Monday, October 29, 2012

British Trans-Arctic Expedition at the North Pole, late 1960's.

                                                        





Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ottawa construction magnate Robert Campeau.

   



                                                                       





Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Most of the CBC's real estate holdings are gone.

A website called the "Directory of Federal Real Property" provides a complete list of the Government of Canada's real estate holdings.
Yesterday, I discovered that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has been "delisted" from the FDRP. Now I know why---the real estate portfolio has been liquidated:

1140 Yonge Street is now a Staples Business Depot Ltd. and Best Buy Business Depot; 230 Front Street West is a hotel and condo; 354 Jarvis is the Canadian National Ballet School and condos, and condos were constructed on the huge parking lot behind 354 Jarvis Street. Rosedale is one of the wealthiest communities in Canada. (This document is part of the "1992 Federal Directory of Real Property"-stored at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.)

In 1985, the CBC owned 485 buildings and 1,870 hectares of land. (From: The Nielsen Report-1985-Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.)
According to a Globe and Mail article, the Crown corporation is selling the Montreal headquarters and 27 other properties, worth a billion dollars.
     "We've been hacking away at our vast portfolio of real estate" said Maryse Bertrand, CBC vice-president of real estate. (From: "CBC moves to find tenants for extra space at its Toronto headquarters" by Steve Ladurantaye, Globe and Mail June 15, 2012.)




FOR SALE The Montreal headquarters of the CBC at 1400 Rene Levesque Boulevard East in Montreal.
Former Premier of Quebec Rene Levesque was a war correspondent for the CBC in 1952, during the Korean War. From 1956 until 1959, Rene Levesque hosted a weekly news program on the CBC.



In the year 2000, the CBC was seeking a buyer for a billion dollars worth of communications infrastructure. Not one dime from the sale was deposited into the Consolidated Revenue Fund, Canada's treasury, because of "The Broadcasting Act" (1991):
FOR SALE
-608 transmission towers
-750 transmission sites
-2,500 transmitters. (From: CBC/Radio Canada - CBC Seeks Buyer for its Transmission Assets-July 18, 2000.)
 Less than a year later, a Shawinigan, Quebec CBC Tower was demolished.YouTube has a video of the  demolition, google "Tower falling after plane crashes into it Mont Carmel". The transmission tower was almost as tall as the Empire State Building in New York City.
The Crown corporation recently decommissioned 620 analogue transmitters, which will negatively impact Canadians who live in the Far North and Atlantic Canada, rural parts of the country and low-income earners. During the 1980's, 99% of Canadians had access to CBC television and radio.(From: The Canadian Broadcasting Company -The Canadian Encyclopedia - Hurtig Publishing Limited, 1985.)

Instead of laying off employees, cancelling television programs, shutting down television and radio stations and selling Crown property, the CBC should adhere to its Official Mandate:
MANDATE:
The programming provided by the Corporation should:
contribute to shared consciousness and identity---Do not sell Hockey Night in Canada, or cancel any more public affairs programs. Create a special, free channel to broadcast all the classic television programs that I loved watching:
The King of Kensington
The Juliette Show
The Forest Rangers
Quentin Durgens, M.P.
Anne Murray specials
Ian and Sylvia specials
Front Page Challenge
This Hour Has Seven Days
Billy Bishop Goes To War

My father George Shaw, and Gordon Pinsent, the star of "Quentin Durgens, M.P. and "The Forest Rangers."
Be predominantly and distinctively Canadian, to reflect Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences, while serving the special needs of those regions.---I never want to see "Roseanne", "Friends", "Married with Children", "Frasier" or any other American sitcom on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation channel. And I will never understand why the CRTC and CBC cut funding for local programming in smaller communities.
Be made available throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means...The broadcaster should never have discontinued analogue transmission service.
Many Canadians who cannot afford it will now have to pay for cable or satellite television service.
CBC radio and television provided a vital service, particularly in Northern and Atlantic Canada, when they warned the population about impending weather disasters, such as hurricanes and massive snowfalls.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My cat Tigger just had a stroke.

I find it difficult to concentrate on my blog, or anything else, because my beloved cat just had a stroke. The veterinarian calls the condition vestibular disease, and Tigger seems to be unbalanced, both physically and mentally.
My beautiful daughter, a former Little Miss Bayshore, found Tigger at a Bayshore, Ottawa park in the year 2000, when he was only a few weeks old:


