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CJRO News July 10 to July 16, 2023

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

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

Residents in the Town of Casselman are still experiencing high levels of manganese in town-supplied water. The water is tinted brown and has an odour, and some residents have reported sediment negatively affecting their appliances, such as water softeners, filtration systems and water heaters. Health Canada states the maximum acceptable concentration is 0.12 milligrams per litre, based on infants, who are the most sensitive population. Last week manganese in Casselman’s water reached 0.45 mg per litre. The town had similar issues in 2016 and 2019. In 2018 the Ontario Clean Water agency took over the water treatment plant. Water comes from the South Nation River. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, EOHU's medical officer of health, said short-term exposure to these manganese levels is unlikely to cause health problems, but many residents are afraid to use it. I will be interviewing Genevieve Lajoie on this topic on Local First.

Residents in northern Russell Township are saying they were blindsided by the Township’s plans to expand the 417 Industrial Park right up to their backyards. Homeowners on Eadie and Burton Roads claim the Township has not been transparent about its plans, has not consulted with them at all, and has misrepresented the plans. Louis Prevost, Director of Planning and Forestry of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell told CJRO the minimum requirements for consultation were met when the UCPR advertised that the official plan for the entire 2000-square-kilometre county was being revised. He said there were almost no comments. That is disputed by Rhonda Bradley of Eadie Road. She says had notice been properly given there would have been many comments and people living along the north end of Eadie would have been involved in the process much earlier. The new plan, which only showed the full expansion as an “addendum A” to an environmental assessment on the servicing of the industrial park, supplants previous maps which did not show all the agricultural land which would be rezoned to Industrial. The province approved the official plan last Friday. This reporter lives near the area in question but is not directly affected, and there is no one else to report on this matter.

Township of Russell official plan (note: not UCPR official plan) showing industrial park boundaries about 1 km east of Eadie Road, prepared in 2017.

2021 map still showing industrial park 1 km east of Eadie Road.

Township of Russell's Notice of EA Addendum, still showing industrial park 1 km east of Eadie Road.

Map produced in 2021 as part of the Addendum to the Environmental Assessment, which differs from the map the Township of Russell used and which includes land in Ottawa boundaries.

Map which appeared at May 13, 2023 special Council meeting. Homeowners with red stars on properties were not consulted or notified by Township that their properties were being considered for industrial redesignation.

Meet Me on Main Street is in Russell this Thursday, July 13th. Part of Concession Street will be closed and there will tables, vendors, food, drinks and music for the whole family to enjoy, starting at 5 p.m. An unveiling of two murals will be that evening, the new Silsby Pumper story book will hopefully be available, and the 125th anniversary of the Police Village of Russell will be celebrated. For more information see and listen to my interviews with Connie Johnston and with Harry Baker on Local First.

Lillian Morrow raking hay is one of the photographs used on a mural to be unveiled this Thursday in Russell. Photo courtesy Russell and District Historical Society

Historical book cover. Photo courtesy Harry Baker.

In Ottawa, be reminded that Highway 417, the Queensway, will be closed completely at Bronson Avenue on Thursday, July 13th at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 17th, to replace the Bronson Avenue overpass.

The founder of the Giant Tiger chain of stores has died. Gordon Reid passed away at his home after a brief illness at the age of 89, the company said. The GT Boutique has been an important fixture in Embrun for several decades.

Texts and emails are being sent out advising people to follow a link to receive their federal government grocery rebate. Do not do this. It’s another scam. The grocery rebate funds will be automatically given to Canadians who already receive the GST rebate.

The Wendover Country Music Festival starts Thursday, July 13th and runs until Sunday, July 16th featuring over 20 musical acts. For information and tickets email

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