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"buzzkill For The Canucks' Next Shot At The Cup" - Globe And Mail

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I actually can't tell if this is a farce or not...some of the things seem so silly they can't be true...but some are things I've already read quoted from the VPD suggest that at least some of this may be true. Like the "don't come downtown" mantra.

Thoughts?

My thoughts are if this is true it's the biggest load of you know what I've ever read. Arrest people in Canucks jerseys? Huh...

EDIT* Well it seems I didn't read fully and that this is certainly a tongue in cheek article. But an interesting look at what will likely be some extreme opinions of some Vancouver residents and the VPD.

Laugh away ;)

http://www.theglobea...e2380057/print/

Buzzkill for the Canucks’ next shot at the Cup

STEPHEN QUINN | Columnist profile | E-mail

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Published

Friday, Mar. 23, 2012 8:25PM EDT

Last updated

Friday, Mar. 23, 2012 8:28PM EDT

STANDING COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL – CITY FINANCE AND SERVICES

PRESENTATION: Stanley Cup Riot Review – Update and 2012 Planning

Penny Ballem, City Manager, will provide a presentation on the implementation of the Stanley Cup Riot Review recommendations and planning for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Recommendation:

That council direct city staff to work with stakeholders including police and the Provincial Liquor Licensing Branch toward the implementation of a framework to allow for celebrations in conjunction with a possible Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup final series while avoiding a repeat of the 2011 Stanley Cup riot, which was in no way our fault.

This year, the city will actively discourage a large, centralized public celebration with the following measures, should the Vancouver Canucks reach the Stanley Cup final series:

All licensed establishments and liquor outlets in Vancouver will be prohibited from selling or serving alcohol to anyone for the duration of the series.

Pubs that remain open will be prohibited from showing the games on TV.

SkyTrain service will be limited to 7:30 p.m. on game nights.

Special police enforcement teams will patrol major streets pre-emptively, arresting anyone wearing a Canucks jersey.

These measures will be accompanied by a “Just Watch the Game at Home” public information campaign to be developed by city communications staff. Vancouver’s Chief of Police has already taken the lead on a campaign with similar messaging: “Don’t come downtown.”

These extreme measures may rekindle the popular media myth that Vancouver is a “No Fun City.” In anticipation of this we are encouraging smaller, “neighbourhood celebrations” hosted by community centres, neighbourhood houses and other community associations. Among the events planned:

Lantern workshops with participants encouraged to free-associate and create a representation of what hockey means to them

Story-sharing Circles with the emphasis on the value of team play, alternative dispute resolution, and consensus-building

Colourful murals depicting the history of the Vancouver Canucks (with all references to riots omitted)

Anti-hockey-violence collage workshops

Presentations by some of the city’s most accomplished arena refrigeration technicians

Yoga for hockey

Planting “Canuck Gardens” in existing community gardens aimed at educating children about the value of nutrition in sport and not rioting

It has been suggested that hockey games be screened at civic buildings such as arenas and community centres to facilitate a “shared experience.” At this time, staff does not support this as an option because of the potential for citywide “mini-riots.”

As well as events planned at city facilities, we are encouraging neighbours to “Catch Canuck Fever” and organize community celebrations of their own. These celebrations must, however, remain within the bounds of the city’s effort to maintain public order.

Therefore the following provisions will apply:

Screenings of all final series games in private residences will be limited to family members and immediate neighbours only. For single-family dwellings, “immediate neighbours” include those who reside no more than two houses away from the subject residence, or in a basement suite or secondary suite included therein.

For those who live in apartment or condominium buildings, “neighbour” means any resident who shares the same floor, or is in the unit directly above or below the subject residence.

For any other gathering which includes the live-screening of a game, an application must be submitted in writing to the city’s Chief Licence Inspector no less than 60 days prior to the planned event. All applicants must provide proof of liability insurance, and have successfully completed a recognized first-aid program. In addition, all applicants will be subject to a criminal record check. This application includes a non-refundable processing fee of $500.

Games may only be screened on televisions of 42 inches or less (measured diagonally.)

Those hosting any event approved by the aforementioned application process are prohibited from selling liquor at events. If liquor is to be served on a no-cost basis, the application must have completed the province’s “Serving it Right” program. All liquor must be distributed in “airplane-sized” bottles of no more than 50 ml. All drinks must be consumed at host location.

Conclusion:

With the combination of additional enforcement, and ample opportunity for neighbourhood-focused celebrations, we are confident we will not see a repeat of the public disorder and wanton destruction of property that occurred in last year’s final series.

It has been suggested that despite all of these measures, drunken young men in hockey jerseys may spontaneously gather in the downtown core, thus setting the stage for another riot.

We see no need to plan for any such eventuality.

Stephen Quinn is the Host of On the Coast on CBC Radio One, 690 AM and 88.1 FM in Vancouver.

© 2012 The Globe and Mail Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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woW..i cant believe this. guess iM going to jail this year...what a joke! the world is ending! burn all canuck gear to save yourselves........

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Arrest anyone wearing a jersey? WTF? Train service till 730? What about people who work and have class? Can't tell if serious or not.

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All of my local story-sharing circles are full already :(

RIOT!

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i'm guessing several thousand people are getting arrested after leaving the game then..

idiot cops.

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I can't believe this is serious.

"Screenings of all final series games in private residences will be limited to family members and immediate neighbours only." ??? How do they plan on enforcing this?Trains stop at 7:30? What about people who work downtown until 8:00 or 9:00 who use the skytrain to get home?I can't see this one flying

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hahahahah...you kidding me??? downtown is where it's at, good luck with them trying to enforce this..bc has no extra money for policing...way more people then cops here for sure. if it happens again ...it happens again it's certainly not on me. i was downtown last year and took no part in the shenanigans after the game 7 loss. im a grown ass man.

simple as that.

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I don't think this is serious.... They couldn't enforce all of this if they tried

With that being said, there certainly shouldn't be giant viewing centres downtown like last year. But they won't be completely taking people's liberties away like that.

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To the people who thought that this article is factual, I have some wonderful snake oil to sell you. It'll cure what ails ya.

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I can't believe this is serious.

"Screenings of all final series games in private residences will be limited to family members and immediate neighbours only." ??? How do they plan on enforcing this?Trains stop at 7:30? What about people who work downtown until 8:00 or 9:00 who use the skytrain to get home?I can't see this one flying

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Obvious troll. Not the type of wording you would see from a real city document.

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