Thursday, August 30, 2012

Take the money and run....

Who is really profiting from the sale of government of Canada property? Money from the sale of Crown assets is rarely deposited into the national treasury, the Consolidated Revenue Fund---read the Canada Post Corporation Act, the Broadcasting Act, the Museums Act, the National Capital Act...
A few days ago, I drove by a Canada Post building near Campeau and Teron Drives in Kanata, and there is a FOR SALE sign planted in front of the building. Canada Post is a democratic national institution, an important service...not a corporation that has to sell property to meet the demands of its shareholders.
In 1992, the Canada Post property at 1470-1500 Rue Ottawa in Montreal, encompassed 300 acres:
From: The 1992 Federal Directory of Real Property at Library and Archives Canada.
By the year 2012, 1500 Rue Ottawa encompassed 23 acres. A massive condo development called "Les Bassins du Nouveau Havre" is being constructed right next to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada. You bear responsibility for this blunder--- Canada Post, the Canada Lands Company and Parks Canada: 
The Mandate of Parks Canada
On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present national significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage; and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations."
How can anyone appreciate and enjoy the Lachine Canal if they can't even see it? Except for the people who bought nearby condos.
 See YouTube videos of "Les Bassins du Nouveau Havre".
In 2008, thousands of people tried to save the Pointe-Saint-Charles Post Office in Montreal. Moya Greene, head of Canada Post, refused to even talk to community representatives. Moya Greene funneled CN Rail property to the Canada Lands Company; then she privatized Canada Post property, which usually ended up in the hands of the Canada Lands Company.  The Canada Post building in Pointe-Saint-Charles is now a community clinic.  

The Pointe-Saint-Charles Post Office in Montreal -sold.

"People Waiting" by Canadian sculptor John Hooper stood in front of the Saint John, New Brunswick Post Office for 30 years. Canada Post threatened to get rid of "People Waiting" until the City of Saint John gave them $15,000 dollars.  John Hooper, a native of New Brunswick, also created "Balancing" which can seen on the grounds of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa:

"People Waiting"

The Canada Post Corporation Act (1985) - Powers of the Corporation - Property
16. (2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the Corporation may acquire, hold, lease, sell or dispose of any real or personal property.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

the sale of Canadian embassies.

During the 1980's and 1990's, the Canadian government sold hundreds of Canadian embassies, through Privy Council Orders-in-Council:
  1. April 27, 1990 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale to the Republic of Korea of the former Canadian Chancery, a 5-storey building at 2450 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C.
  2. January 21. 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - sale by public auction of the consul general staff quarters at 104 Elizabeth Bay Road, Sydney, Australia.
  3. January 21, 1988 - Sale of the Embassy Staff quarters in Lima, Peru, 170 Calle 15, District of Carpac, Lima, Peru.
  4. March 31, 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale of a residential property (B-3387) in the Hague, Netherlands, formerly used as staff quarters by the Canadian Embassy.
  5. March 4, 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale of a surplus property, the Official Residence of the Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia at Jalan Imam Bonjol 5, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  6. April 20, 1988 - Surplus Crown Assets Act - Sale of a surplus residential property (B-2243) in Bonn, West Germany, formerly used by Canadian Embassy as Staff quarters.
  7. 1995 - 10083 - Brasilia, Brazil.
  8. 1995 - Bordeaux, France.
  9. 1995 - 10085 - Buenos Aires, Argentia.
  10. 1995 - 9546 - Munich, Germany.
  11. 1996 - 10085 - Santiago, Chile.
  12. 1997 - St. Michael, Barbados.
  13. 2000 - Disposal - Bonn, Germany.
  14. 2000 - Hong Kong
  15. January 13, 2003 - 36285 - Vienna, Austria. (The Order-in-Council books can be found at Library and Archives Canada).
In the year 2007, Strathmore House in Dublin, Ireland, Macdonald House in London, England and 15 other diplomatic properties London were declared "surplus" ---Macdonald House is located on Grosvenor Square, and someone (not the people of Canada) received $600 million dollars for the property.

Strathmore House in Dublin, Ireland - sold.

