Friday, November 29, 2013

Former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell sold the Canadian High Commission in London, England.

A developer from India paid $530 million dollars for this beautiful, historic building, which will be converted into condos.
According to Huffington Post Canada, Gordon Campbell said:
"One of the things we decided as a government is that we're not in the development business."
Gordon Campbell has been in the development business for nearly forty years. At Marathon Realty he sold CPR land to developers, then created a real estate corporation called CityCore Developments. As Mayor of Vancouver, he changed zoning laws at False Creek and Yaletown, to facilitate real estate construction.
 When he was Premier of British Columbia, a thousand condominium units were built on the CPR Coal Harbour land, for the 2010 Winter Olympics Athletes Village; the condos were privatized after the Olympics.Premier Campbell wanted to sell off the Provincial Capital Commission properties in Victoria, B.C. PCC properties include the CPR Steamship Terminal, St. Ann's Academy, Victoria's Inner Harbour (former CPR property) and the Belleville Ferry Terminal.
 He was willing to privatize waterways in BC, for the benefit of  multinational corporation General Electric, (the massive Bute Inlet project) ---General Electric bought Marathon Realty in 1996.
 The CPR was a major shareholder of a forestry company, MacMillan Bloedel, which was sold to the Americans. According to B.C. NDP leader Carole James, Gordon Campbell gave away over one hundred thousand acres of forest land:
Gordon Campbell has presided over the biggest sell-off of public resources in BC history. Since 2004, he has given away 120,000 hectares of forest land to private interests.

During the Mulroney era, dozens of foreign embassies were divested, including the Canadian embassy at 2450 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C. The building was sold to the Republic of Korea:
The former Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Surplus Property
3.(1) A department that has surplus Crown assets may a) Request the Minister to dispose or deal with the assets under this Act;
(b) Subject to such terms and conditions as the Treasury Board may prescribe, sell, lease,lend or otherwise dispose of or deal with the assets, either gratuitously or for consideration.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Abandoned railway lines are being sold to cable, utility and pipeline companies.

A right-of-way is a strip of land between 60 feet wide and 120 feet wide.
Abandoned railway lines and rights-of-way are being sold and leased to Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and pipeline companies. The CN Tower in Toronto is a transmission tower as well as a tourist attraction. Sir John A. Macdonald gave the CPR $25 million dollars and 25 million acres of land, with the understanding that any land not  needed for railway purposes. would revert to the Crown. And in British Columbia, a 20 mile swath of land on both sides of the railway tracks should be owned by the Crown in perpetuity.
In the  United States, the Rails to Trails Conservancy created a nationwide network of trails from former railway tracks and R/W's. The Conservancy is permitted to sell land for wind turbine farms, fiber optic/coaxial cable lines and energy pipelines.
The following information is from the book "Alternative Uses of Abandoned Railway Rights-of-Way---An Overview" November 1990- Ottawa Public Library.

The CN Tower, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CN Skywalk and SkyDome were built on CNR land.

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
Now that the Provincial Capital Commission has been decommissioned, expect to see a fire sale of heritage buildings, the Inner Harbour land and vacant properties. The PCC claims that the properties are worth $120 million dollars.What a joke.I'm sure that well-connected developers will be laughing all the way to the bank, once they flip the provincial Crown assets. The Provincial Capital Commission headquarters on Pandora Avenue in Victoria have already been given to the First Nations.
 Anyone familiar with Expo '86 and Gordon Campbell's involvement with Marathon Realty (real estate arm of the CPR) would realize that the people of British Columbia are about to lose a billion dollars worth of Crown assets.
 Former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell wanted to privatize many PCC properties, Christy Clark is only finishing what Gordon Campbell started. In fact, he is probably giving her advice.
 Legally, the BC government cannot sell the CPR Steamship Terminal, Crystal Garden and Victoria's Inner Harbour because they were owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the federal government reclaims reversionary CPR properties. 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.)
 The people of BC cannot collectively sue the province or the Provincial Capital Commission, because of a 1996 law "The Capital Commission Act":
Protection against actions-6. An action or proceeding must not be brought or continued against the commission, a member of it or any person acting under its authority for anything done or omitted to be done in good faith, in the performance or purported performance of a duty under this Act."

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.
  The Mulroney government wanted to privatize the Coast Guard and Canada Post.
I'm just waiting for the premier of BC to proclaim that BC Place in Vancouver will be privatized, "to lower the deficit." BC Place was built on CPR reversionary land, so legally the people of Canada should be compensated if the stadium is sold. A developer will probably tear it down, despite the fact that BC taxpayers were on the hook for $500 million dollars,"for renovations."
The Fraser Institute is lobbying for the sale of Canada Place in Vancouver, with its white sails.Canada Place is now federally owned.

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, who 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."
The Mulroney government left office with a $600 billion dollar debt and a $40 billion dollar deficit, after privatizing dozens of Crown corporations.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty appointed several prominent Canadians to the Economic Advisory Council in 2008. James A. Pattison recently opened Ripley's Aquarium of Canada at the base of the CN Tower. 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.
Carole Taylor was a Fairmont Hotel's and Resorts director, finance minister of British Columbia and head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The heirs of Donald Trump will own property that should be owned by my descendants---the Trump International Hotel and Tower, 325 Bay Street in Toronto was constructed on Canadian National Railway land. CN Rail was a Crown corporation from 1912 until 1996,now Bill Gates is the railway company's biggest shareholder.
Star Wars creator George Lucas and the Walt Disney Corporation bought land at a decommissioned military base in San Francisco, The Presidio. The Clinton administration decommissioned over 100 military bases, including the Presidio, the El Toro Marine Base and the Long Beach Naval Station, all in California. Hillary Clinton was a Wal-Mart director from 1986 until 1992---Wal-Mart is attempting to build stores on former Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields, federal land.
Barrick Gold, the biggest gold company in the world, paid $10,000 dollars for American federal land in Nevada that held billions of dollars worth of gold.

The Russian Space Agency and Richard Branson are involved with Space Tourism, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is privatizing space travel.

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. Why on earth did the Canadian Pacific Railway sell the railway hotels to Fairmont?$$$$$.
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 entities and 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:

1. Marathon Realty-Real estate arm of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
2. CN Real Estate-Real estate arm of the Canadian National Railway.
3. The Ontario Municipal Board.

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.
Mayor of Toronto John Sewell.
Federal Minister of Agriculture Bud Olson.
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:

Montreal World's Fair-Environment Canada is closing the former American pavilion at Expo '67, a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. An episode of the television series "Battlestar Galactica" was filmed in the Dome, entitled "Greetings from Earth". The French pavilion is a gambling casino.The science fiction movie "Quintet" starring Paul Newman was filmed at the World's Fair, and Habitat '67, designed by Moshe Sadie was a filming location for "Blades of Glory."

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.Placing a monetary value on a federal heritage property is usually a kiss of death.(Wikipedia photo)

"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.I never see vintage CBC television programs any more,probably because the TV and radio archives have already been sold to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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.

Embassies-The former American embassy on Wellington Street in Ottawa was supposed to be a national portrait gallery. I truly believe that thousands of federal works of art were sold at the Sotheby's and Christies auction houses in Toronto, New York City and London, England. I don't want to see the digital images of federal paintings, that can be viewed on Virtual Museum websites.
During the Mulroney era, the entire Canadian Library at the Canadian High Commission in London was sold to the University of London, England, through a law called "The Surplus Crown Assets Act".

Shopping Centres-The Saskatoon Midtown Plaza shopping mall was a Canadian National Railway train station. The Rideau Centre shopping mall in Ottawa was Crown property until 1996.

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.