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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta April LETHBRIOOC HERALD-49 Government revamps land policy Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Canada's largest-by-far property the federal government with more than billion invested in land and buildings is changing its thinking. "Big no longer equates with says Public Works Minister Dube, "and new isn't necessarily preferable to old." Only five years ago, he re- lated after presentation of the government's new real estate policy to the Commons Public Works Committee, "the higher we ran up our federal high rise towers, the louder the applause. "But no more. "The taxpayers are becoming increasingly appreciative of the historic and often sentimental value of existing structures "And so, as far as we're concerned, there will be less business for the wrecker's swinging steel ball of demolition. "We're going to renovate rather than wreck; develop in- stead of dispose." The government, says Mr. Dube, "is very aware of tax- payer sensitivity over the proper use of land." And so, instead of dumping surplus property on the real estate market as in the past through Crown Assets Disposal Corporation, the government will be at pains to put it to the best possible purpose "in the public This, he assured the Com- mittee, will be the working philosophy "from Vancouver to St. John's, Newfoundland, through Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and such smaller places in between as Carman, Manitoba and Amherest, Nova Scotia." The handling of federal property will be the joint responsibility of Treasury Board, Public Works and Urban Affairs. "The new policy he told the Committee, "that from now on the government no longer will use its land to meet only its own specific has usually been the case in the will now also take the greater public interest into account. "This is particularly so with land and buildings surplus to government needs. Now we will develop or lease rather than allow property to remain idle or unproductive." He cited, as a recent ex- ample, what was being done with the old Belmont Building in Victoria, B.C., "a very large structure." Instead of wrecking it or selling it off through Crown Assets, the government leased it, for 50 years, for redevelopment, to what the Works Minister described as "a very bright and innovative group of young architects and developers." They made the whole struc- ture over, but in doing this, preserved its character of the historic. "It's making a beautiful building, a really lovely old he enthused, "a whole new life for a sentimental sector cf old Victoria." What the government won't ever do was what it did some years ago, he recalled, when it demolished the historic old Supreme Court which had stood at the foot of Ottawa's Bank street from the days of Confederation. They made a parking lot of this monument of Canadian architectural history. And what the government will do, Mr Dube promised, now would be more in the spirit of what it did with the old West Block on Parliament Hill. Instead of tearing it down. as initially intended, and replacing it with a steel and glass tower, they ripped (he guts out of this pre- Confederation structure, and within its four-foot-thick stone walls created a whole new and modern office building. Making up the billion federal real estate empire, Mr. Dube informed the Committee, are some Crown-owned or leased properties The listeners John Scali, left, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger listen to a speech by President Moktar Quid Daddah of Mauritania at the U.N. Later, Kissinger outlined a six-point program for cooperative development of world resources. Skeleton uncovered Indian 111 TOKYO (AP) Farmers levelling land have uncovered the most complete skeleton ever found in China of a mammoth, an extinct type of elephant that lived more than years ago, a Peking broadcast said today. The skeleton, found about 16Vz feet under ground in Chaoyuan County in northeast China's Heilungkiang prov- ince, is of a wooly mammoth which weighed an estimated four or five tons when alive, the official Hsinhau news agency reported. The mammoth was about 19Vz feet long and 10 feet tall, with a tusk 4Vz feet long, Hsinhau said Mammoths grazed along nvers and lakes in the Sung- an River Valley in the late Pleistocene era, eating coarse grass and reeds that grew in cold regions, Hsinhua said It said fossil fragments such as isolated teeth, pieces of jaw and bones of the wooly mammoth have been found earlier in northeast China and Inner Mongolia. years young FORT COULONGE, Que. 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