Beef to the couple who walk their labs around the Dufferin area. Daily you let your two dogs poop in the beautiful green space. Can’t you see all the young people hanging out and the families with young children playing? All of us in the apartments see you and we are not very impressed. At least pick it up.

Beefs & Bouquets, July 29

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BOUQUET We wish to thank city employees for removing the disgusting graffiti that defaced the Departure Bay walkway and seawall. We enjoy the beautiful amenity and still walk there often after 46 years in Nanaimo.

BEEF To all the bicycle riders in Maffeo-Sutton Park. The path is clearly marked ‘no bicycles’ but every day we have to avoid them. The path is narrow in spots due to construction and the bikers are fast and abusive throughout. There was even a motorcycle on the walking path.

BOUQUET To management and staff at Oceanview Seniors Manor in Ladysmith. Your care and support goes beyond all expectations. You are the proof ‘it is in the shelter of others that people live.’

BEEF To the house with the pool. It’s great your children have such a good time, but do they really have to do all that screaming till almost 11 p.m. every night? Some people have to work.

BOUQUET Thank you to La-Z-Boy of Nanaimo for their kindness in the repair of my mother’s recliner in her palliative phase of her life. Your generosity in these stressful times is a blessing and was unexpected.

BEEF To the media reporting new cases of COVID-19. It’s not breaking news that testing is being done now. Nothing new to see here and it’s time to move on.

BOUQUET To all the faithful residents on the walkway over 19A near Norwell/Long Lake with banners waving to drivers, in their support of all front-line workers. And to those residents who clap and make a noise every night at 7 p.m. in their districts. We cannot thank the workers enough who have kept everything going for the rest of us.

BEEF To the mayor, who said racism does not happen in Canada, only in America.

BOUQUET To Sugarfix Cakes and Display Cakes for your wonderful creation celebrating my mother’s 93rd birthday.

BEEF Regarding the Departure Bay Road curbs, have the ‘experts’ considered photo radar or policing that would cause the offenders to slow down? Why punish everyone for the stupidity of a selective few?

BOUQUET To the Nanaimo RCMP. You are the real heroes in this day and age. Handling the situations that the general public cannot even comprehend with integrity, compassion and a firm hand is a balance only you can understand and is not without its bumps in the road. Way to go!

BEEF To motorcyclists who don’t obey the laws of the road. Some of you are not licensed, you don’t stop at stop signs, you ride on sidewalks and break the speed limits. One motorcyclist on Wakesiah Avenue was violating all these rules.

BOUQUET Many thanks to Julie, the wonderful health-care aide in the rehab ward at Nanaimo hospital. Your hard work and cheerful personality are greatly appreciated by both staff and patients.

BEEF To the woman who parked her white Jetta at HomeSense. Unbelievable that you left your cat in your car in the sweltering heat with the windows rolled up. You have been reported.

BOUQUET Great job to the bike shop that put our racks on. You have a couple of customers for life and I will be letting family and friends know how professional, friendly, knowledgeable staff are.

BEEF To the sandwich shop staff. Some teen girls came in and went to the washroom, you told them no public washrooms and in a foreign language kept saying washrooms jokingly. You muddled up my order to the point I had to get you to start over.

BOUQUET To Wendy at Canada Post’s Wellington Branch who went over and above to ensure that an unlabeled parcel made it to the correct location. There was a label with my information on it and a parcel without a label. She was able to determine that the parcel was intended for me. It was delivered the next day.

BEEF To the RCMP for not responding when advised that Americans were entering a pub and store in French Creek. The caller was told to contact the health authority. In Alberta, Americans found stopping in a community are being heavily fined. Vancouver Island is not a direct route to Alaska.

BOUQUET To the young man who paid for my order at Tim Hortons at Nanaimo North Town Centre. I was the lady in the van with four girls. You made my day; thank you so much.

