Wednesday, October 17, 2012

British Columbians are losing their Coast Guard bases, lighthouses and National Historic Sites.

 The current Government of Canada may be implementing the recommendations of a policy group called The Fraser Institute:
From a document called "Introduction When a Country".
The National Parks in British Columbia are:
Pacific Rim National Park
Gulf Islands National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Kootenay National Park
Glacier National Park
Yoho National Park
Gwaii Haanas National Park
It would be a fiasco, a monumental blunder, if  National Parks in British Columbia are transferred to the provincial government of B.C. During his long reign as Premier of B.C. Gordon Campbell sold 120,000 hectares of provincial land; and he downgraded the status of provincial parks, leaving them open for resource exploitation.
On April 30 2012, more than 1,600 Parks Canada employees were told that their jobs could disappear. A day later, the government announced the privatization of hot springs at Kootenay, Banff and Jasper National Parks.
 And all Parks Canada workers were given notices that they could "volunteer for consideration for lay-offs." (See: PSAC to Parks Canada Employees: don't jump to volunteer for layoffs.)

Canada Harbour Place Corporation, now called Canada Place, had an assessed value of $101,913,000 million dollars in July of 1994. Millions of federal, provincial and municipal taxdollars were spent, to build the convention centre and hotel. Canada Place has been compared to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, yet Canada's landmark may be privatized:
Canada Place in Vancouver, B.C.


The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
 
                    


All of Canada's lighthouses, nearly one thousand, have been declared "surplus". I cannot put into words how I feel about this desecration, this total destruction of these important symbols of Canada's maritime history. On almost every YouTube video featuring our National Anthem "O Canada" and the Expo song "Can-a-da", you can see pictures of lighthouses; and they are featured on stamps and postcards.Just a few of the lighthouses in British Columbia that are being "divested":
Cape Mudge Lighthouse
Pulteney Point Lighthouse
Saturna Island Lightstation
Dryad Point Lightstation
Triple Islands Lighthouse
Green Island Lightstation
Langara Lighthouse
Cape Scott Lighthouse
Quatsino Lighthouse
Scarlett Point Lightstation
Nootka Lightstation
Estevan Point Lighthouse- In 1991, Estevan Point became a Classified Federal Heritage Building.
Cape Beale Lighthouse
Pachena Point Lighthouse
Carmanah Point Lighthouse
Sheringham Point Lighthouse
Lennard Island Lightstation
Point Atkinson Lighthouse, a National Historic Site of Canada.
Brockton Point Lighthouse in Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Trail Islands Lightstation
Race Rocks Lighthouse, a recognized historic building, is located near the Lester B. Pearson International College.
Fisgard Lighthouse
(From the book "GUIDING LIGHTS British Columbia's Lighthouses and Their Keepers" by Lynn Tanod and Chris Jaksa - Harbour Publishing".

In August of 2012, the government of Canada announced the closure of four Canadian Coast Guard bases in British Columbia - the Kitsilano lifeboat station (the busiest in Canada) and three communications centres. Several years ago, the Canada Lands Company acquired Coast Guard bases in Richmond, B.C. and Oakville, Ontario; and 52 acres of the Jericho Beach military base in Vancouver were transferred to Canada Lands in 2003. (Google: CEAA Jericho Beach Canada Lands Company.)

In 1969, the Department of National Defence owned several military bases in British Columbia, as well as a Diefenbunker at Camp Nanaimo; armouries and the Royal Roads Military College near Victoria, B.C.(1940-1995).  CFS Holberg, CFS Baldy Hughes and CFS Kamloops were radar stations that were part of the Pinetree Line. The Mulroney government decommissioned many Pinetree Line bases, which were operated by NORAD.




   

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