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CJRO News February 7 to February 13, 2022

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

The protest encampment in downtown Ottawa continues, and included some local participation last weekend. Police in Ottawa are still suggesting people avoid going downtown right now due to the traffic gridlock.

A resident of Carlsbad Springs advised CJRO that a break and enter through a garage door was attempted at their home the afternoon of Tuesday, February 1st. The same person said other residents have seen tracks and possibly had cameras tampered with, and suggests village residents be vigilant.

This year marks a milestone for the Russell Lions Club as it enters its 75th year of service. It is starting 2022 off with a quilt raffle in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. The quilt, titled Cirque du Soleil, was made by renowned quilter Maggie Fontana* and is valued at $2,000. You can see the quilt at a pop up kiosk at Russell Foodland next weekend on Saturday, February 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and you can get more information at

To buy tickets contact Ken Erickson at 613-445-3694 or email The draw will be Easter Sunday, April 17th.

Russell Township has recently added additional skating sections to the Embrun and Russell outdoor skating rinks. These rinks are for skaters only. No hockey sticks allowed.

Russell Township Council’s decision to sell its former fire hall which houses the Etienne Brule Brewery has resulted in the establishment of a Facebook group in support of the brew pub. The pub is a popular meeting place with a large patio on Notre Dame Street in Embrun. It has been unable to pay full rent for the past two years due to Covid and the township has it listed for $925,000. The brew pub owner has submitted a new offer to purchase to the Township. For more on this story listen to three interviews on Local First with Councillor Jamie Laurin, brewpub owner Richard Menard, and Facebook page founder Gen Lajoie.

The Navan Community Association Annual General Meeting originally scheduled for January 18th has been postponed to April 19th at 7 p.m. The group hopes to hold the meeting upstairs in the Navan Arena, but if needed it will advise of an alternate location.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace this week already has an estimated jackpot of $27,000. The weekly prize is estimated over $4,000. There are 49 envelopes remaining. See the club’s website for how to buy tickets.

CJRO’s Radio Bingo is this Wednesday, February 9th and will again be held every second Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. into April. You can now buy your Bingo cards in Embrun, Vars and Carlsbad Springs.

A reminder that Navan Road is closed until this fall to westbound traffic between Mer Bleue and Renaud roads as Ashcroft does construction on sewer upgrades there.

Reminder to residents of Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Ramsayville to enter the Carlsbad Springs Winter Carnival Winter Snow Structure Contest running until February 21st. To enter snap a photo of your snow structure or snowman and send it to the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club for a chance to win $200.

On Saturday, March 5th the carnival ends with outdoor games for children at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre. Register children in advance by calling 613-882-8969.

Ottawa Councillor Catherine Kitts has put out some safety tips now that snowmobilers have snow. Paraphrased, the tips include riding sober, avoiding lakes and rivers and using established snowmobile trails. Plan your trip ahead and check your snowmobile, including all lights. Keep your gas tank filed. Wear suitable clothing to prevent hypothermia. Wear a securely fastened approved helmet. Carry first aid and survival kits, a fully charged cell phone, and more than enough fuel. Let someone know where you are going, what route, and when you should return. Have all permits on hand. Always be prepared to stop, especially for wildlife. Don’t enter private property without permission. Slow down watch for pedestrians and skiers on multi-use trails. Be extra careful crossing roadways and railway tracks. And never ride alone.

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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