Another YouTube creation capturing the aftermath of "Robertson's Riot"
There are a lot of reviews going on right now regarding what some have dubbed as “Robertson’s Riot.”
On Tuesday the B.C. government announced that Douglas Keefe, a former Nova Scotia deputy justice minister, and John Furlong, former CEO of VANOC, were appointed as co-chairs for the provincial review into the Stanley Cup riot.
Not to be outdone, the City of Vancouver has confirmed it too is conducting several “internal” reviews regarding exactly what went wrong on June 15. That investigation will be headed up by Vancouver’s city manager and will involve staff from several city departments.
Unlike Premier Christy Clark, who ensured the provincial government’s review would be free of political interference, Mayor Gregor Robertson has yet to provide Vancouverites with that assurance. In fact, it appears the same staff who worked on the mayor’s hockey-fan zone may also end up conducting the internal review.
Needless to say, this whole process is not sitting well with NPA opposition leader Suzanne Anton. This week she made every attempt to grill the mayor regarding his role in the riot, but he was having none of it.
What was the mandate of the city’s internal review and why didn’t council approve it? What would be the cost of the review? These were the kinds of questions Anton wanted to pose to the mayor. Unfortunately, he simply shut off her microphone after five paltry minutes of questioning then moved on to the next item on the agenda.
Clearly frustrated with Robertson’s stonewalling, Anton then stormed out of the meeting with a full contingent of media in tow.
“The way in which this review is being conducted is exactly how the mayor’s fan zone was developed… behind closed doors,” Anton said Tuesday.
If Robertson wants the public to believe these “internal” reports are anything more than a simple whitewash, he needs to quickly re-examine his actions from this week. A good first step would be for him to remove the city manager as the head of review process itself. This would then ensure that all senior staff members are subject to the review.
The mayor’s initial attempt at shedding light on what caused the riot did not get off on the right foot. I suspect our only real hope of finding out what really happened rests in the hands of Keefe and Furlong, who will publicly report their findings later this summer.
- Post by Daniel. You can follow us on Twitter @CityCaucus. Or you can "like" us on Facebook at Facebook.com/citycaucus. This post was originally published in 24 Hours Vancouver on Thursday, June 30th, 2011.