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CJRO News May 10 to May 16, 2021

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on Carlsbad-Vars Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from North Russell.

This week all Ontario adults age 40 and up or those 18 and up in hotspot communities. Next week, the week of May 17th, it will extend to all adults over 30, and the final week of May to ALL adults, age 18 and up.

There is a long list of other persons eligible for vaccination appointments this week. Group 1 is persons with at-risk health conditions. The conditions include immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders; stroke and cerebrovascular disease; dementia; diabetes; liver disease; all cancers; respiratory diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy; spleen problems; heart disease; hypertension with end organ damage; diagnosed mental disorder; substance use disorders; sickle cell disease; thalassemia; immunocompromising health conditions; and other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community.

Group 2 is persons who cannot work from home, including essential and critical retail workers (including in grocery, foodbank, pharmacy, ServiceOntario, ServiceCanada, Passport Canada, wholesalers and general goods, restaurant, and LCBO); workers in manufacturing industries directly involved in supporting the COVID-19 response, construction; essential businesses and services where facilities are at heightened risk for outbreaks and spread; social workers and social services staff who provide in-person client services; courts and justice system workers; transportation, warehousing and distribution workers; electricity; communications infrastructure workers; water and wastewater management workers; financial services workers (bank branch staff); veterinarians and veterinary teams; waste management workers; oil and petroleum workers; natural gas and propane gas; mine workers; and uranium processing workers.

If you haven’t been able to book a first shot yet, there is also a new Covid-19 Vaccine Standby List. If you are over age 18 or will be 18 this year, have not had your first shot and haven’t got an appointment already, you can register online with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

In a statement the health unit said their clinics are operating efficiently and ethically to minimize vaccine wastage. All vaccine doses at each site are allocated, but if doses are left over at the end of the day due to missed or cancelled appointments, individuals on the standby list could be called in to receive the extra doses. However, you must be able to get to the clinic within 20 minutes.

Speaking of Covid, for those who claim that Covid deaths are no more than would have died of influenza normally, CJRO looked up the data. In Canada there were 18 deaths per 100,000 from influenza and pneumonia in a one-year period over 2019-2020. This compares to 64 deaths per 100,000 of Covid. In other words the death rate from Covid is almost four times as high as that of influenza and pneumonia combined.

Russell County OPP are asking the public’s help to identify a person of interest in an altercation in Embrun on Friday, April 30th, about 4 p.m.

An officer responded to a mischief complaint at a business on Notre-Dame Street. The altercation took place in the parking lot between two male adults. The person is described as Caucasian, between 5'10" and 6'1", between 20 and 30 years old, thin build, short brown hair, and full brown beard. He wore an orange and black plaid shirt, beige cargo pants, a black ball cap and white running shoes. There’s a photo on our website. The vehicle is an older model red Chevrolet Cruze, with a rear peeled-off licence plate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Russell County OPP at 613-443-4499 or OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

(Photos attached of the person of interest and suspect vehicle)

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada has launched its first 50/50 Lottery. The monthly 50/50 raffle will start in May and continue each month to December. The first monthly Lottery begins May 6th and sales end June 10th. Tickets can be ordered online at sunshine50/

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada is a non-profit organization supporting children living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses by making their dreams come true. For more information see

Nominations for the Navan Community Builders Wall will be accepted from now until June 30th. To submit names see Write 500 words or more summarizes their goals and accomplishments in the community, and provide at least two letters of support. If you think of someone but need help with the

form, you can contact Anne-Marie at

And here’s some happy news concerning me, your radio host. My article, The Legacy of Black Beauty, in Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine, is a finalist in the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Annual Awards. The awards ceremony takes place virtually (darn it!) in early June.

CJRO Radio is looking for a Francophone reporter for about ten hours of work per week—a perfect job for someone who wants a long-term, part-time position. To apply send a resume to

Do you have news that matters to our area? Are you a health care worker or advocate? If yes, I’d like to interview you. Contact me by emailing

I’m Candice Vetter. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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