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CJRO News March 22 to March 28, 2021

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on Carlsbad-Vars Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

The big news this week is the vaccine roll-out, of course.

The Ontario government’s vaccination booking system is now booking appointments for individuals born any time in 1946 or earlier at . So if you are 75 or will turn 75 this year you can get your shots now.

To book an appointment, you need your Ontario health card card, birth date, postal code, and email address and/or phone number. Appointments for both shots can be booked at the same time.

If you need help with booking, or have an old red and white health card book by phone at 1-888-999-6488.

Only book or call if you are eligible.

Appointments will be available at four community vaccination clinics:

  • Nepean Sportsplex

  • Ruddy Family YMCA-YWCA

  • Eva James Memorial Community Centre

  • City Hall

If you are aged 75 or over or an adult recipient of chronic home care, and living in a rural community, you can book your appointment at a pop-up clinic.

East end rural clinics for residents of Osgoode and Cumberland wards will be at the Greely Community Centre, Navan Memorial Centre, the Osgoode Community Centre, and R.J. Kennedy Memorial Community Centre on Dunning Road. Each clinic will be open for one day.

You can call between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

If you are part of the First Nation, Métis or Inuit populations and over age 40 you can call 613-691-5505 to book an appointment at the St-Laurent Complex, at 525 Côté Street.

Residents who need help with accessibility can request a ride through Ottawa Community Transportation. If you do not have online access, contact 211. Para Transpo users can book a ride to the clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccination Trip Reservation line at 613-842-3600.

People who must consult their healthcare provider before their appointment will be required to verbally attest that they did. They are persons receiving stem cell therapy, CAR-T therapy, chemotherapy, immune checkpoint inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, other targeted agents, and pregnant individuals (says the press release, but pretty sure they could have said pregnant women).

The provincial government will make vaccines available to additional groups between April and July, including individuals with health conditions and people between the ages of 60 and 74.

CJRO Radio is looking for two volunteer members who are residents from the Russell Municipality, two who are from Carlsbad Springs and one who is from Vars, to be part of CJRO’s governing executive. By early summer CJRO will be serving Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Embrun and Russell. If interested please contact us at

The next CJRO Radio Bingo is this week! Play on Thursday, March 25th, at 7 p.m. Listen live on-air at 107.7 or 107.9 FM or on, or Profits will be split between the Vars Optimiste Club and the Carlsbad Springs Optimiste Club. Cards are available at Rene’s Corners, Vars Gas Bar and Carlsbad Variety.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace Lottery is still growing. Next week's jackpot is estimated about $270,000. The weekly prize is estimated over $12,000.00 and there are only 11 envelopes remaining. Go to

International Forest Day is this week, and Ecology Ottawa is celebrating with a Tree Giveaway Program. They will be co-hosting small-scale, distanced, local events with community partners across Ottawa. Go to for a list of when and where.

Speaking of forests, you can join South Nation Conservation for a Maple Weekend on March 27th and 28th to discover the sweet world of Ontario maple syrup at the Oschmann Forest Conservation Area in North Dundas.

Families can visit the Forest to take a self-guided walk and SNC staff will be onsite to greet visitors with free hot chocolate and maple treats from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on both days.

Donated by the Oschmann Family in 2017, the Forest at 12301 Omond Road was used by the Oschmanns for maple syrup production for many years. The original sugar shack still stands.

Register your cleanup project for the 2021 Cleaning the Capital spring campaign by May 15th. When the project is completed, provide your feedback with the online Cleanup Report by May 31st. Join the thousands of community volunteers who help keep Ottawa clean and green in 2021. For more information on the Cleaning the Capital campaign, please visit The Orleans Electoral District is looking for part-time staff in the office of the Returning Officer for the preparation of a possible federal election.

The various available positions are: Service Agent, Clerk, Welcoming Agent, Reception and support staff.

To apply, please contact the Returning Officer by E-mail at and attached a copy of your resume.

Paint it Up! funding applications are now available and due April 23rd.

Funding is available for outdoor mural art projects. Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti. For more information see for program guidelines and application form. The Ottawa Police Criminal investigations Units have charged three Montreal men in relation to thefts of Lexus and Toyota SUVs in late February to early March.

The charged persons exclusively targeted these vehicles parked in their owners’ driveways. To date, 20 vehicles have been recovered including four at the Port of Montreal and three believed to be destined for export at the Port of Montreal.

The thieves used utilized sophisticated technology to program new keys.

Omar SAHLA, 25 years old, Honoris JOSEPH, 22 years old and Abderazak ACHAB 26 years old, all of Montreal, were charged with several criminal charges including Theft of motor vehicle, Possession of break-in instrument, Possession of device to use computer system, mischief and mischief to data. Further charges may be laid.

On Tuesday, March 30th a motion to oppose the creation of a one-million cubic-metre radioactive waste landfill upstream at Chalk River will be considered. The Glebe, Lowertown, New Edinburgh and Hintonburg community associations have endorsed this motion, which was tabled by Theresa Kavanagh, and seconded by Catherine McKenney. There are numerous opponents to the nuclear waste dump near the Ottawa River, and they are asking residents to email their councillors about how they will vote.

Mass returns to St-Laurent Church in Carlsbad Springs on Sunday, March 28th. Wearing a mask in the church is mandatory, hand sanitizer is available at both doors and physical distancing is mandatory.

Do you have news that matters to our area? If yes, contact me by emailing I’m Candice Vetter. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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