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Newsletter #210, June 16, 2011

Postal worker shutout eclipsed by Canucks shutout and riot

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After a week of rotating strikes across the country, Canada Post responded by shutting out all its employees on Wednesday. Later that day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Labour Minister Lisa Raitt announced that legislation to order the employees back to work would be tabled in the House.

That evening the Vancouver Canucks were shut out by the Boston Bruins and a riot ensued. Fifteen cars were burned, including 2 police cruisers, about 130 people were injured and there were many arrests. Many of the windows along Georgia and Granville streets were broken and many businesses, including The Bay and Sears, were looted.

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Postal workers stand in front of a broken window at the main Post Office.
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A group of volunteers work on the blistered tarmac on the Post Office parking lot where the first two cars were overturned and burned. Fortunately, many of the drunks responsible made the mistake of posing for photos from onlookers and today those onlookers are sending their photos of doing damage and looting to the police by the thousands.
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The Hudson's Bay department store was hardest hit, with every one of their street level windows destroyed and extensive looting took place.
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This morning, someone posted a sign on the window on Granville at Georgia saying "On behalf of my team and my city, I'm sorry." Tens of thousands, including the Mayor and the Premier, have added their words of support on the boards of every window on the Granville side of the store.
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People organized on Twitter and Facebook and asked the city to supply them with tools to help in the cleanup and the city responded with a distribution truck at Granville and Robson. People were lining up to get garbage bags, brooms and garbage grabbers.
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And were using them all over downtown to get it back into shape.
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All along Granville, window companies were boarding up or putting in new glass.
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It was disappointing to have lost the Stanley Cup and appalling that some should induce a riot, but citizens have worked along side with city workers to repair the damage, they are the true Canucks fans.
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