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CJRO News November 22 to November 28, 2021

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

Starting Tuesday, you can book Covid-19 vaccine appointments for children aged five to eleven. There will be about 2,000 appointments available for the first day at community clinics in Ottawa, and at some pharmacies. Local health units hope to have eligible children vaccinated within four to eight weeks. You can book through the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Portal.

The St. Isidore Valu-Mart is closing because the current owners are retiring and no one has come forward to buy the store. This is St. Isidore’s only remaining grocery store. In the last few years many rural Eastern Ontario communities have lost services such as grocery stores, banks, schools, churches and gas stations.

St. Andre Road south of Seguin Street in Embrun should be reopening this week. It was closed to repair the bridge. For detour information see

This Wednesday, November 24th at 7 p.m., there will be a live question and answer session on the Township of Russell’s Facebook and Youtube pages. Mayor Pierre Leroux will be answering questions about the 2022 budget, along with Township Treasurer Richard Godin. Earlier this fall a tax increase of 1.2 per cent was expected, but in October Council announced a tax increase of 2.5 per cent. The additional 1.3 per cent was added to put $243,000 into roads, $30,000 into sidewalks and $20,000 into trees. Send your questions for Mayor Leroux in advance to or ask them online on November 24th.

Russell Public Library Board has recommended a 7,500 square-foot library design to be included in the Recreation Complex proposed for Embrun. The library recommendation was option #2 of four options. Option #1 was a 10,000 square-foot branch, #3 was a 5,000 square-foot branch, and option #4 was to close Russell branch, but that option is highly unpopular and not recommended.

The Embrun Optimist Club is once again holding a virtual food drive. The club has collected non-perishable food, donations and gifts for needy families at Christmas for 35 years. Donate by etransfer to The password is optimiste.

By order of the Ontario Land Tribunal, The Nation Township Council has adopted a bylaw to re-divide its wards from four wards to six. The bylaw cannot be appealed.

Russell resident, and president of the Kin Club of Russell, Cindy Anthony was honoured recently at the Prescott Russell Warden’s Dinner. Anthony was awarded the JP St Pierre Award by Valoris for the contributions she has made to the Kin Club and the community. She was Chair of the recent Catch the Ace lottery which was the second largest in Ontario.

The Russell Library Used Book Sale is back, albeit on a smaller scale, at the Russell Branch Library on 1053 Concession Street. The sale starts this Saturday, November 27th and goes until the following Saturday, December 4th. The sale is on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Embrun Plaza has space for rent. There are up to 10,000 square feet available in the mall, including office space on the second floor. Call George Diamantakos at 613-720-4597 to find out more.

Don’t forget to play CJRO’s Radio Bingo this Wednesday evening, November 24th and again on December 1st and 15th.

And finally, here comes Santa Claus. The Embrun Santa Claus parade is this Saturday, November 27th at 6:30 p.m. The Russell parade is Sunday, November 28th at 1 p.m. For both parades we need you! CJRO is seeking volunteers to carry our brand-new banner in the parades. Email for information. High school students are welcome. The parades will also be streamed live on Russell Township’s Facebook page.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you photos of Christmas parades and events? We’d love to post them. Email us at 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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