Beef to the young lady in the black car texting while driving in a school zone. Put your phone down, no message is that important.

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 23

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BOUQUET A big thank you to the Nanaimo Community Seniors Society who meet every Wednesday at the Moose Hall. What a great meal and gifts to send off 2019. A big thank you to the executive who work hard all year to keep things going.

BEEF To the young lady in the black car texting while driving in a school zone. Put your phone down, no message is that important.

BOUQUET To Ross at Harewood Mid_Island Co-op gas station. I stopped to have air put in my tires and he did it so willingly and with such a friendly attitude that I really took notice. Thanks again.

BEEF Shame on the people in the Duncan area for the horrific cruelty inflicted on a helpless dog. It is apparently the worst the SPCA has seen since its inception 125 years ago. However, the court chose to give a mere slap on the wrist (they are not to own an animal again). What a terrible outcome for the dog and for animal lovers to have to accept.

BOUQUET Many, many thanks to the person who created a beautiful picture. I found it under a bench at Cameron Island while walking with friends. On the back it said ‘Keep friends who add music to your days. Keep me.’ Nanaimo rocks. So pleased to find it and honoured to keep it.

BEEF To all the individuals including regulators responsible for the Boeing Max debacle. You have reassured me that money always trumps safety.

BOUQUET To all those whose New Years Resolution included less automobile travel, fewer airline trips, less meat consumption and fewer children. Mother Earth thanks you.

BEEF Draining the pond at Brookwood Park stinks, literally. The habitat of beavers and numerous species of birds who make this pond their home is imperilled. The residents who live in the area or who may visit the park regularly are being deprived of enjoying its natural splendour.

BOUQUET We would like to thank everyone for all their support and condolences in the recent loss of our beautiful golden retriever Chloe. She ate either a poison or some kind of drug. Please, be very vigilant when walking with your children or animals in the Waldbank/Dover Bay area.

BEEF To people, especially politicians, who say things like, ‘on behalf of all Canadians’ or ‘I speak for all Canadians.’ Speak for yourself, not me.

BOUQUET A huge thank you to all the B.C. and Canadian firefighters who have gone and are going to Australia to fight the wildfires. This will hopefully repay the Aussies in part for all the times Australians have come to Canada to help fight our wildfires. You make us all so very proud to be Canadian.

BEEF To transit, please tell passengers to sit and not stand beside you to chat while the bus is moving. Too dangerous. I see this often. And stop giving so many free rides.

BOUQUET To all those who live peacefully with others, who use their manners and politeness as everyday aspects of life. Peace and love be with you.

BEEF To Crime Stoppers. I provided an accurate, detailed tip and never heard anything back regarding any reward.

BOUQUET To everyone who takes the time, effort and money to put up Christmas lights. I thank you for sharing the joy and beauty of the season with others.

BEEF To the pickup truck driver in the north-end supermarket parking lot who made a false claim to ICBC about the circumstances of an accident.

BOUQUET Thank you to our city council for approving the newly planted trees along Hammond Bay Road. The residents there were inconvenienced for quite some time by road work, and now they, and all of us, with tourists and visitors alike, will be treated to gentle nature in future, on this enhanced city drive.

BEEF To the lack of psychiatrists in Nanaimo. We are vastly under-served in comparison with Victoria.

BOUQUET To Mario our very thoughtful neighbour, always ready to help out. Very much appreciated.

BEEF To the beefer not liking that some stores allow – even like – dogs. Many people suffer allergies and acute sensitivities to things other than dogs and are not considered. Do you wear or use chemically scented products? If so, perhaps you should then stay out of any place I want or need to go. Think about it. It’s not all about you.

BOUQUET To Robin at Liberty Tax for all her help, patience, and knowledge when processing my tax returns. Thank you so much.

BEEF To the beefer. Please stay home if you’re so allergic and can’t be within the vicinity of another creature. I really hope you don’t travel to Europe, specifically Germany or France, dogs are allowed in pretty much any place. You may find a dog sitting next to you on a bus or train, God forbid in a pub.

BOUQUET To scheduling superintendent Erica at RDN Transit for working hard to create a new schedule that works for all of Nanaimo. Finally no more missed connections. She worked many overtime hours to make this schedule work. She deserves the accolades.

BEEF To the beefer about killer whales. Well, they actually do kill seals and salmon for their dinner. So what don’t you understand?

BOUQUET To all the staff at London Drugs at Nanaimo North Town Centre. It’s always a pleasure to see the staff; even when they are busy they stop to say hello. The pharmacy staff are very helpful as well. Trina in the photo lab is always willing to help. Great store. Keep smiling.

BEEF To the city for ignoring Tenth Street in south Nanaimo.The roadside is covered in garbage. Now and again volunteers spend a number of days removing it, but the city ignores it as do the local light industries in that area. Junk and chairs/mattresses, etc., are dumped there because people won’t pay the price at the landfill.

BOUQUET To the most wonderful Bulletin paper lady. Sun, rain, sleet and snow, she always has a smile on her face and treats for my puppy. Thank you.

BOUQUET To the staff of Bosley’s on Bowen Road. They are friendly, knowledgeable and truly care about our pets. My dog loves going there for all the attention and treats.

BOUQUET To the elderly, friendly security guard who patrols Port Place shopping centre and casino. You have a way with people and help a lot of people feel safe knowing you are doing the job you are. Thank you. I am sure it is not easy at times but somehow you always have a smile on your face and are courteous. Best regards.

BOUQUET To Julie, instructor for early-morning exercise at Bowen. Julie is an exceptionally fantastic lady who is always well-planned, attentive to individual needs, kind, positive, encouraging, humorous, and plays great music. Couldn’t ask for more.

BOUQUET To a most helpful RCMP member Kelly and an anonymous woman in Nanaimo. Together they worked to return my suitcase to me on the day before Christmas. The back hatch of my Jeep was not latched. I will play it forward with great joy.

BOUQUET A huge heartfelt thank you to all my family and friends for surprising me recently with an 80th birthday bash. Because of all the people who were there to help me celebrate (and also because of the many friends who were unable to attend), I shall be playing golf 15 times this year at my favourite golf course, Brigadoon. It was a very special day and I will treasure the memories forever.

BOUQUET My husband tripped and fell getting out of his car at the Lantzville Pub. We would like to thank the staff at the pub, residents and the paramedics. Everyone was so kind and caring. Staff at the emergency department were fantastic also.

BOUQUET To Henry at Rainbow Appliances. You not only saved us from buying the wrong part for our washing machine, you quickly got it running with the correct part and saved us from spending a bunch of money we didn’t have at an expensive time of year.

BOUQUET To Craftsman Collision for their professionalism and quality work. I will recommend your services.

BOUQUET To the city for finally taking action restricting traffic on Opal Drive. After 20 years putting up with numerous car crashes with cars flipping over, hundreds of vehicles speeding daily down a street with sharp bends, and no sidewalks. Safety first.

BOUQUET My compliments to Alix of Divine Lashes for giving me such a professional experience and the most beautiful looking lashes I’ve ever had. I’ll be back and will tell my friends. Thank you!

BOUQUET To Rock City School. All the support over the last year and the installations of the benches in memory of our grandson Linden B. is greatly appreciated by our family.

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