Sometimes When You Least Expect it– The Dunlop Issue


So remember the stink I unrolled trying to make a 51 year-old wrong right last year? For months I badgered, whined, danced and pranced, and made myself a general nuisance about the issue of changing the name of the North industrial Park in Carleton Place to what it rightfully should be– named after the Dunlop-Kenny family.

I truly believe that 51 years ago the North Industrial Park name change was promised by Mayor Howard McNeely to the Dunlop-Kenny family after hearing the story from the family.  McNeely really needed that land for the Rolark Cheque company and the Dunlop- Kenny family sold it to the town in a transaction that only took a few days with no questions asked. They also had been promised the new industrial park would be named after the family.

But it never happened until November of 2015. Today going through the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum I came across an obituary of then mayor Howard McNeely, and what was his accomplishments were.


There right in the article were the words:
“Industry was a key interest of Mr. McNeely’s and his work on council reflected that. As mayor one of his priorities was inquiring land from the Dunlop family. The former town Chief Administrative Officer Keith Morris said, adding the land is now the site of the Businees Park North”.

I knew Howard McNeely well, he was  one heck of a top notch salesman one might say. There is no doubt in my mind now that the Mayor probably “promised the world” to the Dunlops/ Kennys for that land– including honouring the family with the name change. But, then again sometimes people offer empty promises, and because Mayor McNeely has long passed we will never know the whole truth. All I know is, if it had not been for Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson, Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn, and Wally Cook this whole ordeal might not have reached our town council.

I am thrilled the town of Carleton Place is finally giving the Dunlop-Kenny family the closure it so deserves. Personally, I don’t respect someone for making a promise, I respect them for keeping it.  So, I am pleased to announce that North Industrial Park name change ceremony will finally be sometime in late April or early May  thanks to the hard work of Jerry Flynn and Brian Doucette. The new sign will be changed later in the year.

Remember our town was built by a generation of settlers and we should never forget that. Making promises and keeping them is a great way to build a town. 



Photo-The Dunlop-Kenny family



The Dunlop House — Saturday is the End of an Era in Carleton Place

A Fond Farewell to Clayton Kenny in 2016

The Name Game —The Dunlops and the North Industrial Park

The Day the Cheque Company Bounced in Carleton Place

Can We Do What’s Right in Carleton Place? The Dunlop Dilemma

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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