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Second City, Second Metro: Cumberland’s Unsupported County Roads

Nelson Charlebois, Reeve of Cumberland Township, appeared separately to support the township’s submission to the Jones Commission. Top of mind was the disproportionately low share of road funds the township received from Prescott and Russell County.

County Road and TownshipVehicles per dayUnderlined Twp. Contribution to County RoadsUnderlined Twp. Road Program Apportionment
No. 1 CUMBERLAND750-900$43,380.00$72,000.00
No. 15 ALFRED-S. PLANTAGENET150$17,505.00$28,000.00
No. 5 CAMBRIDGE-RUSSELL BOUNDARY280-360$15,683.00$50,000.00

Reproduced above, this table (rejected by the County) represents what Charlebois considered to be a fair deal.

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Second City, Second Metro: Cumberland Council Seeks Divorce From Prescott and Russell

Cumberland Township’s Council looked over the border to Gloucester and wanted a new relationship. Image: Excerpt from Archives of Ontario, RG 1-100-0-0-417 Map #10.

Had nearly all the other voices in Cumberland Township not been enough to drive the point home that alignment with Carleton County, rather than remaining with Prescott and Russell, was what was wanted, then the voice of Cumberland Township’s Council might have been what was needed to seal the deal.

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Second City, Second Metro: Parish of Bearbrook Joins the Chorus

Trinity, Bearbrook Anglican Parish on Russell Road. Image: Google Maps, May 2018.

Bearbrook Parish in Cumberland Township joined the existing chorus of township figures (somewhat reluctantly, it seems) and set out its conditions for joining with Carleton County.

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Second City, Second Metro: Cumberland Village Sues for the Divorce of Cumberland Township from Prescott and Russell County

Though architecturally satisfying, the County Court and Jail at L’Orignal were simply too far away from Cumberland. Image: Goad’s Atlas, 1908.

Next up in the Submissions was another voice hailing from Cumberland anxious to leave the relationship with Prescott and Russell and open new horizons with Carleton.

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Second City, Second Metro: Cumberland Township Also Needs Schools

In March of 1961, the massive Queenswood development was announced. Source: Ottawa Citizen, March 20, 1961, 7.

It wasn’t just anxiety over the size of the proposed Queenswood proposal that had gripped Cumberland Township. The question as to where, exactly, the children that would be filling those homes, were to go to school. 

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Second City, Second Metro: Cumberland Township Needs Planners

In March of 1961, the massive Queenswood development was announced. Source: Ottawa Citizen, March 20, 1961, 7.

Just as it had been since the end of the Second World War (and arguably long before), one of the catalysts for advocating changes to local governance was rapid development and the ability of the local government to manage and accommodate it adequately.

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Second City, Second Metro: Ottawa-Carleton Provides its Input, and Cumberland Township Wants In

The Summary of Submissions at the Public Hearings paint a rich and interesting picture.

Between March 17 and April 9, 1965, more than fifty groups presented themselves at the Carleton County council chambers to submit their input to the Local Government Review.