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CJRO News June 8 to June 14, 2020

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

In the Village of Russell a March in Solidarity attracted close to 300 people on Friday, June 5th. The peaceful march started in support of the anti-racism movements in the United States. It was organized through the Love Russell Ontario Facebook page. Russell Township Councillor Cindy Saucier and Mayor Pierre Leroux attended, among many other community leaders.

Tina Collins read aloud the names of 27 persons of colour who have been killed due to police actions in Canada. Then the crowd, almost all wearing masks, and doing a way better job of physical distancing than in the cities, walked from the arena to the Castor River and back.

I spoke with Collins who said the event started as an idea on Saucier’s Facebook page. Local residents wanted to attend the march in Ottawa but realized a march here would have an impact locally, and would also be a safer alternative. But they were amazed by the size of the crowd that turned up.

Photos taken of the event show almost everyone wearing masks. There may not always have been two whole metres between marchers, but there was more than a metre and participants looked like they were being careful.

Limoges resident, Ange Iracanye, thanked the crowd on behalf of, as she said, “People who look like me.”

For more on this issue listen to this week’s broadcast of Local First, where I’ll be talking about reluctant activists, to march, not to cause trouble, but because they can’t stand by and do nothing anymore.

In other news, a news release from Ottawa City Councillor Diane Deans states that the City has received a Site Plan Control application for a business and industrial park. It would be located on the west side of the Highway 417 and Hunt Club Road interchange.

These lands are owned by the National Capital Commission. The site is made up of two parcels, one on each side of Russell Road. It would be used for warehouse, industrial and office space. The lands being proposed for the project are farmland, a house, and the farm buildings. Hmmm, is that farmland being developed?

Regarding roads there is lots of news, of course, this being construction season, er, summer.

The Airport Parkway between Hunt Club Road and Uplands and Lester Road will be closed overnight from 10 p.m., on Wednesday, June 17th, to 5 a.m. on Thursday, June 18th.

For people travelling in the direction of the airport take note that Uplands Drive and the Airport Parkway will have upcoming road closures due to construction work for LRT Stage 2. No dates were given but notices will be posted. OC Transpo is coordinating the service plan for the closure of Piperville Road, this summer, while the bridge over the Bear Brook is replaced. OC Transpo Route 222 travels across the bridge in both directions, to Blair Station and to Vars. The plan must be approved by the Carlsbad Springs Community Association. That section of Piperville Road is expected to be closed from early July until the end of October. Look on our website for a map of the proposed detour using Leitrim and Russell roads, and the parking lot of the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre.

And if you are commuting remember, as of Monday, June 15th, masks or similar face coverings are required on OC Transpo buses and trains, at stations, on Para Transpo minibuses and in contracted taxis. People with disabilities or medical conditions affecting breathing, and children who are too young to safely remove a mask by themselves are not required to wear them. Do not put masks on babies.

If paying your property taxes now will cause you hardship, you can apply for the Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program. It extends the property tax deadline of June 18th until October 30th. You must apply before July 31st. For more information see ottawa.ca/taxrelief.

Do you need PPE? The Government of Ontario website at https://covid-19.ontario.ca has a section on where to find personal protective equipment. Go to ontario.ca and follow the covid-19 links to PPE and to business reopening support.

For those who heard my interview a couple of weeks ago with producer, and current Russell resident, Jonathan Estabrooks, on Local First, the opera instalment of the Lean On Me virtual concert series has been postponed. It is put off until Saturday, June 13th, at 4 p.m., online, to prepare a response to the worldwide movements against racism and brutality. To join the audience visit TheOmniARTSFoundation.com.

CJRO is looking for a volunteer IT technician. If you’re interested in practicing your skills contact Denis at CJROfm@rogers.com .

On a personal note, I went for a COVID-19 test in Casselman last week. I went because health officials need way more data on transmission of this virus. It was easy, just drove up to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit building at the bottom of rue Principale, waited in line, was given instructions and gave my information all by intercom. Parked where told, waited for a call (or a wave for those without cell phones) for my turn to drive up, watched the health worker super sanitize between patients, confirmed my identity, tipped my head back, swallowed three times as told, and was done. Got a call confirming negative diagnosis the next day. Here’s a tip, though, have something to drink before your test so that when told to swallow you can. The clinic is at 872 Principale Street in Casselman, and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

We’ll end the News with some positive stories. My news production was a bit delayed on Monday because Premier Doug Ford announced Phase 2 reopening changes which we wanted to include. And here they are:

Businesses and services will be allowed to reopen in Eastern Ontario and Ottawa, if the specified health and safety measures are in place. These include:

  • Outdoor dining at restaurants and bars, including patios, curbsides, parking lots and adjacent properties;

  • Personal care services, like hair salons, barbers, tattoo parlours, etc., with strict health and safety measures in place;

  • Shopping malls under certain restrictions;

  • Tour and guide services, including winery, brewery and distillery tastings and tours;

  • Splash pads, wading pools, and all swimming pools;

  • Beach access and camping at Ontario Parks;

  • Camping at private campgrounds;

  • Facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with physical distancing limits;

  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation;

  • Film and TV production activities, with physical distancing limits

  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

The Greater Toronto Area and Greater Hamilton Area are both still under COVID-19 restrictions as they are the hotspots in the province.

Premier Ford said he will release more information soon about summer camps, post-secondary education, training centres and public transit.

And we’ll end with some very good news for our listening area. The Carlsbad Springs Community Association has confirmed that the former D&S restaurant at the corner of Russell Road and Boundary Road in Carlsbad Springs is officially sold.

This historic building will reopen as a new Indian and Canadian food restaurant. This location was known as Carlsbad Hotel in the 1960s to mid '70s, and then became the Oasis, a famous strip joint and bar, until it was sold and briefly became Jacques’ Trap Bar and Grill. When the owners of the D&S catering company took it over they made it famous as one of the best places for barbecue in Ottawa. After a flood and insurance issues it was closed and put on the market in 2017.

Local residents are thrilled to have a restaurant to look forward again.

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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