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Am I the Only One? An Opinion from the Lone Wolf Who Cares

Am I the Only One?  An Opinion from the Lone Wolf Who Cares

I don’t like this anymore than anyone else does, but there is an election coming up October 22. The mayor, Louis Antonakos , has been found guilty again for the FIFTH time and it will be brought up at a special meeting again Tuesday evening. Vote for who you please but how many times does this man have to be found guilty for people to understand we need a new captain at the helm.. Do we want the history of Carleton Place to repeat another 4 years?


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Why am I the only “new guy”  running for council saying anything about this? Why are the other challengers not speaking up? Are they happy with what’s going on and just willing to let all this slide?  I have been consistent in my views, and stood up for everything I believe in– as I want the best for Carleton Place. Someone who has been found guilty and disrespects the staff is not who I want in charge. It’s common sense 101.

I’ve had people email me tonight wondering if the mayor should be disqualified for running this time because of this last conviction. Ontario has very firm rules about municipal stuff like that. I just found this in an old issue of a 2013 Now Magazine talking about Rob Ford. “How to get rid of a Mayor”

What can we do about him?

Well, there’s laughing and crying, but you knew that already.

No, I mean, like, to get rid of him?


Can council remove him?


Can the province remove him?

In theory, yes – the province can pass pretty much any law it wants with regard to municipalities. But it’s not gonna take the bait here. Needless intervention in politically charged municipal shitshows isn’t really this government’s thing

So you don’t lose your seat if you’re convicted of a crime, but you do lose your seat if you go to jail?

A member of council is disqualified from holding office if, at any time during the term of office of that member, he or she” would not be eligible to vote if a municipal election “was held at that time.” (The Municipal Act, which applies to all other Ontario municipalities, has the same clause.) The moment you cease to be an eligible voter, you’re disqualified from holding office and your seat is declared vacant.

Because people in jail can’t vote?

Exactly. Ontario’s Municipal Elections Act specifies that “a person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution” is barred from voting in municipal elections


Huh. Well, what if the mayor, say, gets arrested in a bar fight and is kept in a cell until morning?

Nope. It has to be imprisonment “pursuant to a conviction,” says Mascarin. “Not just jailed overnight because they’re holding you.” He offers the example of the G20. “If you had a council member out there and he was put in a holding tank with everybody – that wouldn’t qualify, in my view.” It has to be imprisonment as a sentence that flows from a conviction.

What now?

Linda says- We wait for the conclusion of the vote October 22, 2018

And until then?

We go back to laughing and crying.

Linda says: If you can’t fix stupid you Vote it Out!



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And Here is my Big Announcement

And Here is my Big Announcement


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I Caved!!!!

After watching my Father and Grandfather serve their local community in various organizations for years I vowed never to get involved in politics.  I have said many times I would never even consider it. But, when Jerry Flynn dropped out of the Carleton Place Mayor’s race and Kory Earle got snubbed last week, I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

I hummed and hawed for a long time until I saw Paul Dulmage on Monday. In one second I was not going to run, and in the next second I walked out of the restaurant running. I just needed that push, and as you know you do not argue with Mr. Dulmage. He was right and I needed to get my butt in gear.

I thank the lovely people that I care about that signed my sponsor book, and much love goes out to Steve Yaver, Glenda Mahoney, Carole and Bill Flint and Cara Lewis from Under Pressure for emotional support.


My mandate: work together responsibly, get stuff done and as Bill Slade reminded me: “bring some sanity back to the town of Carleton Place!”

That’s all I want– let’s get Carleton Place back on the map in a good way without the insanity.




I am now part of three generations caring about local community- and I know they are laughing up in heaven right now and saying I finally joined ‘the firm”. I have lived in Carleton Place since 1981 but still considered a ‘newcomer”. I work hard and care and I was raised to care about where you live and be a ‘dooer’


Linda Knight Seccaspina- running for Council Town of Carleton Place 2018

I follow three generations in caring about community.

Arthur J. Knight

Deputy Mayor and Alderman of Cowansville, Quebec

Campaign Manager and supporter of Jean Jacques Bertrand 21st Premier of Quebec

Cowansville Masonic Lodge

Branch #99 Cowansville Canadian Legion


Frederick J. Knight

Cowansville School Board 1952-1964

One of the founders of Branch #99 Canadian Legion Cowansville, Quebec

Grand Master of Cowansville Masonic Lodge


Mary L. Knight

Rebeka Lodge

Canadian Legion #99 Cowansville

And so many other things there would be no room– she was a HUGE ‘dooer’ as they say– and made me DO too LOL

“Mary L Knight Room” dedicated to her for all her years at Trinity Church in Cowansville (Anglican) and she was so devoted she died in the church pew 10 minutes before a Sunday service. Now that’s community service!


Louise Knight

Lady in waiting to Queen Victoria ( maybe we shouldn’t add that one LOL)





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

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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.