The Constipation Blues in Carleton Place



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Sequel to: Going Once- Going Twice- Carleton Place Sold to the Highest Bidder?


For weeks “Wayne has stood” over a row of debris along the Queen’s Hotel on Allan Street probably shaking his head in disbelief. Money was raised and spent to create this mural to his memory, but disrespect lingered beneath his feet. Cathie Hawkins McOrmond called to get the place cleaned up but to no avail.


Photo- courtesy Penny Foster


Thanks–This morning after posting the first picture Penny Foster and Noah went and picked up the junk. They left a rolled up rug there and a few bags of dog poop that had been thrown along the wall. Here is hoping the town picks that up. Thank you again Penny and Noah for caring and being good citizens.

Thanks–Thanks also goes out to our hardworking gal Joanne Henderson from the town (Manager of Recreation & Culture) for picking up the carpet this morning. High Five Joanne!! Thank you!!



Photo-Linda Seccaspina

Did you know that we have a popular tree in Carleton Place? When I went on a Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce tour of Carleton Place a few months ago it mentioned by some that this tree was a Carleton Place landmark.

The tree at the end of Lake Ave West by the docks is called “the most photographed tree in Carleton Place”.  In fact, one picture I took of it made the CJOH-TV Photo of the Day a few years ago, and then the winter scene was picked up the next year by many Canadian newspapers.



Photo-Linda Seccaspina

Standing near that tree with the rest of the Chamber of Commerce group I watched a respected, talented, and conscientious town employee of Carleton Place call someone on the town hotline and request that the porta potty be moved somewhere else. It was unsightly to be attached to such a beautiful tree and this employee was shocked that it had been put there. I agreed–yet it never moved, and as you can see it is still there.

While I know sometimes the call of nature comes when you least expect it– there surely should be another place to put this thing. I am not asking for Feng Shui here– just a little discretion. Tell me I am wrong here-maybe I am wrong. But this sure does not look like a vista that out-of-towners will remember.






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.

5 responses »

  1. Seriously, it is attached to the tree. Who would steal a porta-pottie or throw it in the river? Hopefully our residents have more class!


  2. That is just sad Linda. I wonder what town employees really think of besides their pay cheque. I’m trying to move my town into cleaning up the Old Burying Ground. It’s a struggle! I was actually told by a councillor to organise a clean up. Eh? It’s town property and they should have show respect. I won’t say the number of times I’ve been by it with town employees making big dollars with their hands stuck in their pants. It seems to be the way these days. ~sigh~


    • I was just asked why I did not personally clean it up the mess.. I just found out about it.. Im 65 and there are a lot younger people working and getting paid. I know when I worked I gave it my 150%.. this all kills me.. Cheryl- much love to you


  3. Ah, but maybe this is how the majority of town residents want our town to be remembered by visitors.
    . To me, a port a potty by the river indicates that you think of the river as trash/waste.


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