Update on The Dunlop- Industrial Park Issue



Last night  when I got home I had a message from Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn  about the Dunlop/Industrial Park.

“The ad for request for names of the two Industrial/business parks is to be in the EMC Thursday, Oct 22nd. It  has to run for two weeks and then a decision can be made as to the names. It is quite possible that only the Dunlop name will be submitted for the North Park”. 

Thank you Jerry and to all who have helped on this journey to put a  51-year-old omission possibility into reality. Stay tuned!

Last council meeting, John Kenny, Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson, and myself spoke. Jerry Flynn with the support of Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson was instrumental in getting this on the docket. Many thanks to Wally Cook and the time he took to talk to me about what he knew. This is what I said at the council meeting.

Good Evening,

I spoke to a very wise man last week who told me there were a multitude of urban legends in Carleton Place.  I can’t sell anyone or council on something they don’t actually believe in, or might not care about– but the Dunlop package I gave everyone is worth a look.

Of course there is no legal document stipulating there should be a name change. All there is is a picture taken by the media of Anna Dunlop signing that document at the Mississippi Hotel in 1964– surrounded by Mayor Howard McNeely and councilors. It had to be a big deal to have this kind of exposure. Then there is a legal document about the bill of sale that 59 acres were sold for $100 an acre in a deal that took less than 48 hours to complete. I have no doubt that the name promise was probably just a handshake as they did in those days. Anna Dunlop made many notations and made sure her family knew throughout the years how the promise was never delivered.

My mantra is: when people say not to bother doing something, that’s when nothing happens. When people don’t bother– nobody bothers.Wally Cook who was a councilman on that very council in 1964 bothered to call me three hours later after my initial phone interview and wanted to make sure something was perfectly clear. There would be have been no industrial park deal, with the Rolark Co. if the Dunlops had not bothered to care about the town of Carleton Place. The Dunlop family have been strong supporters of our town since 1828 and co-operated with the town in their time of need.

What should have been made right years ago should be made right now. Not only for the Dunlop/Kenny family, but for the town of Carleton Place. I am trying to shine a light on something that should be easy to do, costs nothing, and brings goodwill to the town of Carleton Place. I don’t know the Dunlop/ Kenny family from squat,  but I truly believe there is some fact to this story and not an urban legend.

This decision should not be about present council’s personal opinions, or past council’s neglect. It’s definitely not about me, or you–it’s about all of us--the town of Carleton Place. That’s what’s called: bothering to do what’s right. Let’s make sure the Dunlop name is honoured the way it should be and should have been.

Thank you.

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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