Friday, December 6, 2013

Surplus government of Canada properties.

The Dominion Coal Blocks, which are located east of Fernie, British Columbia. Parcel 73 covers 2,000 hectares of land, while Parcel 83 covers more than 18,000 hectares of land. Since the year 1905, the federal government has owned the Dominion Coal Blocks.The Fraser Institute is calling for the devolution and privatization of all federal properties in British Columbia, including the holdings of the CBC, Canada Mortgage and Housing, Canada Post, Agriculture Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Veterans Affairs and the National Parks.
The Dominion Coal Blocks near Fernie, British Columbia, owned by Natural Resources Canada.. 
Surplus Canada Post properties
4877 Argyle Street (and 4th)
Port Alberni, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.1370 ha.    1 Building.

Government of Canada Building
1323 5th Avenue (at Quebec)
Prince George, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.6550 ha.  1 Building

2 Laird Drive in Toronto, Ontario - a developer wants to build a 7-storey, 78 unit apartment building on the land. The Canada Post building was apparently worth $835,000 dollars.

The Notre-Dame-de-Grace Post Office in Montreal:
Notre- Dame- de- Grace Post Office in Montreal. Quebec.
Government of Canada Building
192 Stewart Street West
Vanderhoof, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.1204 ha.   1 Building

Government of Canada Building
62 Victoria Street West
Kensington, Prince Edward Island(Malpeque)
Disposal of the whole property.

Government of Canada Building
450 Main Street
Alberton, Prince Edward Island
Disposal of the whole property.

Government of Canada Building
120 Main Street
Guysborough, Nova Scotia
Disposal of the whole property.
Land Area: 0.1615 ha.    1 Building.

Government of Canada Building
15 Main Street
Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia
Land Area: 0.0697 ha.   1 Building

Government of Canada Building
1315 Union Street
Canso, Nova Scotia
Disposal of the whole property.
Land Area: 0.1070 ha.  1 Building

The Winnipeg Canada Post complex on Graham Avenue is a 12-storey office tower and mail processing

The Paul Martin Building in Windsor, Ontario.

The main post office in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A former Canada Post and Bank of Canada Building in Toronto was sold to financier E.P. Taylor and then to Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc:
The former Canada Post property at 10 Toronto Street, Toronto Ontario.

Canada Customs buildings and land

Customs House-Government of Canada Building
816 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Land Area: 0.2558 ha.    1 Building.
Property Number 24426
870 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Land Area: 3.6420 ha. or 8 acres.

The Sir John Carling Building in Ottawa, Ontario.
Service Canada Buildings and Land
Sir Lionel Chevrier (Land)
111 Water Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
Land Area: 1.2493 ha. or 3 acres.

Pinetree Line sites-The Pinetree Line was a series of radar stations operated by NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defence Command.) Located in the the northern United States and in Canada,  most of the Pinetree Line stations in Canada were decommissioned. (Information from Wikipedia):
CFS Alsask SK
CFS Armstrong ON
CFS Baldy Hughes BC
CFS Barrington NS
CFB Beausejour MB
RCAF Beaverbrook NS
CFS Beaverlodge AB
Cape Makkovik Air Station NL
Cartwright Air Station NL
CFS Chibougamau QC-
CFS Cold Lake AB
CFB Comox BC
Cut Throat Island Air Station NL
CFS Edgar ON
Elliston RIdge Air Station NL
CFS Falconbridge ON - The military base was sold via an Order in Council-
Order in Council - October 23, 1986-The Surplus Crown Assets Act
    The former CFS Falconbridge. Authority for the Minister to sell 259 ha of land to General Leasholds Ltd.
Fox Harbour Air Station NL
CFS Foymount ON
Frobisher Bay AB
CFB Gander NL
Goose Air Force Base NL
CFS Gypsumville MB
CFS Hoberg BC
Hopedale Air Station NL
CFS Kamloops BC
CFS Mont Apica QC
CFS Moosonee ON
RCAF Station Pagwa ON
RCAF Parent QC
CFS Penhold AB - The Diefenbunker at Penhold was systematically demolished by the federal government after the Hell's Angels or Satan's Choice indicated that they wanted to buy the property.
The former Diefenbunker at CFS Penhold in Alberta.
RCAF Station Puntzi Mountain BC
CFS Ramore ON
CFS Resolution Island NU
Saglek Air Station NL
CFS Senneterre QC
CFS Sioux Lookout ON
Spotter Island Air Station NL
Saint Anthony Air Station NL
Redcliff Air Station NL
CFS St. Margaret's NB
RCAF St. Sylvestre QC
Stephenville NL
CFS Sydney NL
RCAF Tofino BC
CFS Yorkton SK
The Pinetree Line site that is currently "surplus" is located in Stephenville:
Property Number 00854
Main Street
Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador

