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CJRO News April 10 to April 16, 2023

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Russell.

Well, that was a fun long weekend. No power, downed trees and lines, ice and branches making things dangerous. CJRO went off the air as our battery backups couldn’t last through the whole outage.

On Piperville Road branches fell on power lines and caught fire early in the morning on Thursday. There are dramatic pictures on our website. Nearby residents report the sky being all red because of the fire.

Above: Labreche photos Below: Vetter photos and video

Most people have power restored, but the clean up will take a while. The City of Ottawa has put out instructions for debris separation. Household waste goes to the curb on regular garbage and recycling days. Organic waste can be kept frozen then placed in the green bin. A large bin for food waste will be available at Trail Road for free this week. Branches left curbside should be less than 10 cm in diameter, be tied with twine and the bundle should be shorter than 1.2 metres and only 60 cm wide. Larger branches can be brought to Trail Road or be left curbside to be collected or chipped.

Due to the storm’s heavy precipitation combined with snow pack melt South Nation Conservation has issued a Flood Watch. Watercourses and rivers are raging and buildings in low-lying areas may be at risk.

If you or your organization want to participate in Forest Fest on Saturday, May 13th, at Ludger Landry Park on Piperville Road west of Carlsbad Springs contact organizers Chris White at or Monica Brewer at The free, family-oriented, nature-themed festival will celebrate music, art and awareness of protecting forests and the environment. The Facebook group is forestfestfetedelaforet. CJRO will be there. You can hear my interview with Chris on Local First.

The City of Ottawa is seeking input on the renewable energy policies and zoning in the official plan. The notice said provisions will address noise, vibration and other impacts. It did not mention groundwater, which has been affected in North Dundas. There is a survey and discussion papers. Other hot topics for our area include tree regulations, land use strategies, neighbourhood character and rural zoning. See engageottawa to participate.

Speaking of trees and rural zoning the Tewin group has said tree-cutting is finished but stump removal and tile draining is still to come. A plan showing the cut area is on the Tewin website. This is also the area about to be surveyed by South Nation Conservation this year as it is part of the headwaters of the Bearbrook.

Ecology Ottawa is seeking nominations for its awards. People, places, and non-human species in Ottawa can be nominated. For more information about individual categories, visit

Eco East is looking for volunteers to help plant over 1000 trees in Prescott-Russell this May. Email if interested.

The Embrun Branch of the library is looking for students to shelf read. If you are interested in being added to the volunteer list, please contact or 613-443-3636.

Be reminded that St. Andre Road in Russell from Séguin Street to Route 400 is closed until October 16th for bridge rehabilitation.

Another scam. Beware of Facebook posts on community or buy/sell pages offering duct cleaning or other services, or items for sale from a person who is “new” to the area. That is a scam phishing for information. Do not reply or accept them as a friend.

The jackpot of the Kin Club of Russell’s Catch the Ace lottery is now estimated at $605,000 and the weekly prize at $27,000. Purchases can be made at 26 retail locations or online at

This month we are changing the News format somewhat. As events are happening across the region again we will be hosting a separate Events Round-up with Bill McInnis as host. Listen to my interview with Bill on Local First.

If you have News you want included on this weekly report, please let me know by Monday mornings. Contact me at We have additional content up at Check for photos, videos, late News, media releases, News text, email conversations with public officials, and Local First podcasts. It’s all here on CJRO. Tune in at 107.7 or 107.9, follow us on Facebook, listen to our podcasts on or on the Tune-In and Radio Player Canada apps. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO, last on the dial, first for local news.

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