• Candice Vetter

CJRO News - March 9 to 15, 2020

Candice Vetter

Community Associations in Ottawa received a message from Beate Bowron, who is the Project Manager for the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020.

The review will be used to establish boundaries for at least three municipal elections, in 2022, 2026 and 2030, and possibly 2034. The last major review of Ottawa’s ward boundaries finished in 2005.

Bowron invited community members to get involved with two rounds of public consultation. The first round will gather input on current ward boundaries, on how they might be rectified, on how many wards Ottawa should have, and on how many people should be in each ward.

Participate by going to The public meeting dates are also listed there. Or you can join the online discussion at

A comment period will follow, and options will be presented for comment in Round 2. The nearest Round 1 public meeting is Thursday, March 26, at the Shenkman Arts Centre, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The City of Ottawa is considering expanding its urban boundary, which would affect communities in our coverage area.

On Monday, March 30th, the City of Ottawa will vote on the new official plan. Part of it will include whether or not to allow more development on greenfield sites and farmland in the outskirts.

The grassroots non-profit organization, Ecology Ottawa, is concerned about the loss of green space urban expansion would cause. They emphasize that the official plan review is the biggest opportunity to affect meaningful change in Ottawa.

So the group is holding a rally that same day at City Hall, to promote their Hold the Line campaign. They invite rural Ottawans to join them. The rally begins at 8 a.m.

The next Vars Optimist Club supper will be Friday March 13, starting at 5:30 at the St-Guillaume school gym.

Also in Vars, the next Vars Community Association meeting will be Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., at the Vars Fire Hall, on Rockdale Road. All are welcome.

The Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace jackpot is still growing. Next Sunday’s draw will offer a grand prize of over $75,000. The weekly win will be over $5,000. To buy tickets see

The Eastern Ontario Resource Centre is actively seeking volunteer drivers for several positions. Contact the Coordinator of Volunteers online at Or call 613-741-6025 ext. 106.

Russell museum Keith M. Boyd church building has reopened. Its new accessibility ramp is finally complete. It is just in time for The Gallagher Family at the museum’s annual Irish Tea Party the afternoon of March 15.

On Friday, March 20th, the Top Generation Club is hosting the last of its Empowering Rural Seniors series, at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre.

Navigating the Internet will run from 10:30 to 2:30. A technically knowledgeable person will guide seniors on using cell phones, notepads, laptops, and computers to access information on the internet. To register email the or phone or text Laurie at 613 619-3884. Volunteers are also needed.

Road restrictions either started last weekend or will start next weekend, depending on the municipality. Trucks are reduced to half-loads per axle. Judging by the state of Devine, Frontier and Burton roads it’s about time. Frost heaves and soft Leda Clay make some area roads feel more like roller coasters.

However, during peak-pothole season, the City of Ottawa has 31 pieces of pothole repair equipment available to deploy. If you see a pothole, you can file a request on the City's website to have it filled.

On March 28, 2020 the Bradley Cup will be played at the arena in Navan. Teams are Cumberland, Embrun, Orleans, Sarsfield, Vars, and Navan. The news release says, The Hockey will be fast, the beer will be cold, The Derringers will entertain in the evening, and we will celebrate. Proceeds will be donated to the Navan Lions Club.

Also on Saturday, March 28, is the March It On Out Swap Meet. It is at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 1211 South Russell Road, in the Village of Russell. Drop off the evening before.

The City is inviting comments on its new Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. It requests public input on crime and safety, including root causes of these issues. A report will be presented to the Community and Protective Services Committee, and to City Council in the fall.

Until Friday, April 3, residents can do an online survey at

You can also register to attend one of four public-engagement sessions. Space is limited, so register early.

Zumba Class for Spring starts Monday, April 6, 2020 with Joanne Smith. It runs till Monday, June 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre, at 6020 Piperville Road.

Eight Classes are $64 dollars. Drop-in is $10 dollars.​

The Navan Community Sunday School and Youth Group is actively looking for Volunteers. Sunday School runs Sundays from at 9:45 to11:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hall, 1170 Smith Rd, Navan.

For more information send an email to

The Registration deadline for Navan Minor Fastball ends April 10. To register go to Or you can mail or drop off a registration form, and cheque, at 3735 Trim Road.

On Thursday, April 16th, the Navan Community Association welcomes Jackie Lane Moore. She will present, Going Zero-Waste, upstairs in the Navan Arena, at 7:30 p.m.

The Cumberland Township Agricultural Society suggests crafters get a head start on projects for the Navan Fair. The prize list is available. Ag Society Navan Fair Memberships are on sale for $22 until April 23rd.

Navan Fair Board is seeking pre-electricity kitchen utensils and small tools. Contact Eleanor Hodges at, if you have some you would like to display at the Fair.

If you have news or an interesting story please contact Candice Vetter at . If you have a local business, volunteer in the community, have an unusual career, have an upcoming event to promote, or are involved in the arts or sciences, Local First would like to interview you.

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