• Candice Vetter

CJRO News May 25 to May 31, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, Navan, southern Orleans, NDC, parts of Russell, and online, at

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell, just a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

Ottawa City Council votes on May 27 on whether to expand the urban and suburban City into the rural outskirts, by adding over 1600 hectares, which is about 4000 acres.

The City Planning Committee and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee had met on May 11th, 12th and 19th. The meeting was scheduled to last for one day, but had to be expanded to three days, to allow over 100 public delegations to present their concerns with the new Official Plan.

Almost all community groups in the city, including inner city organizations, have registered their opposition to expanding the urban boundary. They cite loss of greenspace, loss of farmland, incorrect projections, transit and infrastructure costs, timing during a pandemic, and opinions that growth can be achieved through intensification instead, if it is done with care. In spite of these presentations the Planning Committee and ARAC voted to accept City Staff’s recommendation. It is expected that City Council will agree to the 4000-acre addition at their vote on May 27th.

Our listeners can contact Councillor George Darouze if they have concerns or opinions about the process. Email Darouze at, see

CJRO is looking for a part-time IT technician. It is a volunteer position for now, but the station is seeking funding for a part-time position.

In Hawkesbury the Marché Lacroix, a family-run butcher shop and grocery store for 85 years, was destroyed by fire on Saturday, May 23.

At around 2:30 p.m. the fire was noticed and the shop was evacuated safely. Heavy smoke also made the evacuation of nearby shops and homes necessary.

The loss of Marché Lacroix is particularly hard at this time. Staff had been serving customers by home delivery and also provisioned the Meals on Wheels program in Vankleek Hill.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown but is not considered suspicious.

Fire bans were lifted, but may need to be reinstated, if significant rain isn’t received soon. Last week Ottawa Fire Services attended two grass fires in this area. One was off Mer Bleue Road near Innes Road. Firefighters needed forestry equipment to work on it in the Bog.

There was also a fire in Edwards at Mitch Owens Road at York’s Corner Road, where firefighters put out a grass fire. One person was assessed for smoke inhalation.

So be very careful with fires and sparks. The trees and leaves look green but there is still very dry grass and undergrowth which can kindle easily.

For those who heard my interview with producer Jonathan Estabrooks on Local First, the second instalment of the Lean On Me virtual concert series is this Saturday, May 30, at 4 p.m., online. This concert’s theme is jazz, cabaret and musical theatre. The final concert is June 6. To join the audience visit

On Sunday, May 24, Premier Doug Ford announced that anyone in Ontario who wants can get tested for COVID-19, including asymptomatic people. Cases in Ontario continue to rise even as distancing measures are being relaxed. So it is crucial that public health officials learn the paths of community transmission.

There is mounting anecdotal evidence that the disease has been circulating in North America since the end of last year. Due to the wide variety of symptoms, which are still being discovered, the connection had not been made officially. But it is likely there are many more people who are spreading the disease than are currently accounted for, and many other people who may have already gotten over it. Knowing more about who has it and who doesn’t may aid economic reopening.

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has released guidelines for treating patients in-person during COVID-19.

Dentists can now move from only practicing emergency or urgent care to other essential services, with additional precautions. But non-essential care must continue by teledentistry.

The problem with dentistry is that droplets and airborne particles are propelled by many dental tools. Dentists must use N95 respirators, gloves, eye protection, face shields and protective gowns, and be in an enclosed space.

Speaking of masks and other PPE, the Government of Ontario has launched a website at . It is an excellent resource, and has now added a section on where to find personal protective equipment at . It is crucial that as businesses reopen they can access the equipment they need first.

Another useful link is to resources available to businesses at

In Navan, J.T. Bradley’s Store is still open, but not until 9 a.m. to allow for extra cleaning time, and closes at 7 p.m., except on Fridays and Saturdays when it’s 8 p.m., and on Sundays when it closes at 6 p.m.

Also in Navan, for a little lift, visit the Navan Community Association’s facebook page at

Scroll down to the post of a short parade held about a week ago to see a few funny images. The community groups of Navan have been proactive about their cheering messages since the beginning of the lockdown.

And Navan residents still have time to have their property displays judged. Navan Women Inspired and the Navan Community Association asked residents to put colourful flowers or vegetables at the front edge of their property, to honour frontline workers, beautify Navan and to say thank you. To enter, register your display before May 31st, that’s Sunday, by sending your name and address to Volunteers will take photos of the displays on July 30th and 31st.

Country Moments Spa & Wellness Centre and Navan Jodale Property Maintenance will provide free soil for participants until they run out. If you want some send an email to They will deliver on May 30th.

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.

And the usual reminder, Foubert Road is closed and Farmers Way is closed between the two Piperville Road intersections. Construction there is estimated to end around October 30.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Have you found a life hack to help deal with COVID-19? If yes, I’d like to talk with you! Contact me by emailing

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