How Do we Clean Up this Mess? My Comment last night at the Town Hall

How Do we Clean Up this Mess? My Comment last night at the Town Hall




After my heart attacks in June I vowed never to concern myself with this mayor and council again as it made me angry and very upset to see the town being run like a three ring circus. But 7 months later here I am  – on a mission again, because we need to convey to all citizens that what is going on is wrong. For the love of god just stop it and think about the town of Carleton Place.

In 2016 I was the marketing manager of the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market. Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn assisted us greatly in the months leading up to the opening  and we decided to have him cut the ribbon on opening day.

On the day of the opening Mayor Antonakas, who was accompanied by Councillor Sean Redmond pulled me aside and asked me why he was not chosen to cut the ribbon– similar to  the same behaviour the Davaan Spa and Kory Earle experienced this year.

For all those keeping score with these events there is only one photo of me with Mr. Flynn circulating – at the opening of the Dunlop Industrial Park – so there was absolutely no favouritism in the choice– we as a group were only showing gratitude for all of Mr. Flynn’s help yet I was put on the spot.

I was not going to be cornered or made to feel badly over our choice, so instead I looked at the Mayor and said,

 “You know, instead of being upset of not being chosen to cut the the ribbon you should begin to think about the legacy you are going to be leaving in this town– and putting a stamp on the future of Carleton Place.”

In the summer of 2013 my late husband and son attended a BBQ with a few of the movers and shakers in this room in which they discussed future town issues. Angelo came home and predicted to me what is actually happening today– which is complete unrest boiling down to an underlying struggle where self interest has won out over the interests of the town. He liked to be right so he is probably smiling up there now.

So my question is– what happened with these core players here in the space of the 4-5 years? That is frankly the main issue that has caused all this mess today in Carleton Place. The character and control of this tiny, perfect town is lost if we as citizens do not put our foot down and gain control of it. Today, our town’s most extraordinary feature is its terrible politics and the stain it has created on Carleton Place. I don’t have to tell you or anyone in a 100 mile radius that this town has become an embarrassment .

Now the mayor believes that to set the record straight we might need a judicial inquiry into the actions and transgressions of this council? (Voted down) I don’t know if any of you know that judicial inquiries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, all at taxpayer expense. One recent inquiry in Mississauga over a mayor’s conflict of interest cost town taxpayers over $6 MILLION!  Are any of you willing for your tax dollars to be spent on this?

I don’t know how Carleton Place can possibly endure another 8 months of this and my only explanation of the Mayor not resigning is that maybe he wants looks like he is running the parade. I just don’t know. Unfortunately this has now become a Mayday Parade for the town of Carleton Place and it’s time to move on and clean up this mess.


Update on Council activities tonight regarding the Mayor. A large crowd gathered at town hall, with almost everyone wearing pink anti-bullying ribbons provided by Kory Earle and handed out by Brad and Lisa Occomore. After impassioned speeches by Kory, Lisa, Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson, and Linda Seccaspina and many chants from the crowd to resign, Council voted to suspend the Mayor’s pay for 270 days and take away his discretionary budget for the remainder of his term. It was the most council could do under law. Linda was making toast, so Steve Yaver wrote up this brief recap. 😀

They voted on the Bodnar project… It goes ahead:(

Sylvia Giles– Yup, the Bodnar Project is going ahead to County Council….. 3. Nays—Black, Trimble, Fritz. Thanks  so much for caring..Be warned people of CP our water will be affected when we have a big run off year…..which is inevitable given climate change!!!! Duh duh duh!!!



By council voting  for a “swamp”, as Norma Ford calls it, above the water intake on the Bodnar property, is more than reason to change a lot of people on council.  As she said and I agree– you might be the downfall of Carleton Place– please consider that.

If you watch the news , you already can see that there are no more 100 year or 500 year floods. Climate change is here and many areas are seeing record floods pretty frequently these days.

What if a place like ours gets hit with more than one 100-year storm over a 10-year period — or even in consecutive years? One of these storms is something that could come next year.  As Jim McCready said:  “We have not had good experiences with Storm water management ponds close to the River. The Mississippi Quays SWMP is a case in point. We should not be putting the town’s drinking water in jeopardy in such situations.” I continue to be appalled the town council won’t heed the warnings of Jim McCready and others in this matter. (read Do You Care About Our Local Water? Very Important… Please Share)


Related Reading…

Developer should build storm water management pond on own land-Rob Probert

Carleton Place? What if You or I did This?

Is it Just Me? Where are the Words “Drinking Water”? – Opinion

This week in—Really Carleton Place? Really?

Oingo Boingo! Bobolink Birds Bothered- Concerns-Carleton Place Citizens #2

It’s Your Decision– Roy Brown Park

Do You Care About Our Local Water? Very Important… Please Share

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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  1. Well stated! At this point the Bodnar SWM pond is probably the most important and potentially disastrous project facing the Town today!! What justification is being provided to prompt most on Town Council to vote in favour?? Why would the outfall not be placed downstream from the Town water intake as opposed to the present upstream model?? What do the Town Engineer and Planning Dept. have to say about this quandry??

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  2. In 2017 the Munk School of Global Affairs,University of Toronto published a report ‘Climate Change, Floods and Municipal Risk Sharing.

    In it they inferred that climate change must be incorporated into planning, decision making and leadership

    “Canadian municipalities are vulnerable to climate change risks, particularly in the form of extreme weather. Risk management demands public policies that share both the responsibility for risk reduction and the burden of costs with other levels of government and with non-governmental actors.”

    “Climate change poses significant risks for Canadian municipalities, particularly in the form of extreme weather, such as severe thunderstorms, ice storms, hailstorms, windstorms, blizzards, and tornadoes. Canada’s major cities are especially vulnerable to extreme weather, due to their large, dense populations, valuable and geographically concentrated property, and complex, interdependent infrastructure networks, all of which are susceptible to threats from localized climate hazards.
    Municipalities have traditionally relied on a hazard-based approach to managing extreme weather, whereby the likelihood of an extreme event is used to inform policy that emphasizes separating people and assets from the hazard (e.g., limiting development in the 1-in-100-year flood plain). In recent years, governments have started to explore alternative policy approaches to manage their exposure to the effects of climate change based on the principles of risk management. This approach emphasizes the consequences of hazards and draws on a range of instruments with a broader objective than just protection; they include mitigation, response, and recovery. The shift towards risk management involves an expansion of the government and non-government stakeholders involved in designing and implementing policy.”

    “Moreover, it projects that in coming decades there will be more frequent and intense extreme weather events in most parts of Canada. These events are infrequent, but significant, departures from a location’s normal weather conditions, which are potentially destructive because they exceed the range of weather intensity a location normally experiences”

    Over a short period of time, in such a scenario the storm management pond located where proposed will be of significant risk to the town of Carleton Place’s fresh water intake. In addition, as with other storm management ponds the town assumes responsibility and liability. Yet, we proceed using outdated and incorrect assumptions with reckless abandon.

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  3. Does the comment about the “swamp” reflect that a “constructed wetland” is part of the stormwater plan? Constructed wetlands are a green technology where Ontario is a leader. For years Listowel has successfully used a constructed wetland for treatment of sewage on a year around basis..

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  4. We as a Town need to unite and decide that no one on the present council gets re-elected this fall. I think, no matter where you stand on the present bunch, that a clean slate would put all of this garbage behind us.

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