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Down on Main Street– 1911-Photos- For the Discriminating and the Particular — Simpson Books

Down on Main Street– 1911-Photos- For the Discriminating and the Particular — Simpson Books

Thanks to Ed and Shirley Simpson I am slowly going though boxes of books from the late Ed Simpson to document and after will be donated to a proper spot-Ed and Shirley’s Simpson –Historic Books — the List

Brantwood Place Sibbitt produced the now-famous brochure.Approximately 10 by 7 inches with 4 colours, the elaborate document contained numerous graphics, photographs and marketing text that bordered on hyperbole. The actual date of publication is not clear. The brochure has several references to 1911 as well as the proposed “high level” bridge over the canal at Bank St. There is also a mention of the proposed bridge from Mutchmor (Fifth Ave.) to Clegg St. – an active topic in 1912. There is no mention of Pretoria Bridge that was to be approved in 1914. So with a wee bit of inductive thinking, a good guess for the date of publication is circa 1912-13-Facts from history of Ottawa East

Annexation of many suburbs in 1907 rekindled an interest in the residential development of Ottawa East. As part of Mayor Ellis’ vision of a “Greater Ottawa”, the agricultural land between Main, Clegg and the Rideau River was now viewed by developers as having future potential.

The success of the concept was based entirely on the idea that “upscale” homebuyers would be attracted to the lots by aggressive marketing and the promise of future amenities such as a streetcar line. That was a tall order given the near isolation of Ottawa East at the time. While the swing bridge across the canal (just north of present-day Pretoria Bridge) did provide a connection to the city, it could not support the electric trolley from Elgin St. As well, questions about adequate water, sewer and electrical services had to be answered. One can only speculate how the problem of the annual spring flood was addressed.

In March of 1911, Robert A. Sibbitt and Nepean Realty Ltd. purchased the majority of the land in Concession D, Lot I (Rideau Front) for $94,000. Sibbitt’s plan was to create a huge residential subdivision and market the lots as “a residential section for the discriminating and a boulevard homesite for the particular”. He named the neighbourhood “Brantwood Place”.–Facts from history of Ottawa East

What began as a marketing ploy to establish the exclusivity of a neighbourhood later became a revered Ottawa East landmark. The Brantwood Place Stone Gates, built about 1912, became a focal point of community spirit and then ultimately, a war memorial. CLICK here for more info

Moving Doorways– How Houses Change — Springside Hall Then and Now — Finlayson Series

We will build Brick Houses in Rideau Heights For $900 to $1200!

Smiths Falls Woman Built House With Her Own Hands — McNeil

Documenting Houses -Almonte — Marshall Street

War Time Homes Carleton Place 1946

What’s Happening in Carleton Place? Irritated Taxpayers!

What’s Happening in Carleton Place? Irritated Taxpayers!

I try to stick to history and stay out of the fray unless royally pissed off, and I am getting there as no one seems to listen or work together. The upcoming Carleton Place municipal elections are coming up October 22, 2018 and from what I see on Facebook, elected officials should be concerned. Irritated folks everywhere. Should we dismiss these folks as hysterical? What defines a neighbourhood? Can solutions be found? There are three groups now concerned about things in our town. Are you aware of them?



Neighbours that are concerned about the adverse effects of the development of 50 Allan St. Four floors- 33 units Facebook page click here..


Pat Hines Reid We have sent our comments in…Allan street cannot handle the overflow of parking, the traffic, not to mention this monster towering over homes, so forget privacy, sunlight.

David Flegg Looks like a giant shoe box 


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Photo- South Shore Landing

Citizens Against 13 Storey Apt. beside RIVERSIDE PARK

Facebook page click here

Robyn Baxter=Speaking from a Lake Avenue West perspective, we cannot see how this street can safely support any more traffic than it does right now. The developments on the South side of Lake where they have started preparing for more development already seem like they would overwhelm this street, with it’s many staggered T-intersections, school bus and pedestrian traffic. Even the development of 3 or 4 story condominiums back by the river would tip the scales too far. We are also very concerned about the ecology of the river and green space in this treasured area.

Carleton Place council votes against South Shore Landing phase 4 tower


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CP H20 WATCH —Facebook page click here..

We are a group of Carleton Place residents, advocating for the protection and quality of our drinking water and it’s source – the Mississippi River in light of the Bodnar development at the end of Riverside Park, Phase 1 which is to begin in 2018..

Here is a map of the Bodnar site. Also, see link to another map as well – you can enlargen to see the key details showing the location (yellow dot) for the one and only intake source we have for Carleton Place’s water, the proposed Bodnar site is designated IPZ9. Contamination of our water is  a real possibility!!!


Phillip MacCallum Hopefully someone at Carleton Place is giving this a good read, 2003 regulations are definitely out of date.
CP H20 WATCH They certainly are Phillip. 52 conditions were set, but not enough is being done. It is on the agenda at the Lanark County Council meeting on Wednesday, April 25th. We will be there. 





