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This happened just a few blocks from my work. This morning, around 11:30 or so - when Bitter!Guy from the office was about a block away from there, ordering sushi for lunch.

Two killed in Burnaby hotel shooting

I met up with pa_fangirl for coffee at the Timmy's across the street from this hotel last night - and I am supposed to attend an all day business function *in* this hotel on Saturday!

*shudder*

WHAT THE HELL, GVRD? THIS SHIT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IN MY BACK YARD!

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spikespet7
Nov. 26th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
That is scary....we had a two hour stand off a few houses down from me this summer between idiots with guns and cops. Thank goodness no one was hurt. I'm just happy you're safe with a wish we didn't live with people with violent intents around us.


Kimber
shaddyr
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
DUDE. IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD. That is just SO NOT COOL. There are kids and stuff. ARGH!

I'm glad I didn't go out for lunch. There is a Boston Pizza right beside that hotel that I sometimes go to for lunch - and because you can't turn left there, what I usually do is drive through the hotel parking lot to pull in to BP from the back. With my luck, I would have driven right through it.

It's enough to make you think about bringing lunch and never leave the office during the day again.
thedeej
Nov. 26th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't know your office was near mine. I'm over near the Swiss Chalet and Earls
shaddyr
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah! You're still working in the same place, yeah, right near Bridge?

We should totally do the meet-for-lunch thing sometime. And, you know, avoid random gun violence while we're at it.
sgamadison
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh man, I know the feeling. We had a major shooting incident here a few years back, and it is so shocking--it feels like it's the sort of thing that happens elsewhere to other people, not IN YOUR HOMETOWN.

I strongly suspect the business function will be moved. :-(

shaddyr
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
...it is so shocking--it feels like it's the sort of thing that happens elsewhere to other people, not IN YOUR HOMETOWN.

I KNOW RIGHT?!

It's just so bizarre. I mean, I know that stuff happens here, but the areas that I frequent are generally pretty safe. The area I work in has a lot of industrial development and prop shops and box stores, but not typically so much crime. Rawr.

I strongly suspect the business function will be moved.

You know, CHF BC has been having meetings at this hotel for as long as I can remember - I've been to at least 3 or 4 Education workshops and AGMs in this hotel. It's really popular for one day seminars. I don't know where the hell they could possibly move it at this date - people come from all over the province for this meeting.

I guess we shall see.
sgamadison
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
You're right, it would be hard to change, and I'm sure the hotel will feel a lot of pressure to make things 'business as usual' right away so that people don't start canceling bookings.

I forget too, how rapidly an organization can move to get things done when sufficiently motivated.

It's going to feel weird for you though, no matter what.
nwhepcat
Nov. 27th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Hell, it's not supposed to happen in Canada! That's what I heard from Michael Moore, anyway. Yike.

I have actually been up in your work nabe, when I visited a Servas host and she took me all around. (Alas, long before there were SPN actors to stalk.)
retro_rider55
Nov. 27th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Michael Moore has his head up his a** like anyone else; he doesn't know everything. If people want their eyes opened, you should have seen Orillia*, Ontario in 1968. Looked like Mayberry, USA, but some of those kids could have come from a Chicago ghetto, they were so hard-assed, just 'cause they were poor.

(*the podunk pined for - his old home town - in Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain)
alsogater
Nov. 27th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
So not cool. Very scary. Be careful this weekend.
tangotabby
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Holy ****! That kind of stuff isn't supposed to happen in *Canada*, for cryin' out loud! (Detroit, sure, no big surprise. But Vancouver?!?!?!?)

Glad you weren't caught in the middle of it, but it still affects you even when you weren't directly involved :-(

Hope your business function is uneventful.
duncanmac
Nov. 28th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Every so often, I'm glad I'm not still living in Winnipeg. That's the same reason I appreciate that you aren't living somewhere in Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Prairies have a bad recent reputation for violent crime. Not too long ago, Regina was Canada's murder capital, with Saskatoon [IIRC] and Winnipeg not far behind. More recently, I read that Winnipeg has that dubious honor.

It's a scary world out there, but Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa are not quite as scary as it is elsewhere in this country. Remember that it's even *worse* in much of the US. Michael Moore's _Bowling for Columbine_ was not that far off the mark.

Glad to hear you're still safe, though!
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