Friday, 24 June 2011

I WAS IN THE VANCOUVER RIOT: a confession and apology

It appears that confessions and apologies are the new buzz words for the Vancouver Riot participants.  So here are my repentant statements.

I confess:  I was there.  I should have left because by standing in the middle of the crowds my wife and I were just adding to the problem, but we were held by a morbid fascination of what was happening.  As we were there we were also compelled to help.
My wife help some injured women and I removed crap that was being thrown around the streets and at the windows of the Bay.  Here is my account of what happened on Chris Wejr's blog

My apology:
I am sorry that I could not have done more.
I am sorry that my actions weren't enough to convince more people like Victor to defend our city from the loogans that were intent on smashing it.

My being there was not a mistake.  I was not emboldened to do these things because of intoxication.  I made choices to do things and I will stand by those choices, even if I got in the way and prevented  people from making there own choices to be a participant in the riot.

An apology does not make a damn bit of difference to the acts undertaken.
So please refrain from apologising for your ill thought choices.

Why am I making a statement like this on a page for the Canuck Place Adventure Challenge?
If you google Vancouver riot apology canuck place it might bring you here!

I will be kayaking, riding, and running in TWO races on Saturday and Sunday in late September.  I am required to raise $1000 for each race.  If you would like to donate I would be most grateful!
If you would like to join me...we can create Team Riot!
Thank you!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Money started to roll in...

Ok.  Not quite as dramatic as that but it started with $10.  One of my grade niners came out of his final exam and was in my room saying bye.  He takes out his wallet and pulls out a ten spot.  "Here", he says with a dismissive nod of the head.  I couldn't figure it out, as he kept waving me and the ten dollar bill away from his as if it had some communicable disease. 
"Its for your race.", he says.  Cool!  So I quickly retreated and wrote his name on the bill and stapled it to the wall.  That $10 is now $36!

Thanks Adam, Sam, and Kira!

Monday, 13 June 2011


I am not sure if I am mentally well.  I know I am not physically well.  So I have had a long and serious discussion with myself  (see above) and realise that doing TWO  Canuck Place Adventure Challenge races in two days is a terrible idea...but I have come up with bad ideas before and they haven't turned out that bad in the end.

Saturday September 17th in North Vancouver and Sunday September 18th at Cultus Lake in Chilliwack!

In the ensuing 2 months I have to try fix my bike, start running, and do my normal kayaking challenging training regimen:  the day of the race 4k.

I would love your support.  Canuck Place Children's Hospice is one of the most beautiful places I have had the honour to spend time at.

Why are there two races?  Canuck Place is growing into Abbotsford.  The current house serves many families across BC and by having a house in the Fraser Valley it will make travel much easier for those families in the interior reaches of the province.  So it seems fitting:  2 hospices = 2 races.

Please help me raise money for the families of BC that belong to the Canuck Place family.


The Blog

My name is Malcolm and I was a volunteer at Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for nearly seven years. Now I support them by raising money by participating in the Canuck Place Adventure Challenges!

I said hospice. Not really a word that you associate with children but there you go. We will tell you about the house as this blog progresses with the hope that you will learn, and as you learn we hope that you will share. The purpose of the Adventure Challenge is to raise money for AND awareness about Canuck Place.

The name of each kid at the house you read about has been changed.

September 14th and 15th are the dates for the next Adventure Challenges.

You can sponsor me for the race here: Adventure Challenge
Maybe you should do the race?


Just a quick note about the names of the kids in the house that you will read about: they are made up!