Linda’s Page 33 of Carleton Place’s Gossip of the Day– An Opinion




It’s not really gossip right now–it’s a fact– but I feel it is not my place to publicly say things before some official announcement. I will let next week’s newspaper do that for me– and after that everyone will know. A well known individual has found themselves terminated a few days ago from a local job they worked hard at. You probably know this person very well. Whether or not you agreed with how they did their job-– they tried their best– at a job that was thankless, and sometimes difficult to do.

Being let go is just like a separation and it’s painful, especially for someone who’s been working at this same job for many years. I feel we need to be sympathetic, because you’re not just taking away someone’s livelihood, you’re also separating them from people they’ve been working so closely with for years–even some who are like their second family.

When things are not going well in business– words such as  ‘restructuring’ and ‘eliminating the position’ are  spoken you know terminations are going to happen. It’s a fact! As a former business person I understand that- do what you have too- but it needs to be done right. There are right ways and wrong ways to go about this, and often people choose the wrong way, because it seems easier– and in my personal opinion this termination was not done in the way it should have been handled. When I questioned certain people about  why it was done in such an odd manner– they could not give me a clear answer of why this individual was let go in such an uncaring method.

There is a right way and a wrong way to terminate or eliminate someone’s job.  Finding your job no longer exists is bad enough; but this was just plain humiliating for the employee, and my personal opinion is: it was done with little thought for someone who tried and worked hard. Again, everyone has their opinion–so form your own– but I am entitled to mine.


Our town is never ever going to succeed until people work together and care. Right now it seems to be a pirate ship with everyone having a hand at driving the boat into the ground.



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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