Vancouver Cartoon Analysis

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Editorial Cartoon: Vancouver Riots The cartoon located in appendix A makes reference to the Vancouver riots that occurred on June 15, 2011. Immediately after the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Vancouver fans showed their disappointment in the outcome of the game by participating in acts of vandalism and violence. These riots, claimed by a witness, was started by one Vancouver fan that set fire to a stuffed bear that was said to represent the Boston Bruins. This act led to the first car being burned which was also believed to be deliberately placed for the act of vandalism (Police Actions Questioned in wake of vancouver riots, 2011). This cartoon indicates that the Vancouver Police failed to prepare appropriate security for the…show more content…
Whitelaw also pointed out that the police were congregated in groups awaiting orders whilst rioting was going on right under their noses. This is illustrated quite clearly in the editorial cartoon, as the police officer is video-taping the vandals stealing tires from the burning police car. However, in the police’s defence, it only took them approximately three hours to subdue the vandals, which was half the time required to do the same in 1994 (Vancouver police arrest more than 100 in riot, 2011)(Vancouver police arrest more than 100 in riot, 2011) (Vancouver police arrest more than 100 in riot, 2011). Also, Hedy Fry, the Liberal MP for the region, stated that she believed the police did the best they could in the situation (Police Actions Questioned in wake of vancouver riots, 2011). The Stanley Cup final game in 1994 resulted in the same outcome when Vancouver lost the series to the New York Rangers. One reporter stated that the riots were so unusual that it “might be called the Vancouver effect” (Vancouver not typical sports riot, sociologist says,…show more content…
As a result of this riot, the government may enforce new regulations to prevent intoxication occurring at future games, because alcohol was considered an accelerant in the outbreak. As well, the government can potentially lose profits caused by a decrease in support from the fans. The overall city is a stakeholder to the hockey team. Bad publicity was projected globally as news coverage of the events following the game was aired. This event was mistaken as riots in Libya over the oil (CBC News community reacts to Vancouver riots, 2011). These fans have now hindered the reputation of Vancouver City and now they may second guess facilitating and supporting the team in the area. Presently, the rioters are the most influential stakeholder to the team. They are causing grief among the organization and all other stakeholders. If the riot did not occur, the team would still have the support and loyalty of the other stakeholders. The National Hockey League’s reputation has also been affected by the rioters. Other teams may try to avoid riots by working harder to be successful. On the contrary, cities may not desire to host NHL teams due to the worry and potential expense if riots occur in other

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