Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The sale of Crown assets

Canada's High Commission in London, England was sold for $530 million dollars. That money will allegedly be used to buy another diplomatic property in London, England. The proceeds will never be deposited into Canada's national treasury, the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Canada Post, the CBC and the National Capital Commission are also permitted to keep the money from the sale of real estate, that is collectively owned by all Canadians.
 In 1990 the Treasury Board decided that proceeds from National Capital Commission land sales would not go into general revenue, but could be retained by the Commission for the purpose of acquiring more land and buildings. The NCC manages the most historic properties in Canada, and the Greenbelt. The Nortel Building was constructed on Greenbelt land, and the American Embassy in Ottawa was built on NCC land on Sussex Drive.
Bill "The Father of Kanata" Teron wants to see much of the Greenbelt and the Experimental Farm in Ottawa turned into subdivisions.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation pocketed billions of dollars from the sale of real estate, audio/visual material, costumes, musical instruments, paintings...
The Broadcasting Act (1991)
Section 48 (3) Retaining proceeds
Subject to subsection (4) the CBC may retain and use all of the proceeds of any transaction for the disposition of real or personal property.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation privatized Habitat '67 in Montreal; the Kingstonian Apartments in Kingston, Ontario; Regent Park in Toronto and veteran's housing in New Westminster and Kitsilano, British Columbia. The Kingstonian Apartments at 780 Division Street, Kingston were sold for $4,388,500.00 dollars.

The Museums Act (1990) gives federal museum directors the power to sell, exchange, give away, destroy, or otherwise dispose of works of art and other museum material in its collection, and use any revenue to further its collection. The Birks Family of Canada gave the National Art Gallery in Ottawa a silver tea set, "a gift to the people of Canada". I would not be surprised if Royal Canadian Mint melted down this gift to the people of Canada:
A Birks Family sterling silver tea set being auctioned off at liveauction.com.

The Museum of Nature in Ottawa paved over green space to create a parking lot.(They paved paradise to put up a parking lot.)
If I lived near the Museum of Nature, I would be very worried about the prospect of high-rise condominiums. A CBC parking lot in Vancouver was sold to a developer, who built The TV Towers on Robson. An underground parking lot was created for CBC-Vancouver employees. I vaguely remember someone predicting that underground parking would be constructed beneath the Museum of Nature. Condos were also built on a CBC parking lot in Toronto, behind the Jarvis Street Complex.

  And the Science and Technology Museum on St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa planned to sell a huge swath of land to developers, which would have displaced the lighthouse, the Dominion Observatory telescope, the train and the spaceship in Technology Park. During the 1980's, a Science and Technology Museum spaceship was sold to an aeronautical museum in Texas, through a Privy Council Order-in-Council.
The Canada Post Corporation Act (1985) gave the directors of the Crown corporation the power to acquire, hold, lease sell or dispose of any real or personal property. And believe me, they took full advantage of this law...thousands of Canada Post buildings were privatized. The Dominion Buildings that housed Canada Post, Manpower and Immigration, Canada Customs and the RCMP were located in every city and town in this country, and they were designed by the Dominion Architects. Now Canadians have to mail packages, buy stamps, and pick up deliveries in gas stations, Shopper's Drug Mart and 24-hour 7-11 stores. What a slap in the face, what a degradation of a once mighty, world-renowned Crown corporation. And Canada Post employees do not even have to wear uniforms.
The former Napanee, Ontario Post Office, designed by Dominion Architect Thomas Fuller.
The Aga Khan demolished the Bata Building in Toronto, therefore I would not be surprised if the Canadian War Museum on Sussex Drive in Ottawa meets the same fate. The Bata Building was designed by John Parkin, who also designed Toronto City Hall; the Ottawa Train Station and the Rosedale subway station.

 Bank of Canada buildings are Crown property, which means they should be owned by the people of Canada. However, a Bank of Canada building in Montreal was converted into a hotel by the multinational Sofitel. Sofitel also converted a heritage building in Lafayette Square, Washington D.C. into a hotel, which is five minutes away from the White House.

The Condos of Fort York were build on the grounds of a battlefield in Toronto; I'm just waiting for The Condos of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Developers will show their respect for Canada's history by naming the high-rise buildings "The Montcalm Towers" and "The Wolfe Towers."

In Great Britain, Martello Towers are being converted into residential housing, according to the article "Napoleon-proof your home-convert a Martello Tower."  Canada's Martello Towers are National Historic Sites, but that means nothing, developers can still demolish heritage landmarks including the Kingston Penitentiary, lighthouses, and the St-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary.
The Murney Tower in Kingston Ontario is a Martello Tower built in 1846:
The Murney Tower in Kingston, Ontario has great waterfront views.


The Bata Building in Toronto was demolished.

My sister, my niece and I are standing in front of the Museum of Nature (Victoria Memorial Museum)-summer of 1984.











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