Friday, September 27, 2013

Kingston Penitentiary will close on September 30, 2013.

Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation, will either demolish the prison or convert it into condos.
The Canada Lands Company privatizes federal penitentiaries, military bases, Agriculture Canada experimental farms, Canada Post Dominion Buildings and mail sorting plants, museums, Canada Mortgage and Housing properties, bases owned by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Natural Resources Canada buildings and land and National Capital Commission properties.
During the 1980's and 1990's, the Crown corporation privatized Canadian National Railway train stations, office towers in Edmonton, Alberta and London, Ontario, roundhouses (the Spadina roundhouse in Toronto was demolished to make way for the Skydome, aka The Rogers Centre.) and almost 100,000 acres of land.
The CN Tower is no longer owned by the People of Canada, the landmark is "non-federal owned". Several years ago there was an attempt to remove the words "Canada" and "Canadian" from the word mark "CN Tower", despite the fact that  taxpayers of this country paid for the construction of the tower, and the land was federally owned.
As I have mentioned before, I broke down and wept when I drove past the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario a few years ago. The Prison for Women was a Classified Federal Heritage Building, but the Canada Lands Company planned to convert the cell block into 32 condo units.
Kingston Penitentiary is a National Historic Site of Canada.The Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval, Quebec was also a National Historic Site of Canada. But the prison lost all heritage designation and protection when it was transferred to the Canada Lands Company. Many Hollywood movies were filmed in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Pen, including the Universal movie "Death Race" and John Travolta's "Battlefield Earth". Canada Lands Company said it would cost $6 million dollars to demolish the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary:
A September 5, 2005 Globe and Mail article about the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary by Albert Warson.

"Death Race" was filmed in a federal prison in Laval, Quebec.

The Prison for Women condos.
A letter to me from the Hon. Peter Milliken, M.P. for Kingston and the Islands.

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