MPP Randy Hillier holds a sample of the hundreds of letters and Hydro One bills he plans to personally deliver to Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park. Photo credit: Matthew Behrens.

Carleton Place council suspends mayor’s income for integrity breach

Matthew Behrens Two weeks after a raucous town hall meeting in which councillors and residents alike called on embattled Mayor Louis Antonakos to resign over the damning findings of an integrity commissioner’s report, members of council decided on May 23 to penalize the mayor with a 90-day suspension of income. In addition, members of […]

Moose commuter train battles federal government railroading

Matthew Behrens Smiths Falls residents hoping to enjoy commuter rail service into Ottawa this year will have to wait a while longer as Moose, the private company behind the proposal for a 400 kilometre interprovincial route, battles a federal government that seems uninterested in working with the project. As Canada plans its 150th anniversary, […]

New community navigator will help guide those challenged by community services maze

Jane Hobson “It’s an honour to be in this position and to have people sharing things with me that are hard to share,” said Tracy Kwissa, the new community navigator for Lanark County. “I am very open. I am not judgmental. Everyone has a valid story that is worthy of being heard and being […]

Carleton Place community investment strategy has a $89 million price tag

Matthew Behrens Carleton Place treasurer Phil Hogan updated the May 16 meeting of the corporate services committee with an overview of the town’s robust, evolving 10-year community investment strategy, valued at $89 million. While the largest ticket item on the plan was development (at $26 million), roads and sewer/water came in a close second […]

Fidget cube craze has hit Carleton Place

Jane Hobson Fidget devices are making national headlines lately as debates emerge about whether or not they boost concentration or distract students in the classroom, but residents of Carleton Place are among the thousands that see these as a benefit. In a shocking span of just 24 hours, Apple Cheeks Consignment in Carleton Place […]

Carleton Place kayaker has paddles aimed at national and olympic teams

Jane Hobson After nine weeks at training camp in Melbourne, Florida, Carleton Place kayaker Monica Black is back on the Mississippi River and her training is as intense as ever. Black wants to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and is confident of her chances. She trained with the Canadian […]

Hometown Hearts hosts first fundraising and awareness event

Jane Hobson Hometown Hearts hosted their first event called Night on the Town Retro Rewind on Bridge Street in Carleton Place Thursday, May 11. Hometown Hearts is a non-profit organization that started in Carleton Place in March. The mission of the group is to provide support and resources to members of the community when […]

Report finds Carleton Place mayor guilty, community calls for resignation

Matthew Behrens Days after he declared he would not attend the May 9 meeting of Carleton Place town council, Mayor Louis Antonakos presided over a boisterous and emotional meeting as over 120 residents called for the embattled mayor to resign. He faced boos and derisive laughter at his refusal to admit any wrongdoing following […]

Carleton Place council struggles with reputation damage

Matthew Behrens A slew of high-profile, negative media stories has left Carleton Place with the risk of the town being viewed as a political Peyton Place instead of a signature location to “meet me on the Mississippi.” Front-page exposés alleging backroom malfeasance, a number of integrity commission complaints, and a mayor who appears to […]

Vacant downtown hotel in Carleton Place set to become a grand event venue

By Jane Hobson For as long as many Carleton Place residents can remember, the hotel on the corner of Lake Avenue East and Bridge Street has just been a heritage piece in the backdrop of the downtown core. But that’s about to change. The hotel is set to re-open at the end of May […]