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Riot review seeks submissions

The independent Vancouver Riot Review has set up a website to receive public feedback and information online.

The independent Vancouver Riot Review has set up a website to receive public feedback and information online.

Former Nova Scotia attorney general Doug Keefe and John Furlong, former head of the Vancouver Olympic Committee, are co-chairing the review into the planning and activities that lead to the Stanley Cup riot on June 15 after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and Boston Bruins.

The focus of the review, due to be released to the City of Vancouver, its police board and the province by Aug. 31 is:

1) What was learned from the 1994 riot and how the findings were integrated into the planning for the Stanley Cup Game 7 celebrations on June 15.

2) The foundational elements of the Vancouver Police Department/City plans for the event and the relationship of those plans to what transpired in the lead-up to and during the riots.

3) The availability of liquor at public events and the contribution the availability made to the events that unfolded on June 15.

4) A framework for how the City of Vancouver and the VPD work with the appropriate partners to optimize the safe, inclusive and enjoyable participation of the public in celebrations in the public spaces for which Vancouver is world-renowned.

For more information on how make a submission, visit www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/vancouverriotreview.

Tessa Holloway

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