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CJRO News December 6 to December 12, 2021

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from North Russell.

Radio Bingo is this Wednesday, December 8th and the final one of the year is December 22nd, not the 15th as originally scheduled. 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.

The Embrun Co-op is holding its Annual General and Special Meeting on December 14th at 7 p.m., by Zoom. Members in good standing can register at Directors approved by the board are Alderic Lafleche and Michael Bols. The deadline to register is this Thursday, December 9th.

A Tewin Community Information Night is proposed for mid-January 2022. The details and date will be confirmed soon. The information night will be held at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre. Please visit CJRO Radio to learn more about this community event when we know the date. City of Ottawa Councillors Catherine Kitts and George Darouze, the Algonquins of Ontario, and Taggart representatives will be attending. There will be a presentation and attendees will answer questions.

Navan Fair is holding another upside down parade with entries decorated with Christmas lights, like last year. The local fire department will be collecting toys for the main Santa Toy Drive. The upside down parade is this Saturday, December 11th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Navan Fairgrounds.

Eco East, the UCPR Coalition for Climate Action, and Hammond Hill are hosting a community assembly about climate change on Sunday, December 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hammond Golf and Country Club at 600 du Golf Road. For more information see the Eco East Facebook page, or go to to sign up.

The Navan Women’s Institute, also known as the Navan Women Inspired are holding a Christmas Stocking Stuffer Fund Raiser. They are selling Holiday Skewers featuring brightly coloured candies and a beautiful ribbon. The skewers are $3.00 for one or $10.00 for four.

To order contact Joan at or Jill at before December 14th.

Some generous donors have offered to help families in need living near Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Ramsayville. They asked the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club to see who to assist. The club is therefore seeking families who may need help getting through the Christmas season. Email Lucie Régimbald at The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is also 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 Friday, December 17th and the draw will take place "live" on Facebook on Saturday, December 18th.

The Navan Village Christmas Food Drive will be 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 from December 13th to the 19th. A truck will also be at the store the afternoon of the 19th 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.

According to City News the vaccine study center of the McGill University Health Centre is studying Moderna’s mRNA vaccine – Spike Vax – in babies, toddlers and young children. The vaccine is approved for kids aged 12 and up. Health Canada is reviewing the vaccine for children as young as six years old with a dose half the adult size. The dose being tested for babies, toddlers and young children is a quarter of the adult dose.

Russell residents Rick Ventrella and Sandra McNeill recently released Ventrella’s new CD, titled Chapter 6. Listen to my interview with the talented couple, and hear a live rendition of Metamorphosis, on Local First at

Embrun Plaza has space for rent. There are up to 10,000 square feet available in the mall, including office space on the second floor. Call George Diamantakos at 613-720-4597 to find out more.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you photos of Christmas events? We’d love to post them. Email us at Tune in to Local First for interviews regarding local news, and follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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