BOUQUET To the Rebel Rose Hair salon. Their skills and customer service are incredible. They take the time to listen to each client and offer helpful suggestions when required.
BEEF To all those who could but still don’t do anything about excessive vehicle noise. Nanaimo is becoming one constant massive aggravating combustion engine. Edmonton city council is now studying ways to clamp down, so should we.
BOUQUET To city council for the Metral Drive and Front Street bike lanes. Building them parallel to two major highways is brilliant as only local traffic needs to use the street. Now if only the drivers would figure that out.
BEEF To mayor and council for taxpayer-funded mistakes on Metral Drive. Any fixes?
BOUQUET To the Nanaimo News Bulletin for local elections guide. Well-written and good information about every candidate on the 2022 election ballot.
BEEF To the city for Metral Drive flaws. Wide bike lanes on both sides and narrow roads are not normal.
BOUQUET To a very generous person who made my day when I went to Honda to pick up my car and was advised that the bill was fully paid by an anonymous person. I would like to express my gratitude and many thanks. I was flabbergasted.
BEEF Two walk-in clinics that were open prior to the COVID-19 pandemic have not reopened. COVID-19 is endemic and we need these clinics open. This only puts more pressure on the only walk-in clinic remaining and the emergency room at NRGH, both of which are hours of waiting because half of Nanaimo residents don’t have a family doctor.
BOUQUET To the City of Nanaimo. It’s been a slog but Metral Drive is coming together and looking good. Nice wide sidewalks with designated bike lanes bordered by trees that will look great in a few years.
BEEF To the Nanaimo council members pushing ‘green’ agendas without mercy. Look to Europe this winter to see how it’s working out for them. Voters this election should have taken notice.
BOUQUET To Matt, manager of Save-On-Foods, for kindly donating turkey and pumpkin pie so that the people at VIP Motel in Parksville get to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
BEEF To the thieves that roam the streets of Canada and locally in Nanaimo. Why can’t we have severe consequences? Set an example. Problem solved.
BOUQUET To Mustafa of Kebap. So glad to see he is back in business, with his tasty Turkish street food. Spoke with him numerous times at his previous location. He is proud of the food he makes, proud of his heritage, but proudest of all to be a Canadian. His oldest customer and family wish him nothing but success.
BEEF To the cyclists and e-bike riders on Hammond Bay and Departure Bay roads and on Rutherford Road and the old Island Highway. You can’t have it both ways. Using the sidewalks then zipping between traffic to slip in beside a vehicle turning left. Three times in the last month I have almost hit you. If you can’t follow the rules on the road, stay off them.
BOUQUET To Doug who is the manager, April who is a cashier and Breck who works in the produce department. Thank you Pomme Natural Market for such fabulous staff, they are very friendly and so helpful. Always a pleasure shopping at your very clean store.
BEEF To the people around the Jingle Pot area and anywhere else watering their lawns all night. I see this every night – roads flooded from everyone’s sprinklers. Meanwhile there’s a drought. I’m sickened.
BOUQUET To Jim the supervisor at Staples Brooks Landing for helping me manoeuvre through the store’s scanner. I had to send out some very important documents because my scanner doesn’t work anymore. He stepped into the breach to assist me when the copy centre was overwhelmed with customers.
BEEF To the sports instructor who charges people $25 an hour for lessons at drop-in sessions. This is for rec play – real instructors rent their own space.
BOUQUET To Bernie from LifeLabs at Brickyard clinic. Your professionalism put me at ease during the needle session. I really appreciate your calming and caring manners. Thank you for your kindness.
BEEF To the law-and-order candidates for council who couldn’t follow the election sign bylaw. If the laws don’t apply to you then what are you on about?
BOUQUET To the amazing staff at NRGH. I was treated so well by the porters, nurses, technicians, cleaning staff and doctors, from the moment I walked in to when I left nearly eight hours later. I had an EKG, chest X-ray, many many vials of blood drawn and a CAT scan. Every single person took the time to explain what each procedure was. There was a huge volume of patients and I observed nothing but kindness to each and every one of them.
BEEF To people who give panhandlers money. The majority are not in need – I’ve seen some with cellphones.
BOUQUET To the two most wonderful nurses at Medical Arts Centre, Rebecca and Brenda. I have no words for the help and kindness you showed me when I was ill-prepared for the visit. Your compassion put me at ease while I had to wait three hours to see the doctor. Thank you.
BEEF To all levels of government and the courts for enabling the horrible mess in our downtown. I want to support our small businesses, the public library, arts and culture, but how can a 70-year-old safely take transit there? You continue to dither and I’m concerned that young people will cease to consider careers in law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire and transit.
BOUQUET Thanks to the Georgia Gems for baking hundreds of muffins each week for the students at Georgia Avenue School. So generous.
BEEF To organizers of a bonfire. Months without rain, no burning permitted but it’s OK for this?
BOUQUET Thanks to Superstore staff for finding my cell phone and contacting me. I was so relieved.
BEEF On and on from vehicle drivers about bike lanes, before they were made we still had to ride in that space (the side of the road) but it gets tiring on our end always hearing you drivers yelling for us to get off the road, just not in such nice words. I am thankful they were made.
BOUQUET To Dan from Nanoose Bay who returned more than $1,000 in a wallet to a grateful owner.
BEEF Much concern was expressed after two pet serval cats escaped and killed some ducks. But when people want to stop domestic cats form being allowed to roam and kill birds they are chastised for hating cats. Surely birds should be protected from all pet cats.
BOUQUET To those that have been leaving the front porch light on, on Tuesday nights. Not only does it make my life easier, it is also so much safer for me to get to the front porch. It is already dark so much earlier, and we haven’t even changed the clocks yet.
BEEF To those who support disruptive bike lanes on Metral Drive, Front Street, Boxwood Road, etc. Just because people beef about these lanes does not mean they speed, are too lazy to bike or don’t know how to drive. Poor excuses to justify these intrusive, expensive bike lanes that affect safety, traffic and businesses severely. So sad as these lanes will be white elephants most of the year due to unsuitable weather.
BOUQUET To the author of Intrabit One World for your kindness and compassion, not just for your messages in your book but the words to yourself. You remind me to focus on my mental health.
BEEF To the beefer who said to use the highway if we don’t like the narrow road on Metral Drive. Tell that to the huge buses, garbage, delivery, moving and dump trucks, the snowplows with wide blades, and to those who live on Metral Drive.
BOUQUET To any newly elected city council members who enforce the fireworks ban, particularly at Departure Bay Beach and nearby areas. Negatively affected family pets will be spared from hours of pounding hearts, endless pacing, shivering bodies, frightfully hiding in tight spaces, escaping homes, and having their guardians doing the clean-up.
BEEF I use Metral Drive to shop and do business. To get there I can’t use the highway, but have to use this upsetting, uninviting new narrow road. It was way better before without all the concrete.
BOUQUET Thank you Myles at Port Place Hair Spa. I came in at my worst and left at my best. You do know how to make chemo patients feel like a millions dollars with a visual change in a mirror. Kudos.
BEEF To a disinterested mayor and council and members of the public after the killing of a young man close to a playground in our park. If that doesn’t shake everyone to the total disregard for our safety in Nanaimo, nothing will.
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