Land Area: 142.7660 ha.

Surplus Agriculture Canada Experimental Farms
The Delhi Research Farm in Norfolk County, Ontario.
In 2005, the federal government wanted to close four major experimental farms:
1.) The Dairy and Swine Research Centre in Kapuskasing, Ontario.
2.) The Atlantic Cool Crop Research Centre in St. John's NL.
3.) The Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
4.) The Crop and Livestock Research Centre in Nappan, Nova Scotia.

In the year 1988, 91 acres of land were annexed from the Experimental Farm in Ottawa, the Clyde/Merivale lands.
The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario.

A Privy Council Order-in-Council transferred Terry Hughes Park in Westminster, BC to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation:
       1991-11-07-CMHC-Transfer to the CMHC the Title to 3.5 hectares of land situated in New Westminster,British Columbia, Terry Hughes Park, for residential development.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation holdings

Graham Spry Building, 250 Lanark Avenue in Westboro Ottawa.
Lordco Auto Parts bought a huge CBC warehouse in Burnaby, British Columbia. During the 1980's and 1990's, Unitel Communications rented the building:
     April 19, 1991-Order-in-Council
     Authority for the CBC to renew a lease to Unitel Communications-CBC Warehouse, 2555 Douglas Road, Burnaby, British Columbia.
 In 2002 the Crown corporation divested the Graham Spry Building at 250 Lanark Avenue in Westboro, Ottawa.
A former CBC building in Burnaby, BC, rented by Unitel during the 1980's and 1990's.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The B.C. government dissolved the Provincial Capital Commission.

The Art Deco building at 812 Wharf Street in Victoria features a ziggurat or a steeped tower.
The Provincial Capital Commission, a Crown corporation, owns many iconic properties in Victoria, British Columbia, including:
 The CPR Steamship Terminal,
 Crystal Garden,
Victoria's Inner Harbour,
The Belleville Ferry Terminal,
St. Ann's Academy
 The Wharf Street tourist centre.
Ship Point

 Architect Francis Rattenbury designed the Parliament Buildings in Victoria; the CPR Empress Hotel and the CPR Steamship Terminal.
Victoria's Inner Harbour.The Fairmont Empress Hotel, a former CPR hotel, can be seen in the background.

The CPR Steamship Terminal in Victoria, British Columbia.
B.C. NDP MLA Carole James said: "There's a concern you could see the commercialization of these heritage buildings or the selling off of these assets that belong to everyone."(From: MetroNews Canada-Luke Simcoe,November 21 2013.)

Post Offices are sold through a multinational real estate company, CB Richard Ellis. I saw the CB Richard Ellis high-rise office building in Newport Beach, California,which is across the street from a high-end shopping mall, Fashion Island.

In 1991, the BC government managed 379 provincial parks covering 5,364,000 hectares of land.(From a 1991 Environment Canada directory.)

The City of Ottawa designated the B.A. International Building a heritage property.

The Canadian Bank Note Company, 145 Richmond Road Ottawa.(Wikipedia).
In August of 2013, the Canadian Bank Note Company purchased the B.A. International Building:
The British American Bank Note Company Building, 975 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa.

