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2011-06-17 16:10:44
That chatterbox Connie tells poppycock as usually. One CANNOT see any punk for miles around. And the rest of her story is bullshit as well. Vancouver is pure a city for hooligans but she will never admit.
2011-06-17 11:30:52
Right on, when I look at the photo I can see a huge mob and not a small group of punks at all. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but it is worth at least ten-thousand of connie's words.
2011-06-17 11:24:04
Get realistic Connie, it was not a small group of punks that caused the problem in Vancouver, it was a huge mob.
2011-06-17 08:01:50
It is a shame for Vancouverites, or for any city, when a small group of punks riot and create destruction. This is going to cost the City and businesses millions of dollars. However, I and my city are not defined by a group of punks. I am very proud of all the people who braved the mobs to help the police and tried to prevent destructions. I am very proud of all the people who came this morning to help businesses and help the City Crews clean the mess. Greenpeace, which is an international non-governmental environmental organization, evolved from the peace movement and anti-nuclear protests in Vancouver in the early 1970s. I took part in many protest marches against the Vietnam War, Nixon’s bombing of Cambodia, and American ships carrying nuclear weapons coming into our Harbours. I am very proud to be a Canadian and a Vancouverite. We are a green city who cares for the environment. We have strong anti-smoking laws (not even allowed on patios, many beaches and public places). There is enforced recycling in every building and homes. To discourage cars in the city and to protect cyclists, there are dedicated cyclist lanes on many of our streets and bridges. So, I can bike safely everywhere I go. Many, including our present Mayor, cycle to and from work. Vancouver is a beautiful city, surrounded by mountains (coastal & north), beaches, bays and inlets. Where else can you, in the winter, go sailing or play tennis during the day and go skiing at night with a choice of 3 mountains within a short drive away from the downtown? We can sail, kayak, canoe at English Bay. From the downtown core, I can walk to a beach, English Bay or the world-famous Stanley Park in about 30 minutes. Stanley Park is 1000 hectares of beautiful old trees and newer ones (we lost 3000 trees in the Park alone when we had a freak windstorm about five years ago). It is surrounded by beaches and a seawall to walk, skateboard and cycle. Inside is a lagoon, lake and Sea World. Stanley Park is at the tip of the peninsula that is downtown and the West End. It once was a native village. It is estimated that the Park has about 100-200 coyotes at any given time. I’ve encountered some of them when cycling – harmless unless very hungry or have their babies. The Parks Board does not bother counting the badgers, raccoons, skunks, etc ;-) There is another park in Burnaby (part of Metro Vancouver) and another further away but still in Vancouver where cougars are sighted. In North Vancouver (across the Burrard Inlet, the residents encounter deer, cougars, bears and coyotes). Within short drives we can go for a day or overnight+ hikes in the mountains. There are beaches (including a nude one) that when you are there you would think you were in the wilderness, except that you can see in the distance the highrises of the West End and Downtown – at night you see the twinkling lights. The RCMP responsible for that area, pretend there is no pot smoking on the nude beach and no campfires (hahaha). We are a city of immigrants from all over the world. It has enriched our lives and broadened our minds. You hear many different languages spoken on our streets, and tons of ethnic restaurants. We have the biggest Asian community outside of Asia. The downside is that Vancouver is becoming a very expensive city to live in. We have a lot of homeless people, but that is another story
2011-06-17 06:34:59
Ya, they done a real nice job!
2011-06-17 06:09:46
Don't this group of morons make you proud to be a Vancouverite!
2011-06-17 05:11:57
I just noticed the date on the caption. The game was on Wednesday, 15 June, not 16 least in Vancouver ;-) Would it be 16 June if you live in New Zealand or Australia?
2011-06-17 04:01:01
Your caption is stupid. Why should Connie or Canada be ashamed? It's an embarassment to the people of Vancouver. Every major cities has punks. Lets not get dramatic?
2011-06-17 02:22:06
Why are you writing as Connie Vl, instead of using your real name? I would not be annoyed at someone who uploaded the pictures. It has given me the opportunity to write about the game and the events under a photo.
2011-06-17 02:20:06
It is a shame for all Vancouverites. A group of troublemakers managed to ruin the reputation of a world-class city. What the world may not know is that these punks were not true fans. They came to the downtown core in the afternoon, well before the game at 5:00 PM, with hidden alcohol and molotov cocktails; so, no matter who won, they had decided to have a riot. I saw the pubs and sports bars full, with huge line-ups by 2:00 PM. It was a ticking time bomb. The drinking age in British Columbia is 18 or 19 years old. Maybe we need to raise the age. My friends and I had decided to go watch the game at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) plaza; they had a huge screen, and its within a couple of blocks from the arena. We decided at the last minute to watch the game at my place, and then go out and join the crowds. I'm walking distance to the downtown core. Thank God we changed our minds because that's where the riot started - around the arena and CBC. A while after the game, we walked towards Granville Street. As we got closer, we started to hear popping sound, yelling and saw some smoke. By the time we got there, we couldn't believe what we were seeing. There was complete bedlam. The crowds had started to move from the arena & CBC area and were now moving on Granville. It was scary to see so few cops facing a huge crowd of 1000s of people. What we did not know then was that the majority in the crowd were spectators. We left right away and returned to my place. On my 15th floor balcony, we saw a huge black column of smoke slowly moving towards us. It was eerie to see three police helicopters circling around (they kept at it until about 1:00 AM). By then, watching my TV, we knew what was going on. Regular cars and two police cars were burning, along with other things. It was obscene to see on TV the spectators (residents & tourists) taking pictures with cameras and cell phones of burnings, wounded people, vandalism and looting. The Royal Canadian Police (RCMP) was brought in to reinforce the Vancouver Police. Also, 52 police officers from Abbotsford, a city outside of Vancouver came to assist. This morning, I walked around the Granville area. I was very sad to see. The many windows of the big department store Hudson's Bay had been broken and were now boarded were many other places of business. I called a friend where I used to work, at- the Library Square Tower, which is across the street from the CBC. She said that when she left work at 4:00 PM, there were already a lot of drunk kids milling around. Most of the cleaning was done by the City Crew during the night, but many storefronts were boarded up. She had spoken to a guy in a restaurant there. He said that a mob had forced their way in the restaurant scaring the patrons, who hid as much as they could; it was a very scary time for them. The one person I hold with absolute contempt is Francesco Aquilini, the owner of the Vancouver Canucks. He kept answer the reporters with coarse four-letter obscenity. This is a slum landlord of the 1960s-70s who made his money from the poor. He behaved as, and I quote the Vancouver Sun “a petulant rich kid whose toy broke”. The ones I respect were the Canuck’s Sedin twins who were gracious in accepting defeat when facing reporters; most of their teammates were hiding in the back rooms waiting for the crowd thinned out. The Boston Bruins won 4 – 0 in the Stanley Cub Final Game. Their goalie, Tim Thomas, was amazing to watch. Congratulations to a great team – the Boston Bruins.