Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

We are being treated like dirt.

A few years ago, I saw a photograph that I cannot erase from my mind; the image of Canadian citizens waiting outside a government building, in the rain, to apply for a passport.
Hundreds of people standing in the rain, for hours, outside the Sinclair Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 How mean-spirited, to force people, especially the sick and elderly, to wait for government services. Members of Parliament, Canada's influential families, political cronies and executives would NEVER stand in line for a passport, all they have to do is make a phone call.
The Trudeau government did not treat ordinary people like serfs, underlings.   
In 1979, I applied for a Canadian passport in Toronto, and I did not have to wait for hours outside a government building on Yonge Street. I waited inside the building, sitting on a comfortable chair in a carpeted room. I was always treated respectfully at Manpower offices, train stations, post offices...
Recently, the Government of Canada announced the closure of 100 Service Canada offices; and the Ontario government is closing Service Ontario terminals.
Federal Crown corporations are fixated on saving money, not on providing services to the general public.
The mandate of Via Rail is "to provide a safe and efficient passenger rail service in Canada." Yet Via Rail is reducing or cutting Sarnia, Kitchener, Stratford, Belleville and Maritime Canada routes.
The government of Canada cannot intervene, because Via Rail is an "arms-length" Crown corporation. Unfortunately, Via Rail is not "arms length" from the Canadian treasury, the Consolidated Revenue Fund. Since 2007, a billion dollars have been transferred from the CRF into the coffers of Via Rail.
We, the people of Canada, are the shareholders of Via Rail, Canada Post, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the national museums, the Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Mortgage Housing and Corporation, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, National Arts Centre, National Capital Commission...the list goes on. Without our money, these institutions would not exist.
We demand that our voices be heard:
Stop privatizing Crown corporations -the bargain-basement sale of the CNR, the People's Railway, was a major boondoggle, that benefited a few (Hunter Harrison and CNR shareholders including Bill Gates) at the expense of many. CNR and CPR rights-of-way are now owned or leased by fiber-optic, telecommunications, hydro and pipeline companies, including Bell Canada and Enbridge.
 Rein in the CBC, which is recklessly selling all the Crown assets - over 100,000 LP's and CD's; analogue transmitters, real estate, archival documents. Why do I never see vintage CBC television programs?
Stop giving bonuses to Canadian Pension Plan Board directors, when they lose billions of dollars on risky investments.

CFS Alert is a Canadian Weather Station and Signals Intelligence Base located at Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic.


My father George Shaw at CFS Alert in 1969.
Air Transport Command Hercules unloading fuel oil on a re-supply mission to Alert Base, NWT.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Above the Law - Crown corporations are not accountable to the people of Canada.

The Mulroney government created hundreds of laws, laws that turned Crown corporations into breeding grounds for corruption and abuse of power.
The Museums Act (1990) applies to the directors of Canada's national museums--they have the power to sell, exchange, give away, destroy or otherwise dispose of works of art and other museum material.
And real property can be sold to the highest bidder---Canada Post and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation privatized billions of dollars worth of Crown property, to the point that the CBC has been delisted from the Federal Directory of Real Property website.
The Canadian Museum of Nature, ironically, paved over green space to create parking lots. According to the newsletter "Green Space and Parking at the Canadian Museum of Nature"-Updated October 2012:
      "During the six years of renovations of the museum from 2004 to 2010, the museum reviewed and got approval from the City of Ottawa on appropriate changes-this included obtaining a building permit, even though we were not required to do so as a federal institution."
The National Capital Commission wants to see underground parking at the Museum of Nature...that will pave the way for---CONDOS.  A few years ago, the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa planned to sell property along St. Laurent Boulevard to a developer. Apparently that idea was scuttled, so the lighthouse, radar antenna, Convair Atlas Rocket, pump jack, Dominion Observatory telescope, windmill and CNR train will not be:
relocated
demolished
or sold to an American museum, the Crown Assets Distribution Centre, or an auction house.
Canada is the only G8 country without laws to protect heritage buildings. Once a building is transferred to a Crown corporation, the building loses all heritage protection. The Canada Lands Company owns Silo #5 at Pointe-du-Moulin in Montreal, a former Recognized Federal Heritage Building. Elevator #5 and another Canada Lands Company property, the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary, are featured in the Jason Statham/Joan Allen movie "Death Race."
Silo #5 in Pointe-du-Moulin, Montreal.
The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec.












The Department of National Defence is the biggest supplier of valuable properties to the Canada Lands Company. Camp Hughes in Manitoba was recently declared a National Historic Site, which is sometimes a kiss of death for a heritage site. The following properties were National Historic Sites of Canada, and they were either deconstructed, privatized or transferred to the Canada Lands Company:

The Toronto Island Airport Terminal Building National Historic Site of Canada - The Billy Bishop Airport was dismantled and transferred to the Canada Lands Company-owned Downsview Park.

The Kingston Penitentiary National Historic Site of Canada - includes the now-vacant Isabel McNeil House. The feds put a $17 million dollar price tag on this waterfront property. The Canada Lands Company owned the Prison for Women, across the street from KP.

The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul National Historic Site of Canada - is owned by the Canada Lands Company. More than 30 movies have been filmed at the prison, including "Death Race" and "Gothika" starring Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada - a residential project called "Les Bassins du Havre" is being constructed along the banks of the Lachine Canal.

The Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada - Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided that 1,000 lighthouses in Canada were "surplus", including Peggy's Cove.

Toronto Union Station National Historic Site of Canada - Via Rail owned the railway station at one time; the building is now owned by the City of Toronto, and parts of the landmark are being demolished.

Winnipeg Union Station National Historic Site of Canada - The train station was sold to a numbered company through a Privy Council Order-in-Council.