1892-CPR Engine.
From: The Ottawa Public Library (A Carnegie Library), downtown.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Privatization benefits the rich, not ordinary citizens.

A February 1980 article in Macleans Magazine by Liberal Senator Eugene Forsey.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher denationalized thousands of council flats in England, which were affordable housing units.Who profited from the "right-to-buy" program? The son of Margaret Thatcher's housing minister and his wife, who own 40 apartments.
Developers are selling former Crown property for millions of dollars. Kirstie Allsop and Phil Spencer frequently sell council apartments on their television program "Location,Location,Location."

 At one time, "The Universal Man" stood at the base of the CN Tower-- the statue is now relegated to a shopping centre parking lot:
"The Universal Man" by Gerald Gladstone, in Toronto Ontario.

Former CPR properties that are National Historic Sites of Canada.

New Brunswick
The McAdam Railway Station
Montebello-Manoir Papineau, home of Louis-Joseph Papineau.
Montreal- Windsor Station. In the year 2007, Canadian Pacific marketed Windsor Station.The classified ad is from the Globe and Mail newspaper:
Quebec City- The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel.
.Sainte-Genevieve-de-Berthier- The Berthier Railway Station.
Trois-Rivieres- The Canadian Pacific Forest Product Mill. (Demolished in 2002).
Toronto- The John Street Roundhouse, built in 1929.
Toronto - Union Station - Once owned by Canadian Pacific and Grand Trunk, now owned by the City of Toronto, which is ruining the building.
Canadian Pacific Railway Station- sold to the Province of Manitoba.
British Columbia
Banff National Park- The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kelowna- The Myra Canyon Section of the Kettle Valley Railway. The Kettle Valley railroad bed is now part of the Trans Canada Trail.
Victoria- The Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

The war against Canada's architectural history.

The following laws are responsible for the scorched earth policy that resulted in the destruction of many symbols of Canada's railway,military, industrial, broadcasting and maritime history:

Federal Laws
The Canada Post Corporation Act
The Museums Act
The Surplus Crown Assets Act
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act - The loophole: Section 3.4: "This Act applies to lighthouses that are the property of Her Majesty in right of Canada."
The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act - The loophole: Only designated heritage railway stations that are still owned by a railway company under federal jurisdiction are subject to the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.

The Royal Canadian Mint Act (1985) - The Mint has the power to "do all things" (melt down, I presume) to medals, commemorative plaques and tokens made of gold, silver and platinum. Every federal government building in this country featured Canada's Coat of Arms, which contained gold, silver and platinum. Thousands of Coats of Arms were stripped from Dominion Buildings when they were privatized during the 1980's and 1990's. The Air Canada Centre in Toronto was a federal building,Canada Post Headquarters.

The Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street in Toronto, was a Canada Post heritage building.
The Broadcasting Act-The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sold the Jarvis Street Headquarters in Toronto, the former Havergal Ladies College, to the National Ballet School of Canada and to developers.
The National Capital Act (1985) applies to National Capital Commission properties in Ottawa.

Federal heritage laws supersede provincial and municipal heritage laws.
The Ontario Realty Corporation owned, or still owns, the Bowmanville Prison of War Camp, Toronto's Don Jail, Guelph Reformatory, the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.

Individuals who fought to save Canadian landmarks in the past; and people who are currently trying to save historic buildings.
 A Mayor of Toronto John Sewell.
A Federal Minister of Agriculture Bud Olson.
A Federal Minister of Agriculture Eugene Whelan-The Hon. Bud Olson and the Hon.Eugene Whelan
prevented the sale of the Experimental Farm in Ottawa to developers.
Kingston,Ontario City Councillor Bill Glover is trying to prevent the destruction of Kingston Penitentiary.
Writer Andy Russell, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Agriculture Minister Bud Olson at the Lethbridge, Alberta airport.(1972)
Organizations that are preserving Canadian National Historic Sites and Monuments and heritage buildings:
The Heritage Canada Foundation.
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Save the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse - Nova Scotia.
Friends of Windsor Station - Montreal.
Friends of the Farm Ottawa and Friends of the Experimental Farm Ottawa.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society saved the Georgia Cannery in Steveston village, Richmond, British Columbia.  The Cannery Row in Monterey, California is immortalized in a John Steinbeck novel; a 1982 movie starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger, and a Bob Dylan song ---"Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands".

