• Candice Vetter

CJRO News July 6 to July 13, 2020

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

Ottawa Councillor Keith Egli will bring a Motion to make wearing masks in indoor spaces, such as stores, mandatory, on Wednesday, July 15th. So if you haven’t acquired masks yet now is the time. Ottawa Public Health officials remind us that not everyone can wear a mask, so please be respectful.

Other local health units are considering a regional approach to mandate masks.

Late Russell resident and Embrun high school student, Jonathan Pitre, was honoured posthumously on Canada Day by Governor General Julie Payette. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for his work raising awareness and fundraising for the cause of Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare and painful skin disease. Through his work Pitre became an international celebrity. He died in 2018 at age 17.

His mother Tina Boileau was also honoured with a Meritorious Service Medal. Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada.

The full list of 123 new recipients can be seen at, at, and for an inspiring list of heroism at

With blistering hot weather already marking this summer, the City of Ottawa has opened some of its pools for swimming, by appointment only. On the day of the swim you would like to attend, call the facility which will reserve space on a first come, first served basis.

For early morning swims, call the evening before.

Nearby indoor pools are the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-in Orléans, 1490 Youville Drive; the Canterbury Recreation Complex, 2185 Arch Street; the François Dupuis Recreation Centre, 2263 Portobello Boulevard; the Splash Wave Pool, 2040 Ogilvie Road. There will not be wave swims and the lap pool will be open. The Bearbrook Outdoor Pool, at 2679 Innes Road is also open.

However, the Township of North Dundas has decided not to open its outdoor pools in Chesterville (which is my favourite) or Winchester at all this summer.

The township’s Recreation and Culture Department staff devised a plan compliant with health directives, but there were still concerns for the well-being of patrons and staff.

In Russell Township the plan is to open the pool but details have not yet been released.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board wants to know what you think school could look like in the fall. Go to and follow the links to the Learn at Home and Planning Forward Survey.

City of Ottawa is issuing tickets again on vehicles parked in excess of posted time limits. So be warned. Visit for information about parking permits.

Vars is going to celebrate Hallowe’en early! This Friday, July 10th, the Vars Community Association asks residents to decorate their doorsteps for trick-or-treating. Neighbours are asked to follow health measures, that is, physical distancing, handwashing, wearing a mask, and so on. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

Rochon Garden in Edwards is at the peak of strawberry season and welcomes you-pick customers. The garden is located at 2245 York's Corners Road at the corner of Pana Road.

Russell Township has a water restriction on. Pressure washing and washing vehicles are prohibited. Using a watering can for lawns and gardens is permitted, but hoses and sprinklers will only be allowed on alternate days. Residents with an odd-numbered address can water with a hose on odd-numbered dates, at night, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Residents with an even-numbered address are allowed to water at night on even-numbered dates.

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

The waste limit was temporarily increased to two bags in March and now the Township is readjusting municipal services as reopening starts.

The Federation of Citizen’s Associations of Ottawa has postponed its Annual General Meeting until September 16th. The FAC reports that Ottawa City Council is facing a $192 million dollar deficit this year. It must be covered next year, which will make the 2021 budget process challenging, and service cuts are expected. Community associations are advised to speak to their councillors about priorities before the draft budget is released this fall. The Canadian Environmental Law Association has announced that it welcomes the government of Ontario's decision to restore the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1994 (EBR), which had been suspended since early April.

CELA and nearly 50 civil society organizations wrote the government asking that the suspension regulation be repealed immediately. CELA is also asking the government to retroactively disclose all proposals which would normally have been posted for comment, if not for the suspension. It says the comment periods on items which were not urgent COVID-19 actions should be restarted.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you work in health care or long-term care? Are you a volunteer who isn’t volunteering right now? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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