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Review into Stanley Cup riot to be released Thursday

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A government-ordered review into the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver is set to be released on Thursday.

The province appointed John Furlong, former head of the Vancouver Olympic committee, and Doug Keefe, a former deputy justice minister from Nova Scotia, to lead an independent review into what happened on June 15.

After the Vancouver Canucks’ Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup final, rioters spent hours torching cars, smashing windows and looting stores in the city’s downtown core, causing millions of dollars in damage.

Furlong and Keefe were told to examine what factors led to the riot, how well the city’s police force was prepared, whether lessons from a similar riot in 1994 were put into practice, and how to avoid a repeat in the future.

The riot cast a cloud over a city that had basked in the international spotlight a year earlier when it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and few levels of government have escaped criticism.

In particular, the police have been forced to repeatedly explain why no rioters have yet been charged – a fact that has been contrasted with the speedy convictions that followed riots earlier this month in London.

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