Save the Toronto Railway Museum! John Street Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd.,Toronto, Ontario.
The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Save Postal Station K - Toronto, Ontario. See the Globe and Mail article "A new uprising at Montgomery's Tavern."

Save the Notre-Dame-de-Grace and Snowdon post offices - Montreal.

Historic properties that should be preserved:
The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.-Photographs of my father  in front of the Lansdowne Barracks and Aberdeen Pavilion during World War 11:

Train Stations

Railway Hotels

Grain Elevators


National Historic Sites

The Cold War Diefenbunkers

Government of Canada Buildings-When a federal building is transferred to a Crown corporation, the building loses all heritage designation and protection. The de Havilland Aircraft Building at CFB Downsview in Toronto,Ontario was a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. Downsview Park is a Crown corporation.
The Prison for Women in Kingston was a Classified Federal Heritage Building when it was owned by Corrections Canada.
The Canadian Bank Note Company Building, 145 Richmond Road, Westboro Village Ottawa.

The Quadrant in London, England-The Dominion Public Building in Toronto is similar in design to buildings in The Quadrant, Regent Street, London England.( Wikipedia).

The Dominion Public Building, 1 Front Street West Toronto.The building apparently is worth $74,153,000.

"The Score" was filmed in the Montreal Customs House:

The Montreal Customs House,105 McGill Street - Montreal, Quebec.

Forestry Canada fire lookout towers-The CBC television program "The Forest Rangers" was filmed in Kleinburg, Ontario from 1963 until 1965.

Dominion Observatory Ottawa.
Dominion Observatories-During the 1990's the federal government planned to bulldoze Ottawa's Dominion Observatory,, because of budget cuts. The Gonzales Observatory in Victoria, British Columbia was sold to the Capital Regional District in Victoria, B.C.
Gonzales Observatory, Victoria.

Armouries- The Windsor Ontario Armoury was sold to the University of Windsor. A condo developer bought Wallis House in Ottawa, which was built in 1873.
 The Bessborough Armoury and Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver are Recognized Federal Heritage Buildings.
Banks-The Bank of Nova Scotia at 125 Sparks Street Ottawa is a Classified Federal Heritage Building.

Clock Towers- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The CPR created Marathon Realty to manage railway properties, not to sell them.

The CPR owned the following hotels.(Information provided by Wikipedia.)
Algonquin in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Banff Springs in Alberta.
Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton, Alberta. 
Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta.
Cornwallis Inn in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Digby Pines Resort in Digby, Nova Scotia.
Empress in Victoria, British Columbia.
Hotel at Kananaskis, Alberta.
Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Le Chateau Champlain in Montreal.
Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Quebec.
Lodge at Kananaskis, Alberta.
Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Palliser in Calgary, Alberta.
Place Viger in Montreal, Quebec.
Royal Alexandra Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Demolished.)
Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.
Marathon Realty planned to demolish Union Station in Toronto, Summerhill Station in North Toronto, Windsor Station in Montreal and the Saskatoon railway station.
A 1965 legal agreement between the CPR and Marathon Realty:

Royal York Hotel in Toronto. A tunnel connected the Royal York to
Union Station across the street.(Wikipedia photo)


Monday, November 4, 2013

The Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, which was Crown property from 1923 until 1988, is now owned by Larco Investments of Vancouver.

