Saturday, April 13, 2013

Privatization by stealth.

     Canada Post and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are in the midst of a selling frenzy; in fact, the director of real estate at the CBC in Montreal said she is "hacking away" at the Crown corporation's real estate portfolio, 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, dismantled it's vinyl record and CD music collection; and closed the in-house design department.But the CBC could afford to rent office space in the Empire State Building in New York City for decades. And ordinary Canadians are  paying the over inflated salaries of these Crown corporation appointees.
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. The Canada Lands Company bought Dominion Buildings in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
 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.
 Former Quebec premier Jean Charest does not want Canada Post, or any other federal government agency, to have warehouses filled with high-quality movable Crown assets---furniture, paintings, computers, carpets, automobiles, trucks...the list goes on. According to page 59 of "Let the Future Begin", $10 billion dollars worth of warehoused inventory should be sold. And I doubt if any money from the sale of movable Crown property will end up in the Canadian treasury. (See my March 22, 2013 blog "Let the Future Begin - a blueprint for Canada's federal government?".)
CONCERN employees and I, at a Canada Post loading dock in back of the Higginbotham building in Lethbridge - 1973.
Higginbotham Building, Lethbridge.
Actor Conrad Bain in Lethbridge - 1973.




                                                   
A 2006 classified ad in the Globe and Mail newspaper. Either Canada Post or the Canada Lands Company were selling a massive property at 1500 rue Ottawa in Montreal, Quebec.

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).

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