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CJRO News January 29 to February 4, 2024

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

Two missing men are still being sought. Ottawa Police are searching for Paul Rochon. He was last known to be in the Findlay Creek area on January 22 about 6:30 p.m. He is 42 years old, white, five-feet-ten-inches, with a medium build, blue eyes, and short gray hair. When last seen he wore blue jeans, a mid-length blue winter jacket with fur trim on the hood, and black Baffin winter boots. Police said he may be carrying a black President’s Choice reusable shopping bag. Anyone with information on Rochon’s whereabouts is asked to contact Ottawa police or Crime Stoppers.

Mathew “Matt” McGrath has been added to the Missing People Canada website. McGrath has been missing since January 17 at 10:30 p.m. He was last seen in Carleton Place, near Grant and Coleman streets. He is five-feet-11-inches tall, has blond hair and blue eyes, and is believed to be wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans and black running shoes.

Photos of both men are on the CJRO News website. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1 888 310-1122 or the Ottawa Police Force at (613) 236-1222 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A man and his dog were saved by ice-rescue technicians after falling through the ice on the Ottawa River in Orleans on January 27. Ottawa firefighter Frank Brunet said they first got the man out with a rope but his dog climbed on him and both broke through the ice, so he had to be pulled out again. Firefighters said the person who saw the accident did the right thing by calling 911 and telling the victim to keep his arms across the ice. Ottawa Fire Services has advice for persons who fall through ice. “Getting your arms up on the ledge can keep you secure, so you can call for help. This position gives you the best chance for survival. Keep your head low and kick your legs until you are horizontal. Keep kicking, stay low and pull yourself out of the water and onto the ice. Continue to crawl widely and keep your body weight spread out. You do not want to pull all your weight in one spot. Follow the same path back from where you came. You know this ice was strong.”

Sarsfield Community Association would like to know if there is an interest in an active ageing programme in Sarsfield. The program would be on Wednesdays, at 2 p.m., at the Sarsfield Community Center, beginning March 6. If you are interested or would like more information, please call 613-835-7590 or send a private message to Nadine Dagenais Dessaint.


Last week CJRO reported that the City of Ottawa had extended the application deadline for the Citizen Appointee position on the Ottawa Police Services Board. The City has since chosen Salim Fakirani as Chair and Councillor Marty Carr as vice-chair. No one else was nominated for either position. A citizen member of the board will be chosen after the February 2 deadline.


Stormont Dundas Glengarry and Russell Township are both offering a $5000 incentive to medical professionals who move their practice to the areas. Called Date My County the campaign comes from Great River Docs. The purpose is to showcase the many healthcare positions in the region and to help match medical institutions with potential candidates.


Registration is now open for Russell Run Club's Youth Running Program. For more information see


The Russell Lions’ Club is roasting Mayor Pierre Leroux. At a media conference on January 24, Club president Julius Toth said the club’s pre-pandemic fundraiser, Lobsterfeast, would not go ahead, as the cost of lobster had become too expensive. So the mayor came forward and he will be roasted on February 17 at the Embrun Community Centre at 8 Blais Street. For more about this event listen to parts of the media conference on Local First. Tickets available at


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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