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Tag: Vancouver Canucks

June
16th

Vancouver riots highlight the paradox: organized anarchists

The 2010 Olympics were too hard a target. The WTO meetings that same year were too soft. But for anarchists, the Vancouver Canucks’ agonizing Stanley Cup Game 7 loss was just right.

Video footage of a raging mob burning cars, looting stores and attacking police played out in prime time on TV screens all over the world, causing many to wonder just what the heck happened to that polite and beautiful city up North. The response from Canadians, who share a quietly fierce pride in their country, was a collectively ironic, “Woe, Canada.”

First B.C.’s Premier, then Vancouver’s Mayor and finally Police Chief Jim Chu stood before reporters and stated the Canadian version of their former monarch’s words, “We are not amused.” Nor were Canadians anywhere.

Unfortunately, Vancouver is learning what Seattle discovered in the wake of the 1999 WTO riots–that bad things can happen to good cities. In both instances, that particular bad thing was anarchists.

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June
3rd

Remedy for Northwest’s sports curse is close at hand

The coolest sport in the world, both literally and figuratively, is currently being played at the highest possible level a mere three hours from here. Not only are the Stanley Cup finals underway, but the Vancouver Canucks—the closest thing to a true winning sports team around here since the ’05 Seahawks—are playing spectacular hockey.

If only somebody around here cared.