• Candice Vetter

CJRO News July 27 to Aug. 2, 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.

So far the 2020 Cumberland Ward by-election has six candidates. They are Yvette Ashiri, a seasoned entrepreneur and activist; Lyse-Pascale Inamuco, a co-president of the ‎Women’s March Ottawa; Catherine Kitts, former editor of the Orleans Star; Craig MacAulay, who previously ran for Mayor; Patrick Uguccioni, former Corporate Communications Strategist at the City; and Carlsbad Springs’ own Denis Labrèche.

Nomination papers can be submitted until Friday, August 21st, at 2 p.m. To file candidates need a completed Nomination Paper (Form 1); the filing fee; and proof of identity. For an appointment to file call 613-580-2660.

The Russell Sports Dome is reopening on Tuesday, August 4th. Changes include limited capacity per zone, online or telephone booking only, disinfection period every 60 minutes, reduced open hours, closed change rooms, controlled circulation, and access limited to members only, meaning no drop-ins.

Cine Park Nation drive-in theatre is open every weekend now, with a show on Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night. Each night is different and you can see the line-up the week before on the Cine Park Nation facebook page.

Are you missing seeing parades? Well, in Navan on Saturday, August 8th there will be an Upside Down Parade on the Navan Fairgrounds. Exhibits and items you would normally see in the Navan Fair Parade will be parked around the paved driveway of the fairgrounds. Visitors can drive around in cars to view the exhibits from 10:00 a.m. and noon. Admission will be free but a non-perishable donation to the Food Bank is suggested.

If anyone has afloat, an exhibit, animals to show off or if local businesses would like to set up a table, contact Eleanor Hodges at or call 613-833-2792. There will also be a kids’ crafts show which local children and youth can enter virtually, and the virtual Navan Fair Baby Show. For details see

The return of the Original Navan Market on Sunday, July 26th, is reported to have been a great success, with over 50 vendors and lots of physically distancing visitors. To keep up-to-date on the market see the Navan Community Association’s Facebook page.

Navan Woman’s Institute is compiling a listing of local businesses and the services and products they provide. The list will have a one-time publication in the Nugget and a free 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

A reminder Champlain Township Council is not allowing non-residents to use L'Orignal Beach, and non-residents boaters won’t be allowed to use the park's boat launch. And in west end Ottawa Britannia Beach in will be closed all summer for construction work to restore the grade and increase water depth. As of this writing other beaches in Ottawa were open, with safe E. coli levels.

The South Nation Water Response Team has upgraded the drought advisory from Level I (minor) to Level II (moderate) low water for the entire watershed.

Locally there are reduced crop yields and heat stress in livestock. Should the drought conditions worsen, shallow wells may go dry. Prolonged drought conditions can also affect tree health and new seedlings.

Residents and businesses are asked to reduce their water consumption by 20% and limit non-essential uses.

Landowners are encouraged to contact SNC if they are experiencing any problems with their wells and can complete an online survey to report low water impacts.

For more information contact Omar Kana’n, Water Resources Specialist at 613-984-2948 or And I am interviewing Omar on Local First this week about drought conditions and water conservation strategies, so tune in.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Are you a rural resident with water conservation tips? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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