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CJRO News July 26 to August 1, 2021

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

The City of Ottawa has received comments on its master plan from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The MMAH comment #33 specifically says, “… the location of the ‘Tewin Lands’ does not appear to align with the City’s goal of a 15-minute community or being within 2.5 linear kilometre distance (1.9km radius) of any rapid transit. It is noted that these lands are distant from any LRT stations invested by the City and Province. Additionally, due to the proximity of the ‘Tewin Lands’ to Highway 417, future pressures on the highway (including for new interchanges) may result to accommodate the growth projected in the area. The City must be satisfied that the development is supported by the necessary infrastructure and are an efficient and cost-effective use of existing or planned infrastructure.”

I requested an interview with the Ministry but was denied, however, staff directed me to City staff to provide the MMAH comments. The whole document can be read at and follow the links to the official plan’s comments. I have also posted the links to the draft plan and to the comments on under the News tab.

Over 71% of the Canadian population has one dose of Covid vaccine, and almost 50% have two doses as of July 25th. In Ontario persons over age 12 have an 80 per cent first dose rate and almost 65 per cent have had their second doses. With this easily-spread disease about 90 per cent of the population needs to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity.

New Covid infection rates in Ottawa and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit were at zero for many days, but both recently reported new cases, however the numbers are still in the single digits.

The Ottawa Citizen has reported that Hydro Ottawa is warning the public about a new scam. If you get a call claiming to be from Hydro Ottawa which threatens to cut off your power if you don’t pay immediately, over the phone, it’s a fake call. Hydro Ottawa does not demand immediate payment over the phone. The advice--just hang up.

The Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource had joined the Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities Ottawa’s Intergenerational Rural Art Project, I Live In the Country!

Participants of all ages are welcome to contribute their ideas at virtual planning workshops as well as participate in the production of the mural. Participants will have the chance to create with a talented muralist to express their reality of living in a rural area and add their artistic touch to a large mural.

Reserve your spot on the team before July 29th by emailing OR visit the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on August 4th to August 8th to add to the art project.

Please share this wonderful project with community members:

A virtual fundraiser is open until September 5th via GoFundMe to help build Jonathan Pitre Park in the Township of Russell. The fundraiser’s goal is $100,000. The Township project is estimated at $292,000 for the fully-accessible park which will be near the Sports Dome at the western edge of Embrun. To donate go to and follow the links.

The Maple Leaf Almrauch German Club is expanding their existing soccer facilities and building a field of dreams, with two full pitches, including one artificial turf pitch and lights.

CJRO is looking for a sales representative to help us gain more community partners. The position is commission-based. If you are interested in earning money and helping support the station so we can continue to spread news and interviews of local importance please contact

Students! We need you. We are seeking volunteers to help us with some technical aspects of running a radio station, to promote our stories and music through social media, and to spot news relevant to your demographic. Contact us through or for more information.

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Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have a local business? How has Covid affected you? Tell me your experience by emailing

I’m Candice Vetter. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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