After countless storefronts were smashed in the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, hundreds (thousands?) of Vancouverites flocked to the boarded up windows downtown, scribbling notes of apology, love and unity, denouncing the shithead rioters who trashed our city. I think even the most reserved can agree that the gesture is incredibly heartwarming. The city has vowed to preserve them as public art.
Friend and colleague Erin Loxam and I have pledged to take and upload one photo every day for all of 2011. See how she’s doing here.
I did a story last year on Ian Simpson, a Prince George man who travels to Africa frequently for work (at a mining excavation company) and collected a bunch of soccer balls in B.C. to give to kids over there. Sweet little story. Tonight, with the Vancouver Canucks two games away from winning the Stanley Cup, he emailed again — this time, with pictures of a little orphaned monkey his crew had saved and put a little Canucks jersey on. So cute!
The Vancouver Canucks defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in double-overtime of Game 5 tonight to clinch the western conference championship. (Fun fact: The ‘Nucks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in double-OT to advance exactly 17 years ago today.) The streets looked much like they did during the Olympics, but bathed in blue, green and white. An amazing time. I love this city.