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CJRO News May 29 to June 4, 2023

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

The Russell Township plan to expand the existing 417 Industrial Park is raising eyebrows. There is extensive debate within the Council about the costs, which may never be recovered, or if recovered, would not be until a timeframe within 20 to 40 years. In the meantime agricultural land (some of the best in Eastern Ontario) is to be sacrificed for the sake of industries which may bring little or no benefit to residents, but will negatively impact residents of the northern portion of the township. This is the same area that was considered for a mega-landfill and was threatened by the proposed landfill just north of the township boundary. It is also an area this reporter lives in. A special meeting was held May 16th to discuss three options for servicing and financing. There seems to be disagreement among councillors about servicing costs and who will bear them. We will continue to follow this developing story which has received very little coverage to date. To watch council meetings go to: and click on the “live” tab.

The Bourget Community Market is returning for a second year. The market will be held the third Saturday of every month from June 17 to October 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bourget Pavilion on Levis Street. It will include local artisans, community organizations and entertainment.

The first Vankleek Hill Myeloma Canada Ride: Bike to Beat Myeloma will be at Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill on Sunday, June 11th, organized by Denyse De Bernardi. Find the registration form at

Doors Open Ottawa is on this weekend, June 3rd and 4th. The only participating place in our listening area is the Ottawa Wedding Chapel at 3249 Yorks Corners Road. Google Doors Open Ottawa to find all 86 sites participating.

MPP Stephen Blais is hosting the 10th Annual Ladies Tea on Saturday, June 3rd from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Queenswood Heights Community Centre at 1485 Duford Drive. RSVP to

The City of Ottawa is beginning to update its zoning by-law, and the first step of consultation is beginning. The surveys close in July 2023, so please feel free to complete them to provide City staff with information ahead of Council’s consideration of the first draft, which will occur in early 2024. The surveys can be found at

The Wendover Country Music Festival is coming up soon in mid-July. The star-studded four days starts Thursday, July 13th featuring the Swamp Rats, Martin Duford, le Diable a Cinq, and Sugar Crush and Roxanne. Friday see Sophie Richard, Andre Varin, Rene Turgeon, Aie Cobaye, Andrew Charlebois, Phil Denault, Lendemain de Velle, and Eastbound of Bytown. Saturday features JC Harrison, Steeve Desmarais, Erica Brighthill, Fred Delorme, Ghys Mongeon, Pamela Rooney, Marc-Andre Lemieux, and Road Trip Country. Sunday the festival finishes with the Branchard Cousins, Naomi Bristow and Rheal Leblanc. For information and tickets email

The Russell Kin Club’s Catch the Ace lottery jackpot has done it, and reached over a million dollars. The jackpot is now estimated at $1,068,000 and the weekly prize at $60,000. Only five envelopes are left. You must be in and live in Ontario to purchase a ticket. Purchases can be made at 26 retail locations or online at

The Russell Optimists are hosting a rib night and Yuk Yuk’s comedy evening on June 17th. The deadline to buy tickets is June 2nd. See

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