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- Posted on Jun 20th 2011 6:10PM by Jason MacNeil
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According to the Globe and Mail, Bublé is funding a program to catch those burning cars, looting stores and smashing windows. He's behind a newspaper ad campaign asking anybody with photos of the rioters to come forward, and is offering additional support -- including money -- to Vancouver's Police Chief to assist in nabbing those responsible.
"The actions of those in the crowd following the Stanley Cup Final have left all Vancouverites collectively hanging our heads in shame and embarrassment," the singer says in the newspaper ad -- now on his site under the heading 'Show Your Love!' -- which will appear in the Vancouver Province and Sun this weekend.
"If you are wondering how you can help to win back our reputation and show how much we care, I encourage you to contact the Vancouver Police Department if you have any information that will assist them in their efforts to bring those involved to justice. We will not let the actions of a few define us to the world."
"Just like everybody else, I was embarrassed, ashamed and angry, and the anger hasn't gone away," Bublé told the Globe and Mail. "We have to continue to circulate the faces and names of those guilty parties. Let's get them lots of publicity so that the police can make some arrests."
The idea came after the award-winning crooner saw several of his family members affected by the riots, as his mother, grandmother, niece and nephew were in the city's Queen Elizabeth Theatre when things took a drastic turn for the worse, a venue which is located just a few blocks from Rogers Arena where the fateful game was played.
"They were traumatized," Bublé exclaimed. "They weren't allowed to go into the lobby because they were worried people were going to break the windows."
Bublé's plan isn't the first to take aim at rioters. Mere hours after the riots, Facebook pages surfaced with hundreds of photos showing those engaged in destroying the city, with photos still filtering in now.
The singer will continue his 'Crazy Love' tour with a show tomorrow evening in Springfield, Missouri. Bublé returns to the Vancouver area with a concert in Victoria on August 6.