Saturday, April 13, 2013

Privatization

     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.

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.




                                                   

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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