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CJRO News February 28 to March 6, 2022

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

The provincial government has decided to cancel or refund license renewal fees for cars, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds which are personally-owned. If your address needs changing on your driver’s license, or you have outstanding tickets, you must update your records online at and click on the Service Ontario page, or call 1-888-333-0049.

But don’t be scammed. OPP have warned that text messages claiming to be from the Ontario government are being sent out with a link. Do not go to this link. It is a scam and the government does not send refunds via text message.

A new restaurant, Grilled Shawarma, has opened in Notre Dame Plaza below Boston Pizza in Embrun. You can listen to my brief review and interview with one of the owners on Local First.

The Bearbrook wetland evaluation Zoom meeting which had originally been scheduled for February will now take place this 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 register at and for French at

To register children for the final Carlsbad Springs Winter Carnival’s outdoor games on Saturday, March 5th at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre call 613-882-8969.

Registration is open for the Russell Soccer Club, house league and Raiders competitive league. See for details.

Also in Embrun the Embrun Optimist Club is hosting children’s soccer at Richelieu Park and will be accepting registrations from March 7th to March 22nd. Games will be once a week from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., probably on Wednesdays. Registration will be online and the club will post the information shortly.

Although failed LRT, blocked streets and urban bussing frequently make the news, rural Ottawa has significant transportation deficiencies, resulting in the need for cars. So Rural Transportation Ottawa is hosting a series of webinars to share information with residents about the variety of potential solutions. The webinars include discussions of on-demand bussing on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7 p.m., municipal ride-sharing on March 9th, challenges of a broad geographic area on March 23rd and paying for sustainable solutions on March 30th. To sign up go to

The Navan 2022 Bradley Cup tournament is back and will be held Saturday, March 26th at the arena in Navan. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. with Cumberland v. Orleans, followed by Navan v. Vars, Sarsfield v. Cumberland, Orleans v. Vars, Navan v. Cumberland, and Orleans v. Sarsfield. The afternoon will start with family skating at 1 p.m., the wildcard game at 2:10, semi-finals at 3 and 3:50 and the championship game at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Navan Lions Club.

Also in Navan there is hope for a fastball season. For children who wish to play fastball this summer, send their names and year of birth to so team lists can be compiled. If the season proceeds formal registration will come at a later date.

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 The draw will be Easter Sunday, April 17th. For more information see and listen to my interview with Lion Margaret Pettipas on Local First.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace this week has an estimated jackpot of $46,000. The weekly prize is estimated over $4,000. There are 46 envelopes remaining. See the club’s website for how to buy tickets.

CJRO is looking for a part-time francophone radio reporter. The work is about five hours per week to produce and record local news, French interviews and ad-hoc content for the station.

We are always looking for volunteers too, including a person to help with IT and our website, show hosts, business partners, and CJRO committee members. Contact us at if interested.

We want to hear what News matters to you. Do you have questions about something going on near you? Let us know and we’ll try to find answers. 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.

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