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Good luck with that: Vancouver mayor wants Canucks to help pay for riot bill

Sep 9, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

Riot Breaks Out After Game In Vancouver Getty Images

It’s never a dull moment in Vancouver. As if things weren’t crazy enough in Vancouver hearing about how the city council wanted the NHL to step in and do things that their police force are supposed to handle, the mayor is now getting in on the action.

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has had his hands full in trying to help get the city straightened out after the riots that erupted in the city following Vancouver’s Game 7 loss to Boston in the Stanley Cup finals. With the bills piling up to help pay for the clean up and repair of the city’s buildings, the cost is immense and he’d like to see the Vancouver Canucks help pick up part of the tab.

Megan Stewart of The Province has the story about how Mayor Robertson would like to see Canucks ownership help chip in.

“That’s definitely an open discussion and one that we need to have with the Canucks and the league [to] make sure that it’s equitable, that the costs related to big celebrations are borne by everyone who is benefiting,” said Robertson, speaking to reporters Tuesday after the Vancouver Police Board met to discuss the police department’s own internal review into the riot. Robertson sits as chairman of the police board.

“It’s been a difficult conversation in the past and there hasn’t been willingness, but given what’s happened, I’m hopeful that there is some receptiveness with that going forward,” he said.

“I haven’t asked yet. Those are discussions that are going to happen, though.”

Considering the city council already stepped in it knee-deep in calling out the NHL for not doing enough to help out with the riots as they happened, coming forth to ask for money from one of the NHL’s member organizations seems like an added slap in the face.

The guys at Kurtenblog also think that the mayor and the city are trying to have their cake, eat it, and have someone else pay of it through all this.

But seriously — shots fired at the NHL, then potential demands for the Canucks to foot cleanup costs? Isn’t this the same Vancouver City Council that anointed April 27 “Canucks Day“? With the flag raising and the framed proclamation and the obligatory Green Men cameo?

There’s even a photo of the mayor meeting with the Canucks owner while sporting a Canucks jersey.

We understand that having to pay for your citizens acting like hooligans and ruining the city comes at a cost that a city shouldn’t have to ever deal with. Riots stink and riots that happen because of an unwelcome sports conclusion stink and are stupid. Having the city continue to try and pass the buck and the blame to the NHL and to the team that calls the city home, perhaps the city council and the mayor would be better off not having a team in Vancouver at all.

They have to know they have a team there with a rabid fan base that has a history of lashing out in a destructive manner. While the expense of having all your police out in force hurts the wallet in the meantime, having to pay out for overtime is less costly than having to pay for overtime and to help rebuild and repair the city after morons tried to destroy it. The city doesn’t like having to pay for it, but a little more forethought and a lot more police should’ve been their priority when thousands decided to gather at the arena in hopes of a celebration.

  1. 8man - Sep 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Why not tab the Boston Bruins as well? Afterall, it was their 4-0 smack down of the Canucks in game 7 that started the ball…err….puck rolling.

    It’s a good thing the Canucks only get there every two decades or so.

    Really? I mean, really?

  2. tommyelay - Sep 9, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    What a bunch of hosers. Take off

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 9, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Why not make the a-holes who took part in all of this pay for some of the damage? The day after the finals people were all over the internet identifying these people, some even turned themselves in, yet there haven’t been any charges.

    Why doesn’t the city of Vancouver just admit that inviting “anyone and everyone” down into a very congested area to watch the game on big screen tv’s, and then allowing them to drink freely was a bad idea?

    Quit pointing fingers at everyone else, you screwed up in setting up areas with mass amounts of people, your police department didn’t have enough officers on duty and didn’t respond appropriately once things went bad, admit you dropped the ball here and promise to ensure that something like this won’t happen again.

    I wonder if the city of Vancouver is aware that by passing the buck to everyone else to try and save face they’re making themselves look much much worse?

  4. vansydpaul - Sep 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Maybe the police should have the repair costs taken out of their budget considering they don’t like to use it for policing. Instead they blame the fact that there were too many people downtown not the fact that there was not enough Police. The Canadian government has been stealing from peoples pockets for years why not the NHL too? Pretty pathetic
    much like the idea that the Canucks should help pay for this. Canucks already raise money for kids to cover medical budget shortfalls.

  5. paulsdamnblog - Sep 9, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    The Mayor of Quebec just sat up and asked how quickly they can get an arena built.

  6. stakex - Sep 9, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    *sigh* Its one thing to ask the team nicely if it would mind helping pay the cost of the riots. After all the team did financialy benefit from the game and all. However, if the team choose to do so it would only be out of the goodness of the owners heart. This on the other hand, almost makes it sound like the team and the NHL HAVE to, or SHOULD, pay the bill. Thats just idiotic.

    I swear, the mayor and city council of Vancouver don’t have a clue. If they are determined to get help paying the bill, why not hit the rioters with heavy fines… or better yet, sue them for a part of the cost? Thats where the blame belongs… on the people who took to the streets that night. Not with the team, or the NHL.

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again…. stay classy Vancouver.

  7. hooockey - Sep 10, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    What a joke!

    Is it the Canucks’ fault there is a large d-bag contingent among the citizens of Vancouver? Spoiled, entitled bitches who think they own the world and can destroy anything they want for amusement.

    And not enough cops on the street, and poor planning! Were the Canucks supposed to send the Rogers Arena security staff to keep things in line?

  8. tommytd - Sep 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Passing the buck is a way of life in V. Nobody takes responsibility for anything in that town.

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