Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Prime Minister Trudeau tried to return Canadian Pacific Railway land to the people of Canada.

MARATHON REALTY, a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway, sold millions of acres of land that should have been returned to the people of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald gave the CPR $25 million dollars and 25 million acres of land, on the condition that any land not needed by the railway would revert to the government of Canada.
Instead of returning the reversionary land, the CPR created a real estate company to sell land, hundreds of train stations, roundhouses, rights-of-way...The mega corporation General Electric and Oxford Properties bought MARATHON REALTY  in 1996. And GE, Husky Oil, timber, mining and metal companies either own CPR land, or they have drilling, timber and mineral rights.
 In 1980, Prime Minister Trudeau tried to return the railway  land to its rightful owners:

MARATHON REALTY sold CPR land, federal Crown property, to multinational corporations. (The document is from "The 1984 Report of the Auditor General of Canada"---Section 6.90.)
Gordon Campbell, the current High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and a former premier of British Columbia, was a Marathon Realty executive from 1976 until 1981. General Electric, the corporation that bought Marathon Realty, is involved in the massive Bute Inlet Power project in British Columbia. The Bute Inlet project will privatize rivers, lakes and streams, create 17 dams, 440 km of power lines, 250 km of roads, and 100 bridges. During the summer of 2012, the federal government's Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency cancelled an environmental assessment on the Bute Inlet Project.
The long-suffering, over-taxed people of British Columbia paid for the Sea-to-Sky Highway, but they sure didn't profit from the chainsaw massacre of thousands of trees to create this Olympic fiasco. A timber company probably raked in the profits from the construction of this totally unnecessary highway. I wouldn't be surprised if toll gates are added to the Sea-to-Sky Highway, one more way to gouge money from ordinary people.

Premier Campbell demanded that the Provincial Capital Commission provide him with a list of Crown properties that could be sold. In the year 2012, 100 PCC holdings will be privatized. The Provincial Capital Commission owns harbours, park land and many historic buildings, including:
The CPR Steamship Terminal Building in Victoria, B.C.

812 Wharf Street in Victoria, B.C.

The Crystal Garden in Victoria, B.C., leased by the CPR until 1964, then the property reverted to the City of Victoria.
 I find it interesting that the Canadian National Railway and Via Rail refused to tell Public Works Minister Erik Nielsen how much property the Crown corporations owned.
Parts of Union Station in Toronto are being "selectively" demolished, see the website "Port Lands/Explore Projects/ Waterfront Toronto." The entrance plaza on Front Street will be reconstructed, and more space will be provided for commercial establishments. Where are you hiding, heritage groups in Canada?

Jane Jacobs at the "Save the Penn Station" rally in New York City, 1962. Notice the similarity between Penn Station and Toronto's Union Station.
Canadian National Railway subsidiaries: CN Marine/Marine Atlantic
Terra Transport
Air Canada/Trans Canada Airlines
Via Rail
Canadian National Hotels.
The general public believes that CN Rail and CP Rail are rivals. Nothing could be further from the truth:
  1. Hunter Harrison, the former head of CN Rail, is now the CEO of CP Rail.
  2. Gordon Campbell sold a profitable B.C. Crown corporation, B.C. Rail, to CN Rail.
  3. CNCP Telecommunications was a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Limited.
  4. At one time, the  Angus Shops in Montreal encompassed 1,240 acres of land.
  5. In 1988, the  government sold the  Canadian National  Hotels, federal Crown property, to Canadian Pacific Limited. A few years later, Carl  Icahn and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts bought the iconic hotels.
  6.  Via Rail has to share railway tracks with CN and CP. Freight trains have first priority over passenger trains, and Via Rail pays the railway companies to use their tracks.
  7. Order-in-Council - April 26, 1990 - Canadian National Railway to enter into an agreement with Canadian Pacific Limited which provides for the sale to CP of certain spur lines situated in the vicinity of Peterborough as well as any real assets. (The OIC volumes can be found at Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street in Ottawa.)
  8. Order-in-Council - January 18, 1991 - Canadian National Railways Act - Approval of the entry into a sales agreement between Via Rail Canada Inc., Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Limited of the Ottawa Station Building. (The Conference Centre, see photo of the building below.)           
The Government Conference Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, where I worked as a cleaning lady in 1981/82. Believe me, I will fight to my dying breath any attempt to privatize this building, convert it into a hockey museum, sell it to the City of Ottawa or bulldoze it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family photographs taken at Expo '67 in Montreal.

