An Edmonton Sun columnist is apologizing for using what he calls “poor terminology”.
Graham Hicks wrote a column about how the new arena has helped bring more “normal people” downtown. Hicks apologized on 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen Show Monday morning.
“I do apologize to everyone, my fellow Edmontonians. It was a terrible choice of words. The intent was not how it came out, and I do apologize for calling other people ‘not normal.’ That was just stupid on my part and I take full responsibility.”
Hicks says he had the whole weekend to think about the phrase he used, and that helped him come up with a better way to get his point across. Hicks says he was trying to credit the arena for putting more “eyes on the street” to make downtown feel safer and more attractive.
“It’s been proven time and time again everywhere that the more people you have — the more convenial, the more joyous — the less crime there is.”
“What we’re specifically targetting here are the petty criminal elements that are downtown — that are everywhere, but tend to be a little more (downtown) — and that if you have more people on the street, they can’t hold you up or they can’t cause all kinds of problems.”
The use of the phrase “normal people” stirred plenty of negative reaction on social media over the weekend, after Hicks’ column was published Friday. (bd)