Beef to the person in the black Dodge pickup that thought it was OK to run a solid red light at Ross Road and Norwell Drive, sliding through the intersection, almost bouncing off the sidewalk and rear ending a bus.

Beefs & Bouquets, Jan. 31

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BOUQUET To Bill Sims and all the municipal employees and others (eg. B.C. Hydro) who worked untold hours to get the water treatment plant up and running again. For myself, I am grateful to have suffered only minor inconvenience. I am sure lessons will be learned to avoid such downtime in what may be an even more serious scenario.

BEEF To the people who were setting off fireworks in the middle of the street along Hammond Bay and Departure Bay roads. The roads are dangerous enough on New Year’s without adding explosives to the mix.

BOUQUET To the marvellous staff at Apple Auto Glass who replaced our windshield on very short notice so we could continue our trip to Alert Bay with a clear view. Friendly, efficient, absolutely the best. Remember to advocate for wrestling day.

BEEF I counted five generally mean-spirited complaints in one of the recent issues. People seem generally upset, unsettled and downright nasty at just about everything different and changed. Nanaimo hasn’t been like that and I’m hoping 2019 will help everyone to be more positive.

BOUQUET To Dana of London Drugs Nanaimo North Town Centre for organizing such a wonderfully successful Christmas tree gift tag event for our local seniors. She is Nanaimo’s Christmas angel! This is what Christmas is all about.

BEEF To the driver who tried to go up a steep grassy slope off Icarus Road and left two long muddy tire tracks before Christmas. But a bouquet of thanks to the neighbour who patched it all up. We are proud to have such kind citizens clean up the unnecessary mess others leave behind.

BOUQUET To the customers at the Quarterway Pub for their understanding during the water shortage. With the pub not running dishwashers, by the end of the night it was all bottled beer service. No complaints, everyone on board with water conservation.

BEEF To the parking enforcement unit. After calls regarding parking in Summerhill Place cul-de-sac, nothing improves and it gets more dangerous day by day. As the apartments charge for parking, apartment residents all try to jam the area, blocking the parking lot entrances and the walkway between the two apartments.

BOUQUET To the extremely kind employee at Lush in Woodgrove mall, who gave me a free bath bomb when she heard that my place of employment had not properly paid me this week. It’s not in her job description to be that nice, she was just a genuinely kind person. Many thanks.

BEEF Some handicaps are invisible. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease being one. I need to sit to dress as I run so short of breath with movement. I’m tired of rude comments when I use the handicap changeroom. If I did not need to use it I would not.

BOUQUET To B.C. Hydro linemen, Shaw cable linemen and the contractors that looked after the damage and outages caused by the recent wind storm. A lot of others as well were involved from the flag people to the volunteer fire department. A very big thank you.

BEEF Not appreciative of small car drivers who do not use designated small car parking slots. Recently at a seniors’ complex I counted 11 vehicles hogging ‘truck/van’ size slots when there were many small car slots available.

BOUQUET Thank you to all who save pull tabs for the medical office assistants. A cheque for $136 was sent to Zajac Ranch for Children, a camp for children with special medical needs.

BEEF To the person in the black Dodge pickup that thought it was OK to run a solid red light at Ross Road and Norwell Drive, sliding through the intersection, almost bouncing off the sidewalk and rear ending a bus.

BOUQUET To B.C. Hydro crews for their skill and dedication restoring power to so many homes and especially to those who worked Christmas day for the benefit of others.

BEEF To anyone who supports open borders. Would you let just anyone in your home?

BOUQUET To every hard-working retail employee trying their best to satisfy unreasonable customer demands over the holiday season. I think they all deserve a 50 per cent raise during each season from Black Friday to Christmas Eve.

BEEF To the contractor who is in charge of litter pick ups on old highway, please do it more often. It is left there for months sometimes this time of year.

BOUQUET To the staff of Eden Gardens who take care of Catherine R. (special mention for Anita and Kim). We greatly appreciate all you do for her. Thank you, Ann, Rob and family.

BEEF To all the people jumping on the single-use bag issue. Look in your recycle bin on the amount of packaging you dispose of each week, this is truly single-use material and a whole lot more damaging to environment than a bag. Walk the talk.

BOUQUET To my dear friend Michael, who came to my aid in so many ways during the power outage – checking if I was OK, taking and making room for all my frozen food, even cooked my thawed turkey for Christmas. You’re the best.

BEEF The seniors’ facility has no subsidized beds. It would be perfect for my father but too expensive.

BOUQUET To Brian at Milne Roofing who came out within minutes to re-install the skylight that blew off our roof during the windstorm, saving us from additional rain damage, and properly securing the other skylight too. He also helped our neighbours with significant shingle loss on their house, and got them fixed up within a day or two.

BEEF To neighbours on Harwell and Wren Place who continually park on the sidewalks. I push a stroller and have to go onto the road just to pass by. The sidewalks are for pedestrians, not for you to park. Please be considerate to those who need the sidewalk.

BOUQUET To Jake at Baron’s Appliance for not only fixing my washing machine but also showing me a positive approach to dealing with a negative situation.

BEEF If you cannot handle your aggressive dog, please do not take to a park where there are a lot of other dogs, kids and seniors like me. I and my dog were taken down at Colliery Dam by a large aggressive black dog. It got away from it’s owner in the on-leash area.

BOUQUET A huge shout out to all of the crews that worked over the holidays to restore the power all over the province, thank you all for your hard work, on behalf of everyone who lost their power.

BOUQUET To Coastland Wood Products from Princess Street. The tranquillity during your Christmas to New Year’s shutdown was very compassionate.

BOUQUET To the News Bulletin for displaying the nativity scene on the front page. I was so glad to see the reminder that this is the season to celebrate of the birth of Christ.

BOUQUET We would like to send a big thanks to all the B.C. Hydro, Shaw and Telus workers for the hard work and long hours they put in to get our power, phone and cable restored. We greatly appreciate them.

BOUQUET To the employees at Central Towing, we were locked out of our truck. Your employee went above and beyond his duties, to rescue us on Spruston Road. He found us deep on the logging roads in the woods. Have a happy new year.

BOUQUET To the organizers and volunteers who put on an amazing dinner and dance to bring in the New Year at Branch 257 Lantzville Legion. A special shout out to Jeanne and crew for all the hard work putting it on and to Linda and her magicians for the high-class prime rib dinner and all the extras.

BOUQUET To the kind woman in Save-On-Foods for offering to pay for our groceries after my husband forgot his wallet at home. Offering this even though she had lost everything from her fridge and freezer after a 60-hour power cut.

BOUQUET To the B.C. Hydro workers who worked day and night into the holidays to restore power all over the Island.

BOUQUET Thank you to Best on Top Roofing. You were amazing; you were working on someone’s home the day of the storm and came to help us all out. You stayed until everyone was taken care of. We cannot thank you enough.

BOUQUET To the city workers who worked so hard to clean up our city and restore our water supply after the storm.

BOUQUET To Dr. Jeff Somerville and his receptionist. I know you say you’re just doing your job and that you work for your patients but your opinion and guidance made pregnancy and labour so much easier. To all the patients in the waiting room when he is behind or has an emergency: have patience; he is definitely worth the wait.

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