Heritage Canada Foundation Releases 2009 Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists

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It should come as no surprise the loss of Alma College to fire in May, 2008 tops Heritage Canada Foundation’s worst losses list for the past year. After all the historic school for girls topped the Top Ten Endangered List not that long ago. It was inevitable that destruction by neglect, the accumulative toll of the elements and ultimately the allure of the vacant hulk as a haven for vandals would bring the main building to its knees. However a fitting epitaph would read, “Alma succumbed because of a lack of will by elected officials at all levels and the crass indifference of its owners.”

OTTAWA, July 7 /CNW Telbec/ – The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has
released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing
attention to a total of 17 architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost.
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Ford has no plans for St. Thomas plant after 2011

Staggered in recent years by layoffs and slumping sales, the Ford St. Thomas assembly plant has been dealt what may be its final body blow.

In a recent meeting with Ford of Canada, Canadian Auto Workers union officials were told all three vehicles made at the plant will be phased out — and no replacement vehicles are planned after 2011.

“You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. If we do not have a new product they will close the plant,” said Scott Smith, chairperson of CAW Local 1520 at the plant.

“There are a lot of people’s livelihoods at stake here and it is hard for people to hear what the reality is.”

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