No Fun Vancouver STRIKES AGAIN!!!


Excerpt from the Georgia Straight:

“If you’ve spent any time on the streets of downtown Vancouver these Olympics, you might have noticed something strange: the city has become seriously fun.

For nine days, it’s been like our civic officials have finally managed to pull the sticks out of their asses.

It’s been difficult to believe that this is the same town where the Vancouver Police Department once instructed people not to come downtown on New Year’s Eve unless they had a specific place to go. Or where police have been known to line up at transit hubs during mega-events like the Festival of Lights, open the backpacks of average citizens, and confiscate the booze of anyone unable to name the street name, address, and postal code of the home they were planning to drink at.

How classic then that we’ve been tricked, yet again. On Saturday night Vancouver police instructed all liquor stores and cold beer and wine stores to shut their doors at 7 p.m. The world is here to party, and suddenly someone obviously got spooked at the idea that the party might get out of hand.

Welcome to Vancouver, known, once again, to those who live here as No Fun City.

If you’ve done any travelling, you already know there is something seriously wrong with this town. What do Istanbul, Saigon, and Bellingham, Washington all have in common? How about the fact that you can head to the corner store and pick up a bottle of wine or a six pack.

Ever been to Charleston, South Carolina, or, for that matter, Istanbul or Saigon? No one cares if you end up wandering along the street with an open container of alcohol. Hell, in New Orleans, if you try to leave a drink on the table, they ask you if you’d like it poured into a glass to take on the road as a traveller.”


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