• Candice Vetter

CJRO News August 3 to August 9, 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.

CJRO News has obtained a document prepared by a consultant to Russell Township which outlines plans to expand the 417 Industrial Park beside St-Guillaume Road all the way to Eadie Road. These plans will be discussed at Township Council on Monday, August 10th.

The consultant’s report compares developing and increasing the Vars Industrial Park to the Limoges Industrial Park. The infrastructure costs of the Vars expansion would be significantly larger, and the township’s revenues would not recoup the costs for almost a quarter of a century. However, Hemson Consulting is recommending that choice. The consultants project that funding would include federal and provincial grants, which seems unpredictable at this time. More funding would come from development charges, costs to the existing landowners already in the park, using a large portion of the township’s reserve fund, and a one per cent levy on Township residents.

In addition, opponents say it would pave over some of the top quality land in all of Eastern Ontario, the red soil that attracted settlers two hundred years ago. Will industry trump food production and green space? That is the question Russell residents will be asking Monday night.

Russell County OPP are still seeking potential video from the public relating to a homicide in Rockland on July 24th.

Just before midnight on July 24th OPP went to Lemay Circle in Rockland and found a deceased 42-year-old man and a seriously injured 41-year-old man. Anyone with surveillance systems in the Town of Rockland, or along Highways 17, 174, and 34 between Rockland and Gloucester is asked to contact the OPP CIB Tip Line at 1-844-677-5060. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

So far the 2020 Cumberland Ward by-election has six candidates. They are Yvette Ashiri, a seasoned entrepreneur and activist; Lyse-Pascale Inamuco, a co-president of the ‎Women’s March Ottawa; Catherine Kitts, former editor of the Orleans Star; Craig MacAulay, who previously ran for Mayor; Patrick Uguccioni, former Corporate Communications Strategist at the City; and Carlsbad Springs’ own Denis Labrèche.

Nomination papers can be submitted until Friday, August 21st, at 2 p.m. To file candidates need a completed Nomination Paper (Form 1); the filing fee; and proof of identity. For an appointment to file call 613-580-2660.

A reminder that in Navan this Saturday, August 8th there will be an Upside Down Parade on the Navan Fairgrounds. Exhibits and items you would normally see in the Navan Fair Parade will be parked around the paved driveway of the fairgrounds. Visitors can drive around in cars to view the exhibits from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Admission will be free but a non-perishable donation to the Food Bank is suggested.

If you have a float, an exhibit, animals to show, or if local businesses would like to set up a table, contact Eleanor Hodges at or call 613-833-2792. There will also be a kids’ crafts show which local children and youth can enter virtually, the virtual Navan Fair Baby Show, and Virtual Garden and Crop Tour! You have until Sunday August 9 to post photos of your fruits, vegetables and blossoms to the 2020 Virtual Garden & Crop Tour event on the Navan Fair Facebook page.

For details see

Navan Woman’s Institute is compiling a listing of local businesses and the services and products they provide. The list will have a one-time publication in the Nugget and a free listing on the Navan Women’s Institute webpage. ( There is no charge. To be included email the name of the company or service, contact information, and a short description of your service or product, to

With the arrival of much-needed rain local fire bans have been lifted in Ottawa, Russell and North Dundas.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have an opinion about development decisions made during COVID? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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