The petition is the ‘official’ one that was taken to other businesses and endorsed by the Robertson family.
I think it was mentioned in one of the many news articles, something like “as soon as we dropped it off five people wanted to sign it” or something to that effect.
– Nice sleuthing TonyL – a lot of people have asked me where they can find the petition. I was starting to have my doubts that it actually existed, but sure enough – you found it! I checked it out and here’s proof.
By sheer chance I ran into a woman, who knew a woman, who knew the person behind the petition. And yesterday she phoned me and I got the true remarkable story.
I really must make it a priority to blog about this citizen – it’s a fascinating story. If I want to scoop the big media I better get going – one of the senior journalists at the Citizen is VERY interested in her story and wants to meet with her and other disgruntled Bells Corners residents, especially people from the three community associations that RC claims to have consulted.
The thing is, Ms. Robertson is perhaps feeling a bit overwhelmed by all this. She really is just an average citizen, and doesn’t really want to be the centre of so much attention. I asked her if she felt a bit like Joe the Plumber and she said “Joe Who?” perhaps confusing the Sarah Palin icon with our former Conservative PM.
Luckily for Ms. Robertson, many people have stepped forward to give her a hand, so this petition is going to continue to grow. If you live or work in Bells Corners you will probably get a chance to sign it before too long.
Ms. Robertson wants to retain what little shreds of privacy she has left after that Citizen story, but if you don’t know her personally, you can contact her by posting here. She had never heard of this blog (“Who has time to read blogs? I’m too busy earning a living and looking after my family to read blogs!”) and when she sprung into action she assumed that she was pretty much the only person in Bells Corners who felt so much outrage.
Far from it! She said she’s been overwhelmed by the number of people who have supported her and asked if she needed help (she does!).
She’s put a lot of effort into this and is starting to get fatigued, but her resolve is NOT shaken.
She really is just a very ordinary taxpayer, totally apolitical, and even, I would say, a fairly shy person.
Hearing about renaming the strip after a Liberal politician was just the last straw.
She was so fed up that she felt she just had to do something. She was very nervous about going into a Bells Corners business with a petition – can you blame her?
Ms. Robertson was flabbergasted by the reaction – people were falling all over her trying to sign it!
This thing has really touched a nerve, especially in Bells Corners, but also city-wide.
The latest withering attack on RC in the big media has fanned the flames and RC is definitely feeling the heat.