Macdonald House in London, England - sold.
I would not be surprised, if Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, England is put on the real estate market. Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Gordon Campbell was a real estate executive long before he became a politician. After selling Canadian Pacific Railway land from 1976 until 1981, he founded the Citycore Development Corporation in Vancouver (1981-1986). From 1986 until 1993, Mayor of Vancouver Gordon Campbell changed zoning regulations in the City, to permit the construction of high-rise condo developments. Premier of British Columbia Gordon Campbell gave away forest land around the Jordan River, and sold a profitable Crown corporation, BC Rail, to CN Rail.
And between 2003 and 2005, Premier Gordon Campbell told the Provincial Capital Commission to prepare a list of "surplus" Crown properties that could be sold. (From: The Goldstream News Gazette-Public land on the chopping block?") Coincidentally, a former prime minister of Italy prepared an 800 page list of beaches, landmarks, islands and historic sites that could be privatized. (From: The Colosseum is not (yet) for sale- The Economist, 2002).
 During the late 1980's, the Canadian government discovered that hundreds of movable objects were missing from the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa - paperweights, etc. The feds immediately conducted an inventory of all movable treasures in the Parliament Buildings, and hired custodians to guard them.

Two photographs of Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London England.
An Order-in-Council legalized the sale of Canadian Embassy books to the University of London, England Library:
     Order-in-Council - March 10, 1994 -  Financial Administration Act -Agreement with the University of London Library - transfer to the University Library the title and possession of the Canada House Library Collection at the Canadian High Commission in London, England.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Agriculture Canada was "the envy of the world" - statement by the Hon. Eugene Whelan, Minister of Agriculture in the Government of Prime Minister Trudeau.

From: "The Canadian Encyclopedia"  1985 by Hurtig Publishers Ltd.
National Research Institutes - with headquarters in Ottawa:
  1. Biosystematics Research Institute
  2. Chemistry and Biology Research Institute
  3. Engineering and Statistical Research Institute
  4. Food Research Institute
  5. Land Resource Research Institute
Agriculture Canada Experimental Farms 
  1. Nappan, N.S.
  2. Buctouche, N.B.
  3. La Pocatiere, Quebec
  4. Normandin, Quebec
  5. L'Assomption, Quebec
  6. Ottawa, Ontario
  7. Kapuskasing, Ontario
  8. Thunder Bay, Ontario
  9. Smithfield, Ontario
  10. Fort Vermilion, Alberta
  11. Indian Head, Sask.
  12. Prince George, B.C.
Agriculture Canada Research Stations
  1. St. John's, Nfld.
  2. Kentville, NS
  3. Charlottetown, PEI
  4. Fredericton, NB
  5. Ste-Foy, Quebec
  6. St. Jean, Quebec
  7. Lennoxville, Quebec
  8. Vineland, Ontario
  9. Delhi, Ontario
  10. Harrow, Ontario
  11. Ottawa, Ontario
  12. London, Ontario
  13. Lethbridge, Alberta
  14. Lacombe, Alberta
  15. Beaverlodge, Alberta
  16. Swift Current, Sask.
  17. Saskatoon, Sask.
  18. Melfort, Sask.
  19. Regina, Sask.
  20. Winnipeg, Manitoba
  21. Brandon, Manitoba
  22. Morden, Manitoba
  23. Summerland, BC
  24. Kamloops, BC
  25. Vancouver, BC
  26. Agassiz, BC
  27. Saanichton (Sidney), BC
-June 24 1995 - Disposal of Swine Station, 4 Buildings and Lands, Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario.
-June 29 1995 - Disposal of Property (Land) Swine Test Station, Kitchener Ontario.
-July 1995 - Disposal of Research Station, Vegreville Alberta. (My uncle worked at the Vegreville
station for 35 years.)
-August 1995- Disposal of Property/site of old inspection station - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
-September 1995 - Decommissioning Regina Research Station, Weeds Greenhouse.
-November 1995 - Disposal of Lots 91 and 92 - West Val Marie Irrigation Project - sale of surplus land, West Poplar, Sask.
-November 1995 - Disposal of Swine Test Station - St-Cyrille de Wendover Quebec.
-December 19, 1995 - Disposal of Swine Test Station, Brandon Manitoba.
-January 1996 - Disposal of Property/Fort Erie Inspection Station, Welland Ontario.
-February 5, 1996 - Disposal of Property/Smithfield Research Farm, Belleville, Ontario.
-February 13 1996 - Disposal of Property/ Thunder Bay Experimental Farm Ontario.
-April 1996 - Transfer sale of land to the City of Swift Current.
-April 1996 - Disposal of Property - Lavaltrie, Quebec (Land) Montreal.
-Decommissioning of federal property at Victoria, British Columbia; lease of Park to Provincial Capital Commission.
-May 30 1996 - Kentville, Nova Scotia - Disposal of Burgher Hill property.
-May 30 1996 - Kentville, disposal of Land, north of Main Street.
-May 30 1996 - Disposal of Sheffield Farm House.
-August 1996 - Decommissioning the Prince George Experimental Farm, Kamloops.
-June 16 1999 - Disposal of Ridge Farm, Harrow Ontario. (Source of information: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website). In 1985, Agriculture Canada owned more than 1 million acres of land. The document below is from "The Nielsen Report" Library and Archives Canada:

The former Upton Experimental Farm at Charlottetown Prince Edward Island.
In the year 2005, AAFC planned to decommission four experimental farms: The Atlantic Cool Crop Research Centre, St. John's NL; The Crops and Livestock Research Centre, Nappan Nova Scotia; The Cereal Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Dairy and Swine Research Centre, Kapuskasing, Ontario. (Source of info: "CBC Ottawa - Feds closing 4 Experimental Farms" February 25/05). As of August 27 2012, the Farms are still operating.
The Fraser Institute wants to see all Agriculture Canada properties in B.C. devolved to the province of British Columbia, or privatized---google the exact phrase "Introduction When a Country".
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz and the Friends of the Farm P.E.I. saved the Ravenwood Experimental Farm, located in the centre of Charlottetown P.E.I. "In January 2002 it was announced that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada may declare 88 acres of the land as surplus and that this land would be turned over to the Canada Lands Company, a crown corporation." (From: "The Friends of the Farm PEI" website.)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ray Munro, one of the most decorated Canadians in history.

     Ray Munro was born in Montreal in 1921, and joined the RCAF in 1940. He later became a bush pilot and a private pilot for Robert Mitchum, Errol Flynn and Marilyn Monroe. He was awarded the Order of Canada for helping to establish the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. Captain Ray Munro was a distinguished parachute jumper and balloonist.
     In 1970, he became the first person to fly across the Irish Sea in a hot air balloon. The following pictures were taken near Dublin, Ireland in 1970:


Rest in pieces - demolished and abandoned national landmarks.

  1. The Sir John Carling Building on Carling Avenue in Ottawa - (1967-2013).
  2. The Lorne Building in Ottawa - (1961-2011).
  3. The Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a CPR hotel - (1906-1971).
  4. One thousand lighthouses that were declared "surplus" by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2012. Photo on the right shows Peggy's Cove (1914-   ).

5.   The CNR train station on Montreal Street in Kingston, Ontario. See the YouTube video "Grand
      Trunk's Kingston Station".
6.   The original Denison Armoury at CFB Toronto.
7.   Two de Havilland aircraft hangars at CFB Downsview, Toronto. (1943-2010).
8.   The Bowmanville POW Camp, which later became the Ontario Training School for Boys.
9.   The Cold War Bunkers, also known as The Diefenbunkers, were located at CFS Carp, Ontario;
      Camp Nanaimo, British Columbia; CFB Penhold, Alberta; CFB Shilo, Manitoba; CFB Borden,
      Ontario; CFB Valcartier, Quebec and CFS Debert, Nova Scotia. (from: Wikipedia). An outlaw
      motorcycle gang, possibly the Hell's Angels, wanted to buy the CFB Penhold bunker, so the
      government systematically demolished it. Photograph of the Penhold Diefenbunker:

10. Expo '67 pavilions - the most popular display was the U.S.S.R. pavilion. It was dismantled. The French and Quebec pavilions form the Casino de Montreal, while the American biodome is now the
Montreal Biosphere.

The U.S.S.R. Pavilion is now part of the All-Russia Exhibition Centre in Moscow.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Canadian federal property is being sold on the Internet.

Examples from May 2005:
  1. Federal Building - le Fjord-du-Saguenay - 2489 St-Dominique Street, Jonquire Quebec. Main Occupants - Societe Immobiliere du Quebec; Revenue Canada; Human Resources and Development Canada.   Price: $550,000.
    2.   Abitibi Building - 22 1st Ave. O, Amos Quebec. Canada Post Building. Price: $150,000.

