BOUQUET To Kayla at the Shoe Company. You were so patient and helpful when I was having trouble with my cellphone. Thank you for your kindness. You are an asset to your employer.
BEEF To the beef. Some people have disabilities that aren’t clearly visible and some chronic conditions have occasional flare-ups. Don’t be so quick to judge when the person is displaying the proper placard. It’s those who park there without one that we should be more concerned about.
BOUQUET To vice-principal Tanya W. for outstanding work and dedication to her students. Pleasant Valley’s loss is Georgia Avenue’s gain.
BEEF To the Departure Bay safety signs put on the road at the crosswalks. I was glad to see them removed a while ago. With these crosswalk locations it’s very difficult for vehicles making left or right turns. I’m not sure if emergency vehicles could make these turns or not. With the snow we recently received I’m unsure where they’d be now if they hadn’t been removed. Also to mention the bike traffic dividers going up Departure Bay Road. Most have been knocked down with only three standing – waste of taxpayer’s money.
BOUQUET On my walk down Waddington, I heard what sounded like a live band. I had to pause for a minute and appreciate the absolute banger that was playing. You guys ROCK. I need to know who this was.
BEEF When will Nanaimo ratepayers be refunded their fees for garbage pickups that were missed during the late December early January snow events? Other businesses can’t bill you for services they don’t provide.
BOUQUET To the awesome mother. Recently I spent many many hours at the emergency department of NRGH and so did tiny Nova, who might be two years old, and her mother de ella. This mom kept her child entertained for hours on end. No crosswords or annoyance exhibited. The girl was cooperative and friendly and delighted in seeing a baby brought into the unit. Congratulations Mom on excellent parenting. Hope the doctor said she was OK.
BEEF I would hope that the ‘great reset’ would be one that addresses a problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic and affects all Canadians across the country. Our health-care system has been in a sorry state for far too long. We need better care for senior citizens, more mental health and addiction services with 24/7 access available and we need no wait lists for surgical procedures of every kind.
BOUQUET To the pickup truck driver who shone his headlights on homeless congregants outside a restaurant, keeping them away from my car, and carrying on your way after my kiddo and I had returned. Your kind act was noticed.
BEEF Changing the name of something does not change attitudes.
BOUQUET To our MP Lisa Marie Barron for standing up to DFO and their rule changes. The prawn harvesters will be allowed to continue to tub and freeze their catch at sea.
BEEF To the motorbikers who think it’s OK to take their dirt bikes on our pristine hiking trails, rip the moss, dirt and rocks and leave a trench of mud for us to hike in. Don’t do that please, it’s not cool.
BOUQUET To my incredible spouse of 12 years. You are such a good man. You have shown me more patience, courage, love and compassion than I have ever known in my entire life. These have definitely been some of the hardest moments of our relationship, and my life, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything if it meant I wouldn’t have been with you. Thank you for saving my life.
BEEF To complaints about BC Ferries’ decision and leadership on naming the new Gabriola ferry. We have a multicultural society now. How is this naming of the ferry a racist decision?
BOUQUET To Steve, Dino and a handful of other Costco employees who went deep into the batteries to find my missing one in stock.
BEEF Just because a person doesn’t appear disabled does not mean they are not disabled. I have COPD and appear normal. Meanwhile I get very winded walking any distance. Shame on you for your criticism. Not all disabilities are visible.
BOUQUET To Van Isle Septic. Hearing the septic alarm was my cue to phone Van Isle and beg for a rescue. Which they certainly did and they came on the double, ‘doctor’ Kyle swiftly diagnosed the trouble. The pump itself had worn out and was in need of a transplant, so Diana located a new one, ready to implant. In capable hands it was a successful surgery, so quickly done I had no time to worry.
BEEF To ferry traffic. The congestion at Terminal Avenue and Brechin Road is criticized by visitors constantly. And to think that ambulances run on that corridor.
BOUQUET To Vivien at Hair Mates salon. You’ve been cutting my hair for more than 10 years now, and since COVID started, my husband’s hair as well. You would think that after 35 years of marriage, I would know how old he is. So sorry about not paying the proper amount for the last few haircuts. We owe you the next time we come in for a haircut.
BEEF To whoever decided to impose a tax disguised as a ‘deposit fee’ on a basic food product – milk. Why not put a deposit tax on condiment containers or other non-food items. How many of us will line up at depots to get 10 cents back?
BOUQUET To all the wonderful people who moved Piper and I successfully: John and Lynn R. organized their team – Luka, Cody and Brayden – to physically bring everything to our new location; Dom’s highly skilled abilities transformed and personalized our home; my sister Iris showed up to unpack, walk Piper, run errands and more; and my clients and friends offered help and support in countless ways. To all of you, thank you, with love.
BEEF To the man I saw in the Nottingham Drive area riding his bike and dragging a small white dog behind. He was going too fast and the poor dog could not keep up with him and kept bouncing up and down as if it were on a trampoline.
