Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 10

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, please e-mail

BOUQUET To all the staff at the cafeteria at Vancouver Island University for allowing me to do my work experience. I enjoyed my time there and had fun learning new bussing and dishwashing skills.

BEEF To Nanaimo gas station owners who not only fix prices but also gouge their customers for much higher prices than other places.

BOUQUET To my mom, for pushing me to the path of success my whole life. If I have to say something about my mom’s hard work, it’s that if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t know who I am and I wouldn’t be here right now.

BEEF The yell-off at Frank Crane Arena between young students who don’t pay to get in has to stop. We pay to watch a hockey game.

BOUQUET To my mom, Jennie Jones. Thank you for all your support and for driving me to school at VIU. I love you.

BEEF To the “homeless” men on the highway medians who, when given bags of groceries throw them away, but spend their donations at the liquor store all day long.

BOUQUET To Harbourfront Library for doing such an awesome job with the renovations and all the hours spent re-cataloguing all the books.

BEEF To our library system. Depleted  collection worthy of a petition at the downtown branch. Two catalogues, at what cost? Both disappointed and confused.

BOUQUET To the beefer complaining about the flu vaccine. There are many strains of flu. Only the strains most prevalent the year before are in the vaccine, so you picked up a different strain. Too bad.

BEEF To the Grinches who stole our Christmas lights. We invested our time and money in those lights to brighten our low-income neighbourhood. They were a highlight on Haliburton Street.

BOUQUET To Scot at C+S Transmission Specialties Ltd. and Gord and the guys at Hub City RV for the great service. It’s nice to deal with honest and knowledgeable businessmen who are willing to help without draining the bank.

BEEF To the people who installed single-seat bus benches. I can’t lie down for a rest during the sometimes long wait for a bus.  There usually isn’t anyone else waiting for it anyway at my stop.

BOUQUET To John Horn, the social planner for the city, for implementing the ‘Little Libraries’ throughout the city. They are a delightful addition to a neighbourhood.

BEEF To whoever steals toys, PS3 consoles/controllers/games, DVD players and movies from the children’s unit at Nanaimo hospital. Shame on you.

BOUQUET To all who came downtown for the Nov. 11 ceremonies. I hope next year there can be a live feed to the big screen at Diana Krall Plaza so more can actually see the proceedings.

BEEF To the people who dump garbage (and boats) in the lot on College Drive above the university. Whoever dumped the most recent load of garbage and construction materials also dumped nails on the road that punctured my tires.

BOUQUET To the volunteers at Global Village,  the fair trade store in Longwood Station.  Their work enables us to find beautiful, affordable gifts while supporting people in the developing world who are working hard to care for their families.

BOUQUET To the woman who donated money to the Wesley Street Social Centre where clients of the former Phoenix Centre now meet.

BOUQUET To the kind people who came to help me earlier this fall when I fell on the road in front of Shopper’s Drug Mart and broke my leg. Thank you very much.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Christian School for the great job it did in cleaning up Janes Park.

BOUQUET To the staff at Kal-Tire on the Island Highway who went the extra mile in their service when I brought my car in with a possible leaky tire. They fixed the tire and checked over the rest of the car, too.

BOUQUET To the re-design of the library.Spacious, bright and open; it feels less like a drop-in centre, more like a library.

BOUQUET To Dr. Jill and the wonderful ladies at Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital for all the care and cookies for my beloved Bella.

BOUQUET To the Canadian Tire employee for your fast response and the person(s) who found my little boy, who had become lost and wandered into the busy parking lot. I was terrified when I couldn’t find him and I would not have thought he would leave the store. I was so caught up in the moment, I didn’t get a chance to say thank you.

BOUQUET To Janice from the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre for all the help and the new life you are helping me to achieve.

BOUQUET To Quality Foods Turner Road for giving the Lantzville Legion No. 257 Ladies Auxiliary half price on all the food for our Nov. 11 veterans dinner.

BOUQUET To a wonderful couple at the Northridge Quality Foods. I was in line with a few items and realized I left my wallet in the car. They offered to pay for my groceries and after politely saying no they insisted quite convincingly. This was by far the kindest gesture anyone has done for me in a very long time.

BOUQUET To Bob at Flat Rate Computers for repairing my laptop quickly and at a very affordable price.

BOUQUET To Brenda of London Drugs Photo Lab, for going out of her way to make sure my friend’s gift was ready for her birthday.

BOUQUET To all the businesses that donated to our Gutsy Walk fundraiser for Crohns and Colitis at the Randerson Ridge craft fair: Browns Social House, Country Grocer, Sears, Purdy’s, Manhattan Gifts, Sweet Peas Kids Krafts, Davids Tea, staff of Bentley, Boston Pizza, and a painting from Sherry Jordan.

BOUQUET To Shanyaa at Best Buy for setting up my new Fitbit Charge HR. Her pleasant, patient manner was very much appreciated.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Regional General Hospital palliative care unit for giving my friend and roommate kindness and dignity in his last days. My heartfelt thanks.

BOUQUET To anyone who considers donating money to the News Bulletin’s Coins for Kids campaign. Thank you.

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, please e-mail

Just Posted

Kidney Foundation Nanaimo chapter president seeks ‘bail money’ in fundraiser

Randy Spensley will be on a scissor lift in a jailbird outfit Aug. 25 at Country Club Centre

MULTIMEDIA: Fair weather, food and fun at VIEX in Nanaimo

A gallery of the second day of the Vancouver Island Exhibition at Beban Park in Nanaimo

Urban planner wants to join city council to help build Nanaimo

Tyler Brown held his campaign launch this week

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Former homeless camp ‘dump site’ being cleaned up along Millstone River

Nanaimo’s Jeff Callaghan has taken up the task of clearing trash from abandoned homeless camp

VIDEO: Fires break out in scrap piles at Harmac mill

Nanaimo firefighters got blazes under control in early morning hours Saturday

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

Two hurt in car wreck at Northfield intersection

NANAIMO – Honda and Volkswagen crash at 10 p.m. Friday on old Island Highway

Nanaimo’s VIEX country fair underway

Vancouver Island Exhibition happening Aug. 17-19 at Beban Park

Vehicle catches fire on Rutherford Road

NANAIMO – No one hurt in incident, which happened at 2:30 p.m. Friday

Island swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights can be misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Most Read