17 June 2011

Why I Love Vancouver

In the wake of all the bad press due to rioters after the Stanley Cup final there actually is good news.  People are advocating posting pictures of rioters and urging people to identify and turn in their friends/co-workers/employees, etc.  There were clean up crews of volunteers who traveled downtown to help get rid of the messes.  Although city crews got most of the garbage there were tons of people out making sure glass was out of sidewalk cracks and graffiti was cleaned off of walls and sculptures.  

I think the one thing I'm most proud to see is this:

One of my friends was in the first riot squad unit to respond.  Having people recognize that he and his fellow officers put their lives on the line to keep their city safe is awesome (Thanks, Ian!).  Yes, there have been questions as to how the police put their plan in place and lots of "what-if" questions.  That's inevitable.  The one thing that I haven't even seen suggested is that the police weren't doing their job well.  In a day and age where emergency services rarely get their due the fact that people took the time to tell the police thank you makes me so happy.   

It's days like this where I'm so proud to be from Vancouver.


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    that is so awesome! I love when people band together like that.

  2. Love that sticky notes on the police car. Wonderful!

    P.s. I did use the pregger excuse 3 years ago..... Haha,,,,

  3. Ah, there's the silver lining! Isn't it great, once it appears?!

  4. I stumbled on your blog through the Nuun Hood to Coast team, enjoy the experience! I bet it will be an awesome time!

    I bet it was emotional seeing Vancouver go up in flames after the Stanley Cup riots. Just in watching the videos online, the people seemed like they were really out of control. In a lot of the videos that I saw, the police didn't seem to be around (not saying that they didn't do their job), but it seemed like the police were unprepared for the possibility of a riot. I also heard that public transit was not working after the game or something?

    Anyways, it was unfortunate that people got out of control after the game, I couldn't imagine if my city had a riot and had that much damage to it. Hopefully things are fixed up soon, and the rioters and looters are arrested. The post it notes on the police car was a great gesture from the people of Vancouver.



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