Chief Irvine Preys on Motorists According to Almonte

Chief Irvine Preys on Motorists According to Almonte

August 1931

Carleton Place claims great latitude is being shown by Chief Irvine in respect to traffic law enforcement. As proof of this it claims the chief’s records show only three Almonters were summoned on traffic counts this year. As Almonte’s car driving population is a mere fraction of the total volume passing through Carleton Place, it is interesting to speculate on the total number of convictions obtained in the period under consideration.

If we took the three secured against Almonters and worked it out on a proportionate basis the result would be stupendous and would well justify Councillor Carson’s claim that it wouldn’t take the chief long to pay for a car through the fines he secured. In view of all this it is interesting to read the following from The Perth Courier:

“Complaints have been made by some motorists of the United States that speed traps exist in some places in Canada, particularly in Ontario. As far as Perth is concerned no such “traps” are used, and so far not one United States motorist has been up against a charge of speeding here;, and for that matter not one Canadian motorist up until this week”.

These speed traps are in direct contradiction to what Colonel Price, the Provincial Attorney-General, says about them, He says:

‘Because man is a tourist is no reason to why he should be allowed to travel at a dangerous speed, but municipalities should not seek to increase their revenues by increasing the amount of fines. There is some ground for complaint, but not with the Provincial police. Tourists should be treated the same as our own people. Our instructions to provincial officers are to enforce the laws, but not -by means of speed traps.’

The above just about proves all The Gazette sought to prove because regardless of Chief Irvine’s records Carleton Place has a hard name when it comes to preying on the motorist.


It would seem that Almonters are not the only motorists who exceed the speed limit in the various towns and cities of our fair Dominion. I t grieves us to inform the public that a Carleton Place man appeared in the local police court, Tuesday, and paid $10 fine and $2 costs for driving too fast on Bridge Street in Almonte. The man in question brought a Carleton Place lawyer with him and fought the charge but was ordered by the magistrate to pay the above mentioned contribution into the public coffers.

Have you read? Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place


Ray Paquette16 hours

I’m old enough to remember when Chief Irvine patrolled Carleton Place in his personal vehicle, a gray Chevrolet, four door, ca 1946, the car, I mean. This was before the council purchased police cars, in the late ’40’s or ’50’s,,,

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

February 1946 Almonte Gazette— H. E. Cornell, Army provost officer in Carleton Place daring the war, was engaged by town council on Monday evening to work with Chief C. R. Irvine. Tenders were called and 11 applications were received. Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-Constable Ray McIssac, and Police Chief Herb Cornell. They are proudly standing in front of a newly acquired Ford police cruiser on Mill Street in 1960.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Jun 1936, Wed  •  Page 21

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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.

3 responses »

  1. I’m old enough to remember when Chief Irvine patrolled Carleton Place in his personal vehicle, a gray Chevrolet, four door, ca 1946, the car, I mean.


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