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CJRO News June 22 to June 28, 2020

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I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell, just a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

Premier Doug Ford has announced details of the province’s plan to reopen schools in September.

Attendance will be voluntary, and school boards will be expected to adapt quickly to changes in circumstances. There may be normal school days with enhanced health protocols. There may be modified schools days with alternate days or weeks. And there may be required online learning.

Measures for in-classroom learning include physical distancing of two meters of separation for prolonged encounters, and “cohorting,” which is minimizing the number of students and teachers anyone comes in contact with, then maintaining consistency in those contacts as much as possible.

This means a limit of fifteen students per classroom and timetabling to reduce mingling among other students and classmates.

For a long list of other considerations go to Ontario.ca and follow the links.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/approach-reopening-schools-2020-2021-school-year?utm_source=Monthly%20Mailing%20List&utm_campaign=f1614668fd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_11_05_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fc42778ed8-f1614668fd-423189941

The ministry stated it is willing to review and discuss all reasonable adaptations. So this is the time to talk to students, teachers and trustees, to get your “reasonable adaptations” considered. Governments at all levels are listening now and it is important to get these new measures right.

Ottawa City Councillor George Darouze is being sued for $32,500 in Small Claims Court for defamation, breach of privacy and other costs. The claimants are Kristen and Reinhard Lechleitner of Osgoode. They had officially complained to the integrity commissioner last year. In September Darouze was found guilty of contravening the Councillor Code of Conduct.

The commissioner found Darouze attempted to bully and intimidate Kristen, after she criticized his statements on social media in 2018. Darouze wrote to the Ottawa Chief of Police, who was Kristen’s husband’s boss. The claimants say Darouze has negatively affected Reinhard’s workplace situation and Kristen’s reputation.

Darouze was sanctioned by City Council last fall, but without financial penalty. The amount Leichleitner’s are claiming is the same as the maximum amount a councillor’s pay can be docked, plus costs. Darouze wrote a non-apology for what they “perceived” and did not express remorse.

Darouze is the councillor currently representing Osgoode Ward, and also representing our listening area’s part of Cumberland Ward, which currently does not have a sitting City Councillor.

On Monday, June 15th, Russell Township Council received a motion from Mayor Pierre Leroux and Councillor Mike Tarnowski to change the namesake of Russell Township, but not the name.

A minor controversy erupted recently when a former Russell resident suggested that Russell should change its name, due to its namesake being Peter Russell, a former slave owner, and Administrator of Upper Canada.

At the same council meeting the costs and projected return on investment of extending infrastructure to the 417 Industrial Park was presented. The expected return may not materialize for 15 to 20 years, but the Township is moving forward, and investing in the future.

Never mind our previous news reports of the scheduled detours due to the replacement of the Piperville Road bridge over Highway 417. The bridge job has been postponed until 2021.

City Staff were recently notified by potential bidders of difficulty procuring a critical element for this bridge, the precast girders. This issue may have arisen due to various reasons related to COVID-19, such as suppliers’ production backlog. The girders can’t be fabricated before the end of the year.

The City states it has “no choice but to push the construction of this bridge to next year in 2021.” The contract will still be awarded this year so the chosen contractor can procure the girders in time. Construction is expected to start in June or July of 2021, and end in December.

Starting Monday, June 29th, the City of Ottawa will start issuing warning notices on vehicles parking in excess of posted time limits.

Officers will start issuing tickets on Monday, July 6th.

However, parking control officers will not enforce overtime parking on streets without signs.

All other parking restrictions remain in effect, including no-stopping zones, no-parking zones, fire routes, accessible parking spaces and rules around sidewalks, driveways and fire hydrants. Parking restrictions continue to be enforced in areas with Pay and Display machines.

Visit ottawa.ca for information about parking permits.

Ontario's driver testing services provider, DriveTest, is offering limited services across the province, in a staggered approach based on date of birth, and expecting to restore full services by September.

Details of the DriveTest reopening plan will be updated every Monday on Drivetest.ca.

The City of Ottawa is holding its first extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot this week. From Monday, June 22nd to Saturday, June 27th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can drop off household hazardous waste at 3100 Conroy Road.

COVID-19 restrictions will be in place, and residents will be directed into a queue and wait their turn to park in a designated area. Vehicles will be spaced out, and residents must remain in their vehicles. Residents will not be able to sort their material on site. Staff will remove material from the trunk. Containers will not be emptied and returned.

No electronic waste will be accepted at this site.

Details of more Hazardous Waste depots will be announced when locations and dates have been confirmed.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Have you found a life hack to help deal with COVID-19? Do you have an issue you think isn’t being noticed? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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