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CJRO News August 23 to August 29, 2021

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from our studio in Embrun.

First off, this Saturday, August 28th the Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association will be hosting a plowing match at Anderson Links on 4175 Anderson Road, just south of the golf course.

It is one of the few matches being held this year and other area clubs are being invited. As one of the organizers, Sharen Armstrong said, “the boys just want to plow.”

There will not be a banquet and all Covid rules will be followed. For information on how to watch see and listen to my interview with Sharen on Local First.

In election news, the three ridings in our listening area have listed their candidates. In Orleans, which includes Carlsbad Springs and Edwards, candidates are Mary-Elsie Wolfe, Conservative; incumbent Marie-France Lalonde, Liberal; Jessica Joanis, NDP; and Spencer Oklobdzija, PPC.

In Glengarry Prescott Russell, which includes Vars and extends to the Quebec border, the candidates are incumbent Francis Drouin, Liberal; Konstantine Malakos, NDP; Susan McArthur, Conservative; Brennan Austring, PPC; and Daniel Lapierre, Green.

Pierre Lemieux, a former Conservative MP and Conservative candidate in the last two elections, was not allowed to run by his party.

In Carleton, which includes listeners in Edwards south of Mitch Owens Drive and west of Boundary Road, candidates are Gustave Roy, Liberal; incumbent Pierre Poilievre, Conservative; Peter Crawley, PPC; and Kevin Hua, NDP.

Did you see a fireball in the sky on Friday night? It was a meteor that broke apart and exploded. It produced a green or blue fireball with a long red tail and a boom about 10:30 that evening. It was seen from Quebec City to Toronto, but modelling suggests that if any pieces survived entering the atmosphere, they may have landed between Ottawa and Montreal. However, because it exploded the smaller pieces likely burned up.

And here’s the Covid news, some good, some bad. The Province of Ontario will offer Covid vaccination clinics in schools this fall. Clinics will be open to students before in 2009 or earlier, which includes 11-year-olds who will turn 12 this year. Their families can also attend the clinics, as well as teachers and staff. For second doses, the first dose of Pfizer must have been three weeks or more earlier, and for Moderna it must be four weeks or more.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will also be catching up on shots against Hepatitis B, HPV and meningococcal disease for Grade 7 students later in the school year. During a typical school year, school-based clinics are held for these students, but the pandemic caused the suspension of immunization so three cohorts, those born in 2007, 2008 or 2009, will be able to get those shots sometime after the Covid clinics are finished.

The People for Education think tank is recommending that Covid vaccinations be added to the list of vaccinations which are already mandatory in schools. To attend school in Ontario children must be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella—which is also known as red measles, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, meningococcal disease, whooping cough, and chickenpox if born in 2010 or later.

CTV News reported that Dr. Peter Juni, scientific director of Ontario’s science table, said the risk among children when school starts is perhaps one in 300 ending in hospital and one in 1,000 ending up in the ICU. “It is not nothing,” he said. “You also have three to five per cent, if a kid gets infected, of experiencing long Covid.”

Numbers in Ontario have risen again, with 722 new cases reported on Sunday, August 21st .

Of those cases 564 are among people who are not fully immunized or have an unknown vaccination status, but 158 cases are in people who are fully inoculated with two doses of vaccine.

There are 141 patients in ICU with Covid-related illnesses in the province.

Anyone 12 or over can drop in to Ottawa community clinics, into pop-up clinics, or can contact pharmacies for availability or appointments. If you already have an appointment for a second dose this fall you can get an earlier date.

Russell Township has opened the Sports Dome at the west end of Embrun and the Russell Branch of the Library as cooling centres. There is also a splash pad beside Yahoo Park in Embrun and the Russell Centennial Pool in Russell. The Winchester and Chesterville pools are also open this summer until September 3rd. So is Calypso Water Park and tickets for it must be bought online in advance.

The Municipality of Russell is conducting an annual Citizen Satisfaction Survey. The public can participate until this Sunday, August 29th. To access the survey see or contact them at or at 613-443 -3066 extension 2342.

Servicing of the 417 Industrial Park will be revised, starting with a public meeting in September. The design phase is underway, even though parts of the design include land that is not owned by the municipality and is zoned Agricultural. One issue, among many, is if property owners there can have any say in the design. A larger issue to the public may be the financing now of an industrial park which may not bring benefits for years or decades.

October is budget month in Russell Township. On October 4th staff will present the draft budget to Council without discussion. On October 20th and 21st councillors and staff will be in working sessions to discuss the draft budget. The public can attend but not address Council. And November 1st staff present the final budget to Council for approval.

Submit your comments to the registry office or by mail at 717 Notre Dame Street in Embrun. Budget information will be posted on the municipality's website.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have a local business? How have you managed the last year and a half? Tell me your experience by emailing

Tune in to Local First for interviews regarding local news, and don’t forget we now have a Facebook page too.

I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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