Friday, December 14, 2012

Above the Law - Crown corporations are not accountable to the people of Canada.

The Mulroney government created hundreds of laws, laws that turned Crown corporations into breeding grounds for corruption and abuse of power.
The Museums Act (1990) applies to the directors of Canada's national museums--they have the power to sell, exchange, give away, destroy or otherwise dispose of works of art and other museum material.
And real property can be sold to the highest bidder---Canada Post and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation privatized billions of dollars worth of Crown property, to the point that the CBC has been delisted from the Federal Directory of Real Property website.
The Canadian Museum of Nature, ironically, paved over green space to create parking lots. According to the newsletter "Green Space and Parking at the Canadian Museum of Nature"-Updated October 2012:
      "During the six years of renovations of the museum from 2004 to 2010, the museum reviewed and got approval from the City of Ottawa on appropriate changes-this included obtaining a building permit, even though we were not required to do so as a federal institution."
The National Capital Commission wants to see underground parking at the Museum of Nature...that will pave the way for---CONDOS.  A few years ago, the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa planned to sell property along St. Laurent Boulevard to a developer. Apparently that idea was scuttled, so the lighthouse, radar antenna, Convair Atlas Rocket, pump jack, Dominion Observatory telescope, windmill and CNR train will not be:
or sold to an American museum, the Crown Assets Distribution Centre, or an auction house.
Canada is the only G8 country without laws to protect heritage buildings. Once a building is transferred to a Crown corporation, the building loses all heritage protection. The Canada Lands Company owns Silo #5 at Pointe-du-Moulin in Montreal, a former Recognized Federal Heritage Building. Elevator #5 and another Canada Lands Company property, the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary, are featured in the Jason Statham/Joan Allen movie "Death Race."
Silo #5 in Pointe-du-Moulin, Montreal.
The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec.

The Department of National Defence is the biggest supplier of valuable properties to the Canada Lands Company. Camp Hughes in Manitoba was recently declared a National Historic Site, which is sometimes a kiss of death for a heritage site. The following properties were National Historic Sites of Canada, and they were either deconstructed, privatized or transferred to the Canada Lands Company:

The Toronto Island Airport Terminal Building National Historic Site of Canada - The Billy Bishop Airport was dismantled and transferred to the Canada Lands Company-owned Downsview Park.

The Kingston Penitentiary National Historic Site of Canada - includes the now-vacant Isabel McNeil House. The feds put a $17 million dollar price tag on this waterfront property. The Canada Lands Company owned the Prison for Women, across the street from KP.

The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul National Historic Site of Canada - is owned by the Canada Lands Company. More than 30 movies have been filmed at the prison, including "Death Race" and "Gothika" starring Halle Berry and Robert Downey Jr.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada - a residential project called "Les Bassins du Havre" is being constructed along the banks of the Lachine Canal.

The Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada - Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided that 1,000 lighthouses in Canada were "surplus", including Peggy's Cove.

Toronto Union Station National Historic Site of Canada - Via Rail owned the railway station at one time; the building is now owned by the City of Toronto, and parts of the landmark are being demolished.

Winnipeg Union Station National Historic Site of Canada - The train station was sold to a numbered company through a Privy Council Order-in-Council.

The Chateau Frontenac Hotel National Historic Site of Canada - The hotel in Quebec City is now owned by a multinational corporation, Fairmont Hotel's and Resorts.

In 1985, the Department of Veterans Affairs owned and operated 27 hospitals; the hospitals were either transferred to the provinces or to the Canada Lands Company. Seven hundred new residential units and one million square feet of office, commercial and institutional space will be constructed on the 22-acre National Defence Medical Centre property at Smyth Road and Alta Vista in Ottawa, Google the documents "Concept Plan - Faircrest Heights" (quick view) and  "Hospital Lands Area Plan - City of Ottawa 2008" :

The Canada Lands Company removed all traces of the Senneville Lodge in Quebec.

Senneville Lodge was bulldozed in 2008, notwithstanding the fact that the former veterans hospital was a federal heritage building. Condos and townhouses may be built on the 60-acre property, despite heavy opposition from Senneville townspeople.

    The George Derby Lands in Burnaby, British Columbia were also owned by Veteran's Affairs Canada.
 The Canada Lands Company acquired a 16.2 acre military property in Oakville, Ontario, and "CLC is proposing to create on the Rebecca Street site a new neighbourhood consisting of 66 detached homes, 59 townhomes and a central park, all fronting tree-lined streets." And the Crown corporation plans to preserve, if possible, five mature trees located on the site of the park. (Google: CLC Rebecca Street Planning Justification Report - Oakville - Page 15 and Page 17.)

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