Sunday, March 31, 2013

The former American pavilion at Expo '67 will close.

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".

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

Kingston, the Limestone City

     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 report:                                                    

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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

     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.
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:
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

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.