Larco Investments is building 350 condo units in Vancouver in the year 2014. Canadians have no idea what Larco's long-terms plans are for the Chateau Laurier hotel.
The Canadian Pacific Railway, a multinational corporation,profited from the sale of Canadian National railway hotels to Fairmont. The people of Canada, who collectively owned the CNR hotels, did not benefit in any way from the denationalization of the following landmarks:
Chateau Laurier in Ottawa
Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta
Macdonald Hotel in Edmonton
Hotel Vancouver in British Columbia
Fort Garry in Winnipeg
Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal-John Lennon and Yoko Ono composed and recorded the song "Give Peace a Chance" in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
Bessborough Saskatoon in Saskatchewan
Hotel Beausejour in Moncton, New Brunswick
For over 100 years the CPR has been the beneficiary of federal government subsidies and land grants, according to the book "The CPR: A Century of Corporate Welfare."

I am calling for a judicial/public inquiry, to investigate the sale of the CNR and CP Rail hotels;thousands of Dominion Buildings;the privatization of Crown corporations and millions of acres of Canadian Pacific Railway land and the divestiture of one thousand lighthouses (including Peggy's Cove) ...enough is enough. This is my grandchild's inheritance that we're talking about. I do not want to see "Private Property" and "No Trespassing" signs in Canada's National Parks, and at the entrance to federal museums, lighthouses, Coast Guard stations and Experimental Farms. I do not want to see ugly condos on the grounds of the Sir John Carling Building, Tunney's Pasture and the Natural Resources Canada complex on Booth Street in Ottawa. Back off, developers... this land is our land.
The RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, and Conrad Black's Hollinger building in Toronto are currently for sale, according to classified ads in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
 The Hollinger building was a Canada Post Dominion building and then E.P. Taylor property.
Over $500 million federal and provincial tax dollars were spent, to build the SkyDome in Toronto; Rogers Communications bought the SkyDome for a fraction of that price, and Larco purchased the Fairmont SkyDome Hotel, which is attached to the stadium.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Balkanization of the Canadian Pacific Railway

The CPR may have illegally sold and given away thousands of railway properties, that should have reverted to the Crown when they were no longer needed by the company.

The following CPR reversionary properties should be owned by all Canadians:
Montreal, Quebec
Adirondack Subdivision
Angus Shops
Dorval Station Grounds
Drummond and Laugauchetiere Street - Land and Buildings.
Hochelaga Yard
Jean-Talon Train Station - was sold to the City of Montreal in 1984.
Le Chateau Champlain Hotel
Mile End Yard (Village of Cote St. Louis).
Papineau Yard
Place Viger
Place du Canada and the IBM-Marathon Tower were built on CPR land.
Pointe Claire - Pt. Valois Station.
St. Denis Yard
Wentworth Golf Course - Ville St. Pierre and City of Lachine - "This property is leased 'in perpetuity' to Canadian Pacific Railway (now Canadian Pacific Limited) who in turn has granted a 'right to use' to Marathon Realty Company Limited, but in accordance with your instructions this lease and 'right to use' have been ignored for the purpose of this appraisal, the purpose of which is to determine the present Market Value of the property in fee simple (freehold), free and clear of all encumbrance."
Windsor Station -
The former Jean-Talon CPR train station in Montreal, Gare Jean-Talon.(Wikipedia photo)
Toronto, Ontario- The Dufferin Mall, a shopping centre, was constructed on CPR land.
 Land North of King Street East and Dufferin Street and south of Queen Street, Mile 1.83 Galt Subdivision.
Bathurst North of Lakeshore.
Cherry Street Yard, fronting Mill Street.
Fez City Yards, Bathurst.
Fronting Yonge Street and Shaftesbury Avenue with Land and Buildings.
Front and Beachell Streets.
Fronting on Front Street and Spadina Avenue.
Mile 4.03 - North Toronto, Shaw Street.
North Toronto Subdivision, fronting Birch Avenue.
Parkdale Yards, fronting King Street.
A parcel of land of irregular feature fronting Marlborough Avenue and Yonge Street - Summerhill Station - Marathon planned to bulldoze the train station and build 700 houses on the site,but they faced bitter opposition from the community. The saga is documented in the 1971 book "Marlborough Marathon - One Street Against a Developer" by Canadian historian J.L Granatstein.
Royal York Hotel.
Union Station - Marathon wanted to knock down Union Station to facilitate the construction of a development called "Metro City." The City of Toronto eventually bought the landmark, and the City is now selectively demolishing the building.
Roy Thomson Hall was built on CPR reversionary land.
West Toronto Yard - Keele and West Toronto.

