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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Vancouver riot report: No blame, lots of shame - Editorials -

WHO knew that there might be riots downtown the night the hometown Vancouver Canucks played in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals?

The answer, apparently, is no one, based on the pandemic of unpreparedness on the part of city officials, police departments and other agencies catalogued late last week by an independent review of the riots.

The report delves into why more than 150,000 people seemingly went berserk after the Canucks lost Game 7, causing millions of dollars in damages and blackening the city’s reputation. But the fact that it lays no blame on anyone but the rioters themselves is absurd.

The last time the Canucks were in the NHL finals in 1994, playing Game 7 at home, what happened? More than 70,000 people rioted after Vancouver lost to the New York Rangers.

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