• Candice Vetter

CJRO News August 18 to August 23, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, southeast Ottawa, parts of Russell, and online, at

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell.

Orléans MPP Stephen Blais, along with City councillors Matthew Luloff, Tim Tierney and Laura Dudas, are asking The Ottawa Hospital to open a COVID-19 testing centre in the city's east end.

There are only three testing sites in Ottawa, and none is in the east of the City. The closest testing centre is at the Brewer Arena in Old Ottawa South, where sometimes clients have had to wait for hours to be tested.

Dr. Alan Forster, the Ottawa Hospital's vice-president for innovation and quality, told CBC Radio that sites are being considered, including in the east end, and he hopes to have a new centre up and running before students return to school September 3rd.

Blais has suggested potential sites could be near Place d'Orléans mall, at the old Cumberland Town Hall, or along Innes Road. Critics of Ottawa’s test centres have also asked why the hours are not longer, and why there are not drive-through test centres such as in Casselman. Drive-through centres mean people with vehicles can wait safely in their cars, instead of in line-ups of people, some of whom may be sick, and not have to be out in the sun and the heat.

Four people were injured, two of them seriously, in a two-car collision on Sunday, August 16th at the intersection of Devine and Frontier roads, north of Russell. The crash injured four people, two seriously. Ottawa Fire Services had to extricate everyone from the vehicles. One vehicle was on its side on Frontier, and one on its roof on Devine.

Several sad events have hit Eastern Ontario recently. Besides the loss of a young Russell man in a farm accident on St. Andre Road last week, there have been two fatal collisions in Champlain Township and another on Highway 401.

The OPP are asking anyone who may have information on the Ritchance Road accident very early in the morning on August 16th to contact them. A 54-year-old woman from Alfred-Plantagenet was killed.

In another single-vehicle crash the day before a car rolled into a ditch along Highway 17. A 21-year-old woman from Vankleek Hill died at the scene.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board released the results of its survey to parents. Response was enormous, at 91 per cent. Usually responses to internal surveys rank between 30 and 40 per cent. The survey results said 27 per cent of elementary students will attend classes remotely online. And 21 and a half per cent of secondary students will attend online. This shows that about one-quarter of parents have fears regarding their children’s and family’s safety.

Numerous parent and teacher organizations, including teachers’ unions, argue that Ontario’s reopening plan does not provide adequate health and safety protections. They suggest limiting class sizes for physical distancing, setting standards for and improving ventilation in schools, mask requirements for young children, providing screening for students and teachers, and safeguarding students and drivers on school buses.

Teachers’ unions report that many of their members are seeking leaves of absence and early retirements, and supply teachers have significant concerns about moving from school to school during the pandemic. Part-time staff moving between long-term care homes was one of many factors which contributed to the massive outbreaks and the high numbers of deaths in Canada.

As of August 17th, most Ottawa beaches do not recommend swimming due to E.coli contamination. Mooney’s Bay, Westboro and Petrie River beaches’ contamination were believed to be caused by rainfall. The fourth, Petrie East Bay Beach, had the highest count of 242, and it is often not recommended for swimming.

Call the Beach Information Line at 613-580-6744 ext. 13219, or visit for water quality updates.

The City’s GLAD Cleaning the Capital Program returns this fall, from September 15th to October 15th. Early registration began on August 15th.

To register visit or call 3-1-1 to register your cleanup. The online registration form allows participants to choose their own project sites and state the cleanup supplies needed.

Volunteers who register before September 15th could win early-bird prizes, and volunteers who submit their final cleanup report by Sunday, October 31st will be eligible for more prizes.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Are you a teacher, student or parent concerned about schooling in September? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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