Rockcliffe Landing--a home for between 12,000 to 15,000 people.

Apparently the Canada Lands Company is going ahead with its plans to redevelop CFB Rockcliffe. Before setting foot on this sacred ground, the Canada Lands Company should deposit $1.3 billion dollars into the Consolidated Revenue Fund. CFB Rockcliffe was worth $1.3 billion dollars in 1998, and prime real estate (land) appreciates in value. Keep your $27 million dollar promissory note:

From: Defence Newsletter, July 1998.
 CN Real Estate, the precursor to the Canada Lands Company, denationalized a billion dollars worth of railway property; heritage railway stations were either demolished or sold to the private sector:

The former CNR station in Hamilton, Ontario.
A November 2007 Globe and Mail ad.

The following Internet websites are asking the Canada Lands Company to leave their communities:
  1. savecfbrockcliffe - Ottawa, Ontario.
  2. Save Downsview Park - Toronto, Ontario.
  3. Downsview Lands Community Voice Association - Toronto, Ontario.
  4. Upton Farm Preservation - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. See the YouTube video "Help Save Old Upton Farm".
  5. Friends of the Farm P.E.I. - Save Ravenwood Farm - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
  6. Save the Calgary Farmers Market - Currie Barracks - Calgary, Alberta.
  7. SAVECHILLIWACK.CA - Chilliwack, British Columbia.
  8. Land Over Landings/People or Planes - Pickering, Ontario. See the YouTube videos "Land Over Landings" and "Sneak Attack on Pickering".
  9. S.A.V.E. Senneville as a Village Environment - Senneville, Quebec.
  10. Remembrance Park Senneville - Senneville, Quebec.
  11. Save Shannon Park - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - see the YouTube video "Shannon Park- Halifax".   
  12. Save Cherry Beach - Mississauga, Ontario.
  13. Save the Greenbelt! Ottawa plans to turn 1/3rd of the Greenbelt into subdivisions - Ottawa, Ontario.
  14. Keep Ottawa's Greenbelt Green - Ottawa, Ontario.
  15. Action - Save the Garden City Lands - Richmond, British Columbia. See the YouTube video "SAFEDRIVERMAN - GARDENCITY LANDS".
  16. Save Griffintown! - Montreal, Quebec. See the YouTube video "Emile Bertrand" by the United Steel Workers of Montreal.
  17. Save Our Prison Farms National Campaign - Canada.
  18. Save the Kingston Penitentiary and the Regional Treatment Centre - Kingston, Ontario.
  19. Heritage Montreal - Threatened Emblematic Sites-Silo #5 - Montreal, Quebec.
  20. Submission on Canada Lands Project - Rideau Veterans land on Smyth Road in Ottawa: "It is apparent that the consensus from the residents in the surrounding communities was overwhelmingly negative. The only beneficiaries will be Canada Lands and the developers who are contracted to do the development...This totally unnecessary and unwanted project has now been approved over our heads by the city."
  21. Preserving wetlands in the greater Montreal area - La Prairie, Quebec.
  22. Save Jericho Beach - Vancouver, British Columbia. 
  23. Save Benny Farm - Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal.
In 1972, Canada Lands Company expropriated 98,000 acres of land from Quebec farmers, to create Mirabel airport; and that same year 18,600 acres of Class A farmland were expropriated from Ontario landowners to create a Pickering airport.
The Hon. Erik Nielsen was a Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Leader of the Opposition, Minister of National Defence and Minister of Public Works. Mr. Nielsen told writer Stevie Cameron:
     "Wherever there are large sums of money involved, the crooks will come out of the woodwork" The largest chunk of money in the Canadian government was in its real estate holdings. (From: Page 268 of "On The Take: Crime, Corruption and Greed in the Mulroney Years" paperback edition,)
The Canadian National Railway, Via Rail, Air Canada...the list goes on....refused to tell Erik Nielsen how much property they owned in 1985.

