Is There Any Use Crying Over Spilled Chocolate?



I read the article about “the last breath of the chocolate cafe” in the Canadian Gazette tonight and shook my head. If you haven’t read it, here was the final score.

St James decides to withdraw their OMB appeal because as soon as they filed the appeal, the town of Carleton Place moved to defer the action on the severance. If St. James was successful with the appeal, the parish hall project would have been stopped by the severance. By the looks of it, the McKeen family whose dream was to open their next Manitoulin Chocolate Works in the old St. James Parish Hall realized this was not something they wanted to battle with.

They were quoted in the Canadian Gazette saying:

“We have been closely watching the reactions,forums, and comments throughout the process, as well as the unfortunate closing of so many businesses in Carleton Place’s downtown recently,” McKeen said. “Several aspects of Carleton Place were not as they seemed to us a year or two ago”.

Do you blame them?

Small town disagreements can be incredibly destructive. Can we all learn by examining what happened here? A community destroys itself through lack of compromise. Were there solutions and compromise put forth? Maybe what we needed was some solid outside help– or maybe I am just wrong.

Most small towns are fighting for survival like our very own town, and residents need to band together to keep their community going. It’s discouraging, when something likes this happens, and like it or not, it sets a precedence with future endeavours. NOBODY won here, especially the town of Carleton Place. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make this terrible scenario go away– because honestly, we all look ridiculous.

I am counting heads now– who they got their wish?



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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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