• Candice Vetter

CJRO News August 30 to September 6, 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.

The Cumberland Ward byelection is only five weeks away. 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.

Tune in to Local First this week, for the first in a series of interviews with candidates, starting with Patrick Uguccioni. Next up will be Craig MacAulay. We hope to get all the candidates to participate before the election on October 5th. So far all the candidates have responded to our request for an interview, in one way or another, except Catherine Kitts. If she is elected, will she continue to show little interest in Carlsbad Springs and Vars?

Don’t forget, if you want to vote by mail-in ballot you must apply next week, between Saturday, September 5th and 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 13th. Voters may request a mail-in ballot by applying to the Elections Office at, via the online application, by email, or by mail.

Ballots must be mailed or delivered to the Elections Office at 1221 Cyrville Road Unit B, or the Orléans Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard, by 4:30 p.m. 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.

In Dundas Manor in Chesterville, a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 during regular testing. All residents and staff are being tested. Dundas Manor has announced it is taking every infection control precaution. At this time, there will be no indoor or outdoor visits allowed. Residents and families will be updated.

In Ottawa the four City of Ottawa long term care homes will now be allowing in-person visits which are longer, and more frequent. These are in addition to the other options of Skype, FaceTime, window visits, emails, and 30-minute indoor visits. The four City-run homes are Carleton Lodge, Champlain Centre, Garry J. Armstrong Care Home home and the Peter D. Clark Centre.

The Government of Ontario has expanded eligibility for agricultural societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses caused by the cancellation of fall fairs and activities in 2020. For this year only, nearly $1 million will be made available to agricultural and horticultural societies which qualify. Normally funds are only received if the organization hosts a fair.

The Metcalfe Agricultural Society has announced it will hold several virtual events, including a cattle show, fiddling, step dancing, decorating, drive-in movies and a drive-through parade. The parade will be Saturday, October 5th. For more information see

Cannamore Orchard has announced it is going to run their spooky Acres of Horror again this year. So the orchard is hiring actors, narrators, chip truck cooks, safety and security staff, and tractor drivers. Staff and visitors will be guided to the activities and COVID-safety protocols will be in place, including mandatory masks.

Also in the category of fun that is finally allowed, the Royal Canadian Legion in Russell is reopening. It has expanded the bar to the hall upstairs, which will allow for up to 50 people. Opening hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with COVID precautions in place.

Finally, Navan resident Clayton McWilliams is one of four recipients of the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association scholarships. McWilliams is an Animal Science student at the University of Guelph. This summer he worked remotely as a research assistant. Previous local winners include Tamara Hamilton of Russell and Vicki Brisson of Embrun.

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

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