Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.
The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges in Orleans are trying to tame a media storm caused by a dress code controversy, and a protest which erupted because of it. Staff at the school held a dress code blitz last Thursday including measuring the lengths of girls’ shorts. The next day students held a loud and angry protest outside the school and the police were called. Parents, politicians and students have spoken out against the police response, the staff’s decision to measure shorts (on the hottest day of the year so far), and the dress code itself. Since then Marc Bertrand, the director of education at the school board has apologized for the incident, but many are questioning how and why it was initiated in the first place.
For more about this story listen to my interview with Jason Dupuis and Daniel Boudria of the school board on Local First.
On a recent visit to the Royal Bank in Embrun I was informed that the branch is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of May due to lack of staff but the branch itself is not closing. I asked for an interview and was told my request would be passed on to head office, but there has been no response to my request. My visit to the branch had been because I could not get through on the phone system, and the person I spoke with at the branch said that call centres are also short staffed. The Metcalfe branch of the Royal Bank, however, is closing.
The OPP is investigating a break and enter in Limoges on Friday, May 13th, shortly before 4:45 a.m. Two unknown males stole tools with a value of over $7,500 on Limoges Road. Police are asking the public for help identifying the persons and vehicle. Both males were described as being between 5'10" and 6'1". One wore a black vest with a hoodie and gloves. The other wore a light coloured vest with reflective strips to the front. The vehicle is a red Dodge Caravan. A photo is available on the CJRO website.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Russell County OPP at 613-443-4499, OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.
In advance of the Ontario provincial election Eco East is hosting a virtual All-Candidates Meeting this Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. The bilingual meeting will be moderated by Max Richard Myre of Hawkmyer media, and will inform residents about how candidates of our region will represent environmental interests if elected on June 2nd. Go to the Eco East Facebook page for the link to register.
The Russell Library thanks the Canadian Forces volunteers from Station Leitrim for moving the soil and wood chips for the Library Community Garden at the Russell Branch. Volunteer opportunities in the garden are available and you can sign up for a spot on the library’s website.
The Russell Community Market's second season starts Sunday, June 12th at the Russell Fairgrounds and organizers are still accepting vendors. For information write TheRussellCommunityMarket@Gmail.com or get an online application and send it to that address. The first market will feature live music by Two for the Road.
Russell Meadows Retirement Community is also seeking gardeners. It needs volunteers to help seniors in the gardening club. If you’re interested and have the time please contact Christine in activities by calling 613 445-5200.
The Russell and District Horticultural Society Plant Sale is this Saturday, May 21st in Russell at MacDougall Park on Craig Street, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Don’t forget the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club’s annual recycling drive is the following Saturday, May 28th from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community centre at 6020 Piperville Road. In partnership with Ecology Ottawa the club will give a free tree seedling to donors. Check out the poster at cjroradio.com/news to see what you can donate.
Register your children for the Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club’s bike rodeo before June 1st. The Bike Rodeo is Saturday, June 11th from 10 a.m. to noon for children aged 4 to 11 years old at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre. There will be a light lunch and several great prizes, including a bicycle. To register send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Email us at newsCJRO@gmail.com. For interviews regarding local affairs, listen to Local First on the Tune In or Radioplayer Canada apps, and follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news.