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CJRO News June 13 to June 19, 2022

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

In Russell Township the bridge on St. Joseph Road is now complete. The project, budgeted at $955,000, has been ongoing since February. The Township inspects all bridges once every two years so the municipality can plan for future repairs and replacements.

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club raised $1,500 at the recycling and bottle drive held in May. The funds will be used to organize more activities for local kids. The Optimists also announced results of the roadblock fundraiser also in May. The Club presented a cheque for over 4,600 to the CHEO Foundation for Cancer for Kids on June 11th.

The Sarsfield Community Association’s AGM is this Friday, June 17th, at 6 p.m. it will include pizza, live music and a food drive, at the community centre on Sarsfield Road.

A fundraiser for a Sarsfield business, Parisien Precast, is up on GoFundMe. Parisien is a family owned business started in 1958. The owners lost their barn workshop and livelihood in the May 21st storm. The barn where the concrete work was done collapsed completely. Being an old structure the barn could not be insured. Search for help-parisien-precast-build-a-shop on GoFundMe.

The Anglican Church Women are hosting a bake sale June 25th from ten a.m. to noon at St. Mary’s in Russell, so mark your calendars.

Drouin Farm near Casselman is hosting a drive-in gathering on June 25th for electric and hybrid vehicle owners. Gasoline vehicles are welcome too. Electric car owners will be on hand and answer questions about their vehicles during the gathering, which starts at 4:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. the drive-in screen will show Spider-man: No Way Home in both French and English. For more details see

A job survey has been launched on the websites of the municipalities in UCPR. Business owners are asked to complete the survey to help determine local employment needs. In Russell Township go to

Monica Gagnier, who was raised in Embrun, was given the Lt. Governor’s Award at the University of Laval, which she has attended in the forestry program. Gagnier is currently working in British Columbia. She is also the sister of CJRO radio host Marc-Antoine Gagnier. For more listen to interviews with her on Local First and Priorite Locale.

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson has written Ontario Premier Doug Ford asking that he designate Ottawa as an area specifically impacted by a natural disaster. Councillor Catherine Kitts put forward the motion. She noted that city crews are working to clear debris in public areas, but private properties need help too. Trees are often hung up in dangerous positions and most homeowners’ insurance does not cover cleanup costs.

You can now rent bicycles at the Russell Township Sports Dome. Cyclists can choose from a fleet of eight bicycles of different sizes for adults and children. The brand-new bikes have adjustable seats and can be rented for $10 per hour. Rental includes a helmet and lock. The bike station is located at the Russell Sports Dome.

The Kin Club of Russell is hosting a wedding Saturday, July 30th, for 150 persons at the Camille Piche Centre in Embrun. The Club is seeking volunteers to help with setup, serving, clean-up and DJing. Workers will be fed filet mignon. Contact if interested.

If you’re looking for a paying job the Coop Independent in Embrun is holding a job fair June 28th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the grocery store offers flexible hours, benefits, and discounts for member employees. Bring your resume and apply in person.

Also in Embrun the new Starbucks just west of the roundabout opened last week. They are also seeking staff.

So is St-Mathieu Residence in Hammond. The facility needs students to help with the needs of 50 residents. The job pays minimum wage.

Calypso Waterpark in Limoges has been sold to EPR Properties, an American Real Estate Investment Trust. EPR has also bought Village Vacances Valcartier Resort as part of the $180 million deal. Premier Parks of Oklahoma will manage the water parks. Calypso also opens this week and is actively seeking staff in many positions.

Russell Township is forming a new committee to look into an affordable housing strategy after a presentation to Council by Marc Lalonde. Township staff will prepare terms of reference but the committee is unlikely to form before the municipal election in October.

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