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

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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