Downsview Park is a Crown corporation.
The Prison for Women in Kingston was a Classified Federal Heritage Building when it was owned by Corrections Canada.
The Canadian Bank Note Company Building, 145 Richmond Road, Westboro Village Ottawa.

The Quadrant in London, England-The Dominion Public Building in Toronto is similar in design to buildings in The Quadrant, Regent Street, London England.( Wikipedia).

The Dominion Public Building, 1 Front Street West Toronto.The building apparently is worth $74,153,000.

"The Score" was filmed in the Montreal Customs House:

The Montreal Customs House,105 McGill Street - Montreal, Quebec.

Forestry Canada fire lookout towers-The CBC television program "The Forest Rangers" was filmed in Kleinburg, Ontario from 1963 until 1965.

Dominion Observatory Ottawa.
Dominion Observatories-During the 1990's the federal government planned to bulldoze Ottawa's Dominion Observatory,, because of budget cuts. The Gonzales Observatory in Victoria, British Columbia was sold to the Capital Regional District in Victoria, B.C.
Gonzales Observatory, Victoria.

Armouries- The Windsor Ontario Armoury was sold to the University of Windsor. A condo developer bought Wallis House in Ottawa, which was built in 1873.
 The Bessborough Armoury and Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver are Recognized Federal Heritage Buildings.
Banks-The Bank of Nova Scotia at 125 Sparks Street Ottawa is a Classified Federal Heritage Building.

Clock Towers- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Former railway properties

The following properties were owned by the CPR:
Montreal, Quebec
Adirondack Subdivision
Angus Shops
Dorval Station Grounds
Drummond and Laugauchetiere Street - Land and Buildings.
Hochelaga Yard
Jean-Talon Train Station - was sold to the City of Montreal in 1984.
Le Chateau Champlain Hotel
Mile End Yard (Village of Cote St. Louis).
Papineau Yard
Place Viger
Place du Canada and the IBM-Marathon Tower were built on CPR land.
Pointe Claire - Pt. Valois Station.
St. Denis Yard
Wentworth Golf Course - Ville St. Pierre and City of Lachine -
The former Jean-Talon CPR train station in Montreal, Gare Jean-Talon.(Wikipedia photo)
Toronto, Ontario- The Dufferin Mall, a shopping centre, was constructed on CPR land.
 Land North of King Street East and Dufferin Street and south of Queen Street, Mile 1.83 Galt Subdivision.
Bathurst North of Lakeshore.
Cherry Street Yard, fronting Mill Street.
Fez City Yards, Bathurst.
Fronting Yonge Street and Shaftesbury Avenue with Land and Buildings.
Front and Beachell Streets.
Fronting on Front Street and Spadina Avenue.
Mile 4.03 - North Toronto, Shaw Street.
North Toronto Subdivision, fronting Birch Avenue.
Parkdale Yards, fronting King Street.
A parcel of land of irregular feature fronting Marlborough Avenue and Yonge Street - Summerhill Station - Marathon planned to bulldoze the train station and build 700 houses on the site,but they faced bitter opposition from the community. The saga is documented in the 1971 book "Marlborough Marathon - One Street Against a Developer" by Canadian historian J.L Granatstein.
Royal York Hotel.
Union Station - Marathon wanted to knock down Union Station to facilitate the construction of a development called "Metro City." The City of Toronto eventually bought the landmark, and the City is now selectively demolishing the building.
Roy Thomson Hall was built on CPR reversionary land.
West Toronto Yard - Keele and West Toronto.

Staines, Ontario - Scarborough - Fronting Finch Avenue.
Scarborough - Warden Avenue.
Etobicoke - North Queen Street.

Calgary, Alberta - (Telecommunications Building Site) - A parcel of land at the South East corner of 2nd Street S.E. and 9th Avenue S.E. Acreage - 0.69. Book Value - $1 Dollar.
The Husky Tower is a 600 foot observation tower and revolving restaurant, built in 1968.
Palliser Hotel.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Coal Harbour
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
The Hotel Vancouver in British Columbia. (Wikipedia photo)

Victoria, British Columbia
CPR Steamship Terminal-The Royal London Wax Museum was forced to move a few years ago.
Crystal Garden
Empress Hotel.

Quebec City, Quebec
Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel - The terrace level (basement) is being deconstructed to build a new banquet hall.
Fronting Haldimand Street and Mont Carmel Street. Land - $44, 593.  Building - U.C.C. - $68,571.
Gare du Palais (Palace Station) - is similar in design to the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel.
Gare du Palais in Quebec City, Quebec.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-The Royal Alexandra Hotel is gone, and the CPR station was sold to the Manitoba provincial government.

