Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

We are being treated like dirt.

A few years ago, I saw a photograph that I cannot erase from my mind; the image of Canadian citizens waiting outside a government building, in the rain, to apply for a passport.
Hundreds of people standing in the rain, for hours, outside the Sinclair Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Trudeau government did not treat ordinary people like serfs, underlings.  
In 1979, I applied for a Canadian passport in Toronto, and I did not have to wait for hours outside a government building on Yonge Street. I waited inside the building, sitting on a comfortable chair in a carpeted room. I was always treated respectfully at Manpower offices, train stations, post offices...
Recently, the Government of Canada announced the closure of 100 Service Canada offices; and the Ontario government is closing Service Ontario terminals.
Federal Crown corporations are fixated on saving money, not on providing services to the general public.
The mandate of Via Rail is "to provide a safe and efficient passenger rail service in Canada." Yet Via Rail is reducing or cutting Sarnia, Kitchener, Stratford, Belleville and Maritime Canada routes.
The government of Canada cannot intervene, because Via Rail is an "arms-length" Crown corporation. Unfortunately, Via Rail is not "arms length" from the Canadian treasury, the Consolidated Revenue Fund. Since 2007, a billion dollars have been transferred from the CRF into the coffers of Via Rail.
We, the people of Canada, are the shareholders of Via Rail, Canada Post, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the national museums, the Royal Canadian Mint, Canada Mortgage Housing and Corporation, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, National Arts Centre, National Capital Commission...the list goes on. Without our money, these institutions would not exist.

Stop privatizing Crown corporations -the bargain-basement sale of the CNR, the People's Railway, was a major boondoggle, that benefited a few (Hunter Harrison and CNR shareholders including Bill Gates) at the expense of many.

CFS Alert is a Canadian Weather Station and Signals Intelligence Base located at Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic.

My father George Shaw at CFS Alert in 1969.
Air Transport Command Hercules unloading fuel oil on a re-supply mission to Alert Base, NWT.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Above the Law - Crown corporations are not accountable to the people of Canada.

The Museums Act (1990) applies to the directors of Canada's national museums--they have the power to sell, exchange, give away, destroy or otherwise dispose of works of art and other museum material.
And real property can be sold to the highest bidder---Canada Post and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation privatized billions of dollars worth of Crown property, to the point that the CBC has been delisted from the Federal Directory of Real Property website.
The Canadian Museum of Nature, ironically, paved over green space to create parking lots. According to the newsletter "Green Space and Parking at the Canadian Museum of Nature"-Updated October 2012:
      "During the six years of renovations of the museum from 2004 to 2010, the museum reviewed and got approval from the City of Ottawa on appropriate changes-this included obtaining a building permit, even though we were not required to do so as a federal institution."
The National Capital Commission wants to see underground parking at the Museum of Nature...that will pave the way for---CONDOS.  A few years ago, the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa planned to sell property along St. Laurent Boulevard to a developer. Apparently that idea was scuttled, so the lighthouse, radar antenna, Convair Atlas Rocket, pump jack, Dominion Observatory telescope, windmill and CNR train will not be:
or sold to an American museum, the Crown Assets Distribution Centre, or an auction house.
Canada is the only G8 country without laws to protect heritage buildings.
Silo #5 in Pointe-du-Moulin, Montreal.
The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada - a residential project called "Les Bassins du Havre" is being constructed along the banks of the Lachine Canal.

The Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada - Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided that 1,000 lighthouses in Canada were "surplus", including Peggy's Cove.

Toronto Union Station National Historic Site of Canada - Via Rail owned the railway station at one time; the building is now owned by the City of Toronto, and parts of the landmark are being demolished.

Winnipeg Union Station National Historic Site of Canada - The train station was sold to a numbered company through a Privy Council Order-in-Council.

The Chateau Frontenac Hotel National Historic Site of Canada - The hotel in Quebec City is now owned by a multinational corporation, Fairmont Hotel's and Resorts.

Senneville Lodge was bulldozed in 2008,

    The George Derby Lands in Burnaby, British Columbia were also owned by Veteran's Affairs Canada.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Once the Canada Lands Company buys a federal property, the property becomes Non-Federal Owned.

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