BOUQUET To people who do any good deeds. You do make Nanaimo a much better place.
BEEF To the neighbour cleaning the sidewalk with a leaf blower before 8 a.m. on a Saturday. Some of us were still asleep. You blew all the leaves into the road, and didn’t sweep them up.
BOUQUET To John at Sharecost for all of his patience and expertise in helping us complete the landscaping in our new house. He is knowledgeable, professional and polite. Thanks for all your help.
BEEF To men who have long hair growing out of ears and noses.
BOUQUET To the Anytime Fitness Gym. I find the gym always clean and lots of equipment available and great parking. The staff is very helpful especially Jeremy who I am always bugging for advice. Also if you ask any of the people working out they are also very helpful.
BEEF To the couple in the beige and silver Toyota Land Cruiser, who tossed a styrofoam coffee cup over the bridge into the Nanaimo River while going 140 kilometres an hour, cutting off dozens of other drivers.
BOUQUET To the woman who lives on Hammond Bay near the boat ramp. You saved our dog’s life letting us borrow your kayak after she swam out into the middle of the ocean chasing some geese. We are so grateful for your kindness. Thank you.
BEEF To retailers who sell plants for landscaping without disclosing whether those plants have been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids do not kill outright, giving bees time to return to the hive and distribute the poison through the colony. Double beef to the store that sells neonicotinoid-doused plants because “neonicotinoids are legal.”
BOUQUET Some kind, honest person turned in my lost iPad to Thrifty’s at Port Place. Thank you so much. It is filled with very special memories and now you are one of them. Bless you.
BEEF To the person with grey hair driving a red convertible. We didn’t all pull over to the right and stop to give you a clear path. There was an ambulance coming the other way with lights and sirens. Learn the rules of the road.
BOUQUET To Margaret Ann, the best mother in the galaxy.
BEEF To Prime Ministers from Pierre Trudeau on down for trading with China. We can buy junk from anywhere. I’d like to see some quality goods for a change, not to mention some variety.
BOUQUET To my friend Pat for taking wonderful care of my dogs for two months while I recuperated from surgery. She also took great care of me – getting my groceries, taking me to appointments, and sending me frequent photos of my girls enjoying their holiday. I couldn’t imagine a better friend.
BEEF To parents who allow reptile entertainers at children’s birthday parties to drape boa constrictors around their children’s necks. Of course it is perfectly safe – most of the time.
BOUQUET To the helpful groundsman at the Nanaimo airport who offered to boost our flat car battery. Your kind actions saved us a great deal of trouble and were much appreciated.
BEEF to Island Health for exorbitant spending on an inefficient electronic health record system which has shown to be of questionable benefit, while calling on the community to fundraise for potentially life-saving health screening services.
BOUQUET To the wonderful staff at Highview Optical. Can’t say enough about the service you receive there. Great job; thank you.
BEEF To the beefer who stood by and watched a child being allowed by its parents to “rip out all the trilliums at Englishmen River Falls.” You missed the perfect opportunity to educate not only that child but his or her parents. Trilliums are a protected flower in British Columbia.
BOUQUET To Adrian at the north-end Sleep Country outlet. You made our mattress purchase easy with your friendly and professional service.
BEEF To all the local climate crisis deniers. I’m a young person who probably won’t get to live my full natural lifespan because of people and companies that deny scientific evidence. Can we please start to protect the planet while there’s something left to save?
BOUQUET To Shirley at Nanaimo Home Furnishings. She took the time to help me decide what would fit my needs Her help was greatly appreciated.
BEEF To the Agricultural Land Reserve for harassing a young couple trying to force them to alter their business plan to adhere to a ‘past time regulation’ regarding land use. We had a lovely lunch at their restaurant; the owners are being threatened with closure.
BOUQUET To the two witnesses who wrote down the licence plate number of a car that hit-and-ran from mine in the mall parking lot.
BOUQUET To Dr. Culp and especially Kelly Ann of the Nanaimo emergency department for assisting me to lower my hysteria levels when waiting for medical advice following a car accident.
BOUQUET Thank you to the Rotary Club of Lantzville for cooking and serving a monthly, hot breakfast to some of Nanaimo’s less fortunate citizens over four years. A great bunch of gals and guys.
BOUQUET I would like to thank the gentleman at Home Depot for helping me out with the paint I needed. Had trouble with my card.
BOUQUET Thank you to Arron S. at Lowe’s for such great customer service while I was shopping for a new fridge and washer-dryer due to a power surge in our house. You helped make an unpleasant experience pleasant. Customer service, delivery and set-up went beyond my expectations.
BOUQUET Praise and thanks to Joanne and Eric at Budget Glass for fixing the unfixable, thus saving my sliding door and the planet.
BOUQUET In the hope that whoever took our lovely ceramic rabbit from our garden in Willow Park, bring it back home. It’d mean a lot.
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