Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.
First, the encampment for the truckers’ convoy which was situated at St. Guillaume and Route 200 is mostly empty. There are far fewer vehicles there than there have been the last few weeks. It was heard that the owners had to shut down their Facebook page.
The Bearbrook wetland evaluation Zoom meeting which was scheduled for early February has been postponed until next Thursday, March 3rd, at 6 p.m. This is regarding the property slated for the Taggart and Algonquins of Ontario subdivision between Mitch Owens Drive and Leitrim Road near Carlsbad Springs. Preregistration is required. For English at Ottawa.ca/SouthBearBrook and for French at Ottawa.ca/ruisseauBearSud.
A wetland evaluation consists of mapping then evaluating four criteria: biodiversity, socio-economic values, hydrology, and special features such as species at risk. Each criterion is worth 250 points. A wetland that scores 200 points or more in one criterion or 600 points or more in total, qualifies as provincially significant. Species at Risk are important, with breeding habitat for any threatened or endangered wetland species automatically scoring 200 points under special features.
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry makes the final decision on whether a wetland qualifies as provincially significant. Parsons Corporation, the City’s consultant, will submit the evaluation to the Ministry. The City has stated it will not comment on conclusions nor advise. The City also said Parsons has confirmed that it is not conducting any related work for the Tewin proponents or has any other conflict of interest.
On another proposal, Tamarack Homes, owned by Taggarts, is hosting a virtual open house on Thursday, February 24th, on the future of the Cardinal Creek subdivision in Orleans. Taggarts are seeking to rezone a large area of land in order to develop 480 residential units. You must preregister with Eventbrite to attend the virtual open house.
There’s lots of time to buy tickets for the Russell Lions Club quilt raffle in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. To buy tickets contact Ken Erickson at 613-445-3694 or email Quilt@LionsRussell.com. The draw will be Easter Sunday, April 17th. For more information see LionsRussell.com and listen to my interview with Lion Margaret Pettipas on Local First which will be available soon.
Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace this week has an estimated jackpot of $40,000. The weekly prize is estimated over $4,000. There are 47 envelopes remaining. See the club’s website for how to buy tickets.
CJRO’s next Radio Bingo is this Wednesday, February 23rd, at 7 p.m. Pick up Bingo cards in Embrun, Vars and Carlsbad Springs.
To register children for the Carnival’s outdoor games on Saturday, March 5th at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre call 613-882-8969.
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