Staines, Ontario - Scarborough - Fronting Finch Avenue.
Scarborough - Warden Avenue.
Etobicoke - North Queen Street.

Calgary, Alberta - (Telecommunications Building Site) - A parcel of land at the South East corner of 2nd Street S.E. and 9th Avenue S.E. Acreage - 0.69. Book Value - $1 Dollar.
The Husky Tower is a 600 foot observation tower and revolving restaurant, built in 1968.
Palliser Hotel.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Coal Harbour
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
The Hotel Vancouver in British Columbia. (Wikipedia photo)

Victoria, British Columbia
CPR Steamship Terminal-The Royal London Wax Museum was forced to move a few years ago.
Crystal Garden
Empress Hotel.

Quebec City, Quebec
Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel - The terrace level (basement) is being deconstructed to build a new banquet hall.
Fronting Haldimand Street and Mont Carmel Street. Land - $44, 593.  Building - U.C.C. - $68,571.
Gare du Palais (Palace Station) - is similar in design to the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel.
Gare du Palais in Quebec City, Quebec.
Winnipeg, Manitoba-The Royal Alexandra Hotel is gone, and the CPR station was sold to the Manitoba provincial government.

Lethbridge, Alberta - The Lethbridge Community Health Centre is located in the former train station, 801 1st. Avenue South. Two of my brothers worked for the CPR in Lethbridge in the early 1970's.

Edmonton, Alberta- Strathcona Station. Decommissioned in 1980.

More Ontario properties that Marathon acquired during the years 1966 and 1967.
Belleville - Mile 112.6 - Between Division and Ontario.
Belleville Station.
Bowmanville - Liberty Street.
Brockville - South side of Louis Street, Land and Buildings. Concession Road.
Carelton Place - Highway 29.
Chatham - Prince Street; Adelaide and King; Centre and Park.
Cobourg - Mile 136.5 and Mile 136.6 Fronting Old Lakeshore Road.
Durham - Lambton Street.
Guelph - Fronting on Speedvale Avenue.
Kingston - Mile 102, Fronting Patrick Street.
London - Talbot and Oxford; Spanner Street; Waterloo and Kenneth.
North Bay - Timmins Street.
Ottawa - Mile 84.6 - Fronting St. Laurent Boulevard.
Parry Sound - Armstrong Street.
Perth - Harvey Street.
Port Hope - Mile 141.3 - King Street.
Smiths Falls - Land fronting William and Victoria.
Sudbury - Lorne, Elm and Brady.
Whitby - Station Grounds.

Lands - Canadian Niagara Falls.

During the mid-1970's I studied journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.
 The Calgary Albertan newspaper printed MRC's weekly journal. My classmates and I visited the Albertan printing plant, a building located on CPR land. Marathon Realty Assistant General Manager Rod Sykes raised the rent on the printing plant, from $900 dollars a year to $20,000 dollars a year. Rod Sykes later became mayor of Calgary. (From:"Canadian Pacific-A Portrait of Power" by Susan Goldenberg, page 14.)

Duff Roblin planned to redevelop a CPR property in downtown Ottawa, Ontario that was eventually sold to the Westin Hotel corporation. ("Canadian Pacific-A Portrait of Power" Page 134.)