    3.   La Vallee-de-la Gatineau Building - 267 Notre-Dame Street, Maniwaki, Quebec.
          Canada Post Building. Price: $415,000.         
    4.   Building - 36 Principale Street, Saint-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec. Canada Post Building. 
          Price: $495,000.

    5.  9 Victoria Street, Shediac New Brunswick. Canada Post Building. Price: $232,000.
         A Maple Leaf Flag is still flying atop this beautiful building in the website photograph.      

   6.  Le Hat-Saint-Marie, 375 Saint-Joseph-Street, La Tuque, Quebec.

    7.  Government of Canada Building - Division No. 18, 1016 La Ronge Ave., La Ronge,
         Canada Post, Human Resources and Development Canada, Correctional Services
         Canada. Price: $460,000.         
    8.  Office Building - 2625 Airport Drive, Saskatoon Sask.
         Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Law Enforcement and Corrections. Price: $275,000.

    9.  New Brunswick - Vacant Office Building - 9368 Main Street, Richibucto, New Brunswick.
         Now zoned commercial and retail. Price: $110,000.
  10.  New Brunswick - Office Building sold. 295 Bayside Drive, Saint John New Brunswick E2J
         1A8. Sold for $205,000.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Canadians collectively owned $60 billion dollars worth of Crown real estate.

In 1985, Canadians owned federal property worth $60 billion dollars. Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, and Minister of Public Works Erik Nielsen told Stevie Cameron:
     "...the largest chunk of money in the federal government is in its real estate holdings. My guess, based on preliminary research I had gathered, was that it was pushing $60 billion". (From Page 268 of "On the Take" by Stevie Cameron.)
The people of Canada can thank the following individuals, agencies and Crown corporations for the loss of billions of dollars worth of GOC real estate:
Marathon Realty
CN Real Estate
The Canada Post Corporation
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
The National Capital Commission
The individuals who privatized the Canadian National Railway, Ports Canada, military bases, Dominion Observatories, the Diefenbunkers, the Pinetree Line, foreign embassies, wharves and marinas, penitentiaries, Expo '67 pavilions, Coast Guard stations, museums, aircraft hangars, armouries, most of Fort York in Toronto...

Former Military Bases
CFB Saint Hubert; CFB Rockcliffe; CFB Shearwater; CFB Chilliwack; CFS Albro Lake; CFB Shannon Park; CFB Pleasantville; CFB Moncton; CFB Jericho Beach; the Ortona Barracks in Oakville, Ontario; the Griesbach Barracks at CFB Edmonton; Wolseley Barracks at CFB London, Ontario; CFB Calgary, CFB Namao, CFB Nanaimo; CFB Winnipeg (Kapyong Barracks); CFB Chatham, N.B.; CFB Cornwallis; CFB Centralia; CFB Picton; CFB Uplands in Ottawa; CFB Summerside; CFB Penhold; CFB St. Jean, Quebec; CFB Baden-Soellingen, Germany; CFB Lahr, Germany; CFB Portage La Prairie, Manitoba; CFB Rivers, Manitoba and CFB Gimli, Manitoba.

MP Bill Casey and MP Peter Stoffer saved the Shearwater Military Base, located near Halifax, N.S.
Military Hospitals The Rideau Veteran's land on Smyth Road in Ottawa; Senneville Lodge in Senneville, Quebec. In 1985, Veteran's Affairs Canada owned 27 military hospitals, according to "The Nielsen Report" at Library and Archives Canada.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada property
The Garden City Lands in Richmond, British Columbia; 1 Port Street at Port Credit, Ontario; Trafalgar Road in Oakville, Ontario. One thousand lighthouses are now "surplus".

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada property
The Upton Experimental Farm in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; the Vegreville Research Farm in Alberta.

Former PEI Premier Pat Binns, MP Shawn Murphy and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee tried to save the 260-acre Farm.
Atomic Energy of Canada 20 Goldenrod Street, Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa. My aunt and my stepmother worked at Tunney's Pasture for 25 years, at Statistics Canada.
 BREAKING NEWS---The Hon. John Baird announced  that Tunney's Pasture will be redeveloped; thousands of civil servants work at Tunney's Pasture. According to the August 22, 2012 Ottawa Citizen article "Clarity on intensification" by Suzanne Dore, developers and condo builders will be thrilled by the news; and vast expanses of parking lots and green spaces will be eliminated so that residents will enjoy a safer neighbourhood.
Family photograph of the Brooke Claxton Building at Tunney's Pasture, mid 1970's.

