Beef to the strata council that is dysfunctional and corrupt. A shame that one person has the power to influence an entire group. You should collect the other side of the story before you judge. Damage is done with the spreading of vicious stories all over an entire neighbourhood.

Beefs & Bouquets, March 12

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BOUQUET To all the police, paramedics and first responders for the courageous work they do while often receiving more criticism than appreciation. Thank you to the police officer and two paramedics that responded to a gentleman obviously in need of help in the Alliance Church parking lot. Thankfully this was a peaceful pickup.

BEEF To the Trumper who is espousing the virtues of one Donald J. Trump. Hopefully it was meant as sarcasm.

BOUQUET To Budget Glass. Your billboard jokes put a smile on my face and your customer service and honesty is second to none. What a great business to be proud of.

BEEF To the police officer who drove through a red light on Terminal and St. George. I swear one day I’m going to be killed trying to cross the street in my own neighbourhood because people want to be in a rush.

BOUQUET To all the nurses under 35 years of age at Nanaimo hospital from a 60-something nurse. Thank you for your knowledge and patience in helping me with my computer problems. Traditionally the old teach the young, but in this generation it is the opposite. Thank you all.

BEEF To the driver of a school bus for running a red light. He came screaming by and just kept going, turning left from Bowen onto the highway heading north.

BOUQUET To the young fellow driving a red Mini north on the Island Highway through Nanaimo. I indeed had a very flat tire. You at least saved me from damaging my rim and at worse causing a dangerous accident. So thank you so much and good karma to you.

BEEF To the walk-in clinic. It opens at 5 p.m. but is always full by 4:30, before it’s even open. It makes it really hard for working parents to see a doctor.

BOUQUET To Home Hardware for being the only store of this kind in Nanaimo, where you can find very good service, advice and help without running through the the store looking for an assistance. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

BEEF To the courier for just leaving a large package on my doorstep without knocking or ringing the doorbell as they were requested to do. The contents of the package cost in excess of $700 and it’s just lucky my dog alerted me to the fact that there was something going on outside the front door. Very irresponsible.

BOUQUET To Nanaimo RCMP and also Victoria Police. A good friend had stopped all contact and he was reported missing. A big thank you to both police departments, it took them less than a week to find him, now my faith in are police returned again.

BEEF The City of Nanaimo should have signs up in hockey arenas stating children should not run around inside arenas and must be accompanied by parents, before someone gets hurt or sued.

BOUQUET To everyone who donated a gown, dark suit or tuxedo to Prom Closet Nanaimo. You will be making a big difference to many students all over the Island.

BEEF To the grocery store for flying a badly faded and torn Canadian flag. Very disrespectful.

BOUQUET To NRGH emergency room and Dr. Marwood and nurses Erin, Susan and Lindsay. The care I received was awesome.

BEEF To the strata council that is dysfunctional and corrupt. A shame that one person has the power to influence an entire group. You should collect the other side of the story before you judge. Damage is done with the spreading of vicious stories all over an entire neighbourhood. Bylaws and rules broken. Bullies! How can you sleep at night?

BOUQUET To Beefeater’s Restaurant. Consistently good food and service for many years. One of our favourite places to eat.

BEEF To some people on Cedar Road who continue to abuse their dog. On a leash 24/7, no love, affection or walks. SPCA says they are following protocol. I say not. This family does not deserve to have this beautiful, innocent dog. I would love to bring this animal home and love it like it deserves. Change your ways!

BOUQUET How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. A heartfelt thank you to the gentleman at Costco for making my day a very special one I always will remember.

BEEF To drivers on the parkway who do 70 kilometres in the fast lane and take until the next light to even get to that slow speed. Be aware of your surroundings and the line of people riding your tail.

BOUQUET Many thanks to the truck drivers who stopped just in time when my dachshund puppy slipped out of his collar and ran into the road at Hammond Bay and Friar Tuck. Thank you for pulling over to make sure he was OK.

BEEF To the man in the red puffy vest driving a grey car. Sad that you need to dump garbage you collected in your car. Especially doing it in a nice neighbourhood. Also it looked like someone spent some time making two nice lunches for you.

BOUQUET To the local residents and the property owner who dealt with the clean up of the South Wellington encampment. The City of Nanaimo should take a lesson.

BEEF To the man driving the white Toyota at the corner of Norwell and the old Island Highway. Did you not see and hear the ambulance behind you with its sirens and lights? Did you not hear me honking to get out of the way? The ambulance had to drive up on the curb and around you. When an emergency vehicle has its lights on behind you, you pull to the right or get out of the way in any possible manner.

BOUQUET Canadians should be thankful the pipeline was stalled. Our precious commodities should not be exported to other countries. We may not have enough for ourselves.

BEEF I’m sure that the columnist must have some proof to back up his statement that U.S. president Trump is corrupt and a racist. I personally would like to see it. If not, the columnist should keep his politically biased musings to himself.

BOUQUET To South Side Crew, you rock.

BEEF The cost of the traffic diversion on Opal Road has never been addressed. The way it is now to go to Departure Bay Road to get to Uplands is a long way around, to say nothing of the mess it’s made at that intersection.

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