Saturday, November 9, 2013

The war against Canada's architectural history.

The following entities and laws are responsible for the scorched earth policy that resulted in the destruction of many symbols of Canada's railway,military, industrial, broadcasting and maritime history:

1. Marathon Realty-Real estate arm of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
2. CN Real Estate-Real estate arm of the Canadian National Railway.
3. The Ontario Municipal Board.

Federal Laws
The Canada Post Corporation Act
The Museums Act
The Surplus Crown Assets Act
The Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act - The loophole: Section 3.4: "This Act applies to lighthouses that are the property of Her Majesty in right of Canada."
The Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act - The loophole: Only designated heritage railway stations that are still owned by a railway company under federal jurisdiction are subject to the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act.

The Royal Canadian Mint Act (1985) - The Mint has the power to "do all things" (melt down, I presume) to medals, commemorative plaques and tokens made of gold, silver and platinum. Every federal government building in this country featured Canada's Coat of Arms, which contained gold, silver and platinum. Thousands of Coats of Arms were stripped from Dominion Buildings when they were privatized during the 1980's and 1990's. The Air Canada Centre in Toronto was a federal building,Canada Post Headquarters.

The Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street in Toronto, was a Canada Post heritage building.
 The Broadcasting Act-The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sold the Jarvis Street Headquarters in Toronto, the former Havergal Ladies College, to the National Ballet School of Canada and to developers.
The National Capital Act (1985) applies to National Capital Commission properties in Ottawa.

Federal heritage laws supersede provincial and municipal heritage laws.
The Ontario Realty Corporation owned, or still owns, the Bowmanville Prison of War Camp, Toronto's Don Jail, Guelph Reformatory, the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.

Individuals who fought to save Canadian landmarks in the past; and people who are currently trying to save historic buildings.
Mayor of Toronto John Sewell.
Federal Minister of Agriculture Bud Olson.
Federal Minister of Agriculture Eugene Whelan-The Hon. Bud Olson and the Hon.Eugene Whelan
prevented the sale of the Experimental Farm in Ottawa to developers.
Kingston,Ontario City Councillor Bill Glover is trying to prevent the destruction of Kingston Penitentiary.
Writer Andy Russell, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Agriculture Minister Bud Olson at the Lethbridge, Alberta airport.(1972)
Organizations that are preserving Canadian National Historic Sites and Monuments and heritage buildings:
The Heritage Canada Foundation.
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Save the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse - Nova Scotia.
Friends of Windsor Station - Montreal.
Friends of the Farm Ottawa and Friends of the Experimental Farm Ottawa.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society saved the Georgia Cannery in Steveston village, Richmond, British Columbia.  The Cannery Row in Monterey, California is immortalized in a John Steinbeck novel; a 1982 movie starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger, and a Bob Dylan song ---"Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands".

Save the Toronto Railway Museum! John Street Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd.,Toronto, Ontario.
The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society.
Save Postal Station K - Toronto, Ontario. See the Globe and Mail article "A new uprising at Montgomery's Tavern."

Save the Notre-Dame-de-Grace and Snowdon post offices - Montreal.

Historic properties that should be preserved:
The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa.-Photographs of my father  in front of the Lansdowne Barracks and Aberdeen Pavilion during World War 11:

Montreal World's Fair-Environment Canada is closing the former American pavilion at Expo '67, a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. An episode of the television series "Battlestar Galactica" was filmed in the Dome, entitled "Greetings from Earth". The French pavilion is a gambling casino.The science fiction movie "Quintet" starring Paul Newman was filmed at the World's Fair, and Habitat '67, designed by Moshe Sadie was a filming location for "Blades of Glory."



Train Stations

Railway Hotels

Grain Elevators

Lighthouses

National Historic Sites

The Cold War Diefenbunkers

Government of Canada Buildings-When a federal building is transferred to a Crown corporation, the building loses all heritage designation and protection. The de Havilland Aircraft Building at CFB Downsview in Toronto,Ontario was a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. Downsview Park is a Crown corporation.
The Prison for Women in Kingston was a Classified Federal Heritage Building when it was owned by Corrections Canada.
The Canadian Bank Note Company Building, 145 Richmond Road, Westboro Village Ottawa.

The Quadrant in London, England-The Dominion Public Building in Toronto is similar in design to buildings in The Quadrant, Regent Street, London England.( Wikipedia).

The Dominion Public Building, 1 Front Street West Toronto.The building apparently is worth $74,153,000.Placing a monetary value on a federal heritage property is usually a kiss of death.(Wikipedia photo)


"The Score" was filmed in the Montreal Customs House:

The Montreal Customs House,105 McGill Street - Montreal, Quebec.


Forestry Canada fire lookout towers-The CBC television program "The Forest Rangers" was filmed in Kleinburg, Ontario from 1963 until 1965.I never see vintage CBC television programs any more,probably because the TV and radio archives have already been sold to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dominion Observatory Ottawa.
Dominion Observatories-During the 1990's the federal government planned to bulldoze Ottawa's Dominion Observatory,, because of "budget cuts". The Gonzales Observatory in Victoria, British Columbia was sold to the Capital Regional District in Victoria, B.C.
Gonzales Observatory, Victoria.

Armouries- The Windsor Ontario Armoury was sold to the University of Windsor. A condo developer bought Wallis House in Ottawa, which was built in 1873.
 The Bessborough Armoury and Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver are Recognized Federal Heritage Buildings.
Banks-The Bank of Nova Scotia at 125 Sparks Street Ottawa is a Classified Federal Heritage Building.

Embassies-The former American embassy on Wellington Street in Ottawa was supposed to be a national portrait gallery. I truly believe that thousands of federal works of art were sold at the Sotheby's and Christies auction houses in Toronto, New York City and London, England. I don't want to see the digital images of federal paintings, that can be viewed on Virtual Museum websites.
During the Mulroney era, the entire Canadian Library at the Canadian High Commission in London was sold to the University of London, England, through a law called "The Surplus Crown Assets Act".

Shopping Centres-The Saskatoon Midtown Plaza shopping mall was a Canadian National Railway train station. The Rideau Centre shopping mall in Ottawa was Crown property until 1996.

Clock Towers- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Montreal, Quebec.







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