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.

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