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#241 Mike K.

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 12:06 PM

It’s a great city. I don’t know what it’s like in the winters but what I saw of Nova Scotia was wonderful, and that’s without seeing the Cabot Trail etc.

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 12:31 PM

Have a few co-workers from Nova Scotia and as soon as they retire they are heading back.  They all say the social life and sense of community is greater there.  

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 01:45 PM

I know someone who moved to the east coast because they could afford a house there. They moved back after only a few years, to a condo in Duncan. Cuz winter. 

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 03:06 PM

My daughter's friend just moved to Halifax with husband and two young children. Were able to buy a very nice house, I think in the mid 300 thousand range. They couldn't afford anything except a tiny rental in Vancouver, where his job was. 

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#245 LJ

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 08:43 PM

That was never my experience no matter what time of year it was when I was there, other than the Harmac pulp mill back in the old days, pre-scrubbers and pre facility upgrades, which virtually every mill on the mid island has today. I remember the smell of Harmac very well - in the 1960's and 70's when I was a kid.


Probably on the south side of the city the mill still produces outgassing as a result of its present day operations, but sitting on my deck on the north side back then, or sitting in the back yard of friends living on the Hammond Bay waterfront today, this is a complete non-issue. Only thing to do there is admire the view of the Georgia Strait, the orcas playing literally in the back yard, and sip your mint julip.... 


I'm fairly certain pretty well every poster on VV knows IKEA has made it clear time and again it will not come to any metro area with less than a million people. So unless they change that corporate policy Victoria, Nanaimo and the Island generally might as well resign themselves to making the trek to Richmond. Or Coquitlam.

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Posted 15 November 2020 - 10:00 PM

I think it may be growing now as younger people bail from high-priced cities in search of a better quality of life. You may be in a $100,000 BMW but you're stuck in the same traffic as the guy in the rusty Pinto!

I lived there 1975-84 and there was not a lot of in-migration from the RoC. Offshore immigrants tended to head for Toronto, or Vancouver if coming from Asia. Many newcomers left after a year or two because aside from gov't jobs there was not a lot of economic opportunity, I recall that one year something like 50% of Nova Scotia's operating budget derived from fed programs one way or another. I left in 1984 feeling Atlantic Canada was somewhat stagnant. Overall, Atlantic Canada has a population that is aging more rapidly than pretty well every other province.



I think this is a fair assessment; my extended family and male cousins there were all in the trades - master carpenter, electricians, welders etc - who variously were employed in Halifax usually under the auspices of DND in relation either to the navy shipyard or CCCG. On the side they all inherited lots of family farmland worth a pile of dough, heh. My female aunts and cousins typically worked in the finance or service industries, two were local bank managers, another owned a hairdressing retail store in Falmouth. Very 1950's "Middle America". Picture old folks in rockers on the veranda and a Norman Rockwell painting hanging in the all and you get the idea....


There were and are no major employers in their region (Annapolis Valley) other than the Avon Valley Greenhouse Corp which has been there literally since...forever. An uncle was their accounting manager once upon a time. In 1964. A cousin became their controller. In 1980. Both had about 5 minute driving commutes for most of their working lives. Not much changes in that part of the world and when it does, it does so only very slowly. When I was last there in 2016 visually and culturally it seemed like only a few months had elapsed since my previous trip at Christmas 1990.


Over the years we tried to convince the trades cousins to come out to BC during those periods when work there was tough to come by and when construction here was booming and employers were crying for experienced bodies - they weren't having any of it. A Maritimer they were born and they were set on living and eventually dying there too.


And certainly in the western part of the province in the Annapolis Valley definitely - to paraphrase an article I read on Anaheim CA some years ago - Annapolis-Hants County-Falmouth-Windsor is probably the "whitest" area I've ever seen in Canada over the six times spanning 50+ years I've been there. I can't offhand recall ever encountering a single Asian or South Asian face which likely corroborates your comment about the (lack) of in-migration from elsewhere.


Most skilled folks naturally gravitated, and continue to do so, in the direction of Halifax. In that sense more than Victoria it truly is a regional hub drawing people from all over the province for a variety of reasons which I'm certain would have factored into IKEA's decision to locate there. Older traditional industries including fishing and dairy farming, which was the backbone of the local economy in Annapolis (our family at one time had three farms comprising almost 1500 acres) have greatly diminished in importance over the last 30+ years.


Families and the traditional nuclear family are extremely close knit entities, 'community' and the local church is everything. Literally two aunts over the years played the piano for Sunday service, between them for over 45 years. All of which is why I suspect many Nova Scotian's struggled when they did venture to experience 'swinging' BC particularly - my cousins eyeballs practically collectively fell out when I cruised them through the West End in Vancouver in the 80's. A wild party in Whistler (even by Whistler standards), replete with lots and lots of Ross Rebagliati's favorite herb, not to mention females of a mindset and disposition highly unlikely to be encountered in church in Falmouth.....literally blew their minds. For guys used to drinking home made hootch in the barn at the end of an 18 hour day working a dairy farm, and smoking half a 25-pack of smokes every day, and who's idea of fun at New Years was to gather all the guys drinking more of that home made beer lining them up and blasting away with shotguns into the air at midnight , the west coast was a bit of culture shock, lol

#247 Matt R.

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 11:53 AM

It’s a great city. I don’t know what it’s like in the winters but what I saw of Nova Scotia was wonderful, and that’s without seeing the Cabot Trail etc.

I’m up to five families in my circle now that have moved from the south west of BC to various spots in Nova Scotia. One just bought an 8 acre hobby farm with a gorgeous farmhouse for $270k in Antigonish. 20% down, mortgage is what.. $900 a month? They will need a snow plough and a tractor though.

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#248 Rob Randall

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 11:56 AM

Can we get back to talking about cardboard furniture, please.

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#249 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 December 2020 - 08:19 AM

After more than 70 years of printing, Ikea has decided to stop publishing its paper catalogue.

The Swedish furniture giant said in a news release Monday that it will focus on an all-digital listing of its wares.


"Times are changing," the company said in the statement. "Ikea is transforming its business model to become more accessible and digital, while embracing new ways to connect with more people."

At its peak in 2016, more than 200 million copies of the catalogue were printed every year around the world, in 32 different languages for the 50 different countries that have Ikea stores.



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Posted 22 February 2021 - 06:56 AM

IKEA Israel to offer COVID-19 vaccines at stores. Should Canada follow suit?



#251 Mike K.

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 07:00 AM

For Christ sake, IKEA can’t even deliver their orders properly and we want them delivering vaccines?
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Posted 22 February 2021 - 09:44 PM

Makes sense.  The vaccine doesn't come ready to inject, there is a little 'build it yourself' process to follow first.

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