Canucks fans take to the streets to clean up downtown Vancouver after Stanley Cup riot
The stench of urine was still in the air along Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver this morning.
But that didn't stop an army of well-intentioned citizens from trying to take back their city in the aftermath of last night's Stanley Cup riot.
One Canucks fan, Ward Grant, posted a sign on the boarded Bay window with a simple message: "On Behalf of my team and my city, I'm sorry!"
Grant told the Straight that the damage "isn't what this city is about".
"I don't want this to be a reflection on us all," he said.
Ward Grant says "show your support for the good people of Vancouver".
As Grant posted his message, a spontaneous cheer erupted from people watching on the Granville Street sidewalk.
Then he urged those who agreed with him to post their own messages on the wall. Some pulled pens out of their pockets and started writing on the wooden board.
Ward Grant wants people to heed his call to send a message to rioters.
Others could be seen sweeping up the mess at a shattered bus stop near the corner of Georgia and Homer streets. Behind them were boarded windows at a Bank of Montreal branch, which was targeted by rioters.
Over on Seymour Street, Canucks fan Anna Klering was quietly filling a black garbage bag when the Straight caught up with her.
Anna Klering says real Canucks fans are not hooligans.
Klering said she and others began tidying up the streets at 7 a.m.
"These are the real Canucks fans," Klering commented. "These are the real Vancouverites. Also, I just want to say the city has done a great job so far. The volunteers have done a great job so far cleaning it up."
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