Gregor Robertson wears Flames jersey, reads ode to Calgary after losing Canucks bet

Dec 19 2017, 11:01 pm

On Wednesday morning, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson honoured his bet with Naheed Nenshi by reading a poem written by the Calgary mayor in Vancouver City Council chambers while wearing a Calgary Flames jersey.

Nenshi’s poem titled “Rebuild!” adds insult to injury, touching base on everything from the Canucks’ Sedin twins lack of scoring to the faulty Olympic Cauldron leg.


There were even lines in the poems on the city’s leaky condo crisis, the surprise fireworks minutes after the Canucks’ series loss to Calgary, the Lululemon craze and the transit plebiscite.

Prior to the first game of the series, both mayors of Western Canada’s largest cities made wagers on what the losing city’s mayor must do.

Aside from donning a jersey and reciting a poem written by the other city’s mayor, the losing city’s mayor must also make a donation to the losing city’s food bank of $5 for every winning team goal scored in the series.

Video by the Vancouver Courier
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“Rebuild!” by Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi

Rebuild! Rebuild!

Out there, on the edge of the country;
Where the mountains meet the ocean;
We’re trying to build something new.

Something relevant, something post-modern;
Dare we say… something better;
And that’s good.

But sometimes, sometimes…

The condos leak.

The cauldron fails to rise.

Nickelback moves in and young people move out.
Can we rebuild for that?

The twins can’t score…

But these kids in red (who are they?) can.

Diving’s not a Winter Olympic sport?

And we’re still at zero Cups and counting;
Not Starbucks cups.

Pucks fall in our net, like cherry blossoms in spring;
So very pretty.

Maybe we should rethink the whole waving white towels thing?
Why surrender all the time?

Bieksa’s trash talk, Lululemon underwear.
No good for hockey.

Set off fireworks!
Ours is the longest golf season in the country!
And we’re not Edmonton.

Go Flames! Vote Transit!

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