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CJRO News December 13, 2021. Merry Christmas and see you next year.

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

First, individuals aged 50 and over can book an appointment for their booster Covid-19 shot right now. If booking through the Ontario vaccine portal takes too long, there are many pharmacies offering shots, and they can be contacted directly. These include pharmacies in Eastern and Southern Ottawa and in Stormont Dundas Glengarry, so there are lots of options.

Booster shots to Ontarians 18 years and older start on January 4th, but some doctors are offering them sooner, as the general opinion of public health agencies is to get the third shot into as many arms as possible as fast as possible. Dr. Isaac Bogosh, an infectious disease specialist who has become well known in this pandemic, told CBC it is now apparent that the third dose regime is important for everyone. Appointments should be booked for approximately six months after receiving a second dose.

The Russell Fire Department has been granted almost $11,000 from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada. The funds will be used to buy a Williams gear dryer and a ResQmax line launcher rescue device. Fireshouse Subs has provided over $1.7 million fire departments across Canada.

The Russell Township Public Library Board Meeting is by electronic participation only due to COVID-19 on Thursday, December 16th, at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to attend virtually via Zoom email

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is holding a draw to increase the club’s visibility. To be eligible to win a $25 pre-paid Visa Card like the club's Facebook page: Club Optimiste de Carlsbad Springs, follow it on Instagram: cluboptimistecarlsbadsprings, and tag a friend's name in the comments section. Deadline is this Friday, December 17th and the draw will take place "live" on Facebook on Saturday, December 18th.

The Navan Village Christmas Food Drive is this Sunday, December 19th from noon until 3 p.m. in the Village of Navan. Leave non-perishable food donations for The Ottawa Food Bank in a bag on your front steps or front walkway. Someone from the McWilliams family (in Santa hats) will pick up the donations either by horse and wagon or pickup truck. Cash donations can also be dropped at JT Bradley’s Country Convenience all this week and a truck will be at the store on Sunday afternoon for food donation drop-off. Contact if you have questions.

If you are 15 to 25 years old and interested in politics GPR MPP Amanda Simard is seeking members for her Youth Council. To join write to with the subject line Youth Council before December 20th.

The Cumberland Resource Centre has access to the programs and services for upcoming celebrations throughout the winter season including Holiday Hampers and monthly Food Bank emergencies. Many families are in need of a helping hand in light of the cumulative impact of Covid-19. If you need help or know someone else who does call the Food Bank Coordinator at (613) 830-4357 x 158 – and leave your name and phone number.

The last CJRO Radio Bingo for this year is next week, on Wednesday, December 22nd. Get your cards at Rene’s Corner, Carlsbad Variety or Jude’s Pizza, and join us at 7 p.m. for a chance to win.

This is the last week for CJRO News for the year. Our volunteers are taking a much-needed break until January 10th.

Remember, we want to hear what News matters to you. Do you have questions, stories or photos? Let us know. Email us at For in-depth discussions of local issues, listen to Local First on-air, online, through the Tune In and Radio Player Canada apps, or follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Merry Christmas and the best to you and yours in the New Year.

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