Tuesday, January 1, 2013

One shock after another...

In psychology, desensitization is defined as "the diminished emotional responsiveness to negative stimulus after repeated exposure to it."
During the year 2012, Canadians were repeatedly exposed to head-spinning, adverse political decisions; personally, as someone who would stand in front of a bulldozer to save a heritage building or a National Historic Site, I experienced feelings of shock and deep sadness because of the following national political pronouncements:
My sister, my niece and I in front of the  Canadian  Museum of  Nature  (The Victoria  Memorial  Museum)  during the summer of 1984.
  1. "The Museum of Nature in Ottawa Goes Disco" - This is totally unbelievable, the impending  desecration of  a Gothic Revival, Scottish Baronial castle, a National Historic Site of Canada. What next? A gambling casino and a strip club? The Canadian House of Commons moved to the Museum of Nature after a 1916 fire that destroyed the Centre Block, on Parliament Hill.  Much of the green space that encircled the building is gone, paved over for parking lots; and the National Capital Commission approved the construction of an underground parkade. An underground garage was constructed beneath a CBC building in Vancouver, so that the massive parking lot could be sold to a condo developer, Concord Pacific.  
  2.  The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is selling its Montreal headquarters, and condo developers are building high-rise apartments on the parking lot.
  3. Canada Lands Company owns CFB Rockcliffe in Ottawa, a former military base.
  4. The Postal Museum at the Museum of Civilization has been dismantled, and the collection is being scattered to the winds. The Mulroney government also destroyed a postal museum, and it took years to assemble the current, doomed collection.
  5. Corrections Canada will close the Kingston Penitentiary and the Leclerc Institution within the next two years. The Isabel McNeil House, opposite KP, has been empty for years. Mark my words, Collins Bay Pen, Dorchester, the Beaver Creek Institution in Muskoka, Ontario, and every other historic federal penitentiary will be declared "surplus"; read the 2007 document "A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety."  I am sure the Canada Lands Company cannot wait to get its hands on The Big House, Collins Bay and Beaver Creek, which already looks like a high-end country club, see the colour photos on the "Federal Directory of Real Property" website.
  6. Downsview Park in Toronto and the Old Port of Montreal were transferred to the ownership and control of the Canada Lands Company. Many historic aviation buildings are located at Downsview Park.
  7. Canada's national libraries are being dismantled and closed.
  8. In 2010, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the divestiture of 1,000 lighthouses, the entire portfolio. Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia may be demolished in the year 2013.
  9. A tourist attraction called "The Glacier Discovery Walk"  defaced the side of a mountain in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Compare Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to the Glacier Discovery Walk:

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