Lethbridge, Alberta - The Lethbridge Community Health Centre is located in the former train station, 801 1st. Avenue South. Two of my brothers worked for the CPR in Lethbridge in the early 1970's.

Edmonton, Alberta- Strathcona Station. Decommissioned in 1980.

More Ontario properties that Marathon acquired during the years 1966 and 1967.
Belleville - Mile 112.6 - Between Division and Ontario.
Belleville Station.
Bowmanville - Liberty Street.
Brockville - South side of Louis Street, Land and Buildings. Concession Road.
Carelton Place - Highway 29.
Chatham - Prince Street; Adelaide and King; Centre and Park.
Cobourg - Mile 136.5 and Mile 136.6 Fronting Old Lakeshore Road.
Durham - Lambton Street.
Guelph - Fronting on Speedvale Avenue.
Kingston - Mile 102, Fronting Patrick Street.
London - Talbot and Oxford; Spanner Street; Waterloo and Kenneth.
North Bay - Timmins Street.
Ottawa - Mile 84.6 - Fronting St. Laurent Boulevard.
Parry Sound - Armstrong Street.
Perth - Harvey Street.
Port Hope - Mile 141.3 - King Street.
Smiths Falls - Land fronting William and Victoria.
Sudbury - Lorne, Elm and Brady.
Whitby - Station Grounds.

Lands - Canadian Niagara Falls.

During the mid-1970's I studied journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.
 The Calgary Albertan newspaper printed MRC's weekly journal. My classmates and I visited the Albertan printing plant, a building located on CPR land. Marathon Realty Assistant General Manager Rod Sykes raised the rent on the printing plant, from $900 dollars a year to $20,000 dollars a year. Rod Sykes later became mayor of Calgary. (From:"Canadian Pacific-A Portrait of Power" by Susan Goldenberg, page 14.)

Duff Roblin planned to redevelop a CPR property in downtown Ottawa, Ontario that was eventually sold to the Westin Hotel corporation. ("Canadian Pacific-A Portrait of Power" Page 134.)

More CPR properties that Marathon Realty in 1966:
Calgary - Laggan Subdivision - Section 15 and 5 and a half, and NW Section 16, Twp. 24, Rge. 1, W 5th M. - 39.42 acres. $1 dollar.
Olds - Mile 56.3 Red Deer Subdivision - 13.58 acres, $1,127 dollars and 10 cents.
Didsbury - Mile 48.4, Red Deer Subdivision - 12.98 acres. $1,190 dollars and 20 cents.
Carstairs - Mile 39.4, Red Deer Subdivision - 9.73 acres. $700 dollars and 92 cents.
Calgary (Turner Siding) Mile 5.0, Macleod Subdivision - NE Section 21, Twp. 23, Rge. 1, W 5th M. 7.19 acres. $388 dollars and 26 cents.
Innisfail - Mile 75.25, Red Deer Subdivision - 2.80 acres. $219 dollars and 24 cents.
Crossfield - Mile 28.9 Red Deer Subdivision - 8.9 acres, $689 dollars and 87 cents.
Cochrane - Mile 22.86, Laggan Subdivision  27.73, $11 dollars and 45 cents.
Canmore - Mile 673, Laggan Subdivision  49.14 acres, $1 dollar.

Toronto, Ontario - A parcel of land of irregular figure, City of Toronto, County of York, fronting on Millard and Parliament Streets. $1,940 dollars.
Toronto - Galt Subdivision - City of Toronto, County of York, fronting on Cariboo and Osler Avenue - $2,028 dollars. The Ontario provincial government's Go Transit operates on Galt Subdivision railway tracks.
Sudbury - Mileage 78.12 - Cartier Subdivision - $99 dollars.
London - Mileage 0.04 - Windsor Subdivision - A parcel of land of irregular feature, City of London, County of Middlesex, fronting on Richmond and Pall Mall Streets - Book Value - $175 dollars.
Windsor - City of Windsor, County of Essex, fronting on Tecumseh Road. $3,351.00

Montreal - Lot 4720, Parish of Montreal, Westmount Subdivision - Property Section L63B - $4,575 dollars.
Montreal West - Mileage 0.1 Winchester Subdivision $13,924 dollars.
Sherbrooke - $38.00.
Sherbrooke - $47.00
Iberville - Adirondack Subdivision - $171.00.
Magog - A parcel of land of irregular feature, forming Pt. Lot 1678, Town of Magog, fronting St. Patrick and Millette Streets.$28 dollars.
Magog - Town of Magog, fronting on Main Street. $25.00 dollars.