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CJRO News March 20 to March 26, 2023

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun. Happy Spring! The equinox is upon us and the days will be longer than the nights for the next six months. The forecast this week is highs a few degrees above zero and lows a few degrees below zero—perfect temperatures for sugaring off.

A new scam is appearing on local community group and buy-sell group Facebook pages. Some very good looking items for sale are posted with reasonable prices, but when contacted the seller asks for an e-transfer to “hold” the item. Persons think they are dealing with a someone from their own community, but after sending funds the Facebook post disappears. Elizabeth Colton Moore was one name used recently, but regardless of the name never e-transfer funds to someone who won’t let you come and look at the items for sale first.

After a year on the market, the Russell Township building that houses the Brasserie Étienne Brûlée at 893 Notre-Dame Street in Embrun has been sold. At its March 13th meeting, Russell Township Council authorized the sale to a private company (10928801 Canada Inc.) for $750,000. The lease of the current Brasserie tenant ended in December 2020 and the municipality and tenant were unable to find mutually acceptable conditions. The Township has stated it is pleased the facility will continue to operate as a restaurant.

Russell resident Bryan Cochrane’s rink won the 2023 Senior Mens Pprovincial Curling Championship at the Men’s final in Ingersoll on Saturday, March 18th against Team Lobel. Team Cochrane will be going to the Nationals, December 4th to 10th in Vernon, B.C. The team is Bryan Cochrane – Skip, Ian MacAulay – Third, Graham Sinclair – Second, and Ken Sullivan – Lead.

Mike Green a Director of Tamarack Land Development at The Taggart Group of Companies sent CJRO a map to inform the public of on-going site work on the controversial Tewin lands. Additional test pit work is being undertaken by Paterson at various locations within Tewin. He said there “won’t be any tree clearing involved” and they will be using existing access points on the properties. The work will be taking place from March 23rd to April 3rd. To see the map Green sent go to CJRO’s Facebook page or look at our website under News.

The Taggart Group asks local residents interested in joining the Tewin consultation committee to submit their CV and cover letter to before April 7th. The media release said the committee's role will be to provide input and insights into plans being developed, specific issues identified by the Tewin project team, and materials to support engagement with the community. The final composition of the committee will be determined by the Tewin project team and the Ward Councillor. For more information see

The Bradley Cup Hockey Tournament is this weekend, on Friday, March 24th and Saturday March 25th. Friday night there is also pizza supper, a cash bar, a DJ, and 50/50. Saturday there are more games, lunch and supper, live band, a cash bar, silent auction and 50/50. The Bradley Cup is an annual hockey tournament raising funds for the Navan Lions Club, the Navan’s Women’s Institute, and this year Team MuggleMorr (which raises money for cancer organizations). Rival teams are Cumberland, Navan, Vars, Sarsfield, and Orleans.

The administration and energy offices of the Embrun Co-op are moving. The offices will be closed Thursday, March 23rd starting at noon and all day Friday, March 24th for relocation. As of Monday March 27th, they will be in the new offices.

Russell Township Council approved the 2023 budget with a 4% increase in taxes, which represents about $84 more for the average household this year. This tax increase generates approximately $637,000 for the municipality. Of the 4%, 1% is dedicated to the future Recreational Complex, and another 2.5% is dedicated to increasing investments in the road network and infrastructure. Road improvements have been a priority, and the most requested area of ​​concern by residents each year. With the approval of the 2023 budget, the Council has further reduced the infrastructure asset replacement deficit by 19.4% this year for a total of 50.7% since 2019; at this rate they expect this deficit to be eliminated by 2026.

On April 6th, at 7 p.m., a live question and answer session will be broadcast on the Russell’s Facebook and Youtube pages. The mayor and treasurer will answer questions about the budget. Additional budget information is available on the website on the Budget page. You can send questions in advance to or participate live.

Scouts Canada is offering Kaboom for Kids, a program helping children learn how to safely do things that may be dangerous. For information check out the News section of

This year is the 30th anniversary of Cleaning the Capital. Register your cleaning project for Clean the Capital 2023 by May 1st. Clean-up kits including garbage bags, recycling bags and gloves will be available at ten City of Ottawa facilities. 

For a fourth year, an electric vehicle rally is organized. The Ciné-Parc / EV Gathering, an electric vehicle rally, is May 27th at 4:30 p.m. in Casselman at the Drouin Farm for all owners of electric and hybrid vehicles. The drive-in movie begins at 8:30 p.m. in French and English. For more details and prices, see

The Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network Annual General Meeting will be held March 30th from 4-7 p.m. at the Stonehouse Vineyard in Alexandria. The network will launch its new website,, which will showcase Eastern Ontario's producers and products.

In collaboration with the Kin Club of Russell, the Russell Curling Club is holding its first fundraiser for repairs to the club’s roof. The evening features direct from the Las Vegas Show & Dance, Professional Elvis Tribute Artist Darryl Burwash. For information and tickets see

Don’t forget the March it on Out swap meet will be Saturday, March 25th. Items can be donated Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas High School at 1211 South Russell Road, Russell. Pay once to enter and take away any items you wish.

The Friends of the Russell Library are raffling off a chock-full-of-stuff Easter Basket (value over $300) on Saturday, April 8th. The money raised will go towards helping support children's, youth, and adult programs of the Russell Public Library, including prizes for the annual Summer Reading Program and for the finalists of the Library poetry and writing contests. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the Russell Library. There are new science activities offered by the Optimist Club of Carlsbad Springs and hosted by STEAMpunks Discovery Lab. The free event at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center on Saturday, April 15th is full, so a new date of Sunday, April 16th has been added. Four sessions are offered: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each session includes two scientific activities. You must register your child before April 3rd by sending the preferred time, the name and age of the child, your email and phone number to To learn more, see

A Country Evening will take place on Saturday, April 15th at 7 p.m. at the Lucien-Delorme Community Center in Wendover. The Alain Brisson Orchestra and Country Source will be performing, featuring Eric Michael Hawks, Andrew Charlebois, Erica Brighthill, Phil Denault and Todd Nolan. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To reserve tickets contact Sophie Bisson at 613-620-5804.

The Vars Optimist Club Trivia night is back on April 22nd at the St. Guillaume School gym. The event is bilingual, hosted by Vincent Poirier, and includes a bar and DJ. Places are limited so register early. Teams can be up to six players, cost is $10 per person. For information or to register go to

The Optimist Club is offering first aid courses given by Ménard Safety Courses for teenagers 15+ and parents on April 22nd and 29th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre at 6020 Piperville Road, Carlsbad Springs. This in-person course will be in English and the online module is offered in French and English. For more information see

A DJ dance fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, called Dance for CF, will take place April 29th at 7 p.m. at the Community Centre in Embrun. All proceeds will go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. It is organized by Christiane Aupry whose son has CF.

The Kin Club of Russell’s Catch the Ace lottery, still the largest Catch the Ace in Ontario, only has 15 envelopes left. The current jackpot is an estimated $484,000.00 and the weekly prize is an estimated $22,000. Purchases can be made at 26 retail locations or online at

If you have News you want included on this weekly report, please let me know by Monday mornings. We have additional content up at Check for photos, videos, late News, media releases, News text, email conversations with public officials, and Local First podcasts. It’s all here on CJRO. Tune in at 107.7 or 107.9, follow us on Facebook, listen to our podcasts on or on the Tune-In and Radio Player Canada apps. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO, last on the dial, first for local news.

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