Friday, January 11, 2013

The National Capital Commission's "moratorium on land sales" is a polite fiction.

     Since the year 1995, the National Capital Commission can dispose of property worth more than $200,000 provided it is listed in the NCC  Annual Five Year Corporate Plan submitted to the Treasury Board of Canada.
    According to the "Summary of the Corporate Plan, 2011-2012 to 2015-2016":
                                      Mandate Review - (Page 8)
"A mandate review of the NCC was completed in December 2006, and resulting changes to the National Capital Act are pending. In the interim, the NCC will maintain a moratorium on the disposal of surplus lands, except for non-contentious sales to other public entities, and it will seek separate Treasury Board of Canada authority for all disposals exceeding $2 million." (Emphasis mine - savecfbrockcliffe).

Page 19 of the document reiterates the point that the National Capital Commission currently has the power to sell property to other levels of government:
                                Real Property Acquisitions and Disposals
"Potential property disposals for 2011-2012 are limited to transactions with other levels of government."

The term other levels of government applies to the City of Ottawa; the Ontario government's Ontario Realty Corporation/Infrastructure Ontario; and Crown corporations including the Canada Lands Company.
The Canada Lands Company was created to dispose of Government of Canada property; therefore, if the National Capital Commission transfers land to the CLC, the property will immediately be privatized, and eventually sold. All CLC properties are non-federal owned. The term other public entities could also refer to foreign governments such as China and India. New Zealand is becoming a food colony of the Government of China, according to the April 26, 2012 Internet article "China buys New Zealand - The Federalist"---  The Road to Serfdom. In 1985, Agriculture Canada owned more than one million acres of land, see "The Nielsen Report" by former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Erick Nielsen.
The National Capital Commission could rake in billions of dollars from the sale of Greenbelt land to public entities and other levels of government. The former Greenbelt Research Farm in Nepean, bordered by West Hunt Club Road, Woodroffe Avenue, Greenbank Road and Fallowfiled Road, encompassed 2,965 acres of land. The City of Ottawa bought several acres of the property for the Fallowfield Park and Ride in 2001;  and the Crown corporation Via Rail built a train station on AAFC/NCC land.

In 1961, the National Capital Commission expropriated land from a Gloucester farmer, for the Greenbelt, and the family was paid $110,000 dollars. In 1998, the land was severed from the Greenbelt and sold to an Ontario numbered company for $6,702,000 (over $6 million); see "Woodburn Estate v. National Capital Commission" (2001). Court documents state that the National Capital Commission abandoned the purpose for which the land was expropriated (Greenbelt), declared the land surplus, obtained rezoning and sold the property at a huge profit.
The NCC is permitted to keep the profits from land sales: "The proceeds from the sale or lease of these lands would be used to fund and strengthen the remaining Greenbelt land and/or to add other contributing lands."
The NCC will own a 25 acre parcel at the northwest corner of CFB Rockcliffe in Ottawa, and promised to build a museum on the site. However, most of the LeBreton Flats are being redeveloped for condominiums, so I will not hold my breath waiting  for a memorial, museum or an art gallery to be constructed at Rockcliffe.

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