BOUQUET To Wayne Smith and his dedicated translator Amir for helping new immigrants receive much-needed dental work. Wayne has personally financed dental treatment for numerous families who are new to Nanaimo, and Amir has volunteered many hours translating to allow this care to happen. Also to Country Club Dental Centre for taking such good care of the families and going above and beyond.
BEEF To the city for boarding up a man’s sleeping area and dumping his stuff in the garbage. Surely the city has more pressing things than some guy who just happens to be homeless.
BOUQUET To Speedy Glass for not allowing me to leave with an unsafe vehicle.
BEEF To people who can turn on every light as they enter a room or building, but can’t turn them off as they leave.
BOUQUET To the young lady who found my car keys and turned them in to the Nanaimo Golf Club. It saved me a lot of money.
BEEF To the volunteer. Thanks for allowing me, a 70-year-old woman, to loan you $40 and then disconnecting all form of contact before repaying. Your dishonesty speaks for itself.
BOUQUET To all the pet owners who spay and neuter their pets. Kudos for the affordable SPCA Snip program preventing overpopulation.
BEEF To owners of large RVs, especially the ones with ugly covers parked in residential areas.
BOUQUET Went to the rec centre the day after VIEX. The whole area, including parking, was spotless. Good job, clean-up crew.
BEEF To the boaters living on the marinas who are releasing their sewage into our waters.
BOUQUET To staff at Island Veterinary Hospital for the care provided to my dog, Kadie, in her final days.
BEEF To the city. Television in Frank Crane Arena should be repaired or replaced so hockey fans can watch sports events during the intermissions.
BOUQUET To the men at the Chapel Street church construction site for helping out when my husband fell on the sidewalk. We could not have lifted him without your help.
BEEF To all those complaining about noisy children. Their brains and bodies are still developing. I can think of many loud and obnoxious people of older ages. You have no excuse; maybe someone should control you.
BOUQUET To Budget Glass for their excellent service and for their entertaining side board.
BEEF To news coverage of the 15th anniversary of 9-11. No mention was made of the 24 Canadians who were killed that day. Not even the prime minister said anything about them.
BOUQUET To Canada’s quirkiness. We went metric years ago but I still hear references to pounds, feet and miles.
BEEF Accident waiting to happen at the corner of Country Club Drive and the Island Highway since people try to cross four lanes of busy traffic. Please don’t.
BOUQUET To the News Bulletin for publishing the most hilarious beefs. Some of these beefers must live in a world all their own.
BEEF To Christy Clark. Yet another B.C. wonder project, the LNG, has bitten the dust so just what election goodies will you yet again offer us?
BOUQUET To Travis at Superstore who cheerfully got me a bag of potatoes from the storage when the shelf was empty.
BEEF To the powers that be that have not seen fit to put traffic lights at Westwood and Jingle Pot. A nightmare to cross.
BOUQUET To the person complaining about the crows being fed. You didn’t have to hide behind the newspaper. You could have knocked on my door. I would have gladly listened to you.
BEEF People should not rely on lights at a cross walk. Use your own eyes first. Walk bikes across; don’t ride. Teach kids better.
BOUQUET To John and staff at Apple Glass for the amazing service and honesty. They fixed my car door knob, where the dealership was going to charge me to replace the whole piece. It’s wonderful to see good business that values customers.
BEEF To the older gentleman driving an SUV with a dinghy on top too fast and repeatedly changing lanes: it is not going to get you there any sooner, just in an accident along with the rest of us.
BOUQUET to all drivers who signal out of a traffic circle.
BEEF To drivers who do not move into the right lane, who do not have their illumination lights on, who continue to use cellphones.
BOUQUET To MP Sheila Malcolmson for judging the finish line at the Gabriola Fall Fair Great Gabriola Squash Race. She celebrated the winner of each heat to the cheers of all the participants and crowd.
BEEF To the growing taxpayer subsidization of services like the theatre, conference centre and economic development.
BOUQUET To Joanne and Bruce Rowland. My guardian angels but not just to me because I happen to know they just love helping those in need. Our community is a better place because you two are in it.
BEEF To the young people who want to be treated as adults (staying out after dark, etc.). Some of them vandalize, knock over mailboxes, throw around newspapers. Grow up.
BOUQUET To the amazing man who gave our family a three-person tube at Brannen Lake. We have been enjoying it very much these last few weeks.
BOUQUET To the folks at Pacific Ridge Landscaping and Maintenance who do such a great job caring for the grounds, shrubs and trees around the Nanaimo courthouse. I watch their work from across the street on their weekly visits and they do a lot more than cut the grass.
BOUQUET To the woman at Bosley’s on Bowen Road for treating my dog like a prince. When it was dark and starting to rain, she even sent us home with a light.
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