The Nielsen Report can be found at Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street in Ottawa.
According to the 1997 document "Let the Future Begin" all federal property in Canada should be turned over to the Canada Lands Company and privatized. The Department of Public Works would no longer exist:

Federal property owned by the people of Canada in 1985.
In 1980, Canadians owned more than $60 billion dollars worth of Crown real estate, and Public Works Canada was "the country's largest realtor.":

The Harry Hays Federal Building in Calgary, Alberta was built by Public Works Canada.
Five years ago, the government of Canada denationalized:
 The Harry Hays Building in Calgary, Alberta
The Joseph Shepard Building in Toronto, Ontario.
Canada Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
The Thomas D'Arcy McGee Building in Ottawa.
The Skyline Complex, seven buildings in Ottawa.
A Revenue Canada Building in Montreal, Quebec.
RCMP Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.
The RCMP Headquarters on Jarvis Street in Toronto, Ontario were converted into a luxury hotel, The Grand Hotel and Suites:

A former RCMP Building in Toronto.

The CNR Spadina Roundhouse was demolished to make way for the SkyDome, aka the Rogers Centre. Canada Lands Company owns the land under the Rogers Centre.

Monday, November 5, 2012

More Canadian landmarks are being privatized.

The Kingston Penitentiary, Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ontario; Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick and Stony Mountain Institution in Manitoba are being decommissioned and transferred to the Canada Lands Company.
According to the 2007 document "A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety":
---A mega prison will be built in Kingston, Ontario an "the complex would be populated from the consolidation of six existing institutions---Pittsburgh; Joyceville; Warkworth; the Regional Treatment Centre; Kingston Penitentiary and Millhaven." (see Page 197).
---The private sector will build (and run?) the mega prison.
---Older prisons that have "outlived their usefulness" will be decommissioned.
---Joyceville and Pittsburgh Institution farm land is worth $2 million dollars, while the sale of the Ontario Regional Headquarters in Kingston could net $17 million dollars.
Many older prisons that have "outlived their usefulness" are Federal Heritage Buildings:

Canada Lands Company bought the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario.

Collins Bay Institution is known as Disneyland.

Kingston Pen---"The Big House."

I have no doubt whatsoever that Via Rail will "dispose of" the Ottawa Train Station on Tremblay Road, which was designed by John B. Parkin and Associates:
The Ottawa Train Station, winner of the Massey Medal for Architecture.
The C.D. Howe Building at 240 Sparks Street in Ottawa may not technically be a landmark, but the building is a Crown jewel. In 1993, a builder named Jose Perez wanted to buy 240 Sparks:
"He proposed to buy it if the government would give him a twenty-five-year lease at a billion dollars a year." (From: The Stevie Cameron book "On The Take", Chapter 16 "Leases R Us" page 275.) 
It may just be a coincidence, but hundreds of federal employees at the C.D. Howe Building have lost their jobs:
---The Passport Office vacated the premises in the year 2011.
---Industry Canada recently cut 219 federal jobs.
---The Office of the Auditor General lost 10% of its workforce, or 60 positions, a few months ago.
---The Canadian Space Agency cut 23 jobs.

The future of the de Havilland Aircraft Building is still up in the air, no pun intended.  During World War 11, de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, based in Toronto, manufactured thousands of Mosquito and Tiger Moth airplanes. After World War 11, the company produced the Chipmunk, Beaver, Otter, Caribou, Buffalo and Dash airplanes. Last year, the Canadian Air and Space Museum and several businesses were evicted from the building, to pave the way for its eventual demolition.

During the mid-1990's, there were rumours that the federal government would demolish the Dominion Observatory in Ottawa, because of "budget cuts". The Mulroney government sold the Gonzales Astrophysical Observatory at 302 Denison Road Victoria, B.C. to the Capital Regional District. The Gonzales Observatory was built by the Canadian government in 1918.
The Gonzales Observatory in Victoria, B.C.
The Dominion Observatory in Ottawa.

The C.D. Howe Building, a Crown jewel.

240 Sparks Street should have been returned to the people of Canada in the year 2012, for one dollar. (From: "The Erik Nielsen Report", Library and Archives Canada.)