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CJRO News for the week of March 2 – 9

Candice Vetter.

Stephen Blais has become the Orleans riding’s new MPP. On Thursday, February 27, he won 55 per cent of the vote. Turnout was low at 23 and a half per cent. The nearest candidate was PC Natalie Montgomery at about 23 per cent. She was followed by NDP Manon Parrot at close to 15 per cent and Green Andrew West at almost six per cent.

The provincial election leaves the city council seat for the Cumberland Ward open. Ottawa City staff are recommending a municipal byelection to fill the seat. It would cost Ottawa taxpayers approximately $375,000.

According to Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners has agreed to buy Xplornet Communications Inc.

Xplornet is a Canadian broadband service provider. Many customers in our broadcast area rely on Xplornet, which was one of the first companies to invest infrastructure in rural areas.

Bloombergs sources said the sale was for about $2 billion dollars.

The Bryan Cochrane rink is curling at the Brier, in Kingston, this week. Cochrane is a Russell resident but is curling for Prince Edward Island. His teammates were born in P.E.I., and Cochrane is the allowed free agent.

Cochrane won senior titles in 2016, 2017, 2108 and 2019. But the last time he skipped at the Brier was 2013.

A new French Catholic elementary school in Riverside South is being named after Jonathan Pitre.

L'École élémentaire catholique Jonathan-Pitre opens in September.

Pitre became famous when he revealed the daily struggle of living with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare and painful skin condition.

He died in April 4, 2018 at age 17. In his teenage years he raised awareness, and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, for the EB charity, DEBRA Canada. He lived in Russell, went to high school in Embrun, was honoured in Ottawa and worldwide, and was an honourary scout for the Ottawa Senators.

The Carlsbad Springs Community Association's next youth nights are March 5 and March 12, at the Community Centre, starting at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 7, the Nation Valley ATV Club hosts its annual spring ride. It is in support of Camp Erin. Registration is online at or in person at 8:30 that morning at North Dundas District High School

The Navan Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Curling Club. If you are interested in being a Lion feel free to join a meeting.

South Nation Conservation Staff will be at 139 Mabel St. in Limoges, on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. They invite residents to view and comment on new natural hazard maps along the South Indian Creek and Livigne Creek.

The church building at the Keith M Boyd museum, on Concession Street in Russell, has reopened. Its new accessibility ramp is finally complete, although the door opening mechanism is not installed. The reopening is just in time to welcome the Gallagher Family at the annual Irish Tea Party on Sunday, March 15.

Keeping up the Irish spirit for St. Paddy’s Day, the Greely Legion hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Tuesday, March 17. The annual event features Irish music and dancing, funny costumes, food and beverages. The Legion is located near Edwards at 8021 Mitch Owens Road. The party starts at 1 p.m.

The next meeting of the Navan Community Association is Monday, March 16th at the Navan Arena at 7:30 p.m. NCA meetings are held on the third Monday of the month.

The Navan Community Sunday School and Youth Group is actively looking for Volunteers. Sunday School runs Sundays from at 9:45 to11:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hall, 1170 Smith Rd, Navan.

For more information send an email to

On Friday, March 20th, the Top Generation Club is hosting the last of its Empowering Rural Seniors series, at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre.

Navigating the Internet will run from 10:30 to 2:30. A technically knowledgeable person will guide seniors on using cell phones, notepads, laptops, and computers to access information on the internet. To register email the or phone or text Laurie at 613 619-3884. Volunteers are also needed.

North Dundas Township will host Yuk Yuk's stand-up comedy, on Saturday, March 21st, in Winchester.

Buy tickets online at, over the phone at 613-774-2015 or at the Township of North Dundas Office.

On March 28, 2020 the Bradley Cup will be played at the arena in Navan. Teams are Cumberland, Embrun, Orleans, Sarsfield, Vars, and Navan. The news release says, The Hockey will be fast, the beer will be cold, The Derringers will entertain in the evening, and we will celebrate. Proceeds will be donated to the Navan Lions Club.

Also on Saturday, March 28, is the March It On Out Swap Meet. It is at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 1211 South Russell Road, in the Village of Russell. Drop off the evening before.

The Registration deadline for Navan Minor Fastball ends April 10. To register go to Or you can mail or drop off a registration form, and cheque, at 3735 Trim Road.

The Navan Community Association is presenting Making Navan A Green Community Step By Step. On Thursday, April 16th, Jackie Lane Moore presents Going Zero-Waste, Upstairs In The Navan Arena at 7:30 p.m.

The Cumberland Township Agricultural Society suggests crafters get a head start on projects for the Navan Fair. The prize list is available. Ag Society Navan Fair Memberships are on sale for $22 until April 23rd.

Also regarding the Navan Fair, the Fair Board is seeking old ways of doing things, for display at the fair. They are looking for kitchen utensils and small tools which are pre-electricity. Contact Eleanor Hodges at, or 613 835 2766.

If you have news or an interesting story please contact Candice Vetter at If you have a local business, volunteer in the community, have an unusual career, or are involved in the arts or sciences, Local First would like to interview you.

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