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CJRO News August 24 to August 30, 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 CJROradio.com.

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

The line-up of candidates for the Cumberland Ward byelection is complete. Candidates, in alphabetical order, are Yvette Ashiri, Jensen Boire, A. Bruce Faulker, Lyse-Pascale Inamuco, Catherine Kitts, Denis Labrèche, Craig MacAulay, Mark Scharfe, Patrick Uguccioni, and Henry Valois.

I will be interviewing the candidates as they respond, starting this week, so tune in to Local First. We hope to get all the candidates to participate before the election on October 5th.

Some of the questions I’ll be asking the candidates include:

Where do they live? What do they see as priorities for the rural parts of the ward? What are their policies regarding relationships with developers? Would they accept funds or help with fundraising from developers? How would they balance the needs of the suburban and rural parts of the ward? If City ward boundaries are redrawn, how will they protect rural wards from losing more representation at Council? Would they support the idea of the rural parts of Cumberland Ward leaving Ottawa and joining Russell Township? This was something new I’ve heard, but interesting. Would they support local residents’ objections to a mega-landfill in their community? Would they support a commuter train? Do they sympathize with some rural residents’ feelings of disenfranchisement? And how could they help?

Interviews will start airing on Local First, hopefully starting later this week.

Now, if you want to vote by mail-in ballot you must apply between Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 13th. Any eligible elector may request to vote by special mail-in ballot by applying to the Elections Office at Ottawa.ca, via the online application, by email, or by mail, before September 13th at 5 p.m.

Electors registered to vote by mail-in ballot will be mailed a Special Ballot Voter Kit, and will be required to mail or deliver their completed ballot to the Elections Office at 1221 Cyrville Road Unit B, or the Orléans Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard, by 4:30 pm on Voting Day. Late ballots won’t be counted. If those offices are not open due to COVID restrictions there will be a drop box or other mechanism to receive ballots.

Medical Officers of Health, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Dr. Paula Stewart from Leeds Grenville Lanark, posted an online letter giving good advice to parents anywhere who are sending their children back to school this fall.

They suggest that many children and youth will benefit from in-person schooling, that it’s good for their education, wellbeing, growth and development, and family stability. However, they also said that as everyone’s family situation is different, the decision needs to be adjusted for your students. There are resources online to support mental health and wellbeing, and help with developing coping skills for parents and kids. Of course families must consider not just their school-age members but also who they live with and who else they may interact with. For example, I recently spoke with some grandparents who will be only distance visiting their grandchildren while they’re in school. The two medical officers of health concluded by saying, “There is no right or wrong decision about whether your child or youth attends school in person or virtually - only what is right for your child or youth, and your family, right now.”

They said the experience with day care centres shows using public health measures has been effective, but they do not state how day care centres with a few children compare to schools with hundreds of children.

A new scam has popped up nearby. A local resident with rental property in the Village of Russell was surprised to get a call about renting the house, which is already occupied and hadn’t been listed for three years. However, the phone number the potential renter called was the SECOND number on the listing. The first was a completely unrelated phone number. If the potential renter hadn’t called that second number, the property owner would not have known about the scam. And it isn’t known how many other people just called the first number.

The property owner contacted police and the website which had the listing on it. The owner was concerned that someone, and maybe many someones, have paid a first and last month’s rent to a scam operator for a house that is not available. Another concern is, will they show up with a van full of furniture?

Police referred the owner to the anti-fraud centre, and said it appeared the scammers are phishing with that website, trying to get people to sign in and gain personal information, which is what the owner would have had to do to "report" the ad to them.

The listing was on realestate.mitula.ca , that’s m i t u l a, and came from ca.tixuz.com. That’s t i x u z.

So as usual, be wary. This is the perfect time for scammers to prey on people who don’t have the usual protections or options regarding viewing properties. Always find a way to double check or cross reference listings and make sure they are current and correct. Be suspicious of strange websites originating in other countries (what do they know about the local real estate market?) and don’t send money to people you don’t know.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have questions you’d like to ask the municipal candidates? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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