BOUQUET Thank you to the staff at the Source in Country Club Centre, especially Ricky, Susan and Darcy for helping this senior set up her iPhone.
BEEF To the high percentage of Nanaimo residents that didn’t wear a poppy or donate to the poppy fund.
BOUQUET To the VIU education students who took the time to send a thank you note for the award they received. It’s good to know that this gift is appreciated.
BEEF To the Remembrance Day program. We are Canada and O Canada should be first on the program. Lest we forget, this is about our Canadian men and women who died for our freedom and then we pray for all who died in the First and Second World Wars and all the places we have defended as Canadian peacekeepers.
BOUQUET To the Bootlegger store in Country Club Centre for honouring Remembrance Day with poppies displayed in their feature windows. Thank you.
BEEF To the utility. Computer idiots like me will need help to deal with our bills now that they are online. Besides, I strongly object to any of my personal information on the internet.
BOUQUET To Andrew at Parksvile Car Clinic for your knowledge and skill in the ongoing care of our car. Thereby enabling us to trust that our car will respond as I expect, keeping us all safe.
BEEF When they were repainting lanes on old Island Highway, why weren’t turn lanes painted at Rutherford and Hammond Bay, two very busy intersections?
BOUQUET I recently took several ambulance trips to emergency. I would like to thank the employees of B.C. Ambulance Service and the staff and doctors in emergency. We are so very lucky to have these compassionate professionals in our community. Thank you.
BEEF Eliminating the left-turn signal lights at East Wellington and Bown is unimaginably dangerous. The study didn’t realize the amount of school and parkway traffic there.
BOUQUET I am a senior; I really like the wheely bins. Much more comfortable to wheel, better than carrying. Also, I have changed my large blue bin for a smaller one. Thanks to the City of Nanaimo.
BEEF To the city for not opening Park Avenue from Ninth Street to Tenth Street, thus eliminating all the traffic on Ninth Street and Douglas Avenue.
BOUQUET Through the kindness of RDN Transit, I was able to attend a ‘how to ride the bus’ presentation through Seniors Connect with the help of Lyn, Mike and Bernie. It turned out to be educational as well as being fun. I enjoyed a few laughs, so good for both mind and body.
BEEF To the shop’s service manager, too busy to hear my complaint, then hung up on me after warning me to be careful how I complained. Threatened to call police when I want the shop to resolve the issue. Some corporate culture.
BOUQUET To Quality Foods for respecting the Remembrance Day holiday by closing their stores on Nov. 11. Everyone should be closed on this very important holiday to respect all our veterans, past and present.
BEEF To the guy beefing about cyclists paying insurance. You mingle in traffic, pay the piper. For your example of a pedestrian paying, sidewalks are for people walking.
BOUQUET To the person who enjoys the Bulletin, but misses the sudoku. I second that. I looked for it every week.
BEEF To the owner of a dog killed on the road. Bylaws state dogs should be on leash. The truck had a right to be on the road. The dog’s owner caused the death of his dog and distress to the driver and others.
BOUQUET To Gordie D. of Dodd’s Furniture. He doesn’t just count his blessings, he shares them. Thanks for giving.
BEEF To the writer who says we should welcome illegal immigrants and migrants because we need more diversity. Has she considered the cost to the rest of us? We have all the diversity we need. We have tax-paying Canadians, veterans and children living in poverty. Let us help them instead.
BOUQUET To Dr. Henderson and James at Eyecare Nanaimo on Dover Road for your gentle, attentive and thorough checkup and consultation with my teenage daughter on her new contacts.
BEEF So now no bees allowed because they dirty your windows? In some places they have no bees due to pollution and they have to hand-pollinate fruit trees and crops. But they do have clean windows.
BOUQUET To Ruth at Serious Coffee for your friendly smile and good service. We will miss you.
BEEF To a fellow co-worker who repeatedly feigns whatever illness she can to leave work early. Her piteous and indolent work ethic has left us short-staffed on many occasions. Perhaps her work environment would not be so toxic if she improved her attitude and work ethic.
BOUQUET To Quality Foods Turner Road, from Lantzville Legion No. 257 Ladies’ Auxiliary. Because of them we were able to feed all vets a wonderful roast dinner for free and non-vets only $5. Thank you so much for your continued support and for closing on Nov. 11 in respect for our vets.
BEEF The emergency staff at the Nanaimo hospital need to actually help the people waiting for emergency not just sit and chat and eat candy.
BOUQUET To John Howard Society and Vancouver Island Therapeutic Community for giving our son back. A year of sobriety plus renewed self-esteem and the life skills to move forward are precious gifts. Thank you a thousand times.
BEEF To the Jingle Pot neighbour who installed stadium lights on his field. The neighbour a block away has to pull his blinds when your lights go on. Just imagine what a nuisance these blinding lights are for your next-door neighbours.
BOUQUET To all volunteers who support the poppy drive sponsored by local legions.
BEEF To the parents who allowed their children to shriek and scream in the playground at Huddlestone Park the entire time the Remembrance Day ceremony was being conducted this year. You totally disrespected the veterans we came to honour that day.
BOUQUET To the Nanaimo News Bulletin for this interesting and informative portion of our paper. Always enjoy and look forward to reading it.
BEEF To the beef that suggested teachers don’t do professional development in the summer. They do, without pay, often spending hundreds or thousands out of their own pockets. Pro-D days are more for district- and school-specific things. Try talking to a teacher; they’d be happy to dissuade you of outdated tropes and stereotypes.
BOUQUET To McKenzie, Rachel, Megan and Dr. Chen at VIU’s dental hygienist program for your kind, warm and friendly checkup of my six-year-old daughter, and for Connor and Kerry for your attentive welcome and hospitality.
BEEF To the arcade that has only half of their games working. Especially when it’s the classics like whack-a-mole, skee-ball, and air hockey that aren’t running. Big disappointment.
BOUQUET To Donald and Jaime at Woodgrove Chrysler for your excellent customer service, every time.
BEEF To adults who vapour smoke in front of children. Then send them to school to intimidate and encourage younger children, and others, to participate.
BOUQUET To the nice young lady outside Real Canadian Superstore. I couldn’t stop laughing. Hope you find my shoes online; I’d love to know. My name is Rosina Kube and I’m in the phone book.
BEEF to the cyclists and scooter riders who can’t figure out that vehicles belong on the right side of the road, not sidewalks and not crosswalks. Don’t give me the finger because I didn’t see you. You were in the wrong.
BOUQUET Thanks to Milestone Contracting for constructing the sidewalk on Dufferin Crescent. The crew was professional, skilled, patient and friendly. Can’t say enough good about the young men and women that worked on the project. We really appreciate how hard you all worked.
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