CJRO News November 15 to November 21 - 2021

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


The new FM transmitter in Sarsfield is turned on and being tested for the next few weeks. If all goes well we will be broadcasting by December 10th on 107.9. CJRO extends thanks to the Sarsfield Community Association which purchased the equipment and to Dessaint Farm which hosts the transmitter. It is expected the antenna on their silo will broadcast the signal throughout the village and in Bearbrook, French Hill and towards Navan.


With the City of Ottawa’s draft budget tabled, Councillor Catherine Kitts has announced over $1 million will be dedicated to rehabilitating the well system in Vars, and mentioned there is continued progress on a new public library south of Innes Road. Community engagement is still ongoing, however and standing committees will receive residents’ feedback.


The Christmas season is fast approaching and to get us all in the mood the Embrun Santa Claus parade is Saturday, November 27th at 6:30 p.m. and the Russell parade is Sunday, November 28th at 1 p.m. Details on parade routes, Covid-19 guidelines, road closures, food bank donations, and more will be soon confirmed and posted in the Township’s online calendar. The parades will also be streamed live on the Township’s Facebook page.


The government of Ontario has announced a Staycation tax credit. The personal income tax credit would allow 20 per cent of the cost of a holiday accommodations to be claimed back on 2022 tax returns, up to a maximum of $1,000 for an individual or $2,000 for a family. The stay must be for vacation, not business.


Having a hard time living in the present? Mindfulness meditation is available at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre on Sundays at 5 p.m. Suggested donations are $10 per person but not required.


The Navan Fair Board is hosting an open house to recruit volunteers to help plan the 2022 Navan Fair. To get involved visit the hall above the Navan Arena on Sunday, November 28th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Proof of vaccination and I.D. are required to enter. Potential volunteers can also learn more at navanfair.com or email navanfair@bellnet.ca.


The OPP and the Ontario Energy Board are advising residents of Eastern Ontario of a scam. Residents have received calls by persons claiming to be with the Ontario Energy Board about Green Energy Assessments. The Board has stated it does not call Ontarians about Green Energy Assessments or about Covid-19 relief programs. ANY unsolicited calls about government grants are almost always a scam. Provincial and federal governments almost never use third-parties to administer grant programs. Always check actual government sources about how to apply for grants.


Third shots for Covid are available for persons over 70 or with compromised immune systems now, including at many pharmacies. The general population in Ontario will be eligible for that booster starting in January, for those with at least six months since their second shot. Meanwhile parents wait anxiously for Health Canada approval of shots for five to eleven year-olds, which is expected to roll out shortly. Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, said the majority of cases and outbreaks are now found in schools.


UPS in Vars is seeking staff for several jobs, including preloaders, sorting drivers and seasonal helpers. To apply see upsjobs.com or visit 379 Corduroy Road in Vars.


The Township of Russell is seeking a new Chief Administrative Officer as Jean Leduc is retiring. To see the qualifications and apply go to perrymartel.com/Russell-cao.


Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have questions you’d like answered? Email us at newsCJRO@gmail.com. Tune in to Local First for interviews regarding local news, and follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.



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