Beef to the person or people who ransacked my car. You not only took things that belong to my kids, you took things that cannot be replaced because of memories. I’m embarrassed for you and your family.

Beefs & Bouquets, May 31

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BOUQUET On one of my trips to Delta, we were transported by a shuttle bus. What a magnificent idea. In Nanaimo there is a complaint of no buses transporting passengers to and from Duke Point. Here is a suggestion – learn from other cities and use shuttle buses until passengers increase and then maybe you can use a full-size bus.

BEEF To the Alberta government. You want to cut off or slow down gas to B.C. Get real. We can cut off imports of Alberta beef, stop or slow down rail shipments to Vancouver ports, mess up your tourism and raise hell.

BOUQUET To the gentleman who paid for our meal at Boston Pizza. My husband and I just celebrated our 65th anniversary. Thank you so much.

BEEF To the outgoing city council. I don’t begrudge the fire department for needing a new building. I do resent the city borrowing every cent of the cost and the under-handed way they went about getting approval. It would have made a good addendum to the upcoming election.

BOUQUET A huge thanks to Harvey V. who lives in the Sherwood Forest area. He found our key fob and with great effort and the help of the TB Vets key tag program was able return the keys to us.

BEEF To the person or people who ransacked my car. You not only took things that belong to my kids, you took things that cannot be replaced because of memories. I’m embarrassed for you and your family.

BOUQUET To Doug C. and Marj S. for their lively, informative commentaries on the bus tour of South Wellington. They complemented Helen T.’s meticulously researched panels detailing this mining community’s history on heritage day. Great job to you all.

BEEF How nice for the people in Discontent City to feel safe in their enclosed area. What about the rest of us on the other side of the fence? Every doorway has somebody asking for money. I don’t feel safe downtown and I’m not the only one.

BOUQUET To the newspaper for putting such a great happy story about the couple and their love of the movie Back to the Future. A second bouquet to them for taking the time and effort to bring together two things important to themselves.

BEEF To the city for neglecting to clean out the mess of seed maples, blackberries, weeds and other small shrubs and trees near Lakeside Gardens. We can hardly see the lake.

BOUQUET To the father and son who stopped and offered my family a ride home after seeing us stopped on the side of the road due to a broken bike chain next to Longwood Station.

BEEF Has anyone noticed the language used to sell groceries now includes words like “natural’ for foods like bacon, and ‘nest-laid’ eggs? – and so many more deceptively friendly and safe words to entice sales?

BOUQUET To Canada Post, for honouring the ‘no flyers’ note on my mailbox and returning with a red dot sticker to confirm. Leave the flyers to the newspaper.

BEEF To the new store for not installing a bike rack outside. I had to lock my bike up to the electric car charger. Happy Bike to Work Week.

BOUQUET To R-U Computing. A special thanks to Craig for your kindness, patience and expert advice. You and your staff go above and beyond the meaning of customer service. I would not go anywhere else.

BEEF To Premier Horgan who gives $5 million for playground equipment and doesn’t give money to increase the amount of care aides and nurses so our loved ones cannot be on chemical restraints and have their poor old bodies and minds taken better care of.

BOUQUET To the grocery stores that still post their weights in both imperial and metric units. It’s been more than 40 years since we switched to metric and I still can’t figure it out.

BEEF To the drivers who use Westwood Road as a racetrack, some with loud mufflers. A police presence is needed.

BOUQUET To Kim at the Beauty Boutique in Shoppers Drug Mart at Mary Ellen Drive. Kim provided excellent, knowledgeable service and information for great products to prepare me for a photo shoot. Kim’s attention to cleanliness and detail made the experience even better.

BEEF To the transit system and schedules. Very few connect on time and there’s no service to Duke Point ferry.

BOUQUET Super thanks to Kaitlyn and Stacey at Chase River Country Grocers for ensuring that our event in the meeting room ran so smoothly. Thanks also to Country Grocers for the really great room.

BEEF Living in a neighbourhood where construction is taking place is difficult enough – rocks being moved, blasting, nail guns, all create noise that seriously interferes with the enjoyment of our homes. At the very least, workers could respect their neighbours by lowering the volume on their radios and conversations.

BOUQUET To Heather at Western Financial Harewood, who listed all the steps I needed to take to import a vehicle from the U.S. I could never have done it all and in the correct order without her invaluable dedication and assistance. Thank you.

BEEF To city council for constantly allowing parking variances. It was nice of the taxpayer to build a brand-new parking lot for the new residents of Departure Bay. Shame.

BOUQUET To the bagpipe player who treks up Sugarloaf Mountain nearly every day and entertains the neighbourhood. Absolutely love this.

BEEF To those who still can’t figure how to drive 30 kilometres per hour in a school zone. The city and police never enforce Pleasant Valley school zone or put up speed boards like we have asked for.

BOUQUET To the church with the pleasantly situated parking lot where I like to park and eat my lunch. I appreciate that you’ve never told me to scram, even though I’m not a member of the congregation and sometimes I let my praying knees get lazy.

BOUQUET To each and every Nanaimo RCMP officer for going to work every day to serve and protect the city in what can often be a thankless job. Thank you very much. I am truly sorry that these dedicated members are constantly criticized by those who have absolutely no clue about the extent of criminal activity, and how dangerous some offenders can be. Beef to the criminals.

BOUQUET I nominate Apple Auto Glass as Best of the City. Their customer service is the best I have encountered in all of Nanaimo.

BOUQUET To the amusement company that comes to town every summer and brings about new memories for our kids, and brings back old happy memories for us adults.

BOUQUET Thank you V.I. Fitness and your wonderful instructors for many years of fitness and fun. You are and will continue to be missed.

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