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CJRO News November 20 to November 26, 2023

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


Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Chief Medical Officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, said three respiratory viruses are again prominent this fall, but seem more stable than in recent years. Covid is dominant, flu season is starting and RSV is a small percentage. He told CBC the three viruses are circulating, but not like last year’s simultaneous, sudden surge. Both flu shots and the updated Covid shots are available in pharmacies now, and free Covid rapid tests are again available.


Canada Post advises children who are writing to Santa to send their letters by December 7, if they want an answer before Christmas. Canada Post said it cannot guarantee delivery dates, but Santa responds to all the letters he receives. All letters from one family can go in the same envelope, in Canada no stamp is required, and letters can be dropped in any Canada Post mailbox. The address is Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO. Every year the Canadian postal service forwards millions of letters to him from children all over the world.

A reminder to residents of the Carlsbad Springs area that Anderson Road is closed for about three weeks from Piperville Road to Thunder Road for culvert replacements. Ramsayville Road is the detour route.

Image courtesy Santa Claus, North Pole

The Carlsbad Springs Community Association is currently looking for one or two people to supervise the Carlsbad Springs ice rink and puddle rink at 6020 Piperville Road. The individual will provide supervision for 20 hours per week and the total honorarium is $1600 - regardless of when the season starts and ends.  The season usually ends by the end of February.

Local author Felix Vanasse is launching his first book, a poetry collection, on Tuesday, November 28 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Russell Branch of the Russell Library. Listen to my interview with Felix coming up on Local First.

Image courtesy Russell Library


The Russell Association for the Performing Arts has announced its next production is Bob’s Your Elf, a Norm Foster play. On at Russell High School November 29 to December 2. For tickets see


Next week's Catch the Ace lottery jackpot is estimated at $30,000.00, the weekly prize is estimated at over $5,000.00 and there are 49 envelopes remaining. I’ll be talking to representatives from some of the charities which benefit from the lottery on Local First, such as Jean-Francois Gignac from the Good Neighbour’s Food Bank and Diane Hayes from Breast Cancer Action.


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