More CPR properties that Marathon Realty purchased for little or no money at all in 1966:
Calgary - Laggan Subdivision - Section 15 and 5 and a half, and NW Section 16, Twp. 24, Rge. 1, W 5th M. - 39.42 acres. $1 dollar.
Olds - Mile 56.3 Red Deer Subdivision - 13.58 acres, $1,127 dollars and 10 cents.
Didsbury - Mile 48.4, Red Deer Subdivision - 12.98 acres. $1,190 dollars and 20 cents.
Carstairs - Mile 39.4, Red Deer Subdivision - 9.73 acres. $700 dollars and 92 cents.
Calgary (Turner Siding) Mile 5.0, Macleod Subdivision - NE Section 21, Twp. 23, Rge. 1, W 5th M. 7.19 acres. $388 dollars and 26 cents.
Innisfail - Mile 75.25, Red Deer Subdivision - 2.80 acres. $219 dollars and 24 cents.
Crossfield - Mile 28.9 Red Deer Subdivision - 8.9 acres, $689 dollars and 87 cents.
Cochrane - Mile 22.86, Laggan Subdivision  27.73, $11 dollars and 45 cents.
Canmore - Mile 673, Laggan Subdivision  49.14 acres, $1 dollar.

Toronto, Ontario - A parcel of land of irregular figure, City of Toronto, County of York, fronting on Millard and Parliament Streets. $1,940 dollars.
Toronto - Galt Subdivision - City of Toronto, County of York, fronting on Cariboo and Osler Avenue - $2,028 dollars. The Ontario provincial government's Go Transit operates on Galt Subdivision railway tracks.
Sudbury - Mileage 78.12 - Cartier Subdivision - $99 dollars.
London - Mileage 0.04 - Windsor Subdivision - A parcel of land of irregular feature, City of London, County of Middlesex, fronting on Richmond and Pall Mall Streets - Book Value - $175 dollars.
Windsor - City of Windsor, County of Essex, fronting on Tecumseh Road. $3,351.00

Montreal - Lot 4720, Parish of Montreal, Westmount Subdivision - Property Section L63B - $4,575 dollars.
Montreal West - Mileage 0.1 Winchester Subdivision $13,924 dollars.
Sherbrooke - $38.00.
Sherbrooke - $47.00
Iberville - Adirondack Subdivision - $171.00.
Magog - A parcel of land of irregular feature, forming Pt. Lot 1678, Town of Magog, fronting St. Patrick and Millette Streets.$28 dollars.
Magog - Town of Magog, fronting on Main Street. $25.00 dollars.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The foreign invasion of Canada created by privatization.

Government of Canada property is routinely sold through Privy Council Orders-in-Council. The people of Canada are never consulted, when embassies, lighthouses, experimental farms, train stations, Olympic venues, Expo '67 pavilions, RCMP buildings, space observatories, baseball stadiums, bridges, military bases and post offices are privatized.

China, India and Saudi Arabia are buying huge tracts of land in countries such as New Zealand, to grow food and bio-fuel.

Several years ago, the Canadian government planned to sell nine GOC buildings, including the Harry Hays Building in Calgary, the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Building in Ottawa, Skyline Towers in Ottawa and the Sinclair Building in Vancouver, B.C.

 Samuel de Champlain built a fortress in Quebec City on high ground, to protect the city from foreign invaders. The Chateau Frontenac Hotel was build on the grounds of the fortress--- privatization led to the foreign invasion of the Chateau Frontenac.
The Chateau Frontenac Hotel in Quebec City.(Wikipedia).
The Canadian Pacific Railway was obligated to return the CPR hotels, train stations (Windsor Station in Montreal, Summerhill in Toronto..) and millions of acres of land, to the people of Canada. Instead of returning the reversionary properties, the railway decided to create a real estate company, Marathon Realty in 1963.

People fight for what they love---I love the songs "O Canada" and "The Maple Leaf Forever;" our Maple Leaf Flag and Coat of Arms;the National Parks; the Dominion Observatory and Experimental Farm in Ottawa; landmarks; heritage buildings, the Prairies and the Rockies; Atlantic Canada lighthouses, buildings and landscapes; museums (I visited the Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and the Glenbow Museum in Alberta, and Sir John A. Macdonald's home in Kingston, Ontario) and National Historic Sites.
The British Embassy owns Sir John A. Macdonald's home in Ottawa.
Fairmont owns the CPR and CNR railway hotels.

