Sunday, March 31, 2013

The federal government is closing the former American pavilion at Expo '67, because of "budget cuts".

                                   
Photo of me, A. Shaw, during a visit to Expo '67.
   Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao designed the iconic American pavilion at Expo '67, a geodesic dome. In August of 1990, Environment Canada bought the pavilion for $17.5 million dollars, and the site became "The Montreal Biosphere".
     I believe the Canada Lands Company is behind the decision to close the Montreal Biosphere. I'll give you proof:

  1. In 1997, Jean Charest and the federal Conservatives outlined their vision for Canada in a policy manual called "Let the Future Begin". One recommendation - merge four federal government departments---Environment Canada; Natural Resources Canada; Agriculture Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Thousands of civil servants who work for the four departments have recently been given layoff notices; research institutions were shut down (including the world- renowned Experimental Lakes Area); Environment Canada's Environmental Assessment Review Agency has essentially been gutted; Fisheries and Oceans Canada decommissioned Coast Guard stations at Kitsilano, B.C. and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and 1,000 lighthouses were declared "surplus". In the year 2000, 780 hectares of land at the Agricultural Research Farm in Nepean, Ontario were transferred to the National Capital Commission. The Farm was bordered by Fallowfield, West Hunt Club, Woodroffe and Greenbank roads. Environment Canada owns the Montreal Biosphere.
  2. From:"Let the Future Begin" ---The responsibilities currently undertaken by DFO, Environment Canada, NRCan and AAFC will be transferred to "The Department of Sustainable Development". In 2008, the Conservatives created a law called "The Federal Sustainable Development Act."
  3. The Canada Lands Company is the lucky recipient of "surplus" Environment Canada, NRCan, Agriculture Canada and DFO properties. "Let the Future Begin" recommends that $40 billion dollars worth of federal real estate be transferred to the Canada Lands Company. The CLC plans to redevelop the NRCan Booth Street Complex in Ottawa---the CANMET lab has already been moved to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.The Dartmouth DFO rescue station will be sold to the CLC. Agriculture Canada is mothballing several experimental farms, including the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg; Delhi Research Farm in Ontario, and the Indian Head Tree Farm and Community Pasture in Saskatchewan.
  4. Cite du Havre was "The Gateway to Expo '67." According to an August 7, 1984 classified ad in the Montreal Gazette newspaper, "LA POINTE DE LA CITE DU HAVRE" was a Special Recovery Project for Canada Lands Company Limited.(LE VIEUX PORT DE MONTREAL) In 2007, Canada Lands Company sold Parc de la Cite du Havre to the City of Montreal.
  5.  Canada Lands Company is currently redeveloping Montreal's harbourfront, which includes land at Cite du Havre - Parcel A is 22 acres, and is zoned commercial and residential; and Parcel B is four acres of land, zoned as park land.
  6.  Canada Lands Company owns Canada's most historic, iconic buildings and structures---the CN Tower; federal penitentiaries; Dominion Buildings, the de Havilland Building, Bunker and Hangar at Downsview Park; Old Port of Montreal; and the Sailors' Memorial Clock and Silo No.5 in Montreal. (A  Dominion Building in Niagara Falls, Ontario was the police station in a 1953 Marilyn Monroe movie "Niagara". The building, previously occupied by Canada Post, Canada Customs, a police department and Manpower is boarded up and vacant.) I would not be surprised if the Dominion Public Building in Toronto, Ontario is sold; the property has already been given an assessed value, which is often a kiss of death for historic buildings. The Kingston Pen is apparently worth $17 million dollars.
  7. The Montreal Biosphere is being mothballed, because some well-connected developer wants the land. I hope the Americans repatriate Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome, and place it in a museum or site worthy of its stature. Although it will break my heart to see it go - most of the 90 pavilions at the World's Fair are gone, despite the fact that Mayor Jean Drapeau of Montreal wanted the entire site preserved. The most popular exhibit at Expo,owned by the U.S.S.R.,was dismantled and transported to Moscow.
  8. The Montreal Biosphere conducts research on water and ecosystem protection. Environmental laws have been gutted in Canada; and Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement gives multinational corporations the right to sue the Canadian government, if any public policy or government action denies them investment opportunities or profits. The government of Canada is giving an American company access to glacier water in a national park--- the subsidiary of a Phoenix, Arizona company, is building the Glacier Discovery Walk in Jasper National Park. And the federal government privatized the operation of hot springs at Kootenay, Jasper and Banff national parks. Environment Canada is responsible for Parks Canada, and thousands of Parks Canada employees have been told their jobs are in jeopardy.
Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are being dismantled. 
Our national parks are being devolved to the provinces.
Revenue Canada will merge with the Department of Finance.
Welcome to Canada, Incorporated. Not Canada Limited, or the Dominion of Canada. Multinationals will go to great lengths to profit from this country's resources and historic buildings. 
READ: The North American Free Trade Agreement.
             Jean Charest's Plan Nord project.( Jean Charest was the federal Minister of the Environment from 1991- 1993.)
            Let the Future Begin by Jean Charest and the Conservative Government.
            Introduction When a Country by the Fraser Institute.
            Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World's Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke.
The Montreal Biosphere was the American pavilion at the 1967 World's Fair in Montreal, Quebec.
  1. Expo 67 photographs of my stepmother.
               
                         

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Kingston Penitentiary is not crumbling.

