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Just Another Council Meeting – September 1980 LCBO and Parking Meters

Just Another Council Meeting – September 1980 LCBO and Parking Meters
Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum– Brewer’s Retail can be seen down the street on the right.

September 10,1980

It was just to be a regular meeting in the Carleton Place Council Chambers that night with an introduction to council of five new small industry heads. But by the time the meeting started and the head of the industrial commission had settled the industrialists in the front row, the rest of the council chambers had filled and chairs had to be brought in to seat the overflow crowd.

It was soon obvious the masses weren’t there to exchange niceties. Allan Doucett, a local realtor, represented the first delegation, and if council thought that last month’s meeting had settled the issue of a location for a new liquor store, Doucett soon corrected that assumption. The issue came to light when earlier in the year council, on hearing that the LCBO was moving out of the Bridge Street location it had occupied for years, wrote to the board drawing its attention to a vacant shopping centre on the north side of town close to the Brewers Retail outlet.

The letter stated that the north side location would be ideal because of its proximity to the beer store and because it allowed for easy access to and from a main highway. Meantime, an existing shopping centre at the south of the main business core got wind of the move and business people there did not appreciate council’s interference and set about to entice the move to a location in their Mews.

The LCBO submitted its plan to locate in the Mews and council wrote another letter saying fine. Doucett claimed the second letter indicated the town’s preference to the Mew’s site and was a contradiction of the first letter. Some councillors agreed at both meetings the town should never have become embroiled in the issue in the first place. Doucett had a . private survey conducted which pointed out that a good majority of residents favored the north location.

A resident who lived close to the Mews appeared with Doucett and stressed the problems of congestion and general confusion in trying to get in and out of the parking lot. Fred Trafford, who runs both a delivery service and taxi, said he’s waited up to five minutes to get out of the lot at the Mews. He said he felt it would be a serious mistake to add to the problems at the Moore Street entrance of the Mews.

Mayor Ted LeMaistre, anxious to clear the air and get rid of the issue, “broke every rule in the book,” as he said, as far as the meeting’s protocol is concerned as he allowed ex-mayor Howard McNeely to speak and even allowed Doucett the privilege of seeing how the gathering felt about the whole issue by asking for a show of hands.

The spectators, there for their own beef and yet to be heard, quickly supported Doucett with a solid vote for the north side site. The mayor moved the whole issue to new business in the meeting and the next delegatetion moved into the limelight. It was a large representation of the retail merchants who were there to complain about the inaction of council in replacing the parking meters on west side of Bridge Street an issue that was supposed to have been settled at the August council meeting.

There were testimonies of declining business, lack of parking, dangerous driving and shoppers being unable to get from one side of the street to the other since the traffic speeded up. LeMaistre said he thought the removal of the meters was in keeping with the sentiments of the Business Improvement Association and that council understood the decision was agreeable to all the merchants.

However, most business people at the meeting said they had never been informed of the move to remove the meters. After more than an hour’s debate council agreed to call a special meeting with the merchants after the regular BIA meeting scheduled for next week if the majority of merchants support’ the meter’s return at that time. That was 1980, see clipping of 1975, they had been fighting over this for years.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 Nov 1975, Tue  •  Page 3

Three hours after the meeting started the liquor issue was raised again and council went into closed session. Forty-five minutes later it returned to report that still another letter was going off to the LCBO stating the town is not advocating any site. The industrialists weren’t there at the end.

Memories of the Carleton Place LCBO

Nothing But the Cooler Left in Carleton Place

82 Bottles of Booze on the Wall – 82 Bottles of Booze

The Big Beer Store Heist in Carleton Place

Carleton Place Then and Now–Bridge Street Series– Volume 4- Leslie’s China Shop to the Masonic Lodge Building

Was the McNeely Bridge Funded on “Drinkin’ Fines”?

Memories of Townline

Penny Trafford Location was on the Townline, occupied now by The New Oak Tree. And this is Allan Taylor and Mr McLean

Missing my Dad. He went to Heaven Dec 22, 1999.
But have great memories!
The Townline Homestead…the Mississippi Lake cottage he built. The flowers he loved!
And we shared the love of hat
my dad James Carmen Sweeney was a carpenter. He worked on a lot of residential and commercial buildings in Carleton Place and beyond. Proud of him…I have lots of info on how he built the homestead! No one thought it could be built on the Hill of Rock!
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
13 Jun 1950, Tue  •  Page 29

Celebrating Christmas in July — Mary Cook Archives — LeMaistre

Celebrating Christmas in July  — Mary Cook Archives — LeMaistre

The only -thing missing was the snow. Christmas lights hung from the trees, The picnic tables were dressed with Christmas tablecloths, and the full-size Christmas tree in the cottage was decorated with candy canes and gifts.

The idea of celebrating Christmas in July came to the LeMaistre family when they were right in the midst of the festivities last December. Someone said it was a shame that when the family had so much fun at the regular celebration Christmas it couldn’t be repeated in the summer.

The family that is always ready for a party could see no reason why Christmas could not be celebrated twice a year, and no sooner were the decorations taken off the tree last winter, than the family began planning for the Christmas-in-July party.

The LeMaistres have what is commonly called in the Valley “a large connection,” and on Saturday night almost 50 people turned up at the Mississippi Lake cottage of Ted and Elizabeth LeMaistre. Instead of sleighrides and snowball fights, the guests swam and sat under the trees to get out of the hot sun.

