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CJRO News February 22 to February 28, 2021

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on Carlsbad-Vars Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

Township of Russell residents can participate in an online discussion on February 24, at 7 p.m. with Mayor Pierre Leroux and the project consultants about the plan for a new recreation complex.

The complex is imagined as the community hub for recreation and culture for Russell Township and surrounding areas. To take part in a survey about uses and needs for the complex go to and click on the Recreation Complex Survey tab.

The next CJRO Radio Bingo is this Thursday, February 25th, at 7 p.m. Listen live on 107.7 or 107.9 FM or on, or As multiple games are played on the same card, note that numbers from prior games are still eligible. There is no reset during the evening. Profits will be split between the Vars Optimiste Club and the Carlsbad Springs Optimiste Club. There may be up to $1000 in prizes! Cards are available at Rene’s Corners, Vars Gas Bar and Carlsbad Variety.

The Carlsbad Springs bottle drive which was originally scheduled for January 30th has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 6th, from 10 a.m. to noon. Drop off beer cans and bottles, liquor and wine bottles, and plastic bladders and containers at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center on March 6th. This time around, there will not be home pickups.

To help keep everyone safe, donors can remain in their cars while the donations are unloaded. Someone will ask for names and phone numbers to enter in a draw for the $50 LCBO gift card. The names of persons who have already donated have been added to the draw.

Because the Ottawa Valley Farm Show cannot carry on as it normally does this year, the OVFS committee has launched a different initiative. To promote regional agriculture everyone can enjoy a variety of local agricultural products from across the Eastern Ontario community. A boxed selection of local ag products with a $100 value can be purchased for $60, which includes the cost of delivery. All products are produced, packaged and available locally. Orders can be placed until March 5th. See to buy boxes, or call 613-791-3900 or email for details. Hashtag #agintheeast.

The farm show is hosted by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association. Its objective is to highlight agriculture in Eastern Ontario and to generate financial support for a long list of community initiatives. The annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale auction raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Over the years the sale has raised $178,000.

The National Capital Commission invites residents to comment on its Forest Strategy.

This strategy will guide how the NCC manages forests and trees on its lands. Previous rounds of public consultation were held in 2019. The NCC is now in the final phase of developing this strategy.

The public can provide feedback on the full draft of the strategy before it is finalized. Go to and scroll down to the Forest Strategy button to provide input until March 3rd.

Local not-for-profit community groups can now apply for up to $300 from South Nation Conservation’s Community Environmental Grants Program. Funds can be used to plant trees and shrubs, upgrade and start community gardens, or host a community event.

Program guidelines have been amended because of the pandemic and may include SNC staff support for planting, site preparation and species selection.

Applicants must describe measures taken throughout their activity to protect people and manage risks due to COVID-19. Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed by SNC’s Communications Committee on a rolling basis. Go to to apply.

The Ottawa Police have received over 235 reports of newer model Lexus/Toyota SUVs and Tacomas over the course of 2020 and so far this year. Investigators are asking that any Toyota/Lexus SUV or Tacoma owners who notice damage to the driver’s door handle file an information report online. This will help identify the scope of the problem and help direct proactive efforts to the right neighborhoods.

Anyone with information about any of the vehicle thefts is asked to call the Ottawa Police Central Criminal Investigations Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 4127. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

The police said previously targeted addresses are often targeted again. Car owners are reminded to make vehicles less vulnerable. Park in a locked garage or block it in with another vehicle, use lighting or video surveillance, install an electronic immobilizer, watch for damage to door locks, use car alarms or steering wheel locks, use your GPS to electronically fence in the vehicle, don’t let anyone test drive a vehicle out of your sight, and call 911 to report suspicious vehicles. Vehicles with proximity key fobs can also use a radio frequency shield device. Note that most thefts occur between midnight and 5 a.m.

The Rural Transportations Solutions Group is launching a survey to collect information regarding residents’ transportation priorities and needs. The group is seeking a few key community members to join in developing a sustainable and realistic solution for rural transportation. The commitment involves a monthly one-hour meeting, communication with the group, and being a “community champion” by sharing key information with other community members regarding this project

To join or ask questions contact Natasha Alberta at 613-741-6025 x 324 or or see

Do you have news that matters to our area? If yes, contact me by emailing I’m Candice Vetter. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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