Sunday, September 24, 2006
Oui, the Acadian population should be in an uproar against the Irving Empire.
I found out last week that the Irvings will clean up the old Acadian Settlement of Fort Nashwaak and will not give it to the City of Fredericton so a Acadian Fort can be built as a reminder of the Acadians who come here 400 years ago.
The Irvings are going to sell this historic land so the buyers can built Town houses.
Can you imagine that one???
I just wish to refresh you readers with this note I found on the information Highway-
Background on Fort Nashwaak
In September 2003, Fredericton region MP Andy Scott joined city officials to announce plans to recreate the original Fort Nashwaak on Union Street where the Irving Oil bulk storage tanks used to be located.
Scott announced a federal contribution of $1-million for the project, funded by both ACOA and the Department of Canadian Heritage. At the announcement, the City of Fredericton stated it had an agreement to purchase the necessary land from Irving Oil for $750,000 with the company responsible for full remediation on the property and turning it over to the city.
The city would operate Fort Nashwaak as a tourism and educational attraction that would remind people of the proud Acadian Heritage.
The Fort Nashwaak reconstruction project was to include a rebuilt 1692-1698 fort with on-site buildings, an amphitheatre, a ticket office and gift shop, site security fencing, trails and a parking lot. The Fort will provide interpretation of the historic relationship between the Aboriginal and French cultures using period-costumed interpreters.
“The reconstruction of the Fort Nashwaak will add one more historical and cultural attraction to Fredericton’s appeal,” said MP Scott. “The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is pleased to invest in the redevelopment of this historic site that celebrates the relationship between two of our city’s founding cultures.”
“Fort Nashwaak is an important part of our history as the provincial capital,” said Fredericton Deputy Mayor Walter Brown and Fort Nashwaak Committee member. “I am extremely pleased with ACOA’s funding announcement.
The Fort Nashwaak project reflects our founding cultures and is important to our tourism and riverfront development strategies. Today’s funding announcement will allow us to move this project forward.”
Fort Nashwaak was originally established at the interception of the St. John and Nashwaak rivers in 1692 and protected a French speaking community. Re-creating Fort Nashwaak and providing heritage interpretation through a variety of supporting programs is considered an important cultural tourism project for the City of Fredericton.
The City undertook a four-phase multi-disciplinary study to determine land use, user needs, programming, site design, and forecast economic impact of a redeveloped Fort Nashwaak site. The cost of the study, estimated at $159,800, was also supported by ACOA.
Between 1672 and 1700 the French King assigned land grants, and in 1692, Joseph Robineau de Villebon established a fort at the point where the Nashwaak River drains into the St. John. The handful of settlers who lived near the fort became prosperous fur traders. When Villebon died, his successor was sent to Port Royal in Nova Scotia to help rebuild the fort there. That same year spring floods were particularly destructive at Fort Nashwaak, so the people who had remained near it moved to Port Royal as well.
After months of stalling and no effort by Irving to clean up the site - things came to a head in November 2004. The Fort Nashwaak project collapsed when Arthur Irving Junior appeared before municipal and federal officials and raised the asking price to $1.25-million and suggested that the city take over full liability for the property.
What an insult to the Acadian population!!!
I also heard that the old Railroad Station will not be touch by the Irvings because it would cost too much money to fix the old building.
Since the City of Fredericton knows the Irvings cannot be trusted in a verbal manner?
The Irvings will not spent one cent on this historical site.
From what I heard? It would cost too much money to clean up Fort Nashwaak
to make it safe.
I guess with their lobbyists connection in the Capital?
The Irvings will be able to make certain the land passes a few environmental rules and sell the land so they can built big town houses. Look at this warning sign? It's so full of fuel that it's dangerous to smoke in that area.
This is a disgrace to the Acadians.
The Irvings made a verbal agreement with the City so a Fort could be built but went back on their words later on so therefore the City do not trust the Irvings when it comes to the old railway station.
I got one final question? How did the Irvings manage to obtain those piece of land anyway???
Dear Mr. Carr,
As far as I can see with your party, it is to make jobs a priority. I believe you should be making the justice system a priority.
Not to be giving certain law firms and appraisers, which are all in one big family, a lot of the tax payers money. (This seems to be another sponsorship scandal).
The facts are I could get a 1 acre lot appraised as a citizen for no more than $350.
The government when they are taking peoples property, they will pay $2500 to appraise one lot.
The government has taken my land and have given it to MRDC to lease to the tax payers for a 30 or 40 year deal.
They have not just taken my land, they have taken away my livelihood.
This started in 1997 and by march of 1998, after they knew I refused $33,000, they paid an appraiser $10,000 and sent me out $20,000.
In October 1998, I was forced into getting an appraisal to get the matter settled by a meeting that was arranged by John Raymond behind my back.
I told them right from the beginning on February 12 when this government appraiser Steven LeBlanc, who also married to my wife's cousin, that I would only sell the total property because after they came through the property it would be useless as a residential property.
I am a licensed carpenter and have been a contractor for over 20 years.
This is why I bought the land in 1992. I knew I had 19 building lots on it, 500 meters from the town property line.
The highway was shifted in alignment on December 11, 1996. I believe the highway was shifted because MRDC would get a 27 million dollar bump in 2002.
I believe the first alignment would be less expensive. This has been an on going fight for 9 years now and I am still fighting to this day.
My lawyers have presented me and the province with a bill, which will be taxed in court, for $212,000. and left my eight year of cost out.
I paid an appraiser $21,000 for a fraudulent report, my lawyers forced me to get a second appraisal, where I paid the second appraiser for around $7000, now look at who new what. Mr. Raymond knew about the McLeod case because he was apart of this case heard in the year 2000.
Mr. Caldwell, the N.S. lawyer, and Mr. Goodwin, the appraiser from Moncton, also were included in this case.
Richard McLeod had a claim for $100,000. The appraisal bill of Goodwin's was $85,000. Caldwell's bill was $200,000.
Look at the results, Mr. McLeod received $36,000, Mr. Goodwin received $8,000 less, the lawyer ended up with $70,000. Would it have not been better to give Mr. McLeod $100,000 at the beginning or was he the acoa program?
Does the government deliberately set out to destroy a person? No matter if I would have got my total compensation in court, how do you pay a person back for 9 years of life delay and is still going on today.
It has destroyed more or less my retirement.
Is it wise to put a person on the street in one respect it is. He cannot continue to fight for his rights.
Who will be rewarded for doing this, irresponsible government workers who have no responsibilities to the tax payers of this province, similar to the Westray Mine disaster in N.S.
The government inspector knew the mine was unsafe, but kept the people working.
Was he rewarded with an early retirement package? Will Mr. Raymond get an earlier retirement package as well?
Look at what it cost the tax payers of N.B. for me to take them to court. I would like an investigation done on this MRDC lawyer outfit and now government lawyer John Logan, the Law Society of N.B., Appraisal Association, and the Ombudsman office.
How in this day and age these things can go on, where the government can pressure you to give up on life.
I believe you are self employed, what would you do if I came along and took your equipment and only give you enough money to buy a horse.
I decided to sell some of my assets in the summer of 1997, to move to Alberta.
They have stalled me continuously and ceased in life, I need some closure on this matter. Was Mr. Raymond involved on the Shilo hog farmer?
I can understand why this man took his life, the disappointment of losing your life's work and monetary.
From your once neighbour,
He's one of the best and should be in the Cabinet!!!
This is going to be very interesting!!!
I believe that I'm going to write a letter to the editor about this ban. It's not everyone who reads my blog.
Moi, Charles LeBlanc will lower myself to the Irving paper....lol