The Old Port of Montreal Corporation is a subsidiary of the Canada Lands Company
A gift of land to the Old Port of Montreal Corporation.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Sold in 2011 for $237.4 million.

Canada Post Corporation
1500 rue Ottawa in Montreal, a massive mail processing plant was decommissioned.Dominion Buildings in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and hundreds of other locations were closed.

Corrections Canada
The Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario; the Saint Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec were sold to the Canada Lands Company. The Kingston Penitentiary, aka The Big House and KP, and the Leclerc Institution may be divested to the CLC.

Transport Canada
In 2002, Transport Canada transferred 180 St. Lawrence Seaway properties to the Canada Lands Company.
Hundreds of federal airports were devolved to the provinces, cities and towns in Canada.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
In April of 1998, the residential land holdings of the CMHC, worth over $62 million dollars, were transferred to Canada Lands.
Land next to CMHC Headquarters at 800 Montreal Road in Ottawa was recently sold.
Approved September 1999 - Order-in-Council - 1999 - 1565 - Transfer to Canada Lands Company, CLC Ltd. of the title to some 42,909 square metres of waterfront land in Montreal, Quebec, known as Parc de la Cite Du Havre. (the park was known as "The Gateway to Expo '67". Parcel A and Parcel B encompass 26 acres of land.)

National Capital Commission
The Crown corporation is selling Greenbelt land.

Natural Resources Canada
The NRCan Booth Street Complex will be transferred to the Canada Lands Company, if and when the property becomes "surplus". Ottawa City Councillor Diane Holmes is anxiously awaiting the privatization of this property, so that the area can be redeveloped for residential and commercial uses. Expect to see a "wall" of high rise buildings lining both sides of Carling Avenue in the vicinity of the Experimental Farm/Dow's Lake/Little Italy. Ottawa Councillors mentioned the wall at a televised City Hall meeting a few weeks ago.

Canadian National Railway property
The Canadian National Railway was known as "The People's Railway".
CN Real Estate privatized thousands of acres of CNR land, and hundreds of train stations. See the YouTube video showing the demolition of a CN highrise in London, Ontario - CN Implosion London.  The CN Tower in Edmonton, Alberta was sold to Tawa Developments. In 1980, the CNR owned 32,000 hectares of land, according to an inventory compiled the the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
The Canada Lands Company owns the CN Tower in perpetuity.

The Summerhill-North Toronto CPR Station, owned by the the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Whoever sold this train station to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario must have been drunk. The Clock Tower was modelled after the Campanile di San Marco in Saint Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. When and if the Ontario government privatizes the Liquor Control Board, this architectural masterpiece will be transferred to the much-investigated Ontario Realty Corporation.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Facts about Marathon Realty, the real estate arm of the Canadian Pacific Railway

Over 100 years ago, Sir John A. Macdonald created the Trans Canada Railroad, or the Canadian Pacific Railway. Sir John A. wanted the CPR to connect all the provinces and territories of the Dominion of Canada; and he wanted to prevent the annexation of Dominion land by the United States.
The CPR received $25 million dollars and 25 million acres of Crown land from the federal government, to build the transcontinental railway.

The SUBSIDIARY LANDS were given to the CPR to deal with as they saw fit.
The REVERSIONARY LANDS were granted solely for railway purposes, reverting to the Crown should they cease to be used for those purposes.
Instead of returning reversionary land back to the Crown, the CPR created MARATHON REALTY.  Marathon Realty acquired millions of acres of land, train stations, rights-of-way, railway lines, warehouses, roundhouses...A 125-acre CPR manufacturing and repair shop in Montreal, the Angus Shops, is now a very high-density condo, apartment and townhouse development.
Former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell is sometimes called "The Marathon Man" because he was a Marathon real estate executive. The other Marathon Man was actor Dustin Hoffman:
Marathon Man, a 1976 movie.
The CP Tower in Calgary, Alberta is now called the Husky Tower. The Husky Tower was built on the grounds of a demolished CPR train station, and a tunnel linked the train station to the Palliser Hotel:
A multinational corporation called Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is the owner of most of Canada's CPR hotels and castles:
The Algonquin, St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
The Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec.
The Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec.
The Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.
The Palliser Hotel, Calgary, Alberta.
The Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta.
The Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta.
The Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia.
The Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Samuel de Champlain built a fort on the site where the Chateau Frontenac Hotel is now located. The fort was built on high ground, to protect the property from invaders. But high ground could not protect the Chateau Frontenac from a foreign invasion, created by the privatization of railway property.
The Chateau Frontenac Hotel in Quebec City, Quebec.
In her books "The Rage and the Pride" and "The Force of Reason", writer Oriana Fallaci criticised the foreign takeover of landmarks and treasures in her beloved Italy. And George Jonas wrote an article called "Will we become Canarabia?" in the National Post on March 31, 2006.

Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot wrote and sang "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" about the building of the CPR, and many YouTube videos feature the song.
Many books have been written about the Canadian Pacific Railway:
The National Dream (1970) and The Last Spike (1971) by Pierre Berton.
Steel of Empire: The Romantic History of the Canadian Pacific, the Northwest Passage of Today (1935) by J.M. Gibbon.
A History of the Canadian Pacific Railway (1923) by H.A. Innis.
History of the Canadian Pacific Railway (1977) by W. Kaye Lamb.
Canadian Pacific: A Brief History (1968) by J.L. McDougall.
(From: The Canadian Encyclopedia by Hurtig Publishing, 1985).

The Marathon Realty property portfolio included:
Metro Centre in Toronto.
Citibank Place in Toronto.
Atria Phase 1,11,111 in Toronto.
100 boulevard Rene Levesque in Montreal.
Place Laurier in Quebec City.
Place d'Orleans
Dufferin Mall in Toronto.
Orchard Park in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Northland Village in Calgary.
Southtown lands in Toronto.
Coal Harbour in Vancouver.
Wentworth in Montreal.
The Yonge/Summerhill lands in Toronto.
Windsor Station, CPR real estate in Montreal, was sold via a Privy Council Order-in-Council:
January 28, 1993 - Heritage Railway Stations Act - Canadian Pacific Limited to sell Windsor Station and land in Montreal." The former CPR Station is a National Historic Site of Canada.
Windsor Station entrance.

Canadian Pacific Railway land is rich in natural resources. This is what MP John Soloman said about Canadian Pacific Limited and Marathon Realty in the House of Commons, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa Ontario:
 "The Liberal government and its predecessors, the Tories, allowed, persuaded and encouraged the CPR to take its Comincos, its mining companies, its Pan Canadian Oil Company, the second largest oil company in Canada and hive them off into subsidiaries, and not use those revenues or profits to sustain the railways and the transportation to western farmers, to our western population. Literally billions and billions of dollars have been hived off." (Yahoo: type in "Hansard Marathon Realty" - Edited Hansard - 1650, no. 058).
Canadian Pacific Limited owned Canadian Pacific Holdings Ltd.; Pan Canadian Petroleum and Fording Coal.
 In 1996, Marathon Realty was sold to the multinational General Electric Capital Group and to Oxford Properties, for $952 million dollars Canadian. Remember, Sir John A. Macdonald decreed that all CPR reversionary land would return to the Crown, to the people of this nation. Never happened.

Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker talking to George Shaw.

Prime Minister Diefenbaker thought orders-in-council were undemocratic

For many years, Privy Council Orders-in-Council have been used to funnel government real estate to well-connected individuals and companies, foreign and domestic.
Former Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker thought OIC's were undemocratic, and should be scrutinized by a Parliamentary Committee before they are approved. In a 1949 speech to the Empire Club at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Mr. Diefenbaker said:

     "The trend in consequence of two wars in one generation has been the direction of by-passing Parliament by passing orders-in-council which interfere with individual rights...which too often deny the right of appeal to the court."
     "There should be a standing committee of the House of Commons whose responsibility it would be to vigilantly examine and report on all orders-in-council that would diminish the freedom of the individual."
     "Without an Opposition, decision by discussion would end and would be supplanted by virtual dictatorship, for governments prefer to rule by order-in-council to Parliament, and bureaucrats prefer to be uncontrolled by Parliament or the courts."
(From an October 27, 1949 speech given by Mr. Diefenbaker to the Empire Club at the Royal York Hotel.) The former prime minister probably never dreamed that an order-in-council would give foreign billionaires ownership of the Royal York and all the other CPR and CNR hotels. At one time, a tunnel connected the Royal York to Union Station, on the opposite side of the street:

