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CJRO News May 11 to May 17

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, Navan, parts of Russell, southeast Ottawa, and online, at CJROradio.com.

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell.

The Carlsbad Springs Community Association has asked the National Capital Commission to allow properties it owns in or near the village to be sold. The goal is to use additional land for one- or two-acre lots, which would front Piperville Road and Russell Road. This would provide a link between existing homes and the core areas of the village, the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre, Harkness Park, the St-Laurent church and the old village area near Way and Spring Roads. Those areas have access to City water, high speed internet cable and Ottawa Hydro. If the NCC is agreeable, the community association would then consult with the public.

The community association is also asking the NCC to release land beside the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre to the City of Ottawa. It would be used to build a second baseball field between the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre and Harkness Park.

We will be putting the map up on our website for our listeners to view.

The City of Ottawa and the Province of Ontario are permitting the limited use of parks. City parks are open and Provincial Parks for day use will be open later this week. Using amenities such as benches and playground equipment is still prohibited. In the city Parks Ambassadors will be on hand to explain the rules.

The City of Ottawa invites all residents to join an online town hall on COVID-19 on Thursday, May 14 at 3 p.m.

To join, watch live the City of Ottawa’s Youtube channel, on RogersTV Cable 22, or on rogerstv.com. Call in during the discussion, with your questions, to 613-233-1979 with the passcode, which is 5490123#.

Mayor Jim Watson will moderate and the panel includes Keith Egli, Chair, Ottawa Board of Health; Steve Kanellakos, City Manager; Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health; Anthony Di Monte, General Manager, Emergency and Protective Services; and Peter Sloly, Chief, Ottawa Police Service.

The Champlain Community Support Network has made a COVID-19 Response Site for seniors to request community services. The bilingual site focuses on grocery and pharmacy delivery, transportation to medical appointments, telephone safety checks and Meals on Wheels. Register at communitysupport.covidresponse.ca

Ottawa farmers markets are piloting contactless pickup where you can pick and click fresh produce goods! Go to ottawafarmersmarket.ca, click on covid-19 and click on where-to-find-vendors.

The City of Ottawa’s Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Sunday, May 31 has been cancelled until further notice.

In Russell Township, Hazardous Waste Day has been postponed to Saturday, October 17.

Navan Women Inspired and the Navan Community Association are inviting Navanites to put a pot or basket of colourful flowers or vegetables at the edge of their property. The initiative is to honour frontline workers, beautify Navan, to give walkers and wheelers something to enjoy as they pass by, and to say thank you to the community. If you’d like to register your display, send your name and address to samc1@rogers.com. Volunteers will visit the displays to take photos on July 30 and 31.

Many Carlsbad Springs and Russell residents are familiar with Aleta Karstad and Dr. Fred Schueler, who worked with the CCCRPE and CESA-EO. The artist-biologist couple has been nominated for the Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize. One of several nominators said, “I have always felt they never quite received the recognition they so clearly deserved for their long time and ongoing work and commitment to documenting and protecting nature. Without much financial or institutional support, they have selflessly …worked to reveal … growing threats to wildlife. They were drawing attention to invasive species long before anyone else.” The winner will be announced later this month.

On Monday, May 11, the day I was writing this news, the Ottawa City planning committee and rural affairs committee had their meeting to discuss potentially adding 1,650 hectares, or over 4000 acres, to the suburbs, using up undeveloped lands.

City Council is then set to vote on May 27, and the decision will be final. Residents of Cumberland Ward with concerns can write to the three City councillors who are sharing the Councillor’s job, Matthew Luloff, George Darouze and Laura Dudas.

A principal concern is why is such an important decision being taken during an unprecedented emergency? And in this Ward another particular issue is the lack of a councillor. This is the second time in seven years the ward has been without representation. The first time was when Councillor Stephen Blais was off work after a heart attack in 2013, and this time is because Blais quit his Council job to become the MPP for the area.

Last week Blais was asked to become the Liberal critic for four portfolios. They are Municipal Affairs and Housing, Transportation and Infrastructure, Government and Consumer Services, and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

The Ottawa Public Library offers online digital resources, ebooks, magazines and newspapers, streaming music, videos, audio books, and encyclopedia. Contact the library’s InfoService by calling 613-580-2490 or through biblioottawalibrary.ca.

The library is also asking patrons to contact staff if you think of any way the library can help. It could be assisting people with getting the library resources they need, providing a service to a group, developing new programming, or innovative ways to make current programming accessible to more residents.

The Orleans Cumberland Community Resource Centre is also here to help. Call 613-830-4357 to help get help with food, counselling and other services you need to stay in your home. Also, the Eastern Ontario Resource Centre is available to help with medications, groceries, and transportation to appointments. Call 613-741-6025 ext. 300.

Rural Ottawa South Support Services has a new program called A Friendly Voice. It is a free telephone line for seniors across Ontario to call whenever they are feeling lonely or isolated. For more information see rosss.ca or call 613-692-4697 ext. 236.

Another resource is Chatting to Wellness. Local university students are available by phone every weekday evening to chat with seniors. Seniors lead the conversations, which are free and last 45 minutes. Calls are scheduled between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Seniors can sign up directly, or have a family member sign up on their behalf at chattingtowellness.ca/phonechats.

And here is a reminder that Foubert Road is completely closed and Farmers Way is closed between the two Piperville Road intersections. The work will not end until October 30.

Piperville Road will also be closed between Farmers Way and Russell Road, starting in July, when the bridge culvert is replaced. That work is expected to end in December.

In Russell Township an inspection of a culvert on May 7th resulted in Route 300 between St-Augustin Road and St-Pierre Road being closed to traffic until further notice. Only emergency vehicles will have access. The closure was originally planned for July. A culvert replacement will be completed as soon as possible.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Have you found a life hack to help deal with COVID-19? If yes, contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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