I am proud to say that Chris Ivany is a good friend of mine, and of course one of the reasons i like him so much is his altruistic nature. He helped to protect my son and myself during game 7, and we parted ways after he escorted us to the Skytrain station from which we evacuated.
He went on to warn many people, such as people with kids, and seniors, that because they were not safe in what was fast becoming a riot. He later got tired of watching people destroy their own city, and tried to organize a citizens arrest. When he couldn't rally enough support for that, he went and stood on top of the 2 X 6 they were using to smash the windows. That was the last thing he remembered before waking up down the street in the protection of the VPD. Someone, apparently sucker punched him, or hit him from behind with something that hit so hard that he was knocked out for a couple minutes.
I told him to be careful, and that there are some real psychos out there. I knew he was going to go and do something heroic, and if my wife hadn't been roughed up that night, i would have been right next to him, trying to have some kind of positive affect, or help someone. Though I must confess I'm not so brave as to put myself in harm's way as readily as he was.
We went to the Telus store that Chris defended to see if we could get some footage of his attack, to see if we could identify his attacker. Since then, Chris has been featured in a Vancouver Sun article, in which he was hailed as hero. His good deed was rewarded today with a free iPhone and service from Telus, as well as a donation of $1000 in his name towards Vancouver's cleanup. The Vancouver Sun wrote a follow up article on this as well.
So, although a good deed is it's own reward, we see that good things can happen to good people, who do good things, and that, thankfully, the world is not devoid of those.
The Vancouver Sun should be commended for their rarely positive coverage, and for allowing Chris to wear his T-Shirt which says '9/11 was an Inside Job' even though, they avoid that topic like it is the plague when it comes to actual, investigative reporting.
On a related note, Chris also witnessed some things that might lead one to believe that there were agent provocateurs in the crowd. The suspicious characters were seen with evidence of premeditation, like hammers and molotov cocktails. they covered their faces, and smashed windows as quickly as possible before running to the next store to smash some more. This business-like activity is in stark contrast with the drunken hockey fans flagrantly flaunting their criminality, seemingly oblivious to the dozens of camera phones pointed at them. The police, although criticized duly for their lack of preparedness for the inevitable riot, have vowed to fully investigate and prosecute those who were caught on camera, enjoying the VPD's blatant, and highly questionable inaction.
But are overprivileged D-bags and drunken hockey fans the ones to blame, or were they following the lead of the masked anarchists, who, by many accounts were being facilitated by a seemingly coordinated, role of the police that appeared to greatly aid or at least allow for this atrocity to happen?
Police were reported to have allowed black clad anarchists, guilty of property crimes, to slip through their lines. This was also reported at the G20 in Toronto, and let's not forget the infamous case of admitted police provocateurism in Montebello, Quebec - at the SPP protests.