Union Station

Royal York Hotel

 The Hon. Judge Gomery said that the concentration of power in the office of the prime minister was a threat to democracy.
The Gomery Commission investigated several Crown corporations, including Canada Post and Via Rail.
 Crown corporations are run like dictatorships---the CEO's and directors never have to consult with Canadians when:
  • parking lots are built on museum land. The Museum of Nature in Ottawa is going to be surrounded by asphalt parking lots, much to the chagrin of nearby homeowners. I believe the parking lots are paving the way, no pun intended, for high-rise condo developments. My sister, my niece and I visited the Museum of Nature in the summer of 1984:
  • social housing, built with federal money, is privatized. Examples are Regent Park in Toronto and the Kingstonian Apartments in Kingston, Ontario.
  • iconic buildings are sold. In 1985, the Mulroney government privatized the Habitat apartments in Montreal, for $10 million dollars. A few weeks later, the owner flipped the property.
  • public money is transferred into foreign bank accounts.
  • mail delivery to rural Canadians is discontinued. Canada Post is a national, democratic institution, a right and not a privilege.
  • prime waterfront property is sold/funneled to well-connected real estate magnates. Harbourfront in Toronto is a concrete sea, the polar opposite of what Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau envisioned for the land. Hundreds of millions of taxdollars were used by the Canada Lands Company to decontaminate  CNR land and the Moncton Shops. Terry Jacks lamented the concrete sea of high-rise condos in Vancouver: "No one is meant to be living here in a concrete sea/everyone including me, wishes he could be set free".
The Consolidated Revenue Fund is an Aladdin's Treasure Chest for Crown corporation executives--- Canada Post  can borrow $500 million dollars or more from the CRF; the Royal Canadian Mint can borrow $75 million or more, and The Broadcasting Act gives the CBC the power to borrow $220 million dollars or more from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and to keep all the money from the sale of property.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why does a foreign prince own the Queen Elizabeth Hotel?

John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace a Chance" on June 1, 1969 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. The song became an anthem for a generation, one of the most powerful anti-war songs ever written.
Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.

"Give Peace a Chance" .


On December 22, 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to Canada and met Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The international peacemakers were very impressed by Mr. Trudeau, and Yoko Ono said:
    "Right now we are just overwhelmed meeting Mr. Trudeau because he is such a beautiful person, more beautiful than we expected." and John Lennon said:
     "We talked in generalizations...we all have views...we want hope for the future and in that respect our views are similar...Talk is the basic start to any communication." (See the YouTube video "John Lennon after meeting Prime Minister Trudeau".)
John Lennon is remembered as a legendary musician, a humanitarian, a contributor to many charities, a crusader for peace...
On the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, crowds gathered at the Centennial Flame at Parliament Hill, held candles and sang "Give Peace a Chance and "Imagine".  People sang "Give Peace a Chance" at the Moratorium to End the War in Viet Nam during the 1970's; and at the Occupy Wall Street encampments. I find it bitterly ironic that Carl Icahn, the Wall Street investor, owned the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, where "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded. Gordon Gekko, a character in the movie "Wall Street" is allegedly based on Carl Icahn.

Actor Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko, who uttered the immortal words "Greed is good".

John Lennon was the antithesis of Gordon Gekko, an evil capitalist.
The Chateau Laurier, Jasper Park Lodge, Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Newfoundland Hotel, the Bessborough in Saskatoon, the Hotel Beausejour in Moncton and the Hotel Vancouver should belong to the people of Canada, not to foreign billionaires, who have have no respect or love for Canada's history and its people. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal supposedly rescued the Fairmont Hotel chain.

Canada is not the only country in the world that is selling its cultural history to the highest bidder.Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promised that he would not sell the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Uffizi Gallery; but everything else was up for grabs--an 800-page document listed beaches, the island of Pinosa; the San Vittore Prison in Milan, Italy; archaeological sites, museums, castles, the remains of Villa Jovis, where Emperor Tiberius stayed in Capri...(see The Colosseum is not (yet) for sale-The Economist-November 28 2002.)
Government Property in Canada that was divested:
The Sam Livingston Building in Calgary was sold to the Canada Lands Company.

