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CJRO News March 7 to March 13, 2022

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

Spring is on its way, and a sure sign of it is half-load restrictions for trucks on local roads. Restrictions on vehicles with more than 5,000 kilos per axle will begin this Thursday, March 10th.

The provincial government has decided to cancel or refund license renewal fees for cars, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds which are personally-owned. If your address needs changing on your driver’s license, or you have outstanding tickets, you must update your records online at and click on the Service Ontario page, or call 1-888-333-0049, otherwise it will come to you automatically.

But don’t be scammed. OPP have warned that text messages claiming to be from the Ontario government are being sent out with a link. Do not go to this link. It is a scam and the government does not send refunds via text message.

The Bearbrook wetland evaluation Zoom meeting which took place on March 3rd suggests that there are probably large and significant wetlands situated on the land proposed for the Tewin subdivision near Carlsbad Springs. We will be receiving a copy of the slide deck and a transcript of the narrative. When received we will post both on our website.

The City of Ottawa is seeking public engagement on several issues affecting our listening area. The solid waste master plan is of obvious concern to Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Russell Township residents, because where will that waste go? The proposed Brian Coburn extension, which has been praised by local politicians at every level, but slammed by environmental organizations, would cut right through a large and intact natural area beside Mer Bleue Bog, and pose particular hazards for endangered wildlife. Have your say on these and other issues at

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill has been sold to Steam Whistle Brewing. A news release from Beau’s said that the operation here in Eastern Ontario will continue. For the co-founders, father Tim Beauchesne plans to retire and his son Steve will continue.

The Russell and District Historical Society is once again hosting The Gallaghers for an Irish ceilidh 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. Games will be once a week from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., probably on Wednesdays.

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. with games, followed by family skating at 1 p.m., the wildcard game at 2:10, semi-finals at 3 and 3:50 and the championship game at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Navan Lions Club.

Also in Navan for children who wish to play fastball this summer, send their names and year of birth to so team lists can be compiled. If the season proceeds formal registration will come at a later date.

There’s lots of time to buy tickets for the Russell Lions Club quilt raffle in support of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. To buy tickets contact Ken Erickson at 613-445-3694 or email The draw will be Easter Sunday, April 17th. For more information listen to my interview with Lion Margaret Pettipas on Local First.

Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace this week has an estimated jackpot of $52,000. The weekly prize is estimated over $4,500. There are 45 envelopes remaining. See the club’s website for how to buy tickets.

Don’t forget to play CJRO Radio Bingo. The next games are on Wednesdays, March 9th and 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. Profits will be divided and given to the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club,the Vars Optimist Club and the Embrun Optimist Club.

CJRO is looking for a part-time francophone radio reporter. The work is about five hours per week to produce and record local news, French interviews and ad-hoc content for the station.

We are always looking for volunteers too, including a person to help with IT and our website, show hosts, business partners, and CJRO committee members. Contact us at if interested.

We want to hear what News matters to you. Do you have questions about something going on near you? Let us know and we’ll try to find answers. Email us at For in-depth discussions of local issues, listen to Local First on-air, online, through the Tune In and Radio Player Canada apps, or follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news.

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