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CJRO News February 5 to February 11, 2024

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


CJRO Radio, that’s us, and Radio CJRC in Clarence-Rockland have announced they are uniting programming to form the Réseau Unison Radio Network. The network will continue to offer a variety of music shows, local interviews, local news, podcasts, and specialty and diverse programming in English and French.  A new app called Unison Radio is available on the Apple store, Google store and Amazon. For more information see

Russell County OPP has charged 21-year-old Peter Joseph Kovacic from Kanata in connection with a break-in and theft at the Casselman Arena on January 18. The ATM cash box was accessed and its contents stolen. Kovacic is charged with Break and Enter, two counts of Mischief, Theft under $5000, and Disguise with Intent. He is scheduled to appear in Court in L’orignal on March 6.

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck this area on Thursday, February 1 at 7:37 a.m. Its epicentre was near Cornwall. Many people near Embrun and Casselman areas felt it. Persons who felt it can report it on the, “Did you feel it?” tab. Eastern Ontario is part of the West Quebec Seismic Zone. An earthquake and aftershock were also felt on December 30 and December 31 near Buckingham, Quebec, which is also part of the zone.

MPP Stephen Blais informed east end residents that the Montfort Health Hub in Orleans is now named the Aline-Chretien Health Hub, and it offers many services including walk-in x-rays and lab tests. A medical requisition is required but there are walk-in hours. The clinic is at 2225 Mer Bleue Road, and a list of services is at


For the last couple of weeks Piperville Road residents have reported domestic ducks roaming on Piperville Road near Ludger Landry Park. Drivers are asked to watch for the ducks, at least two of which have already been killed by traffic.


On January 29, Russell Township Council went into a closed session regarding the sale of more land in the 417 Industrial Park, in spite of nearby residents’ concerns. As the session was closed it is not yet known which parcel was sold, how close it is to existing homes or what industry will be located there.


The Carlsbad Springs Communique reports the carnival weekend was a great success. Two live bands Friday night, all kinds of food throughout the weekend, Bingo, curling and other events all came together, resulting in a profit of $15,000. The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is planning many upcoming activities for local youth as a result.

For example children have until February 14 to submit a drawing of what they could see themselves doing at one of four businesses: Putting Edge, LaserMaxx Laser Tag, 4 Wheels Roller Skating Center, or River Oak Ice Skating Trail to

In a related story, this year the Optimist Club has not invited the Easter Bunny to go house to house as he did during the pandemic. Instead there will be a show before Easter, which families must register for in advance.


The Ladies Night committee of the Russell Agricultural Committee has announced its theme of Mardi Gras, Dancing in the Streets, which will be May 3. Funds raised will be in support of Naomi’s House, a shelter in Winchester for women fleeing domestic abuse. Its crisis line is 1-800-267-0395.


Several French school boards in Ottawa, the CEPEO, CECCE and the CSDCEO, have rescheduled a PA day to April 8 so that students will be home with parents on the day of the total solar eclipse. CJRO will be reporting further on the upcoming eclipse, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and how to prepare to view it safely. The key is don’t look directly at the sun without eclipse glasses or #14 welders glass. This area will have 99% totality, and a bit further south there will be 100% totality.


CJRO wants to report on the many newsworthy happenings in our area, so please send news ideas to by Monday mornings. Get the local news that matters to you anytime on, tune in to 107.7 or 107.9 FM, or listen 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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