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CJRO News December 5 to December 11, 2022

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

Here’s some fun news. An interesting study at the Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary revealed that a few dogs are geniuses at learning words compared to other dogs. Some dogs tested could remember over 30 names of different toys and some up to 100. The team conducting the study found several border collies, a German shepherd, a Pekinese, a mini Australian shepherd and a few mongrels were extraordinarily gifted, but the researchers said the trait was rare. I wonder how rare, since I’ve known two dogs that remembered well over 30 words and I’m not a dog fancier.

A CBC News story revealed that a Russell resident was sent home from Winchester District Memorial Hospital in late November because the birthing unit was closed. No other nearby hospital was able to take the patient so she returned to WDMH to go by ambulance to a hospital at least an hour away. There was not time so she did give birth in Winchester. The baby’s cord was wrapped around his neck and had to be cut during delivery, which is risky for both patients. WDMH’s website says it “is a rural teaching hospital and has 24/7 emergency, childbirth centre and diagnostic imaging facilities.” I requested an interview with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care but have not received a response. The ministry’s website says it is “Helping people stay healthy, delivering high-quality care when they need it and protecting the health system for future generations.” Really?

Russell Township is offering a holiday camp for children aged six to twelve, at the Russell Youth Centre December 27th to 30th , and January 3rd to 6th, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Register before December 21st on the Township’s Booking portal. The Township is also hiring extra camp staff to help out – visit the Job Postings webpage to apply.

The Embrun Christmas Market is this weekend December 10th and 11th at the Community Centre.

The Metcalfe Santa Parade, Food & Toy Drive is also this Sunday December 11th at 2:00 p.m. with visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Victoria park later. To participate contact Kayleigh at .

The St-Albert Christmas Fair is this Saturday, December 10th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information call Louise Cayer-Deslauriers at 613-443-0310.

Mark Van Dusen's launch of his book How to Stitch a Chicken is also this Saturday at the Russell branch of the library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be no walking at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre on December 26th, 2022 or on January 2nd, 2023. The Walking Club resumes on January 4, 2023, , 6020 Piperville Road, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Russell Horticultural Society’s Living Locally Fair will go ahead this year for the first time since 2020. The popular market at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Russell will be Saturday, January 21st from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Organizers are asking vendors to register soon, at

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace jackpot is now $183,000. The weekly prize is estimated at 9,000. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at many local retail locations.

Next Monday, December 12th will be the last day I do News until January 9th next year, so if you want your news to be announced please write me this week at

Tune in to Local First for interviews regarding local news, follow us on Facebook, listen to our podcasts on or on the Tune-In and Radio Player Canada apps. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news.

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