Larco Investments, owned by the Lalji Family, formerly of Uganda, bought the following Government of Canada buildings:
Joseph Shepard Building in Toronto
 Thomas D'Arcy McGee Building in Ottawa - Canadian politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee, a Father of Confederation, was assassinated in 1868 near the site of the McGee building.
Sinclair Centre in Vancouver - Janet Sinclair, a daughter of the Hon. James Sinclair, after whom the building is named; and sister of Margaret Trudeau, stood in front of the Centre and told a rally that the building should be owned by the people of Canada.
Government of Canada Building at 401 Burrard in Vancouver
Harry Hays Building in Calgary, Alberta
Canada Place in Edmonton, Alberta
The Skyline Complex in Nepean, Ontario
The Revenue Canada Building in Montreal
RCMP Headquarters in Montreal. 
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) was opposed to the sale of the federal buildings, see the YouTube video "PSAC National President John Gordon delivers speech". NDP MP Peggy Nash said:
     "Our job representing Canadians on the Government Operations and Estimates Committee is to ensure that spending from the federal government is in the best interests of Canadians. We are the democratic custodians and stewards of the tax dollars paid by Canadians. So you would think, that with a sale like this, hundreds of millions of dollars of Canadians assets, public assets, that we would be informed as to the details of such a huge sale that is going to affect the well-being of Canadians. Why do I say the well-being of Canadians? Well, because not only us, but our parents and grandparents have worked very hard over the years and our tax dollars have paid for the buildings, for the assets of the people of Canada. These are our buildings."

Old Toronto Post Office/Old Bank of Canada National Historic Site - Canadian financier E.P Taylor bought the federal building in 1959; the building became the headquarters of Argus Corporation. The Greek Revival building later became headquarters of Hollinger Inc.

10 Toronto Street in Toronto, Ontario.
The Lorne Building in Ottawa was demolished in 2011.
Canada Lands Company "disposed of" the Sir John Thompson Building in Halifax Nova Scotia, and the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Dominion Building. Sir John Sparrow David Thompson was a Canadian lawyer, judge, politician, university professor and the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.

The Expo '86 land - A Hong Kong billionaire bought the Expo '86 land in Vancouver,175 acres, for a bargain price. The land should have been returned to the people of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald gave the CPR 25 million dollars and 25 million acres of federal Crown land, on the condition that any land not needed by the CPR would revert to the Crown. Instead of returning the reversionary land to the Crown, CPR created a real estate subsidiary called Marathon Realty. Millions of acres of land were sold to developers of shopping malls, condos, commercial buildings, etc. British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell was a Marathon Realty executive. CPR/Marathon Realty land at False Creek in Vancouver became an athletes village for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Prime Minister Trudeau and the Supreme Court of Canada tried to return CPR land to the People of Canada:
-Attorney General of Canada v. Marathon Realty Company Limited
-Wotherspoon v. Canadian Pacific Limited, Marathon Realty Company Limited and Ontario and Quebec Railway.
-1984 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
Chapter 6
Management of Real Property
6.90 - Reversionary interests under the National Parks Act - In December 1980, the Department of Justice advised Parks Canada that the Crown had a reversionary interest under the National Parks Act in certain lands situated in the Banff National Park townsite and owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). The property is part of the former CPR station grounds. It consists of several hectares in downtown Banff and, based on appraisals of similar properties in Banff, it has a value of over $1 million.
6.91 - According to the Department of Justice, the property, although owned by the CPR, is subject to a reversionary interest on the part of the Crown pursuant to Section 6 of the National Parks Act, which states that if any lands in Federal Parks granted for "right-of-way or station grounds cease to be used for that purpose, they shall revert to the Crown."

The town of Banff, Alberta.

-1984 Report of the Auditor General of Canada
6.82 - Lands entrusted to Canadian National Railway (CN)
The  Canadian National Railway Act of 1919 gave the government the power to entrust the management and operation of certain lands to CN. According to an inventory prepared by CN in 1979, the entrusted lands total some 32,000 hectares. In 1980, the Department of Transport reported that the total value of the entrusted lands and railway equipment was $820 million. That report did not provide separately the value of the lands and equipment.