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CJRO News January 22 to January 28, 2024

Updated: Jan 24

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


The OPP has confirmed that the man who was struck in a tree felling accident south of Embrun on Route 400 on January 14 was killed at the scene.


Two serious collisions last week resulted in two persons going to hospital with life threatening injuries. A 34-year-old man from Casselman was injured in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 138 in North Stormont Township on January 17. And a 60-year-old driver from Augusta Township was injured when a CP train hit a delivery van on the tracks at Crowder Road, west of Winchester on January 16.


UPDATED: The City of Ottawa has chosen its chairperson for the Ottawa Police Services Board Interim leader Salim Fakirani was made permanent chair. Councillor Marty Carr is vice-chair.

The story below no longer applies.

The City of Ottawa has extended the application deadline for the Citizen Appointee position on the Ottawa Police Services Board to Friday, February 2 at 4:30 pm. The City’s media release says, “…the three-year-term volunteer position is an opportunity for a qualified resident to provide governance and oversight to the Ottawa Police Service.” The position opened after the recent chair, Dr. Gail Beck, resigned due to her son’s arrest. Requirements for the position are listed at

The OPP are warning vehicle owners again about the many thefts and suspicious behaviour in Embrun, Limoges, Casselman and Rockland areas. The news release says most incidents happen overnight so are not report until the next day, when the suspects are gone. Local businesses are also being targeted by thieves. The OPP suggests parking in a locked garage if possible, keeping doors locked and windows closed, not parking in isolated areas, placing valuable in the trunk, engaging the emergency brake, not hiding spare keys in the vehicle, keeping keys out of sight at home, not leaving the vehicle unattended and running, investing in anti-theft devices, not leaving documents in the vehicle. If you see suspicious activity call the Russell County OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477.

Embrun OPP detachment. Photo Candice Vetter

Now some good news. Outdoor rinks all over the region are finally open for skating, however, the Carlsbad Springs puddle rink and curling area are temporarily closed to keep the ice good for the Carnival coming up this weekend. When using the CSCA rinks supervised hours will be Monday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Supervised times give access to washrooms and the change room in the community centre.

Skaters try out the ice at the community centre in Carlsbad Springs. Photos Denis Labreche

In Russell Township the rinks at 6 Blais Street in Embrun, 1084 Concession Street in Russell and 210 Marion Street in Marionville are all open. In Metcalfe the rink at McKendry Park is open. In Sarsfield the outdoor rink at 3585 Sarsfield Road is open. It can be reserved by calling the City of Ottawa, 613 580 2595 during business hours, or by emailing The rink at Vars near Alcide Trudeau Park also opened last weekend.

Outdoor rink at McKendry Park in Metcalfe. Photo courtesy Metcalfe Community Association

In Russell Township South Nation Conservation will be grooming the recreational trail when there is at least 10 centimetres of snow.  This trail is for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, not for snowmobiles or ATVs of any size.

Also in Russell, the Russell branch of the library is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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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