• Candice Vetter

CJRO News July 20 to July 27, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, southeast Ottawa, parts of Russell, and online, at

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

The City of Ottawa has announced that the 2020 Cumberland Ward 19 by-election will take place on Monday, October 5th.

Denis Labreche, president of the Carlsbad Springs Community Association, founder of CJRO and producer of CJRO, as well as a local community supporter for most of his life, has thrown his hat into the ring.

To avoid a conflict Labreche will not review or modify any content and information I or our francophone reporter, Charley Dutil, write for CJRO Radio. During the campaign Labreche will continue as President of the CSCA. If elected he will resign as President but keep volunteering for CJRO radio.

Candidates have until Friday, August 21st at 2 p.m. to file their nomination papers. They can be filed by appointment only at the Elections Office at 1221 B Cyrville Road, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because of COVID-19 the usual requirement of 25 signatures on Form 2 is not required. For an appointment call 613-580-2660.

Candidates must be: a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant in the City of Ottawa, or the spouse of an owner or tenant; a Canadian citizen; at least 18 years old; and not prohibited from voting.

The Carlsbad Springs Community Association will not be scheduling programs or reservations in the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre until at least September. While closed the City has repainted most of the Centre and is rewaxing the floors. CSCA sends a big thank you to Brandon and his team at the City.

Masks are now mandatory in Quebec in all indoor public settings, the same as Ontario, so be prepared.

The Original Navan Market starts on Sunday, July 26th, at 1279 Colonial Road. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcomes 56 vendors! To check the list go to the Navan Community Association’s Facebook page.

The 2020 Navan Fair Baby Show is going virtual. To enter your baby email, before August 3rd, with the following information: Baby’s first and last name, gender, date of birth, parent’s name, address, telephone number, picture of your baby, and at least three of the following: Baby’s favorite food, favorite animal, current hobbies, newest discovery, favorite part of the Navan Fair, or other character trait. The email is only accessible to the show coordinators and no pictures or personal information will be published.

Navan Woman’s Institute is compiling a listing of local businesses and the services and products they provide. It will include all the businesses currently supporting the Navan Nugget and any other local businesses that wish to be included. The list will have a one-time publication in the Nugget and a listing on the Navan Women’s Institute webpage. ( There is no charge. To be included email the name of the company or service; contact information; and a short description of your service or product, to

On July 30th and 31st members of the Navan Community Association’s Beautifying Navan Committee will walk to the homes of participants and take pictures for the Navan Nugget. Email your name and address to to be included. If allowed in the fall the association will hold a barbecue for all who beautified the village.

Champlain Township Council is not allowing non-residents to use L'Orignal Beach, in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Teens and adults must present identification showing their address before they enter L'Orignal Park. Non-residents boaters won’t be allowed to use the park's boat launch either. Champlain Mayor Normand Riopel said the beach was becoming overcrowded and he thinks the new rule is already working.

Also note that Britannia Beach in the west of Ottawa will be closed all summer. The riverbed is being dredged and other construction work done to restore the grade and increase water depth.

Speaking of beaches the last week of July is National Drowning Prevention Week. Tips for safe swimming include: Swimming in supervised areas – the Ottawa, Rideau and South Nation rivers are beautiful but dangerous, whereas designated beaches have been checked for hazards. Know where you are. Shallow water could drop off suddenly and currents can catch you by surprise. Play now, drink later. Go swimming or boating first, then have that beer when you’re safely on land again. Take swimming lessons. All children in Canada should learn to swim at a young age if possible. Drowning deaths among young children have been declining and that is one of the reasons. Keep young children within arm’s reach when close to or in the water. Use personal flotation devices. Lifejackets only work when they are being worn. Watch kids and close gates. Most drowning occurs in private swimming pools, often during a lapse of supervision. Children must be supervised with a designated water watcher. Avoid distractions like cell phones. And keep pools properly fenced with a self-latching gate that is locked when not in use.

Ottawa Public Health has declared a new COVID-19 outbreak at Madonna Care Community in Orleans. Its initial outbreak killed 47 residents and two staff members, and sickened more. That was declared over on June 8th. Now one resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Residents and staff are being retested and outdoor visits are cancelled.

EnviroCentre’s Bike to Work Month is shifting to include all cyclists and trip types. The new model includes residents who work from home, and those who bike for transportation or leisure.

“Let’s Bike” Ottawa invites participants to discover their city, track their carbon footprints, and learn about resources available for a happier trip. Let’s Bike Month will take place in September 2020 and transition from a commuter-only trip-logging campaign to an all-trip campaign, logging all trips taken by bike.

If you live in Russell Township remember the garbage bag limit goes back to one bag per household starting the week of August 4th.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Are you a student considering a gap year? Are you a local supplier of PPE? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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