Petition asks mayor to halt NYE VAN event
The petition, started by Kaine Delay, points to the 2011 Stanley Cup riot as the reason NYE VAN 2015, scheduled for December 31, 2014 should not go forward.
The text of the petition reads, "We have already seen what 300,000 suburban kids Fueled by alcohol and herd mentality can do to our city why dare we let this happen again??? Call off this free street party please. We don't need millions more in damages."
Thousands of hockey fans flooded the streets of Vancouver during the Vancouver Canucks' run to the cup in 2011, primarily in designated fan zones. The riot, which took place after the Canucks' 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on June 15, 2011, caused at least $5 million in damages to buildings in the downtown core and left at least 140 people injured.
A press release for the family-friendly NYE VAN states the "free, public event...will include live music, multicultural programming and entertainment, and fireworks."
When asked about the possibility of more riot-style chaos at the announcement for the event this morning (December 12), Mayor Robertson assured reporters that the event would be "safe and successful”.
"We have a very sophisticated approach now with our big events and we’ve seen great success over the past several years hosting big events, from the [Celebration of Light] to the jazz fest downtown," said Robertson. "We’re seeing bigger celebrations than ever before in our streets, with no issues arising, so I think we’re well-prepared for this.”
The event is set to take place primarily at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver, and will include the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.