• Candice Vetter

CJRO News July 13 to July 19, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, Navan, southern Orleans, NDC, some of Russell, and online, at

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell.

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, announced that the 24 regions which first entered Stage 2 of reopening will now enter Stage 3. This includes all of Eastern Ontario.

Now gatherings of up to 100 people outdoors and 50 people indoors will be allowed IF there is physical distancing between persons outside each social circle. The premier said nearly all businesses and spaces will be allowed to open if they can do it safely. This includes dine-in restaurants and bars, gyms, personal care services, live shows, recreational shows and activities, tour and guide services, and playgrounds.

There will be no dancing or karaoke allowed in bars. Patrons must remain seated. So far no amusement or water parks are allowed to open. Poor Calypso.

However, Ford said if individual operators can produce a viable plan the province will look at them.

Minister of Health Christine Elliot said Ontario is only able to start reopening because of Ontarians’ efforts, which have been “critical” and it will remain critical to continue these everyday actions.

Daycares can operate with up to 15 children, with strict health rules in place. The province is working with school boards towards full time school reopening in the fall, but will not take unnecessary risks.

On Wednesday, July 15th, Ottawa City Council will vote on whether or not to hold a by-election in Cumberland Ward. It has not had representation since MPP Stephen Blais left last winter.

If approved, the by-election would likely take place on Monday, October 5th. City staff have suggested a relatively safe election can take place by adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Mail-in ballots may also be allowed.

If carried, candidates will have from July 15th to August 21st to register. Advance polls would be September 28th and 29th,

For a map showing the ward see our website, .

Residents of Russell Township may soon have a new tool in the fight against a landfill proposed for the entrance to their community. A bill allowing host communities and their nearest neighbouring communities to accept or reject landfill proposals has passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature.

The proposed 450,000-tonne per year landfill was approved by Liberal Minister of the Environment Glen Murray shortly before his abrupt departure from government in 2017. The proposed site is located less than two kilometres from the Township of Russell’s border.

Before this, private waste companies needed no approval by municipalities that would be negatively affected by a landfill’s operation. The municipalities of Ingersoll, Zorra and Southwest Oxford created the 148-member Demand the Right Coalition of Ontario Municipalities to bring municipalities faced by mega-waste proposals together. The United Counties of Prescott Russell is a member. However Russell Township and the City of Ottawa are not.

Speaking of garbage, the garbage bag limit in Russell goes back to one bag per household starting the week of August 4th.

As expected, masks are now mandatory indoors, in spaces frequented by the public. This means stores, banks, publicly owned buildings, food establishments, and so on. The City of Ottawa and the health units surrounding it, including Prescott-Russell, have all mandated mask use. This does not apply to people with breathing difficulties, to very young children and babies, or to others who cannot remove the mask themselves.

It’s like the handicapped parking permit. Someone might not be in a wheelchair but may still be disabled in a less obvious way, so try not to judge.

Burn bans are on pretty much everywhere. Even with a recent rain from Tropical Storm Fay vegetation is dry, dry, dry. Outdoor fires are not allowed, even with permits, in the City of Ottawa or the Township of Russell. This includes campfires, agricultural burns, and brush pile burns.

South Nation Conservation has declared a Level 2 drought for most of the watershed. Russell Township has imposed water restrictions, but so far the City of Ottawa hasn’t.

A new business is opening in Navan. On Saturday July 25th Dotties Hot Dog Stand will open on Curling Club Road, behind Navan Autopro. Dotties says it is offering a fun and tasty spin on hotdogs and will offer fresh sides of the day such as potato or pasta salads and will have daily.

If you’re travelling into the city itself remember construction will affect traffic. The Airport Parkway will be reduced to a single northbound lane between the ramps at Heron Road until the end of July.

Rideau Road is closed between Hawthorne and Ramsayville roads until the end of August to replace culverts.

Falaise Road will close between Claymor Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until early September to replace a watermain, sewers, sidewalks and the road surface.

Montreal Road – Montreal Road will be fully closed under Highway 174, including the on-ramps, from 10 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on July 16th, July 20th, July 21st and July 22nd, as part of the O-train extension.

South Nation Conservation and Ontario Power Generation are restoring the J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area in Russell. The conservation area is very popular and has consequently suffered damage, particularly erosion on the paths and near the stream. SNC has done significant work over the last two years. With this three-year partnership with OPG additional restoration will be done, including removing dead Ash trees and planting native trees and shrubs.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you work in health care or long-term care? Are you a student who is loving being out of school? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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