BOUQUET To someone I ran into at Quality Foods, literally and deliberately. Regardless of why I did it, there’s never an excuse for such boorish behaviour and I owe you an apology. I’m truly sorry.
BEEF To whoever, whatever, whether it be real estate agents, foreign buyers, speculators for the rise in home prices. A house in the Old City Quarter recently sold for $204,000 above the assessed value. How can our children afford to buy a house?
BOUQUET To Quality Foods on Turner Road for the large discount on the wonderful meat and veggies for the Nov. 11 roast beef meal. We were able to serve all vets free. The ladies’ auxiliary of the Lantzville Legion No. 257 thanks you so much.
BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for not taking care of the Canada goose problem at Nanaimo city cemetery. It is a deplorable mess and impossible to walk anywhere without stepping in goose droppings.
BOUQUET A huge thank you to Craftsman Collision for their very generous support of local minor hockey with their sponsorship of the Atom C4 Orange Crush hockey team. Their donation allowed our players to get new team jackets this year.
BEEF To the person who complained about a local church helping LGBTQ refugees, thus ignoring needs in the local community. First of all, said church supports Loaves and Fishes. Also, I don’t think any in the local community are facing torture and death because of their sexual orientation. Prejudice and discrimination are still alive in the hearts of some of the local citizenry.
BOUQUET To all the wonderful staff at Nanaimo Seniors Village for the care and support they gave to my mother Wendy Hobbs during her stay there. ‘Queen Wendy’ as they named her was supported by a helpful and cheerful group of people.
BEEF To the bakery who is losing a wonderful lady, we’ve missed her smile. Bouquet to said lady for giving memorable service while you were there. We hope to find you again.
BOUQUET To June at June’s Tailor Shop. Your sewing is amazing and so are you. You always greet your customers with warmth and a beautiful smile.
BEEF To the City of Nanaimo. First snowfall of the season and not a plow in sight? My elderly father with dementia told me on Friday there would be snow this week so maybe give him a call next time.
BOUQUET To Greg and Mike at Bulletproof Mechanics for getting my 1985 Chevy Citation running like it has not run in years. They found a severely frayed brake cable and fixed some leaks that I was told could not be fixed. The best car mechanics in town.
BEEF When contemplating moving to a strata, be aware of self-serving and corrupt councils, increasing costs of strata fees, depleted contingency funds, and ineffective management companies. Please review all necessary documents prior to moving to a strata. I exist in a caustic environment with council having no moral compass.
BOUQUET To the staff at Benjamin Moore Paint for your excellent advice and service for the last 20 years. I have recommended you for years and will continue to do so. My walls are beautiful.
BEEF To the snow removal company that advertises commercial and residential snow removal and sanding 24/7. Only if you win the lottery can you afford the cost they would charge to clean your driveway.
BOUQUET To Bernie with Nanaimo Transit for his wonderful, patient, informative and sometimes humorous in-service on how to navigate the new and somewhat daunting task on accessing transit for ‘first time customers.’
BEEF to the club for its signs on the Doumont trails claiming bikers built the trails for bikers and welcoming people on the trails but not people with dogs.
BOUQUET To Clinic for Cats. Always friendly, always puts health of the cat first.
BEEF To the high school for its lack of snow and ice removal in the parking lots and sidewalks. Broken bones as a result of this are common.
BOUQUET Thank you NALT Wine and Cheese Soiree donors. It was an amazing evening at Lucky’s Liquor Store of great music, quality silent auction items, tasty finger foods and beverages. We really appreciate your ongoing generosity and sense of community.
BEEF To the grinch who stole our laser Christmas lights. We, as those in Whoville, refuse to let your actions dampen our X-mas spirit. Hopefully you grow a heart.
BOUQUET To Kevin at Eye Mean Graphics for exceptional customer service the past year and a half.
BEEF To the health-care staff at a certain government facility in Nanaimo. It is your job to issue medication to your patients, not hurry around as fast as possible, resulting in some guys not getting their meds. Please use care and concern.
BOUQUET To the person who found my wallet at Buttertubs Marsh and turned it in to the RCMP. I am forever grateful for your kindness and the effort you took to return it to me. People like you make the world a better place and give us all faith in the kindness of others. Thank you.
BEEF To the flag person at Bradley and Wall streets. Twice you motioned to me which way did I want to go. Twice I motioned to the right, so you let cross traffic go. Then you asked if I could understand the stop sign you were holding up.
BOUQUET To Hilary at Sheila Malcolmson’s office for exceeding expectations in assisting us in our dealings with Service Canada/CRA.
BEEF To the barber shop patron who proclaimed support for those who sexually assault women, and his insistance that those who have been assaulted should be sued. Don’t mistake the smiling and nodding of your hairdresser as a sign of support. She was smartly avoiding a confrontation with you and your misinformed opinions.
BOUQUET To Bremner Electric for going above and beyond to install appliances in a difficult setting. Much appreciated
BEEF To all those who fail to clear snow from their sidewalks. In Nanaimo the city makes this the property owner’s responsibility, but then they don’t even clear the city’s own sidewalks along parkland.
BOUQUET To the men at Midas Island Highway. They treated us like royalty. The tires we needed at 20 per cent less than a competitor, plus a free front-end alignment.
BEEF With last July’s garbage rate increase and now another increase, Nanaimo residents will pay $47 more in fees. However, the majority of Nanaimo’s residents won’t receive the new larger capacity bins and garden waste pickup until July 2018. How is that fair?
BOUQUET To the very nice woman in the parking office at the hospital. Thank you for your patience in the face of my grumpy response to a parking violation that was clearly my mistake.
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