Canada's Coat of Arms and Maple Leaf Flag are stripped from government buildings when they are privatized. During the Middle Ages, the Barbarians also stripped heraldic flags and Coats of Arms from buildings, when they invaded foreign countries.
The Fraser Institute wants to see the devolution of all National Parks in British Columbia to the B.C. provincial government. ("Introduction When A Country")
Ten years ago Walt Disney Corporation and Viacom were interested in buying the CN Tower in Toronto.

La Ronde, the huge Expo '67 amusement park in Montreal, is now owned and operated by Six Flags, an American company. (My father was a professional photographer, I posted many Expo '67 pictures on my blog:
1.) "The federal government is closing the former American pavilion at Expo '67, because of budget cuts.
2.) "Family photographs taken at Expo '67".
3.) "Inside the United States Pavilion at Expo '67.")

Important Canadian symbols and landmarks.

1.  The Parliament Buildings and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
2. Canada's Maple Leaf Flag
3.  Canada's Coat of Arms
4.  The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario.
5.  Ottawa's Mile of History on Sussex Drive, Ottawa.
6.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police - in 1995, the Walt Disney Corporation bought the rights to the RCMP image, Google "1995 - Disney scores right to market Mountie products -CBC".
7.  The Rockies
8.  The Calgary Tower/Husky Tower - The Calgary Tower was built on the grounds of a demolished CPR railway station. Sir John A. Macdonald gave the CPR 25 million acres of land, on the condition that any property not needed by the CPR would revert to the Crown, the people of Canada. We own the land beneath the tower.
9.   Grain elevators
10. Totem Poles
11. Niagara Falls
12. Lighthouses
13. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
14. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
15. The CNR and CPR railway hotels.
16. CNR and CPR train stations
17. Igloos
18. Illanaaq - a Vancouver 2010 Olympics logo.
19. Canada's National Parks
20. Dominion Buildings - The Mulroney government privatized thousands of Dominion Buildings, which housed federal government agencies and Crown corporations---Canada Post, Manpower, Canada Customs, the RCMP, the Passport Office...Many of the buildings featured a clock tower, and Canada's Maple Leaf Flag and Coat of Arms were proudly displayed.
21. Statues on Parliament Hill - Sir Wilfred Laurier, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Sir John A. Macdonald, Queen Elizabeth 11, Robert Baldwin and Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, Thomas D'Arcy McGee, George Brown, Alexander Mackenzie, Sir Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Lester Bowles Pearson, John George Diefenbaker, Police Memorium, Queen Victoria, Sir Robert Laird Borden, The Famous Five or The Valiant Five.
22. Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario.
23. Canada Place in Vancouver, with its iconic white sails, was built by the taxpayers of Canada for Expo '86. The Fraser Institute wants to see Canada Place privatized. ("Introduction When a Country.")

Friday, September 27, 2013

Kingston Penitentiary will close on September 30, 2013.

The CN Tower is no longer owned by the People of Canada, the landmark is "non-federal owned". Several years ago there was an attempt to remove the words "Canada" and "Canadian" from the word mark "CN Tower", despite the fact that  taxpayers of this country paid for the construction of the tower, and the land was federally owned.
The Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario was a Classified Heritage Building, the highest designation.
The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec was also a National Historic Site of Canada.  Many Hollywood movies were filmed in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Pen, including the Universal movie "Death Race" and John Travolta's "Battlefield Earth":
A September 5, 2005 Globe and Mail article about the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary by Albert Warson.

"Death Race" was filmed in a federal prison in Laval, Quebec.

The Prison for Women 

My father loved beautiful buildings and landmarks.

I have all the negatives for these pictures, will develop them soon:
Soest, Germany.
Europa-Center and Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche in Berlin, Germany.

Cathedral Hauptstadt in Berlin, Germany.
Westfalen, Germany.

Hotel Barolina and Kino International, Berlin.