Beef to the builder of the two homes beside us in south Nanaimo. The guy does not keep his promises, buries huge blast rock in driveways and covers them over, takes from others without payback, cuts corners on his home building and lets his dog run around the neighbourhood free to mess on people’s property with no cares of cleaning it up.

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 13

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BOUQUET To Brent E. for his dedication and hard work at Dufferin Place. The elders love you. You put the care in caregiving.

BEEF When plows dump road snow on sidewalks they become impassable, and clearing sidewalks becomes impossible. When will the City of Nanaimo admit current snow-clearing protocol doesn’t work? The city doesn’t even clear their own sidewalks by parks and playgrounds.

BOUQUET To the young man at Rutherford McDonald’s who took the time to talk to a woman new to motorcycles. Really appreciated your time. Sorry if your lunch got cold.

BEEF To all the people with nothing to do but loiter around. Newfoundland was buried in snow and anyone can use a shovel. I think it would be good exercise at the very least.

BOUQUET To all the people who donated gifts and to all the volunteers who shared their time with the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive to ensure that 1,300 children had a happy Christmas this year.

BEEF To the builder of the two homes beside us in south Nanaimo. The guy does not keep his promises, buries huge blast rock in driveways and covers them over, takes from others without payback, cuts corners on his home building and lets his dog run around the neighbourhood free to mess on people’s property with no cares of cleaning it up.

BOUQUET To the doctor, nurses, X-ray technician and lab techs at NRGH emergency. We brought our 98-year-old mother in in a lot of pain. They treated her in a professional manner with great kindness and patience. A huge thanks from our family.

BEEF To parents who put their needs and wants above that of their children. Children need love and attention, they need to feel supported; actions speak louder than words. They aren’t qualified to give relationship advice or be the parent. They aren’t something you can just toss aside when you have something better to do.

BOUQUET To Linden B.’s family. As someone who cared for Linden at the hospital and who also has a young family, last week’s bouquet brought tears to my eyes. May his family find comfort and peace.

BEEF To who ever tossed their chicken wing bones on city sidewalks over the holidays. I went around and picked up four. A beef as well for the people too lazy to clean up after their dogs where kids walk to school.

BOUQUET To Adam and Paul at Eddbarry Motors for their time and patience in helping find just the right car for me. Absolutely great salesmen, not push. Thank you so much for all your help. Love the car.

BEEF To the taxi cab driver who nearly ran over a pedestrian with right-of-way and then drove a few blocks and could then be seen looking at his cellphone while sitting in traffic.

BOUQUET To the friendliest transit driver I have ever come across – the woman with black hair, glasses and a smile on her face. Thank you for your sense of humour and hospitality to all of your passengers in what can be a stressful job. You are one of a kind.

BEEF To the person who hit and run my car on the weekend in the mall parking lot outside the restaurant. Could’ve at least left a note; if you’re reading this you’re a coward.

BOUQUET To the paramedics, staff at emergency in NRGH and the staff at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, thank you to everyone that assisted so quickly when our daughter was hit by a truck when leaving school. You were all fantastic and instrumental in her recovery.

BEEF For allowing the shopping cart to be parked along the E&N Trail. It even has a masking-tape label that reads ‘stolen goods transport cart,’ for goodness sakes.

BOUQUET To all neighbours who helped elderly neighbours during our amazing snowfall in January. Thank you to all. This way we can stay in our home a while longer.

BEEF To the elderly lady jaywalking on Needham near the Nicol intersection with her grandson. Do you not see the two memorials on either side of the intersection? You are setting a poor example to your grandson.

BOUQUET To Port Theatre’s ticket office lady Sarah for helping theatre patrons by going far above expectations to find out information and share it, all with enthusiasm, joy and grace. She epitomizes service and kindness.

BEEF To the immature driver of the newer blue Dodge Ram truck driving through the school zone on Metral who thinks it’s cool to floor it at top speed halfway through the school zone while all the kids are walking. Grow up.

BOUQUET To Margaret, nurse at the diabetes centre. She is always available to help with issues and never judgmental. She really goes the extra mile for her patients and it is greatly appreciated.

BEEF To the restriction of the entry and exit to and from Opal Road from Rock City Road. Why do I see cars coming towards me when I am travelling down Opal Road from Uplands? Are the residents there exempt from this new rule? Or is this now a one-way street? This restriction is creating more traffic in the Rock City school area. Safety should come first before the requests from the few residents.

BOUQUET To Estelle, a lovely lady who gave me money to purchase a shirt for my daughters birthday. What a wonderful gesture it was. She loves it and wears it with pride. Thank you so much.

BEEF To dog owners who think it’s OK or can’t control their dog in running across a field to check out my dog. My dog does not respond well to that and could end up costing both of us expensive vet bills. Control your pets please.

BOUQUET To my amazing friend, Ashley, for driving half of the office to work every day during the January snowstorm. That week would have been far more stressful if not for you.

BEEF To companies that purchase carbon credits, then go on polluting with fossil fuels, but claim they’re carbon neutral as if they actually aren’t polluting.

BOUQUET To whoever paid for my husband’s and my breakfast at Kelly’s Restaurant before Christmas, a complete shock. For sure made our day special. I will pay this forward.

BEEF To the excavating and trucking company pickup truck that blasted around another vehicle waiting to pull into a disability space at the mall. Not only did you have no clear view of the two crosswalks before doing this but you also gave your company a bad name.

BOUQUET To the mailroom person who noticed that an important document sent from NRGH had a wrong address for Nanaimo Seniors Village. Once corrected, the mail was delivered to the proper recipient.

BEEF To the relocation of the clinic. The smaller and windowless consulting rooms are almost claustrophobic and not a healthy place for our medical doctors to work in.

BOUQUET To the phantom shoveller who has cleared my drive of snow on Departure Bay Road for two years.

BOUQUET To North Cedar Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance, emergency room nurses, fourth-floor nurses, the angels in palliative care and Dr. Williams. You made mom’s final days comfortable and kept us calm.

BOUQUET I would like to thank Dr. Mann, home support workers, nurses, office workers, scheduling and Dr. Erica Holling for all the wonderful, loving care they gave to our dear mother Rose over the past few years. God bless you all.

BOUQUET To Gail, Marcella, Denis and the entire crew at Pro Pacific Restorations for the excellent job they did after damage from a water leak. Very friendly, prompt, polite. True perfection. Would highly recommend. Thanks guys.

BOUQUET To great customer service at Best Buy Nanaimo. Two employees – Dani and Coleby – stood out. Thank you both for exemplary customer service.

BOUQUET While parking at B.C. Ferries, I inadvertently jammed the parking machine. On contact with Robbins Towing the very next day, they returned my money. Huge thank you.

BOUQUET Thank you to the lady who lives on Rock City Road who came to help me shovel out my driveway on Glen Eagle Crescent. I really appreciate that as I’m in my 80s. And it just cost me a hug.

BOUQUET To the bicyclist who was yelling at me at the intersection of Prideaux and Bowen Road. Whoa, I am a large moving vehicle. Pedalling towards me and yelling is not the safest way to handle whatever you were yelling about? Hope the rest of your day was better.

BOUQUET To a very nice lady at the reception desk at the News Bulletin for her nice attitude to the customers.

BOUQUET Many thanks to Central Drugs on Dufferin Crescent for the great service in replacing the cryo cuff machine for my elderly friend.

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