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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Nikki P
That's just awesome! A big thank you to those cleaning up other people's messes... you rock!
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Linda Wilson
I can't stop crying!!! (even as I type this) WHAT HAPPENED last night after the game did more damage than burning cars and breaking windows. It has robbed us of our pride. Pride for a team that proved itself all year to be in the Stanley Cup and pride for a beautiful city that has sooo much to offer. I don't know if we will ever get that back. After hosting the Olympics and showing the world that hey we aren't so bad - to this. Showing them what punks and animals can do..... I just don't know. Very quiet all over the city and here in the office..... Everyone is in shell shock I think and can't understand how this happened. It is too bad that those nightmare pictures and news articles will paint all the Canuck Fans and Vancouver with its same dark brush for a long long time.Hopefully those responsible for this sickening terrorism is caught and prosecuted. If I see a face of anyone I know in the photos or on the news that was involved I will be turning them into the Police so fast. And I hope that others do the same. In the streets last night was not a representation of our Canuck Team, their true fans or this wonderful city.
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scathie
I'm not sorry at all. I think it's time to call a spade a spade and point out that most of the violent rioters were not Vancouverites, but most likely people in from the exuburbs -- from Langley, Abbotsford, and Surrey. These municipalities should be apologizing to us and paying to clean up their mess.
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poopnoodle
Canook fans gotta stop blaming this on non-fans
Accept the fact that most Canook fans behaved boorishly throughout the playoffs , a fact noted by many media outlets.
Time to fix this or no more fun
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Mike403
Was so proud of the City of Vancouver, Province and everyone for pulling off amazing olympics. Then the Canucks for such a remarkable seasons from opening night in October right tell June. But I am disgusted to what un folded last night. I was a proud Canucker living in Calgary, I am asshamed to even say I am a Canucks fan. But want to say thank you to people out and cleaning up the mess left by others. THANK YOU
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glen p robbins
The leaders - Clark, Robertson and Chiu make nothing but excuses. Public Safety pathetic.
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Second Nation
There were some heroes last night that confronted the barbarity face-to-face. And this article shows decent people working to make their community better after a terrible event. I'd love to see statues erected in the city of both (1) the brave few last night that stood against so many and (2) those this morning that took action instead of wringing their hands. We need to celebrate such spirit in our city.
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Fan'o Truth
@scathie
I'm not sorry at all. I think it's time to call a spade a spade and point out that most of the violent rioters were not Vancouverites, but most likely people in from the exuburbs -- from Langley, Abbotsford, and Surrey. These municipalities should be apologizing to us and paying to clean up their mess.


There it is again, the theory that "bridge and tunnel people" are responsible for everything that goes wrong in Vancouver.
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RealityCheck
@ scathie...

Your theory is wrong. There were a lot of Vancouverites involved in this.

Interesting that both Surrey & Abbotsford held large celebrations for thousands of people with zero problems. So much for blaming the 'burbs for your problems.
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Andrew
@RealityCheck

Just because there were some relatively small public viewing events in 2 suburbs doesn't mean all the citizens of those cities stayed there.

As for those events being problem-free, the smaller crowds couldn't afford any hooligans the feeling of anonymity (false feeling, anyway) they needed. Thus the influx into the city centre. Hooligans like to go where the action is, and they knew there'd be none in Surrey or Abby.

Besides - like Vancouverites, they are proud of their own cities and wouldn't want to smash them up.
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FedUpw/vancouverattitude
to: scathie

that's right it's all the rest of us from over the bridges, NOT, how many from Vancouver, North Van, West Van, Burnaby, New West. POCO, all over the LOWER MAINLAND. Surrey held a great show in the middle of Surrey with no incidents - we had to send our police down to protect Your area.

Your just another loser.
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Reuben
Actually I have a friend who is a constable in the Vancouver PD and his is told me that it is believed that many of the rioters came up from Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and even as far as Toronto, sure they were a few Canuck fans that behaved inappropriately, but if you look at the photos, most of the people doing massive damage, like burning cars throwing stuff through the display windows are not wearing any Canucks clothes, they came up to riot and destroy things, that's why they brought black masks and Molotov Cocktails with them. They didn't come to celebrate a win they came to destroy a town either way. I don't think you can call those people fans, I think the only appropriate word to call them are inconsiderate @$$holes who ruined our great time. Also want to congratulate everyone that helped clean up, if I didn't have to be at work at 8:00am today I would of been there my heart is with you thank you for showing the world what a true person of Vancouver and Canucklehead is. Remember fans there is always next year. PS I don't think making this a This side of the River / Other side of the River issue, it isn't lets show the world same class and not point fingers just agree it was unacceptable and the fact that this has happened twice in my life time means that this should never happen again.
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Christman
As a longtime Canuck fan I too am embarrassed by the immature and criminal acts of a few hundred morons. True Canuck fans were upset with the loss but wouldn't resort to anarchy! Just because some of those JERKS wore Canuck jersey's doesn't make them "real" fans. What is troubling is that many of the rioters were young adolescents and men in their twenty's. I hope those idiots get caught, punished and made to pay for damages. Get a life you nitwits!
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James G
I was downtown this morning too but the major mess was already gone. I could only pick up trash but I must say, you are amazing Vancouver! It is spontaneous co-operative action like this that makes me proud to live here!
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Shann Mei
I cannot believe that Vancouver is now smeared with the horrible events of last night. Newscasts around the world are showing photos of our gorgeous city burning and "fans" wrecking the city. First off, I am disturbed that Vancouver Canuck fans are now deemed "hooligans" like soccer fans who find any reason to riot. Unfair depiction and generalization by the media around the world. OUR Canuck fans were the ones who stayed and cheered at Rogers Arena when the Boston Bruins received the Cup. OUR Canuck fans were the ones who woke up early this morning and took time to clean what others did to their city. Those who destroyed Vancouver should be ashamed of their actions and brought to justice. I only wish I could have helped the riot police put them in their place...they got off easy!!! I hope the Boston Bruins know that we are genuinely happy for their amazing accomplishment and sincerely apologize for those losers who rained on their parade and showed what low life classless individuals they are. Vancouver is a welcoming place and we are PROUD of Canucks but never disrespectful
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Skywatcher
There are some isolated incidents of trouble-making during the fireworks in the summer, but not like this. I'm a bit suspicious of the first vehicle that was set on fire in front of the post office. Why was it left there? Do GS reporters know what an agent provocateur is?
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lol
vancouver has a well known rep for fighting. as somebody who used to live beside a surrey 7-11 (then nicknamed 7-eLebanon because it was a constant warzone of thugs) i'm well aware of how entire crews in the burbs who are bored come into town to live it up like this is vegas or something. when has there not been a ton of fights on granville st between weekend warriors drunk out of their head? now put 100k of those weekend warriors together and guess what
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RJB
Thanks to the Canucks for an amazing run. Thanks to those who went downtown yesterday to help clean up and those who left supportive messages denouncing the hooligans who rioted and thanking police: you have made a significant start to reestablishing pride in our city and the amazing sense of community that has grown over the past two years but that seemed to have been looted by the rioters. Many say mob mentality took over: let's make sure that it doesn't happen again; that the people responsible for the riot are punished by the legal system, not by the general public.
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Paul Zeke
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnpVXc-Vebs

I got some fellow artists together to make a chalk mural at the site. There was a steel drum band playing and tons of people joined in. The atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive
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