Subdivision proposal causes concern for eco-minded Carleton Place residents


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If no one listens to your concerns after writing and calling your elected officials– here is my suggestion to you. When you go to that ‘all candidates’ meeting in the fall have a REAL good look at each NEW person running and find out what affiliations they have to former council. Take a very hard look at existing council. If you do not want 4 more years of the same make some changes and for the love of god stop voting for people who you know ‘ on a somewhat personal basis’ — that does not make a town run. My two cents. Vote for people that will make changes in this town. Rock the vote October 22.

Please note that due to changes to the Municipal Elections Act, the nomination period will begin on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and will end on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (formerly nominations closed the 2nd Friday in September). This is the period of time when the Clerk’s Office will accept nomination papers of those individuals wishing to run for the offices of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor, and School Board Trustee. Nomination packages will be available closer to this time period.

The McArthur Island Tree– Should it Stay or Should it Go?

The McArthur Island Tree– Should it Stay or Should it Go?


I vowed to never write a piece about local government after my heart attacks as I take my town way too personally because I care. So I haven’t–I have shared media reports, and left it at that. If folks want to look badly and not worry about what kind of legacy they are going to leave when they end their town political career so be it. But yesterday after I saw posts from Allan and Emily Stanzel about the possible removal of the 120 year-old Hackberry tree on McArthur Island in Carleton Place I got angry.

In 1952 there was one lone Hackberry tree left in Ottawa near Brewer Park and the George Dunbar bridge. It had a white picket fence around it, and a sign that said “Do Not Destroy”.  The late mayor of Ottawa, Charlotte Whitton, whose cousins were from Carleton Place, insisted these trees be protected.




If you didn’t know, Carleton Place’s official tree is the Hackberry Tree, and our park of trees on Mill Street is the largest grouping of Hackberry trees in Eastern Ontario. They are native to the area and are thought to have been brought here by the indigenous peoples for their medicinal qualities. The Hackberry tree was once protected, but it’s okay now, and only the Dwarf Hackberry tree is still protected here in Ontario.



The town plaque indicates how rare these trees are in this part of Ontario, but now there  might be plans to cut down one of the biggest and oldest specimens in the area. I would say he is the “Grandfather tree” of the area. Even if the developer replaces it with a young new Hackberry tree, is this good enough? Should we just lay down and give up if they plan to cut this big, beautiful 120+ year-old tree down to make room for a traffic circle/sidewalk?



On  May  17,  2013, Justice  Moore of  the  Ontario  Superior  Court  of  Justice  ruled  that  trees  whose  trunks  grow  across property  lines  are  the  common  property  of  both  owners.  Neither  owner  can  injure  or  destroy  a  shared  tree  in Ontario without  the  consent  of  the  other. A tree on a property line in Ontario is jointly owned by both property owners based on a ruling by Justice J. Patrick Moore on May, 17 2013 in the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The Ontario Superior Court verdict in May 2013, which went unnoticed by most anyone not involved in Hartley v. Scharper,  created some of the most stringent and detailed law on tree preservation in Canada. Cutting down a shared tree or chopping at wayward branches without a neighbour’s approval could now be a criminal act, punishable under the provincial Forestry Act.

Someone said the tree is on private property, but if you look closely at the photo those trunk roots go way under the road which I think is owned by the town. Correct me if I am wrong. So, if the town owns the road, we have in essence two owners/neighbours of that particular tree.


The tree stays


This tree in the photo above is at St. James Gate and was protected by the Carleton Place council in 2013. Just remember that owing to a 6-1 vote by Carleton Place council, a request from Shaiin Charania, owner of St. James Gate Irish Pub & Restaurant, to remove a tree within the boundary of his establishment’s outdoor patio was rejected. – Tara Gesner/METROLAND


You know in the end none of us are getting out alive, so we need to stop treating this town as an afterthought. Everyone enjoy our restaurants, shop at our local stores, walk in the sunshine on our trails. Always say the truth of what you are carrying in your heart like the hidden treasure it is– as there is absolutely no time for anything else.

The history of Carleton Place is important to its identity. Hopefully, the developers can figure out a way to accommodate both. If we lose sight of that, what have we got? If you don’t like how things are, say something, do something, as the tree can’t. They have no voice–we do.

Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.” –― Cree Indian Prophecy 

Credit to Emily Nicole Stanzel for raising the issue and starting the Petition!!

Save the tree Sign the Petition


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Tuesday night Council December 4th meeting agenda

Received from Joanna Bowes, Manager of Development Services
Addressed to Planning and Protection Committee
Date October 13, 2017
Topic DP3-04-2017, 150 Mill Street, McArthur Island



Jennifer Fenwick Irwin —From my understanding, the developer is working on ways to avoiding this with the urban forest Committee -the Planning Department has no legislation that would prevent its removal. It is not a species at risk. However it must be replaced with another Hackberry Tree.


Ronald Y–This magnificent tree should be cherished and protected. Development should preserve, not destroy, our distinctive, established, fragile natural heritage – not destroy it and lose what makes our community special. Development should respect and work around this precious tree and others like it, not eliminate it for the sake of conformity, convenience, and a quick buck.