BOUQUET To the grandmother in Campbell River who confronted that thief. She should be on council in any town. We, as citizens, should be taking our towns back. We are the ones who pay and pay and pay some more.
BEEF When will the convicted tagger remove his tag from the bridge in Chase River? Surely he has completed his essay by now?
BEEF To the Hummer driver who left it idling for at least 10 minutes in the hardware store parking lot for your passenger’s comfort. There is no excuse to drive such a vehicle in these times.
BEEF To the City of Nanaimo. It must be nice to wave the magic wand with $200,000 of development fees. How about waiving my tax increase?
BEEF To the supermarket for not enforcing masks. I saw no fewer than six mask-less individuals freely shopping while everyone kept 13 feet of distance. A grocer is an essential service where everyone should feel safe. Nobody should have to suffer because these anti-maskers can’t stop being selfish for a single grocery trip to adhere to rules.
BEEF To the person who was defensive about the garbage burning in wood stoves: the beef was for people who actually burn garbage as it is disgusting and horrible to breathe in, not to people who don’t.
BEEF To the cyclists with retina-searing headlights. Yes, we need to see and be seen but if your headlight reflects off street signs 200 meters away, you are blinding oncoming cyclists. Tilt your light down or turn it to a lower setting. Leave the optical nerve exam to the ophthalmologists.
BEEF To the driver who speeds up Beach Drive instead of doing 30km/h. There are no sidewalks, lots of kids and animals. Slow down, please.
BEEF To the person complaining about seniors deferring property taxes. Any and all deferrals are turned over to the BC government – they end up paying the deferred amount to the City of Nanaimo. The homeowner is, of course, charged interest each year on the balance owed. So you are not paying more city taxes because seniors aren’t paying taxes. You should complain to the city because your taxes are always increasing.
BEEF I saw that they had put down new asphalt on the Parkway Trail which was nice to see, though the trees and such they trimmed were thrown just inside the bushes, guess nature will take care of that. I was, however, dismayed to see pieces of old asphalt just laying on the ground beside the newly paved trail. Is anybody going to pick that up? Nature’s not taking care of that.
BEEF To the driver in the white car honking as you ripped along with a huge upside-down Canadian flag. Never turn my flag upside down.
BEEF To the prime minister. Food shortages, gas shortages, freedom loss, censorship, uncontrollable inflation. What happened to my Canada?
BEEF To the gas station owner for terminating staff just to save a few dollars. Dedication and loyalty mean nothing. Shame on you. Bouquet to the recently terminated staff. Your customer service was impeccable, as well as your dedication to your job. Your friendly banner, smiles, and laughs will be sorely missed. May you find better employment where your skills are better appreciated.
BEEF To the recycling pundits. Last I checked I don’t have a business license for a transfer station so why am I operating one from home on my dime?
BEEF To the dog owners who did not pick up after their dogs when it snowed. What did you think would happen to it after the snow melted?
BEEF To the supermarket. I was grocery shopping and I witnessed so many young adults not wearing masks. When I asked an employee about it, he responded that he was not going to approach them about it. My family no longer shop there.
BEEF To some of the small dog owners in the Linley Valley area. You are irresponsible and inconsiderate. Pick up after your dog.
BEEF To the City of Nanaimo for allowing a metalwork home business. We lived in a quiet neighborhood until this was allowed. He has a business license and starts from 8 am till 11 pm at night, within the bylaw hours. Saws, grinders, hammering is continuous. The city needs to give its head a shake. Wait till someone moves next to you and see how it feels, or should I say sounds.
BEEF To the beefer regarding people deferring property taxes. This isn’t a free favour, but the chance for seniors to defer payments that they may not be able to afford. Deferred taxes are fully repaid, with interest, when the property is sold. It keeps seniors in their homes longer, worry-free. They need not give up other necessities in order to keep a roof over their head.
BEEF To the city for approving a house being built on a sliver of land. The nonstop jackhammering of massive rocks just a few feet from existing houses has been rattling the walls for weeks.
BEEF To the contractor of the Hammond Bay water main work for ripping up a major street and then leaving it for more than two months. Taxpayer dollars at work – not.
BEEF To all the drivers who speed through the school zone at École Quarterway. I have been tailgated and honked at numerous times for going 30km/h when it is a weekday morning and school zones are in full effect. I was almost rear-ended after a man in a black truck was barreling down Townsite and had to slam on his brakes while I was stopped at the crosswalk to let children cross.
BEEF To people who are taking COVID tests with no symptoms. Why do you love the drama of it so much? Maybe we wouldn’t have an issue with a test shortage if you people kept your dramatic lives to yourselves.
BEEF So we all got a higher assessment on our property. It does not make us any richer as it’s just a tax grab. Your new tax increase next year will probably leave you speechless.
BEEF To the irresponsible pet owners who walk their dogs on the playing fields at Dover Bay and neglect to pick up after them. Kids play there; clean up or stay off.
BEEF To people who speak in tired, worn-out, annoying clichés. At the end of the day, we need an abundance of caution to make a level playing field so that cooler heads can prevail. After all, we’re all in this together.
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