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.)


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