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CJRO News March 14 to March 20, 2022

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

Russell Township Council has unanimously voted to keep the former New York Central Train Station at its location in Embrun and to upgrade the building. Councillor Mike Tarnowski, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, recommended Council use funds of about $14,000 which had been set aside in 2021. A Train Station Committee has also raised over $10,000. Phase One is to repair the station and highlight the exterior. Phase Two would be structural repairs, including a concrete slab foundation, with the end goal of some type of tourism-related use such as a museum, farmer’s market or tourist centre, or else a commercial project.

For March break activities the Russell and Embrun arenas and the Sports Dome all have public skating, shinny and public turf available this week. You can see the schedule at or

If you have ice fishing huts or hockey nets or other equipment on local creeks and rivers you should have them removed by now, both from a legal point of view and from a safety point of view as this week’s weather is mostly above freezing and SNC reports the ice is slightly thinner than usual.

GPR MPP Amanda Simard has announced she will run in the next provincial election as a Liberal candidate. So far other candidates are Stéphane Sarrazin and Sylvie Paquette. The NDP has announced it is seeking a GPR candidate.

You can confirm you are on the provincial voter’s list and your information is correct for the election on June 2nd this year, by checking To check the municipal voters’ list, for the election in October, check

On Monday, March 21st the first public consultation for the second engagement series of the City of Ottawa’s Solid Waste Master Plan starts. Residents may submit feedback and questions to or check Engage Ottawa. For the Transportation Master Plan consultation the City will host a virtual Open House on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. Hydro Ottawa is installing new hydro poles in Carlsbad Springs from now until Monday, July 11th. The work will take place on Thunder Road (from Boundary Road to Hall Road).

Cleaning the Capital is back! Registration opens on March 15th and can be done online at Clean Ottawa or by calling 3-1-1. Registrants can get cleanup kits, which include garbage bags and gloves, at facilities across the city.

The Cumberland Lions Club is holding the 51st Maplefest Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, April 2nd and 3rd. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at Maple Hall, 2552 Old Montreal Rd., Cumberland. It is a community fundraiser and the Cumberland Scouts will be selling maple products.

The Navan Fair is back this year, but a little earlier. August 4th to 7th the community will celebrate 75 years of family traditions.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s three days late at the Russell and District Historical Society’s Irish ceilidh with The Gallaghers on Sunday, March 20th, at 2 p.m. This year it will be in the hall in the Russell arena. Admission is free, everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. The Gallagher family plays traditional Celtic music, complete with fiddles and dancing.

To help reduce waste and save resources the Top Generation Club in Ramsayville is collecting many items for redirecting. To help, or if you want more information, email

Registration is open for the Russell Soccer Club, house league and Raiders competitive league. See for details.

In Embrun the Embrun Optimist Club is hosting children’s soccer at Richelieu Park and is accepting online registrations until March 22nd.

The Navan 2022 Bradley Cup tournament is back and will be held Saturday, March 26th at the arena in Navan. The tournament starts at 8 a.m., followed by family skating at 1 p.m., and final games in the afternoon. All proceeds go to the Navan Lions Club.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace this week has an estimated jackpot of $61,000. The weekly prize is estimated at $5,000. See the club’s website for how to buy tickets.

The next CJRO Radio Bingo is next week on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. Get your cards at René's Corner, Carlsbad Variety Store, Jude's Pizza in Vars, and Marché Bonichoix in Embrun – at $5 per card. Support your local Optimist Clubs. CJRO is always looking for volunteers, including a person to help with IT and our website, show hosts, business partners, and CJRO committee members. Contact us at if interested.

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