Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Favorite Riots

Jokes about Canadians acting un-Canadian abound on Twitter in the wake of the Vancouver riots last night, but those in the Great White North have a wonderful tradition of purposeless rabble-rousing.

As the Nova Scotia Archives pointed out on Facebook, Halifax celebrated the end of World War II with hooliganism: 

In 1955, Montreal reacted to the suspension "Rocket" Richard by taking out their displeasure on pretty much anything they had around at the time. They do this kind of thing a lot in Montreal over hockey and Guns 'n' Roses.

They rioted in Vancouver when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup back in 1994. Back then, they reacted with shock (only in "a big American city" does this sort of thing happen); it's old hat now.