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Jaks | organisation | A still active, patch-wearing crew of skateboarders that rose in the 1980s alongside Vancouver and Victoria’s punk/hardcore music scene. They are notorious for guzzling beers with abandon and producing mischief and mayhem in spades.

Usage: “I was at a party in Fernwood last night when a bunch of Jaks showed up and tore the place down. Literally…”

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