Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Never-before-seen pictures of HMCS Bonaventure, a Royal Canadian Navy Majestic class aircraft carrier. (1957-1970)



Sunday, April 28, 2013

1968 images of Ottawa, Ontario.



Monday, April 22, 2013

CN Towers in London, Ontario; Edmonton, and Saskatoon.

The CN Tower in London, Ontario was scheduled to be demolished on February 4 2001.
YouTube has a video (with audio) of the implosion--- in the background, fools can be heard cheering and laughing as the building bites the dust. The video is called "CN Building Implosion, London ON".
In May of 2008, all CN Rail employees vacated the landmark CN Tower in Edmonton, Alberta. A YouTube video documents the destruction of a train station next to the tower, Google "Demolition of CN Station YouTube."
The Edmonton CN Tower, owned by Canadians, then sold to Tawa International Inc. 

During the 1970's, the CN Tower in Saskatoon was the tallest building in the city.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Federal buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.

The Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture.For twenty five years my stepmother worked at Statistics Canada, located at Tunney's Pasture.

The Confederation Building on Wellington Street is a Gothic Revival office building, designed by the Dominion Architects Thomas Fuller and Richard Cotsman Wright.I took this picture on July 1,1990, when Queen Elizabeth visited Ottawa for the Canada Day celebrations:
Uplands Airport in May of 1962:

Saturday, April 13, 2013


     Canada Post and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are in the midst of a selling property, see the Globe and Mail article "CBC moves to find tenants for extra space in Toronto headquarters" by Steve Ladurantaye, May 7, 2012.
     To create that empty space, the CBC held a public auction to sell memorabilia, etc.
Canadians are negatively affected, every time a Dominion Building/ Canada Post building is closed:
 unionized workers lose their jobs; people have to wait in long lineups to mail and collect packages, and heritage buildings are torn down to make way for condos.
 Canada Post property sales:
Postal Station R, 2 Laird Drive in Leaside, Toronto. The City of Toronto received a zoning application in April of 2012, so that a 7-storey, 98 unit residential building can be built on the grounds of 2 Laird Drive. The property was worth $835,000 dollars, according to a November 15, 2008 article by James Cowan of the National Post.
Postal Station K, 2384 Yonge Street in Toronto, north of Eglinton - the site of Montgomery's Tavern was recently sold to a condo developer.
50 Charles Street in Rosedale, Toronto, Ontario. Closure announced in 2012.
772 Dovercourt Road in Toronto, Ontario.
1780 Avenue Road in Toronto, Ontario.
The Vancouver Post Office at the corner of Cambie and West Georgia - the property was sold in February of 2013 for $159 million dollars.
A post office near Teron and Campeau Drive in Kanata, Ontario. I noticed a "For Sale" sign, and the building is empty and covered with graffiti.
4895 Sherbrooke St. West in Montreal, Quebec.
5751 Sherbrooke St. West, Notre-Dame-de-Grace in Montreal, Quebec. Closure announced in January of 2013.
Snowden Post Office at 4944 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal. Closure announced in January of 2013.
The Pointe-St-Charles Post Office in Montreal - Closed in 2008.
Norwood Grove Post Office at 287 Tache in St. Boniface, Manitoba. Closure announced in July 2012.
Winnipeg Mail Sorting Plant on Graham Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. Closure announced in 2006.
1500 rue Ottawa in Montreal - The mail processing plat was built in 1977, on a plot of land next to the Lachine Canal.
The Olde Sandwich Towne post office in Windsor, Ontario - will close on April 26, 2013.

     In 1973, my mother applied for, and received, a sizable LIP Grant (Local Initiatives Project Grant) from the federal government. Her project, CONCERN, helped disabled and elderly people in the community---CONCERN employees raked leaves, mowed lawns, drove people to doctor's appointments, cleaned houses and apartments, etc., and no money was ever charged for the services. My mother rented an office in a  Lethbridge, Alberta commercial building, next to the J.D. Higginbotham Dominion Building; and she was permitted to borrow office equipment and furniture from the Canada Post warehouse in back of the Higgenbotham Building. I remember vividly, how beautiful the furniture was; and the typewriters and copy machines were top quality.

Higginbotham Building, Lethbridge.
Actor Conrad Bain in Lethbridge - 1973.


CP buildings in Toronto in 1992. (From: The 1992 Federal Directory of Real Property, Library and Archives Canada, Wellington Street in Ottawa.)
The document "Introduction When a Country" by the Fraser Institute. Money from the sale of CP property will never reduce the federal debt, CP can keep the proceeds from the sale of buildings, land, etc, see The Canada Post Corporation Act (1985).

Monday, April 8, 2013

More colour slides that were purchased from the USSR pavilion, 1967 World's Fair in Montreal.

Three images of Petrodvorets in the former Leningrad, USSR:
The fountain 'Danaide'.
An arbour in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Gala Hall in the Mon Plaisir.

Ostankino Palace near Moscow, Russia:
Ostankino Palace - The Blue Hall.
The Egyptian Pavilion.

Top suite of rooms.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fisheries and Oceans Canada properties

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is planning to close eleven Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres, located in:
Comox, British Columbia
Tofino, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Montreal, Quebec
Riviere-au-Renard, Quebec
Saint John, New Brunswick
Labrador, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Tofino MCTS/Amphitrite Lightstation encompasses 157 acres of land on Vancouver Island, and seven of the nine buildings are listed in good condition, see the "Directory of Federal Real Property"  DFRP Number 17923. In Greek mythology, Amphitrite was the goddess of the sea, and the immortal wife of King Poseidon.
The Amphitrite Point Lighthouse, near Pacific Rim Park.on Vancouver Island.