August 14, 2014 - 5:00 PM
PENTICTON - A controversial comment made by a Penticton city councillor has sparked imaginations in Penticton with the creation of t-shirts, hashtags and Facebook groups with the slogan “head-banging druggie,” but the councillor being targeted sees the backlash as a benefit for the community.
Coun. Katie Robinson said, “I’m not a head-banging druggie,” at last week’s council meeting. The personification of the crowd at the Boonstock Music Festival on the August long weekend is stirring up a lot of controversy, conversation and action in the community, especially amongst the younger population.
Most of the opinions are being expressed through social media like Facebook.
“I think the Facebook page is great,” she said. “I don’t have any problem at all with anything that gets people out to vote.”
“Most of the comments are fairly constructive and anytime you have an opportunity to get people talking about the community, I view that as a bonus,” Robinson said. “Anything that will get the youth out and involved in the community is good.”
The conversation on Facebook started with Robinson being asked to resign but focus quickly shifted to the mayor and the rest of her fellow councillors, with many people saying city council needs a facelift.
“That’s the very reason I ran for politics again last November,” she said. “I wasn’t happy with the direction our town was going.”
Robinson has served a total of ten years on city council, off and on, and plans to run again this November to keep her seat. She hopes the discussion spurred from her comment will help refocus the attention on big picture issues, especially ones like affordable housing and jobs.
“It’s really, seriously time for everyone in this town to get on the same page and move forward.” she said.
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