Support Construction of Irving Oil Headquarters

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Doug Niles
5 years ago
Wow, I just read the open letter from my old pal Andrew Chase, and it must be him because we are the same age. at 18 I worked at Golden Ball home office. One of the best experiences in my youth. I learned something very important. Loyalty. Irvings reward Loyalty, that is why they are still in N.B. This is an empty lot, I remember when the service station exploded. Do any of you. I left SJ because it was a dying city. It is hard when starting out to make it there and many do, but they usually move to the Valley. Heritage in the city was put in place to keep the Cadillac Fairviews of the world of Toronto from destroying more buildings and putting up more NBtels and Deltas. Many people own property in SJ who are not from New Brunswick, they live in Ontario, Quebec and New England and Chicago. When things go south where they live they dont care about little old SJ. I dont see anything wrong with the New Home Office. Hopefully Arthur will convert the Golden Ball back to a parking garage and it will be a short walk to the new building. It is historically accurate. It was nice to see him in the news. It is this entrepreneurial spirit the Irvings still have, and many of us know it. Pull up your boot straps and get to work. Mr. Benzanson may be one of those who want to follow the rules. Sometimes the rules were made to protect a different construct. It isnt a glass tower Marriot going up. Just get the parking situation figured out. Or buy out Prince edward Sq. Has that died yet? Many of us Ex pats would love to come home. There needs to be something more than call centers, there needs to be jobs with living wages. Andrew was right, there were a lot of projects that got cancelled. A lot of us were watching, ready to pack up and move back. I have travelled a lot. There are worse places and there are better places than SJ. I live in one of them with its economy just holding its own. It is a good place to raise a family, but I think my kids are missing something I had growing up. A sense of being part of a culture, part of the land. Sometimes Mr. Benzanson, there has to be an exception. It's not your money, and it is our city, even those of us that left. Let them build it.

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Doug Niles
5 years ago
I worked for Irving Oil Home Office when I was 18. I met Arthur Irving personally. It was one of the best experiences of my youth. One thing the Irving family rewards is loyalty. Those who have never experienced this dont understand the Irvings. They are not in N.B. to take advantage but value N.B.ers for their loyalty. We have decent IQs and family values. When Heritage became an issue in SJ it was because many owners of realestate were owners from elsewhere, not local. Companies like Caddilac Fairview could come in destroy whole blocks of run down historic buildings and build modern office towers and hotels, anyone remember how Delta and NBTel got there? So this is not about tearing a building down, the Irvings have owned that property since I was born, I remember the explosion they had at the service station. Yeah I am only 45. I left SJ for Ontario because of the stupidness there. Mr. Benzanson may be technically right, which means there needs to be an exception. I would like the Irvings to address parking for 1000 employees, are they going to convert Golden ball, that would be historic. It was a parking garage over 50years ago. That would be a short walk. If my fellow NBers dont know a good thing when it comes along, then I feel sorry for you all. and do what I did, pack your bags because no one else is going to bring jobs to you, so pull up those bootstraps and get to work, and Benzanson, give it a break, it isnt just your city. we have to make a living first. One day us ex pats might come back, when we stop seeing our city die. And the corrupt SJ police force, do you damn job and clean up the drug dealers. Oh right, not enough jobs, so yeah, dealing drugs makes money. Idiots. No one wants to come to our city. Build it and they will come, is a movie, you douch bags. Saint John is not a field of dreams, for many it is a field of broken dreams, and almost everyone that works for Irving oil lives in the Valley. I cant believe I am taking my time to support this project because I have HOPE. and LOYALTY to the Irving family. As the rest of you should. God Bless.

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Reg Jardine
5 years ago
The people of the heritage board needs to move forward and let the city grow. We have enough old run down buildings that are crippling the city's growth.

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roger limkilde
5 years ago
This city needs to move into the 21 century and stop holding us back.

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Walter Bisson
5 years ago
Here is a company that has always kept their head office in the maritimes and want to build a New office not in To. Or .Montreal but in their home Town. Wake up.

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Ann Jamieson
5 years ago
Saint John needs to generate employment for people and we need this headquarters here in downtown Saint John, not elsewhere. As someone said to me yesterday, if Saint John wants to be a "historical park", then they should put a fence around it and charge an entrance fee to tourists to get in because if we don't move forward with development, historical park is going to be our best option for downtown.

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Jaspreet Chohan
5 years ago
Hi am signing because I want to see Saint John growing. Saint John is in desperate need to change and more work, or it will die if we don't let it evolve.
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Shari Lockhart
5 years ago
Because Saint John needs growth...we are sinking and sinking fast....for gods sake our child poverty rate beat Toronto, Toronto people!!! Stop avoiding growth unless you want to live in a destitute city because I sure a heck do not

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Jim Coombs
5 years ago
Saint John requires these projects.

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Dianne Mcallister
5 years ago
I feel it will be an asset in this city.