Sometimes anonymity is overrated. The originators of a petition to keep a liquor store in its current building in Pasadena could not be found last week after a couple of days of trying.
The mystery petition was circulating at the beginning of last week, collecting the signatures of those who wanted the liquor store to remain next door to a Pasadena grocery store. Just as mysteriously as it appeared, it vanished.
Relocating a liquor store is not the end of the world, and if it does happen in Pasadena, residents will get used to it. There’s a broader issue here that needs to be addressed, and that is that no one wants to take a stand anymore.
There are major issues happening all around that affect innocent people, whether it’s about bullying at local schools, pollution and environmental concerns or hospital cutbacks.
People who don’t want to take a stand will see nothing accomplished. Problems continue and we get police forces and a provincial government that doesn’t see the need to release information when requested.
People of power notice apathy and they appreciate it. It means they don’t have to release valuable information, take responsibility if something goes wrong or change bad behaviour. Putting a name and face to an issue makes it more legitimate. It means that something has upset someone so much that they are willing to put it all on the line to affect change.
It’s time to stop being scared or apathetic and start having a conversation. Change happens when we want it to, not when we want someone else to make it happen.