     Kingston, Ontario is called The Limestone City because many of the city's landmarks were built with limestone: Fort Henry; the Martello Towers; Royal Military College; Kingston General Hospital; Rockwood; Kingston City Hall; Queen's University; the CNR train station on Montreal Street; Collins Bay Penitentiary and the Kingston Penitentiary.
Kingston Penitentiary in 1895 - The West lodge and tower from the west wharf. (Sent to A. Shaw from the Federal Heritage Building Review Office in Gatineau, Quebec.)
Limestone is one of the most durable building materials in the world. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, almost 4,000 years old, was created with limestone.
Pictures of Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario - Summer of 1992.

Most of the buildings at Kingston Pen are in good condition, according to a recent government report:                                                    



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is selling waterfront property in West Vancouver.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is selling five acres of land at the Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research, according to an article "Exclusive: Kits Coast Guard base not being sold by feds-but West Van property is" by Bob Mackin, Business Vancouver News--February 26, 2013.
The land is worth $11 million dollars.
The Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research at 4160 Marine Drive in Vancouver, BC.
DFO is hollowing out or closing major Canadian research and development institutions:
The Experimental Lakes Area in Northern Ontario
The Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The government is phasing out research on the biological effects of oil and gas and the effects of oil spills. Several employees at the Bedford Institute will lose their jobs.
Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, Quebec. Thirty people have been told their jobs may be eliminated, and the world-class library is being shut down.
St. Andrews Biological Station in St. Andrews, New Brunswick - The Contaminants and Toxicology Department has been eliminated, the library has been dismantled, and several people are losing their jobs.
Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia - Staff are worried about possible job cuts.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is privatizing social housing.

     The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation was created in 1946, to house returning World War 11 veterans and their families. In subsequent years, the federal Crown corporation built affordable housing; funded urban renewal projects; preserved historic neighbourhoods; gave Residential Rehabilitation grants to homeowners, to repair and upgrade their houses; gave Research and Development grants to scientists; redeveloped Granville Island in Vancouver and built Habitat in Montreal; launched a Green Building Program...The CMHC was given the United Nations Peace Medal in 1982 for "promoting a better understanding among people of the ECE (Economic Commission for Europe) countries, as host of a study tour on housing, building and planning." 
Habitat '67 in Montreal, Quebec.
 "The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act" was created:
Section 28 (1):
     "The Corporation has the power to manage, acquire, hold, lend, lease and dispose of real and personal property."

The Kingstonian Apartments at 780 Division Street in Kingston, Ontario were denationalized:
A 2007 classified ad from the Globe and Mail newspaper. The Kingstonian Apartments were renamed "Frontenac Place".

The Fraser Institute lobbied for the devolution of all Canada Mortgage and Housing holdings in British Columbia, to the province of BC.

A Fraser Institute document, calling for the devolution of CMHC real estate to the province of BC.
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The Blair Rifle Range in North Vancouver was owned by DND from 1927 until 1967, when it was sold to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. (Image is from the Directory of Federal Real Property.)
As far back as 1995 the Government of Canada wanted to redevelop the Blair Rifle Range:
                                                         ORDER-IN-COUNCIL
National Housing Act - 1995-1825 - Authority to enter into a SUPPLEMENTARY AGREEMENT between the Crown, the Province of BRITISH COLUMBIA and the CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION which provides for future changes in the active party responsible for the development of the land comprised of the former BLAIR RIFLE RANGE, located in the District of North Vancouver.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kingston Penitentiary will be closed on October 1, 2013..

Kingston Penitentiary is a National Historic Site of Canada, and the Main Cell Block and North Lodge Building 2 are Classified Heritage Buildings. However, when KP and the Isabel McNeil halfway house are transferred to the Canada Lands Company, the complex will lose all heritage designation and protection:
A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL HERITAGE BUILDINGS REVIEW OFFICE
     The Treasury Board Policy on Management of Real Property stipulates that departments must manage the buildings they administer so as to conserve their heritage character throughout their lifecycle...Crown corporations do not fall under the policy. It applies only to real property owned by the federal Crown.
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Document mailed to A. Shaw from the  Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office in Gatineau, Quebec.
 The Canada Lands Company is an arms-length, commercial Crown corporation that "disposes" of strategic properties that the government of Canada no longer wishes to own. Canada Lands Company owns the CN Tower, CFB Rockcliffe, Downsview Park...the list goes on. Canada Lands will demolish the Kingston Penitentiary, one of Canada's most historic landmarks, because the land on which it sits is valuable waterfront property. And I will cry when that day ultimately arrives; just as I burst into tears when a relative drove me past the Prison for Women in Kingston a few years ago. A YouTube video documents the destruction of a wall that surrounded the prison: "P4W walls coming down".

     Classified Federal Heritage Buildings include:
 The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
 Clock Tower at The Old Port of Montreal.
 Connaught Building National Historic Site (Revenue Canada Building) in Ottawa.
 The Supreme Court of Canada at 241 Wellington Street in Ottawa.
 Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, British Columbia, and
 The Main Cell Block and North Lodge Building 2 at Kingston Penitentiary:

According to the document "A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety" (2007):
-A mega prison will be constructed in Kingston, Ontario, and "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 the mega prison.
- Older prisons that have "outlived their usefulness" will be decommissioned." (Note: Does that mean Collins Bay will be shut down?- A.S.)
-Joyceville and Pittsburgh Institution farmland is worth $2 million dollars, while the sale of the Ontario Regional Headquarters at 440 King Street West in Kingston could net $17 million dollars.
A July 27, 2010 letter I wrote to my Member of Parliament in Nepean, to try to save  Canada's prison farms.
440 King St. West in Kingston.

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Kingston Penitentiary.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Her Majesty The Queen and H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh at Expo '67.


The Queen and Quebec Premier Daniel Johnson.

Ontario Premier John Robarts escorts Queen Elizabeth across Ile Notre-Dame towards the Ontario pavilion, after her visit to the pavilion of the Western Provinces.