The Chateau Frontenac Hotel National Historic Site of Canada - The hotel in Quebec City is now owned by a multinational corporation, Fairmont Hotel's and Resorts.

In 1985, the Department of Veterans Affairs owned and operated 27 hospitals; the hospitals were either transferred to the provinces or to the Canada Lands Company. Seven hundred new residential units and one million square feet of office, commercial and institutional space will be constructed on the 22-acre National Defence Medical Centre property at Smyth Road and Alta Vista in Ottawa, Google the documents "Concept Plan - Faircrest Heights" (quick view) and  "Hospital Lands Area Plan - City of Ottawa 2008" :





The Canada Lands Company removed all traces of the Senneville Lodge in Quebec.

Senneville Lodge was bulldozed in 2008, notwithstanding the fact that the former veterans hospital was a federal heritage building. Condos and townhouses may be built on the 60-acre property, despite heavy opposition from Senneville townspeople.

    The George Derby Lands in Burnaby, British Columbia were also owned by Veteran's Affairs Canada.
 The Canada Lands Company acquired a 16.2 acre military property in Oakville, Ontario, and "CLC is proposing to create on the Rebecca Street site a new neighbourhood consisting of 66 detached homes, 59 townhomes and a central park, all fronting tree-lined streets." And the Crown corporation plans to preserve, if possible, five mature trees located on the site of the park. (Google: CLC Rebecca Street Planning Justification Report - Oakville - Page 15 and Page 17.)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Once the Canada Lands Company buys a federal property, the property becomes Non-Federal Owned.



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The privatization of Canadian public property.

The Canada Lands Company, a Crown corporation that plans to privatize all federal land and buildings(see "Let The Future Begin") would be unable to achieve its goal without the cooperation of the following entities and laws:

1. Parks Canada Agency - Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - once a National Historic Site or historic building is transferred to Canada Lands, the  train station, battlefield, museum, aircraft hangar, prison...loses all heritage designation and protection.  Our built heritage laws are deliberately weak to non-existent.
For 20 years, the de Havilland Aircraft Company Ltd. factory at Downsview in Toronto was a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. The Toronto Island Airport Terminal Building (Billy Bishop Airport) is being carefully dismantled and transferred to Downsview:

The Billy Bishop Airport will be rebuilt at the former CFB Downsview in Toronto.
The Clock Tower at the Old Port of Montreal and Silo #5 in Montreal were also designated buildings. Canada Lands Company plans to redevelop 26 acres of land at Cite du Havre in Montreal. In my opinion, Expo '67 should have been preserved (all of the pavilions, parks and the monorail) as a National Historic Site.
2. The Canadian Forces Housing Agency, or CFHA.
3. The Ontario Municipal Board.
4. Federal laws---" The Crown Corporations Dissolution or Transfer of Authority Act";"The Surplus Crown Assets Act"; "The Museums Act"; "The Broadcasting Act"; "The Canada Post Corporation Act"; "The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act";"The Canadian National Parks Act" ---
 Brewster Travel, the subsidiary of a Phoenix, Arizona company, is blasting a tourist attraction onto the face of a mountain in Jasper National Park. Brewster Travel and the Canada Lands Company occupy space in the former CNR train station in Jasper, Alberta:
The Glacier Discovery Walk at the Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park.
5.  National Capital Commission - 73.5 acres of land were severed from the Greenbelt to create "Deerfield Village" in Ottawa. The CN Tower is owned by the Canada Lands Company; the National Capital Commission gave the CN Tower 18,000 tulip bulbs for a "Communities in Bloom" project.
6. Municipal politicians in Ottawa, who want to see Tunney's Pasture, the Booth Street Complex, the Experimental Farm, CFB Rockcliffe and Canadian Food Inspection Agency lands owned by Agriculture Canada sold to developers and transportation companies--- for subdivisions and high-rise residential and commercial buildings; and a light-rail project; or streetcars.
Average Canadians rarely profit from the sale of publicly-owned land and infrastructure. Five hundred million Canadian tax dollars were spent, to build the SkyDome/Rogers Centre in Toronto; Rogers Communications bought the stadium for $25 million dollars. The CN Tower is "non-federal owned", so if the Finance Minister sells the world-famous landmark, not one dime will be deposited into the Consolidated Revenue Fund to lower the deficit. Canada Lands Company will pocket the money.
7. Corrections Canada - The Kingston Penitentiary was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990, because of:
      "...the sophistication of its plan, its size, its age and the number of its physical facilities of special architectural merit that survive from the 19th century." (From: Canada's Historic Places). But KP, or The Big House may be demolished, because the pen has apparently "outlived its usefulness", and waterfront land is more valuable (to condominium builders) than  limestone buildings constructed in 1834. The Crown corporation that disposes of  government buildings is called "The Canada Lands Company", not the "Canada Land and Buildings Company".
CLC plans to demolish a school at CFB Edmonton that is worth $1,603, 974 dollars; CLC believes that the Brigadier Gault School is worth nothing, nil---see:
     COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH OF ALBERTA
Citation: Canada Lands Company v. Alberta (Municipal Government Board)  2008   ABQB51.
8. The bureaucrat or politician who decreed that Crown corporations would operate at arms-length from government.
9. A former head of the Ontario Realty Corporation was a Canada Lands Company executive for several years--- federal properties may be transferred to provincial Crown corporations, and vice versa. The Ontario Realty Corporation sells very historic landmarks (the Bowmanville Prisoner-of-War Camp and the Guelph Reformatory). The ORC may sell the Rockwood Lunatic Asylum in Kingston to the Canada Lands Company or a developer:
The Rockwood Insane Asylum in Kingston, Ontario.