My daughter after winning the "Little Miss Bayshore" beauty pageant.
Tigger the Cat is an orange tabby, and he was named after a Winnie the Pooh character. I couldn't imagine naming him Pooh or Eeyore, which are dreadful names . Tigger always has a deadpan expression on his face, but don't let that fool you---he is the most spoiled, happy cat in the universe.
 Tiggy follows me everywhere---when I watch t.v., he sits beside me on the sofa, and when I wash the dishes, he sits on the counter. .So he occupies a special place in my heart, in my soul, and losing him would be a terrible loss.
I'm afraid I panicked, when Tigger suffered a stroke...he was drooling and his eyes were quickly darting back and forth, and I thought he had rabies, even though he has been inoculated against the disease. After screaming, I put on my Kevlar Reinforced Oven Mitts, gently placed him in his powder blue carrying case and raced to the veterinary clinic. 
The vet knew right away what was wrong with Tigger - vestibular disease - and he was prescribed cat sedatives and from now on he has to eat geriatric cat food. My family jokingly said "The tranquilizers are for the cat, not for you"; and I had to find a baby gate to keep him from falling down the stairs. And I surrounded my bed with pillows, so he wouldn't get hurt when he flopped off the bed.
I have always admired celebrities who love animals. An actress named Sandy Dennis lived in Connecticut with her mother, three dogs and 37 cats. Sandy Dennis acted in several movies, including "The Fox" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff" and died of cancer at a relatively young age.
Elizabeth Taylor rented a 120-foot yacht for her four dogs, and moored it on the Thames River because the United Kingdom had strict quarantine laws.
Mickey Rourke buries his beloved dogs at pet cemeteries. He is currently filming "Dead in Tombstone" in Romania, and has already adopted one dog, and plans to build a pet shelter in Romania.
 Tigger is recovering slowly, although one of his eyelids is droopy, and he is still uncoordinated when he walks.The oldest living cat in the world is Pinky, who was born in 1989 and lives with her caretakers in Hoyt, Kansas. (From:The Guinness World Records 2013).
I hope Tigger lives even longer than Pinky; Pinky had cancer and conquered the disease, so Tigger may have a chance at longevity.

Five nations participated in a NATO exercise called "Peacekeeper" in the North Atlantic in 1969.


Rotterdam: Canadian Ambassador to the Hague, Netherlands, Mr. A.J. Pick is welcomed aboard aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure by Commodore Noel Cogdon, Senior Canadian Officer Afloat. Bonaventure and three destroyers started a four-day courtesy visit to Rotterdam after participating in NATO exercise Peace Keeper in North Atlantic, September 1969.



The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is quietly selling millions of dollars worth of land, transmission towers, analogue television equipment and buildings. Apparently nothing is sacred at the CBC---100,000 record albums and CD's are gone, as well as the Hockey Night in Canada theme song, which was referred to as "Canada's second national anthem". At least people can hear the "Hockey Night In Canada" song on hundreds of YouTube videos.


The Glenn Gould statue in front of CBC Headquarters in Toronto.
According to the August 30, 2012 article "CBC/Radio-Canada puts surplus transmission assets up for sale":      "The assets for sale consist of land, transmission towers, analogue transmission equipment, and related buildings, located at 100 different locations across the country." 
Last summer, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) received many complaints from ordinary Canadians, for shutting down analogue television service; low-income and rural Canadians were particularly affected by the decision. The CBC mandate is--- to serve the people of Canada; to preserve our heritage and to provide broadcasting services from coast to coast to coast.



  On July 1, 1994, Canada's National Broadcaster owned properties in British Columbia worth $50,830,700 million dollars:

From: "Introduction When a Country".
A huge CBC warehouse at 2555 Douglas Road in Burnaby, British Columbia, pictured below, was sold to Lordco Auto Parts for $6 million dollars.  






Wednesday, October 17, 2012

British Columbians are losing their Coast Guard bases, lighthouses and National Historic Sites.

 The Government of Canada may be implementing the recommendations of a policy group called The Fraser Institute:
From a document called "Introduction When a Country".
The National Parks in British Columbia are:
Pacific Rim National Park
Gulf Islands National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Kootenay National Park
Glacier National Park
Yoho National Park
Gwaii Haanas National Park
It would be a fiasco, a monumental blunder, if  National Parks in British Columbia are transferred to the provincial government of B.C. During his long reign as Premier of B.C. Gordon Campbell sold 120,000 hectares of provincial land; and he downgraded the status of provincial parks, leaving them open for resource exploitation.
On April 30 2012, more than 1,600 Parks Canada employees were told that their jobs could disappear. A day later, the government announced the privatization of hot springs at Kootenay, Banff and Jasper National Parks.

Canada Harbour Place Corporation, now called Canada Place, had an assessed value of $101,913,000 million dollars in July of 1994. Millions of federal, provincial and municipal taxdollars were spent, to build the convention centre and hotel. Canada Place has been compared to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, yet Canada's landmark may be privatized:
Canada Place in Vancouver, B.C.


The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

                    


All of Canada's lighthouses, nearly one thousand, have been declared surplus. I cannot put into words how I feel about this desecration, this total destruction of these important symbols of Canada's maritime history. On almost every YouTube video featuring our National Anthem "O Canada" and the Expo song "Can-a-da", you can see pictures of lighthouses; and they are featured on stamps and postcards.Just a few of the lighthouses in British Columbia that are being divested:
Cape Mudge Lighthouse
Pulteney Point Lighthouse
Saturna Island Lightstation
Dryad Point Lightstation
Triple Islands Lighthouse
Green Island Lightstation
Langara Lighthouse
Cape Scott Lighthouse
Quatsino Lighthouse
Scarlett Point Lightstation
Nootka Lightstation
Estevan Point Lighthouse- In 1991, Estevan Point became a Classified Federal Heritage Building.
Cape Beale Lighthouse
Pachena Point Lighthouse
Carmanah Point Lighthouse
Sheringham Point Lighthouse
Lennard Island Lightstation
Point Atkinson Lighthouse, a National Historic Site of Canada.
Brockton Point Lighthouse in Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Trail Islands Lightstation
Race Rocks Lighthouse, a recognized historic building, is located near the Lester B. Pearson International College.
Fisgard Lighthouse
(From the book "GUIDING LIGHTS British Columbia's Lighthouses and Their Keepers" by Lynn Tanod and Chris Jaksa - Harbour Publishing".