Vancouver riot clean up brings city back together
What made Ted, a high school student, come to clean up after the riots from yesterday's Stanley Cup loss?
"Shame," he said, lowering his eyes.
"We want to show that not all Canucks fans are like that."
He was among hundreds of citizens who volunteered to clean up the downtown area, where broken glass and debris littered the streets. By 11 a.m., however, an estimated 90 per cent of the damage was cleared away.
A City worker estimated that over a thousand people had come to clean the city, while busily handing out brooms, tongs, garbage bags and gloves to groups of volunteers from his truck.
Some of the volunteers had come from outside of Vancouver to help. Asmaa Noor, who came from Surrey, said she was watching the game with friends downtown. She left in the third period after her family called, fearing for her safety.
"It was heartbreaking, we were so terrified," she said of the riots.