Allan Stanzel– Great article Linda hopefully they will re design around the tree. A good spin could be put on this for marketing the McArthur re design. Also not sure of the exact property lines with regards to the high water mark of the river. I understand that X number of feet from a river or lake is not owned. Again not sure of distance.



Doug B. McCarten–This grouping of 5 Hackberry trees still survive in our old side yard….I can’t believe how healthy and how tall they have grown! This group was always in our yard and I suspect that they would be at least as old as our house which is in the same age group as the one you are trying to save!! The simple answer is to route the road around the tree and protect the tree!! It can and should be done! The McCarten House of Carleton Place–Ginko Tree




The Tale of “Hackaberry Found” in Carleton Place


Dream a Little Dream About the Hemlock Tree



So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?


The McCarten House of Carleton Place–Ginko Tree


The tree stays

Carleton Place’s official tree avoids axe




So Can I Pillage the Land Freely in my town?




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


When Were Some of the Trees Planted in Riverside Park?



Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees– Need Help!



The Faeries of McArthur Island- Dedicated to the Bagg Children



Whatever Happened to the Lanark County Greening Apple?

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Are we in Neverland? Concerns from Carleton Place Citizens #1

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Is Carleton Place Really Meeting People on the Mississippi?



Photo–This is what Riverside Park could look like

When Jim Collins first saw Riverside Park he was impressed with its scenic beauty, and was left wondering what could fill the towns residents of all ages with joy, laughter, and excitement in this wonderful setting. As a resident of Carleton Place for the past 8 years and attending council meetings he has seen projects come and go. Now that our 200th anniversary is approaching Jim thinks a project like building an amphitheatre in Riverside Park would take us back in history to when our first settlers came to live on the riverbanks of was once known as Morphy’s Falls.

For a few years now discussion has been tossed around about building such a structure in Riverside Park and it’s also been put into a long term plan, yet nothing has been done. Back in 2012 when council of the day talked of spending major money on development of Roy Brown Park , Jim questioned them and brought forward a request to develop Riverside Park with an Amphitheatre. It was then added to 10 year plan but sat with no consideration. Jim then wrote current council to consider it going forward, but in May of 2015 it was removed.


Riverside Park-Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Not one to give up, in January 2016 Jim spoke with Parks & Rec Head, Joanne Henderson, and later to the Town Treasurer, Phil Hogan, regarding the $200,000 on the past 5yr/10yr plans, yet nothing is showing for the future. This time he is bringing the idea for a permanent Amphitheatre to be included in the redevelopment of Riverside Park, under a project for the Carleton Place 200th Anniversary.

As long as water is around, and especially tourists, folks will desire to be near it and yet our local waterfront is neglected. Of course we must first and foremost determine what we intend our waterfront to be. Will it be a tourist attraction? Should our waterfront be lined with mixed-use development? Who is to say that we couldn’t add a new vendor service area making this area even more functional?


Riverside Park-Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Access is also important with any plan, and it means that people can actually interact with the water in many ways–from swimming or fishing, dining or picnicking dockside, boarding boats or feeding the ducks. An iconic structure such as the Amphitheatre could become a draw to the waterfront. Having a covered stage featuring local talent, school bands, and various other events, even live theater, will attract visitors and town residents to the park. It might even create spin offs for the downtown core, also helping in the rejuvenation of Carleton Place.

Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn concurs with those residents who feel that an amphitheatre in Riverside Park is one of the keys to opening the park to more usage, and at the same time exposing the beauty that the area brings to our town. He believes that many communities with an asset like ours have recognized the value of having an entertainment facility, offering an excellent venue for music, theatre and festivals, with the economic spinoffs that come with it. The Amphitheatre could also be booked for weddings, celebrations and fundraisers. We already have public parking and public washrooms in place, which makes this idea very attractive.


Riverside Park-Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Small towns are what made this country great, and right now we need to stop acting and thinking small. We need real results by hands on support– not just warm and fuzzy feelings or worse yet, not even considering plans. Healthy systems need healthy diversity and this great project for our 200th Anniversary would definitely benefit us.

For Carleton Place to survive , we need new approaches, trends, and changes to bring people to town. If not we might as well go back to being just a collection of gas stations, banks, and churches surrounding the school, post office, and the town hall. Let’s support the new ideas that bubble up to benefit the town without arguing for a change and see where it takes us.

Since we say “Meet me on the Mississippi” we need to get behind this project, make a lot of noise and support it. It’s what we advertise isn’t it?


Author’s Note: I love my town- I hate to see very few shoppers on Bridge Street when I know how hard these people work. Where are the tourists that help supplement income? Very few new ideas are being implemented or considered. I feel like a broken record complaining and maybe will not see change in my lifetime, but my family lives here- your family lives here- and I want change for them so the town thrives. That is why I keep harping that people need to think out of the box. I have also put on events here through the years and know how difficult it is to get co-operation to the point where I have passed my torch on to someone else. Change is desperately needed in how everyone thinks.


Let’s Build Cabins at Riverside Park!

So What Did You Do in Riverside Park?

When the Circus came to Carleton Place

Did You Know 100s of People Came to Riverside Park for an Annual Horse Show?--The Horses of Carleton Place– Wonder if they ever had a Merlin?