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CJRO News August 1st to August 15th, 2022

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

First a reminder that CJRO News will only be produced once every two weeks for the summer. We will be back to weekly by Sept 7th.

The Navan Fair is back August 4th to 7th at the Navan Fairgrounds. For information and ticket sales see There is a full line-up of activities for the whole family, including performances by The Country Lads, Jade Eagleson, Young Bucks, Tyler Joe Miller, Chris Labelle, The Richmond Ramblers and Wayne Rostad.

The Russell Fair is also coming up. It too boasts a full line-up of family fun, and will run from August 11th to August 14th. Country singer Dean Brody performs on Friday, August 12th. Robertson Amusements Midway is back, along with petting zoos, magicians, truck and tractor pulls, agricultural demonstrations like sheep shearing, the Con Leche Circus Show, antiques, cattle shows, lots of music in the entertainment tent and at evening shows, demolition derby, Nation Valley Vaulters, and many many more shows and activities. For more details see

Public Works staff are removing uprooted stumps from the sides of Ottawa's roads this summer. Work in parks is planned for after removal along the roads. Staff will start replanting next spring. Residents who wish to have a City tree planted within their property right-of-way can request it through the Trees in Trust program.

Some residents of the Cumberland Ward have suffered repeated power outages since the storm in May. Hydro Ottawa stated, “We continue to actively patrol the overhead lines to ensure the system is functioning well and to identify areas that require additional repairs, reinforcements and vegetation management.”

Hydro Ottawa's forestry team has been working in the Carlsbad Springs area for the past few weeks removing trees where the lines are at risk. If residents see anything of concern, they can send the address to the Hydro Ottawa Customer Service team.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service, in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, has launched the Mental Wellness Response Team. This new initiative aims to improve short- and long-term health outcomes for emergency calls received by the Ottawa Paramedic Service via 9-1-1 that are non-violent and non-criminal, and where mental health and substance abuse are contributing factors.

In Limoges an Eastern Ontario Book Fair will take place Saturday, September 17th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at École St. Viateur. It is organized by two authors from Limoges, Valérie Saad and Marie-Claude Dubé. Independent Franco-Ontarian and Quebec authors such as Aïsha Cloutier, Suzie Champagne, Christine Delorme, Marc-Antoine Gagnier, Liliane Gratton, Marc Scott and others will be there. To celebrate the 5th anniversary of his children's novels, author Marc-Antoine Gagnier is hosting a contest on the Renarde-woman Facebook page. The winner will be announced in a live video on Facebook on Monday, August 15th at 5 p.m

Ontario residents over 18 years can now book an appointment to get a fourth Covid vaccination. Ottawa Public Health suggests anyone who is immunocompromised or who has other underlying health issues get another shot, whether it’s the third shot or the fourth shot. If you have recently had Covid you may wish to wait a few weeks. Vaccines for small children have now been approved as well, and public health agencies suggest parents get their kids the two-shot course before school starts again this fall. Book through Ontario’s booking portal, or call your pharmacy or doctor.

And yes, it may be summer but Ottawa Public Health said levels of COVID-19 in Ottawa are among the highest in 2022. Health units are encouraging everyone to wear masks in busy indoor places, stay home when sick, and get their booster shots.

Shroomfest Inc. and the Metcalfe Community Association present “Live Music In The Park” (weather permitting) every Thursday evening throughout the summer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. pm in Victoria Park in the centre of the village. The performer on August 4th is Spencer Scharf, and on August 11th is Amy-Lynn Howson. Bring lawn chairs.

A reminder of a local road closure. A bridge culvert on Magladry Road between Navan and Sarsfield is being replaced. The entire road is closed until August 30th. Traffic is being detoured to Watson Road.

The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile will be in Sarsfield on Mondays from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and in Vars from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call 613 580 2940 or email

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace jackpot is growing again. It is now estimated at over $29,000, and the weekly prize is estimated over $3,000. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at many retail locations in the local area. The club is also looking for volunteers to help with dropping off and picking up Catch the Ace tickets on Saturdays or Sundays.

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