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

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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