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Stanley Cup riots

Was social media the newsmaker of the year?

Facebook and Twitter are powerful, but do they really set the agenda for Vancouverites?

Suzanne Anton explainer

Background information on NPA mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton and her position on key issues in this election.

Vancouver police defend their riot response

Internal review says there was no way to know trouble was brewing downtown -- and that big crowds aren't the way to go any more.

Mayor Gregor Robertson comments on Vancouver Riot Review report: live blog

"What happened that night had a terrible impact on our city," Mayor Gregor Robertson says, "particularly on the employees and businesses." He says he walked downtown hours after the riots happened. "...

Riot Review: lack of police not to blame

John Furlong and Doug Keefe released a review of the 2011 Stanley Cup riot, titled “The Night the City Became a Stadium”. The report blames alcohol and too many people in the viewing area, and...

Vancouver loses top spot as "most livable city"

For the first time in almost a decade, Vancouver is no longer the "most livable city." According to rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Melbourne has nabbed the top spot, leaving...

Vancouver riots: hundreds still to be investigated, as police work continues

More than a hundred people are still under investigation for criminal acts during the Vancouver riots, a police press release said today.  A list of statistics regarding the riots came in this...

Stanley Cup riot unpreventable: Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Department has issued the statement: Following the events of June 15, 2011, media attention has focused on the number of police on the streets that night. Debate appears to be raging...

Vancouver rioters feel the burn after outing on social media

When professional biker Alex Prochazka, aka Alex Pro, stuck his tongue out and posed in front of a car during the Vancouver riots, his career burned up as fast as the car behind him. 

Calgary gorilla becomes online hip-hop sensation

Zola, the nine-year-old gorilla living at the Calgary zoo, is puting b-boys to shame with his acrobatic dance moves.  Zookeepers spotted the gorilla "breakdancing" late last week, and shared...