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Despite what you might have heard...

I feel the need to post this here. Not sure if anyone knows or cares, but Vancouver has gotten some pretty bad press the past few days. I posted this on Facebook and I'm sharing it here, too.

The real face of Vancouver are the civilians who put themselves at risk trying to help the police stop the riots. The real face of Vancouver are the people who volunteered to help clean up after the chaos. The real face of Vancouver are the fans who stood and cheered "Go, Canucks, Go!" when their team didn't win. The real face of Vancouver is wonderful. Rioting losers are NOT Vancouver.

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thepuddinhead
Jun. 17th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I've been to major cities in over a dozen countries. I've never been in a more genuinely friendly and kind city than Vancouver. When I used to feel down in the dumps, my husband would insist on a road trip up there to cheer me up - such is the power of Vancouver.

What happened there isn't at all representative of Vancouver or it's people. It's just a sad and weird facet of sports fans and alcohol. And it happens in lots of cities and lots of cultures. I kind of want to give all Canadians a big virtual hug and say "It's ok! We know that your stupid, testosterone-filled, drunk halfwit cousin doesn't represent the whole family!"
abelina
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Puddin. I have had many good times in Vancouver, too, and I just can't stand how the world is thinking of it right now.
slaymesoftly
Jun. 17th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
I have nothing but wonderful memories of our time spent in Vancouver and the people we met there (have been known to say repeatedly, "I could happily live in Vancouver - if I was, you know, rich and Canadian"). I'm so sorry that a few, undoubtedly drunk, hockey "fans" have given the city such a black eye.
abelina
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I remembered when you were there and I'm glad you still think of it fondly. (So true on the "rich" comments -- I couldn't afford to live there, either).

The people who started the riots came to downtown Vancouver with that intent in mind. Of course a lot of otherwise decent people got caught up in the chaos. Some of the instigators likely didn't even care about the hockey game -- they brought gasoline and wore balaclavas, so probably would have rioted no matter the outcome of the game. The riot in 1994 were spontaneous, but this one was unsoubtedly intentional on the part of a number of people. Of course the media focuses on them, but not the civilians who tried to stop the looting and got beaten up for it.

Thank you. This makes me feel a little better.
aerintine
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:57 am (UTC)
Vancouver is my favorite city in the world. Granted, I've mostly visited US cities - the only major city I've now been to outside America aside from Vancouver is Seoul - but Vancouver tops them all. I've had absolutely wonderful vacations there twice, and would go back in a heartbeat. I never came across anybody who was less than friendly and hospitable. Even during rush hour amid ENORMOUS crowds of pedestrians. Like slaymesoftly - I would move there if I could afford it.
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