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#61 Jackerbie

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 10:41 AM

If it is Amazon, this would be a "delivery station," not a fulfillment center. They just announced 5 new facilities in Metro Van, three of which are delivery stations (Langley Township, Pitt Meadows, Delta). The Langley operation has 200 employees.

#62 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 10:47 AM

Yeah, I know technically it’s not a fulfillment centre but it’s far sexier to call it that than a delivery station :)

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#63 max.bravo

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 11:02 AM

Local MP Elizabeth May says it is imperative for the public to know the identity of the company that plans to operate a massive warehouse in Sidney on airport land as an important deadline for public feedback approaches.

“We certainly need to know who is going to be responsible for operating this distribution centre,” she said.

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“Quality of life and the quality of beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea has something to do as well as with the small-business feel of the place and the ethical conduct of the companies within our community,” she said. “If it was Amazon, reputationally there would be concern. It could also be Purolator, which is part of Canada Post. There will be very different questions (depending on the nature of the company).”



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FFS. How does someone say stuff like this with a straight face? It’s on airport land- where corporate bailout air canada lands regularly. Right beside bc ferries, where polish and german ships dock. Reputationally speaking, the ethics of Germany’s history are very troubling vis. Sidney’s small town charm. It’s also rumored that a private jet owned by an american billionaire once landed at the airport- all of us in Sidney are still trying to recover from this event.
I sure hope Ms. May has never ordered anything from Amazon or Abe books or whole foods.
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#64 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 11:20 AM

Sidney's mayor owns Tanner's Books on Beacon Ave. I don't think he will be weighing in on any decisions regarding a project from a competing book seller, so maybe Ms. May has to speak on his discreet behalf?

 

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#65 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 11:23 AM

Imagine that, though. Sidney elects a mayor with a bookshop and Amazon comes knocking. Hello conflict of interest alert.


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#66 todd

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 12:56 PM

Imagine that, though. Sidney elects a mayor with a bookshop and Amazon comes knocking. Hello conflict of interest alert.


“..Because the property is federal, the airport authority — not the municipality of Sidney — will decide whether to approve the plan...”: https://www.timescol...lyst-1.24313487

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#67 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 08:36 PM

The municipality is going to play a role in the approvals through providing feedback to the VAA, but the decision is not up to Sidney, that is correct.
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#68 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 09:46 AM

Less than ten percent of Amazon's sales are from books, and- as the company continues to expand its product offerings- that percentage is likely to decline even further.  Because of the scope of the company, really any retail owner could be considered a competitor of the company (if Gordy Dodd runs for mayor of Victoria, he would be a direct competitor against Amazon's furniture business, though I doubt that Amazon could match the campiness of Dodd's commercials).  

 

What is the timeline for the airport authority making its decision?


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#69 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 12:18 PM

Here’s the list of recommendations from Sidney:
https://www.cheknews...lopment-784277/

#70 max.bravo

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 01:08 PM

Here’s the list of recommendations from Sidney:
https://www.cheknews...lopment-784277/

Seems like the most expensive ask is for a roundabout at Galaran Rd. -- I'm assuming that's cheaper than building a pedestrian overpass over Hwy 17. (That's the ask that killed the last VAA retail development, right?)



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Posted 11 May 2021 - 01:10 PM

they must be honoured that they have been given the oppprtinity to become a “funding partner” in highway improvements.
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#72 Mike K.

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 02:11 PM

Seems like the most expensive ask is for a roundabout at Galaran Rd. -- I'm assuming that's cheaper than building a pedestrian overpass over Hwy 17. (That's the ask that killed the last VAA retail development, right?)

 

They agreed to build the overpass, but approvals took so long that the market got away on them and a North Saanich project clenched a major deal with Canadian Tire.


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