But inside the cottage, turkey, shortbread and all the Christmas trappings usually prepared for Dec. 25 were brought out. And after the feast, gifts were handed out. Then came Christmas carols. Would they do it again? You bet they would, said Elizabeth. But they have to get Dec. 25 out of the way first.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Jul 1981, Tue  •  Page 3

Mary Cook Archives

Mary and Walter Swinwood — Mary Cook News Archives 1981

The Evolution of the Women’s Institute — Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Bob Sadler’s Boat Rides –Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Carleton Place Ladies Auxiliary — Chamber of Commerce 1987– Mary Cook Archives

It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

Mary Cook Archives —Philip Mailey — January 25 1983

Carleton Place a place for Mad Scientists! Mary Cook News Archives 1983

Mary Cook Archives — Rifle Ranges and Nursery Schools — September 1980

Mary Cook News Archives — The Wool Industry 1982

The Moldowans —- Mary Cook News Archives 1982

Clippings of Cheryl Coker — Mary Cook News Archives

Donald Lowry …. Mary Cook News Archives

1976 Agricultural Tour — Mary Cook News Archives

The Dear Abby of Lanark County -Mary Cook Clippings

“Who is to say the street won’t be overrun with irate husbands ready to fill people full of lead?” Clippings of Mary Cook

Blue Grass Textiles Speedo- Mary Cook Clippings

Missing the Post Office — Mary Cook Clippings

Max Movshovitz Carleton Place Merchant — Mary Cook Clippings

Charlie Menzies — Talkin About Pickerel — Mary Cook Archives

Howard McNeely Mary Cook Clippings

Carleton Place Arena 1981 — Mary Cook

Caldwell Public School Evan Greenman Ted LeMaistre – Thanks to Pete Brunelle

Caldwell Public School Evan Greenman Ted LeMaistre – Thanks to Pete Brunelle

Thanks to Pete Brunelle for sending this.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Oct 1997, Wed  •  Page 43

Education at our school has just suffered a grievous blow. It has little to do with Bill 160, although that may have been a factor. One of our best teachers has retired. It is true that Ted has seen younger days. His hair is white and it has been for as long as I have known him. He has seemed tired lately. Yet, without him, our school is diminished.

We will miss the compassionate way he dealt with students, the high quality of his programs, his strong sense of values that came forth in every lesson he taught. We will also miss his quick wit, his broad range of experience, which he shared with us when we weren’t sure how to deal with particular situations, his wisdom and his involvement in extra-curricular activities.

We will miss his friendship and sympathy when we were in difficulty and his practical jokes, which livened up our days and gave us a laugh when we needed it. We will miss his dedication to his job and the example he set of what a professional teacher should be.

Yes, he will be replaced by a young teacher with boundless energy and enthusiasm. This teacher has all the qualities of a good teacher but it will take years of experience before he can contribute to the children and to the life of the school the way Ted did. Ted’s skills are complete and have been for quite a while. A young teacher’s skills need to mature over time. Every school has and needs teachers like Ted. No school can get along without them. Before people become too enthusiastic about replacing all of our old teachers with young ones, think about it.

Evan Greenman, teacher, Carleton Place

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
07 Feb 1974, Thu  •  Page 2
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Aug 1964, Fri  •  Page 3
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Aug 1964, Fri  •  Page 3

Memories of Madeline Moir – Pinecraft Proberts and John Dunn 1978

More Photos of Caldwell School –Llew Lloyd

The 1977 Pow Wow Caldwell School

Caldwell School– 1971-1972– Words of Wisdom from Bob White

Caldwell School Talent Show 1964

Caldwell School 1990 Relay Team

Believe it or Not! Tales from Caldwell Elementary School

Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place

The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Place

The Squeaker Election — November 1980 Carleton Place



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 - Carleton Place Mayor Meat Barker 1 ,912, ATJaa...


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 - Lady Luck to decide who's mayor By Bob Marleau...

November 1980



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  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 03 Nov 1982, Wed,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 3


 - It's time for perennial Carleton Place mayoral...

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  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 03 Jan 1983, Mon,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 3

 - For Allan Code, who lost the job as mayor of...

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  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 15 Dec 1980, Mon,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 3

In 2010 Wendy LeBlanc became Carleton Place’s second mayor. Former mayor Melba Barker held the position for 11 years, beginning in 1980. Since 1901 when Carleton Place had their first mayor, Dr. Preston (we had reeves before that) there have been only 6 women in municipal power.



  1. Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.relatedreading

    The Thomas Alfred Code Journal – Letters-Part 12- Code Family–“Had I the course to go over again I would evade outside responsibilities beyond my share, even if it cost more”

  2. It’s Hard for Women to get into Office in Carleton Place — 1974 –Mary Cook

  3. Carleton Place is Like Kansas of the United States

Big Boom to Shatter Carleton Place Calm –1964

Big Boom to Shatter Carleton Place Calm –1964




Of course I have a few minor beefs about Howard McNeely’s reign. But then again I have a few beefs about everyone LOL. BUT– the Carleton Place Industrial Commission should have never been abandoned in the town of Carleton Place.

I thank the men and women of that era and— when you see Wally Cook walking around (the last council member alive from the 60s council) thank him for what they did for Carleton Place.

I believe the last sentence is: “In the background is the town’s busy main street” and  “looking over one of Carleton Place’s main attractions– the Mississippi River”.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal21 Aug 1964, FriPage 3


In memory of 

Milton Ernest Gordon PHILLIPS

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



The Utopia of a Main Street–I Have a Dream

Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site

Back to the Future— Carleton Place—- Project Tim Horton’s

Is Carleton Place Really Meeting People on the Mississippi?

Crikeys! The Elves Have Been Busy in Carleton Place

Food for Thought–One for Smiths Falls?

The Old Charcoal BBQ Pits in Carleton Place