BEEF To the restaurant that upped the percentage a server has to pay back into the system after re-opening and minimum wage went up. Not everyone leaves a tip and we still have to pay a percentage of our total sales. Instead of getting ahead, we are making less money.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo Honda, particularly Troy and Sandy, for all their help and professionalism with my purchase of my 2014 Civic. They made it very easy and enjoyable and I will definitely be back.

BEEF We need more funding for police, not defunding folks. Also a beef to too many people running the stop signs at Wakesiah Avenue and Nanaimo Lakes Road.

BOUQUET To all the professionals at NRGH during my recent stay: doctors, nurses, clerks, greeters and hosts, admission people on the phone and in person, community health services and the amazing cleaning staff who seem to be everywhere needed and then gone again. I am impressed by our hospital system. Thank you to Tommy Douglas as well.

BEEF I was on demo drive from a Nanaimo dealership and got pulled over for speeding. Fair; I was above the limit. My beef is that the officer, while very agreeable and pleasant, looked like a SWAT team member: gun, taser, bulletproof vest, extra ammunition on the front of his vest. The traffic cop was ready for war. Not the Canada I thought I lived in.

BOUQUET To the mayor and council for their excellent work in these difficult times. Such a great improvement. Thank you.

BEEF To the couple who walk their labs around the Dufferin area. Daily you let your two dogs poop in the beautiful green space. Can’t you see all the young people hanging out and the families with young children playing? All of us in the apartments see you and we are not very impressed. At least pick it up.

BOUQUET Gratitude to Michelle of Mears Masks. The alterations made to our masks have them fitting far more securely. You’re an asset to local business.

BEEF To the people who take their dogs onto Departure Bay Beach. I go there almost every day and most days there are dogs on the beach. Where is animal control?

BOUQUET To Brent in the service department of Nanaimo Chrysler. He is always so cheerful and helpful and never seems to get ruffled. He is a real asset to the dealership.

BEEF To the beefer who refuses to physically distance on the sidewalk. The advice is to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. It is possible to socially distance outdoors so it is you who is being inconsiderate and rude. A mask protects you from me, I won’t wear a mask for someone who won’t socially distance.

BOUQUET With gratitude I would like to to send a big beautiful bouquet to all the bus drivers in the regional district. Thank you for your great, helpful and friendly service. Thank you for keeping Nanaimo mobile.

BEEF I lost a bag in the back of a taxi recently, I thought that was bad enough. The person I talked to said cab drivers were not responsible for checking the back seat of their cabs. In a time of COVID-19 it was little comfort these seats were not checked and disinfected.

BOUQUET To the doctors, nurses, student nurses and support staff on the sixth floor at NRGH for their compassionate care after I fell off a bike and badly shattered my leg.

BEEF To the new restaurant that does not take cash. I get that cash is dirty. I guess me and my big family will not be patrons because we don’t have credit cards.

BOUQUET To our family daughter Gaydene and grandchildren Olivia and Matthew for checking on us during quarantine and keeping the cupboards full of food. Good job!

BEEF To the mall for removing almost all of the bicycle racks. The cycling community in Nanaimo is continually growing and crosses all segments of our society, some are seniors, families pulling children in trailers, people without cars, etc. I was told new ones are on order; normally we remove the old when the new has arrived.

BOUQUET To the lovely woman behind me at Country Club Save-On-Foods. It was such a pleasure chatting with you. I saw resilience and humour in your eyes that we rarely got before COVID-19, let alone now. Keep being funny when people get scared if you walk in the wrong ‘lane.’ You made my day. Thank you.

BEEF To the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development. Bouquet to them when they are truly needed. But a big giant beef to them keeping a little dude away from his perfectly capable and loving parents. I have watched this happen from a short distance for well over a year and they are just getting nowhere, facing discrimination.

BOUQUET Thank you to Anna who came to my assistance after my fall on Uplands Drive. Your kindness and help were much appreciated.

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